Bishop Airs Concern on TV, Technology Influence on Youth
Barrientos, Kenneth, Manila Bulletin
Catechists participating in the Joint Jubilee Congress on Catechesis and Catholic Education in the Philippines were advised yesterday to become role models to Filipino youth as the young people are now faced with the threats of technological and visual influences, such as the widely popular telenovelas and soap operas seen on TV and the use of equipment hooked on modern technology.
Basilan Bishop Romulo de la Cruz, on the second day of the nationwide congress, reflected the Catholic bishops' concern over the influences of technology and telenovelas such as Rosalinda and Esperanza to the minds of the Filipino youth.
"Really you are playing a big role in the life of our youth. Your influence in their lives cannot be minimized even in the age of computers and internets, of cable TV and cellphones, of Rosalinda and Esperanze," De la Cruz said in his homily before some 3,500 Congress delegates gathered at the PICC to evaluate the effectivity of cathechism and evangelization.
The Basilan bishop, stressing that educators have a very real and personal touch in the learning of the youth, said: "Perhaps your work has not become easier because of the hi-tech competition and therefore, comes the need to focus, to center oneself and look at your task of youth building an atmosphere of prayer."
Bishop De la Cruz also advised participating cathechists to become the youth's models by openly professing their own faith and challenged them to do it convincingly in the eyes of their learners.
"The young people would like to hear a confirmation from you, their educators and cathechists. That you, too, are for the Gospel values, for life, for freedom, for Christ," he added.
Hechallenged educators to convince the youth by being seen in prayers and being seen in church as he noted the same challenges brought up in the recent XV World Youth Day in Rome, led by Pope John Paul II.
"May we see more of you, dear educators and cathechists at prayer. On your knees praying for the forgiveness of your sins, praying for strength against indifference to duty, infidelity to vows and attraction to corruption," he said.
The Congress will end today, Wednesday, with Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu leading the closing rites after the day's forum, awarding of school jubilarians and presentation of the Congress Covenant. (KB)
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