MANILA, Dec. 15, 2010â€” A catholic prelate has admitted that the youth have been sadly abandoned by institutions, including the Church.
CBCPâ€™s Commission on Youth Chair Joel Baylon made the admission as the the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines formally launched today 2011 as the â€œYear of the Youthâ€.
â€œMany of them feel abandoned by the institutions that are supposed to take care of them â€“ the Church included, we must humbly admit,â€ said Baylon.
Baylon, also bishop of Legazpi diocese, noted todayâ€™s â€œsad truthâ€ that many of the young people are exploited and treated â€œunjustly.â€
A good number of them, he lamented, also live under â€œabject poverty; others fall victim to drug addiction, child labor and prostitution.
The church official said itâ€™s high time to give the necessary attention and care that the young Filipinos deserve, as he reiterated that they are the future of the country and of the church.
â€œDuring this CBCP Year of the Truth, let us together work to intensify awareness about the youth and their importance to the life and activity of the church,â€ Baylon said.
â€œBy our witness let us help the young in our midstâ€”in our homes, schools, communities, etcâ€”to find God in their lives and generously answer His call to service and love,â€ he added.
The prelate also said the celebration will be doubly meaningful because the CBCP commission on youth will mark its 25th anniversary in July 2011.
â€œLet us pray that there may be wider participation and greater dedication in youth ministry, leading to a meaningful and fruitful service that is undertaken with the fullest attention and highest priority in every way by all in the Church,” he said. (CBCPNews)