THE AGE of Confirmation seems irrelevant when the majority of Catholic teenagers leave both God and the Church by the time they are 16 (Mark Macdonald: Youth View, June 22). At that age, who is capable of a commitment?
To be a Catholic is to accept and obey the 10 Commandments, to carry out the New Commandment of the Lord in the Gospel, and to accept the precepts of the Creed.
Anyone not doing that, at least by will and direction of life, is not Catholic. How long does it take him to learn all that?
It seems to me that a study of his religion is necessary in the Catholic teenager — more than any argument about it.
The first Commandment is not mastered by most. We live in a healthy nation. A young man deserts the best of parents, sets up on his own, and in no time is addicted to idols. He makes a god of a girl, he gets a car and deserts the needy, he fawns on the devil in a boss and loses all Gospel values. He has to pull clear.
More time spent alone is what young people need. More time to think.
That disgusting Revue should have been ignored. It is not the method of Christ, to picket and fight. He would have been away, dealing with the poor. Prayer, is effective, but all the standard principles apply.
E Patton SRN
A C RYAN in his revealing article, June 29, on Kent recusants wishes that there were Church memorials to these brave men and women. Lists in the churches of St Laurence, Petersfield, Hampshire and SS. Peter and Paul, Newport, Shropshire are reproduced in ECA Journal, the organ of English Catholic Ancestor, the Society for Promotion of English Catholic Family History. Should any of your readers know of others I should be very glad to hear from them. Leslie Brooks Hon. General Secretary, English Catholic Ancestor, Hill House West, Crookham Village, Aldershot, GUI3 OSS.