Thursday, June 25, 2009

Christopher West's Impact on Teens

In 2005 I had the opportunity to accompany a group of teens from one of my parishes to hear a Saturday morning talk by Christopher West. The teens were very moved by his ability to so clearly communicate Catholic teaching. I was so impressed with his talk and his ability to reach the teens that I promptly signed up to take his introductory Graduate course on Theology of the Body.

Below is a video from 2006 showing teens reacting to a West talk that was linked on Dawn Eden’s blog yesterday. I recall similar thoughts from the write-up done by our teens.

Apparently there is a controversy due to one of the students on this video saying that Christopher West blessed the students at the beginning of the session. Dawn Eden questions whether anyone other than a Priest, Deacon or Parent may offer a blessing. We are blessed with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a lot of questions can be answered therein. Here is paragraph 1669 addressing this very question.

Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a "blessing," and to bless. Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons).

To read Dawn Eden’s whole posting click here.

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