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‘False teachings’ are driving the young away

SIR – It should not be at all surprising that a recent survey of young Catholics in Britain has revealed that many of them know little about the faith, while others have some knowledge but refuse to accept all of the Church’s teaching, both groups encompassing a wide spectrum of views about essential core beliefs (News & analysis, Britain, June 15). In addition, others have abandoned Catholicism entirely.

This is the product of recent decades, before and especially since Vatican II, when attacks on the doctrines and teachings of the Church founded by Jesus Christ, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, have been launched, spreading within that very Church in schools, parishes and all levels of the clergy.

These false teachings range from simply calling for a reconsideration of existing doctrines to seeking to introduce new, shall we say, more customer-friendly interpretations of them, and even to the advocating of actual heresy. The basis for this has been presented first as a need to make the Church more understanding and loving in its approach, even to the extent of ditching existing teaching that could offend or discourage others despite all doctrine being based on the

infallible and eternal will of God; and secondly so as to respect and accept present popular customs and opinions as if there was something immortal and definitive about what some portion of the world’s peoples think in 2018.

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