Prudence – Generational Reactions to the Sex Abuse Crisis

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I was a bit shocked today by a sermon I heard, wherein the priest told us that taking sides in the issues of the day, being pro-Benedict and anti-Francis, or the opposite, only caused divisions. What shocked me was that the priest only spoke about taking sides and not about looking carefully at the issues.

Who is looking carefully at the issues?

I have noticed a generational difference in how people are reacting to the news of the scandals in the past almost three weeks.

First of all the Boomers, who are on the whole Novus Ordo goers, tend to be interested and wanting justice, but not shocked. They represent the older ones going to Mass and nothing surprises them. However, their reaction is to want change within the Church. They know how to work through logical discourse and read a lot of news.

“Remember, the Emos are a creation of Gen-X, not the Millennials, who were only babies at the height of Emo-ism.”

I was a bit shocked today by a sermon I heard, wherein the priest told us that taking sides in the issues of the day, being pro-Benedict and anti-Francis, or the opposite, only caused divisions. What shocked me was that the priest only spoke about taking sides and not about looking carefully at the issues.

Who is looking carefully at the issues?

I have noticed a generational difference in how people are reacting to the news of the scandals in the past almost three weeks.

First of all the Boomers, who are on the whole Novus Ordo goers, tend to be interested and wanting justice, but not shocked. They represent the older ones going to Mass and nothing surprises them. However, their reaction is to want change within the Church. They know how to work through logical discourse and read a lot of news.

Gen-Xers are virulent, and in com-boxes, rude and irrational, venting rabid statements and calling for cvil interference. Their attitude is very Protestant, willing to undermine the Church structures, clamouring for civil action such as RICO. In other words, their response is mainly emotional—I wonder why? Gen-Xers, unlike the Boomers, do NOT understand hierarchies or Canon Law. They just seem to want to emote.

The Millennials have remained calm, waiting to see how things will shake out, not trusting most of the media and withholding opinions, until all the facts are in. They are more rational, and use to looking at off-main-stream media outlets for news.

The priest is a Gen-Xer and his cavalier avoidance of talking about the substance of the debates, and only referring to the emotional responses, which was a lost teaching moment. Of course, being British is all about being “nice” and not causing waves. Sad, really.

These three generational responses see based on two things—one, that the Boomers had to take logic in school long ago, and the Gen-Xers did not. And, that the Millennials are NOT going to act like their parents.

“Fewer than 5% of children aged eight to 15 have smoked, down three-quarters since 2003, while only about 17% admitted ever drinking alcohol, a fall of two-thirds, according to an annual survey of health trends.” Great Britain’s The Guardian

Did you know that youth violence is down, young adult violence is down, having sex outside of marriage is down, getting drunk is down, cigarette smoking among youth is down, and other high risk activities, such as not wearing seatbelts and bicycle helmets is all down among Millennials. There is a reduction in gambling, investing in the stock market, and an absolute trend downward on attending pubs, bars, and clubs. Are you surprised? The statistics can be easily found online.

The Millennials, unlike so many members of their parents’ generation, are simply more prudent. They also care less about being “nice.”

This prudence had brought about the wait and see approach to the scandals.

I am sick of crazy com boxes and many commentators who are merely venting, or worse, acting out of a lack of wholeness in their own characters, letting their demons control their online presence.

I have decided to be like the Millennials and wait and see.

Sometimes, one can learn from younger people, sometimes…

I just add prayer to the wait and see mode.

By Supertradmum

JMJ, pray for us!

God is good,

Jay