In Their Own Words

"What do you have to say for yourselves?"

Essentially, that’s the question we posed to three living, breathing, young Catholic writers. Along with that, we asked them to respond to the typical set of questions posed to them by "older" Catholics concerning their place in the church: Are you really theologically illiterate? Disconnected from the institutional church but spiritually hungry? Devotees of the pope? Baffled by the church’s teachings on sexuality? Fundamentally no different from previous generations?

For their answers to these questions and others, read on.

The Editors


Natalia Imperatori-Lee

It’s a scary time to be young, but to be Catholic, too? For my generation, the intersection of these two realities means living with a high degree of ambiguity and dissonance. We are the product of the post-Vatican II church. Judging the success of the council by its fruits in this generation, I have to ask if the church that produced Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, and Vatican II wasn’t a better church than the one in which younger Catholics have grown up.

We are also products of the Internet: pervasive reachability, instant communication. This has spoiled us. We want the answers now. We want clarity now-the kind that the post-Vatican II church doesn’t provide. What many of us are...

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About the Author

Jeremy Langford, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Sheed & Ward, is the author of God Moments: Why Faith Really Matters to a New Generation (Orbis).