The Church in the 21st Century Center

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Passing on the Faith

"Our young people want to see ideals of the Gospel lives in our lives. One of the worst results of the current scandal in the Church can be a cynicism about the call to holiness in the Church. We run the risk of being overwhelmed by the bad example of priests and bishops and need to remind people that there have always been saints and sinners in the Church. The Church's task is to call everyone into conversation. We have our successes and our failures. The saints are the success stories and our young people need to know it. It helps them to see what we, their teachers, are struggling on the same path to holiness. "

"Passing on the Faith"
Most Reverend Sean P. O'Malley, OFM CAP
Archbishop of Boston

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address for a Church in the 21st Century conference held at Boston College on September 16, 2004. A free streaming video of the Archbishop's presentation can be viewed at

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