Thursday, March 19, 2009

‘Churches to blame’ for Easter ignorance

[Religious Intelligence] 19 Mar 2009--The churches only have themselves to blame for young people not knowing what Easter is about, according to a cathedral dean.

The accusation comes from the Very Rev Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester, who declares: “We must find new ways to bring them to know its meaning.”

Dean Newman makes the plea in the March issue of Rochester Link, the Rochester diocesan monthly, in comments on a new survey revealing that people aged 16 to 24 “no longer have much of a clue what Easter is about”.

He says: “As our culture has become distant from our Christian roots, the meaning of Easter has somehow got lost in translation. These days when people encounter the great Christian traditions, it’s like they are stepping into a foreign country where the language and the customs are unfamiliar and odd.”

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