Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence
Twelfth Plenary Session, 28 April-2 May 2006
Acta 12, eds M.A. Glendon and P. Donati
Vatican City, 2006
WHAT DOES SOLIDARITY WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE REQUIRE?
The Gift of Life and Our Responsibilities towards Children and Young People (PDF)
Alfonso López Trujillo
Cherie Booth, Q.C.
The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment and Globalization Narratives in a Rich/Poor World (PDF)
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART I: ASIA AND AFRICA
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART II: EAST AND WEST EUROPE
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART III: LATIN AND NORTH AMERICA
How to Pay an Unpayble Debt: The Intergenerational Challenge of Latin Americans (PDF)
Social Policies in Brazil Aimed at Children and Young People (PDF)
PROSPECTS FOR FORMATION OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT OF COMING GENERATIONS
I giovani delle Gmg, protagonisti della “rivoluzione di Dio” oggi (PDF)
Implications for the Social Teaching of the Church (PDF)
The Academy’s work in 2006 was primarily focused on the continuation of its Intergenerational Solidarity project, with our 12th Plenary Session (held from April 28 to May 2, 2006) devoted to the topic ‘Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence’. By all accounts, the session was highly successful. Academicians, with the help of several invited experts, broadened their study of the ways in which the economic and demographic transformations of our times are affecting relations among the generations. Previously, in our 2004 meeting on ‘Intergenerational Solidarity, Welfare, and Human Ecology’, we had concentrated mainly on the challenges posed by declining birth rates and aging populations for social security and health care systems. Upon the conclusion of that meeting, there was a consensus among the members that the project should turn next to the implications of those developments for the situations of children and young people. This choice seemed especially desirable in view of the fact that Catholic Social Thought to date has not focused as explicitly on the situation of young people as it has, for example, on issues relating to labor, women, and poverty. Accordingly, the 12th Plenary Session, coordinated by Academician Professor Pierpaolo Donati, began with a global demographic overview, followed by six regional reports on the actual situation of young persons in North America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe. In addition, six young persons from various regions were invited to the listen to the proceedings and to provide the Academy with their own reflections and perspectives. This innovation was widely appreciated, both by participants in the conference and by journalists who wrote about the meeting.
After the end of our conference, and mindful of our obligation to furnish the Holy See with elements that may be helpful in the development of Catholic Social Thought, your President respectfully forwarded the Final Report containing our conclusions with a series of three recommendations to Pope Benedict XVI. The recommendations were to consider elaborating a document on intergenerational solidarity, to consider establishing an inter-dicasterial working group to coordinate efforts of solidarity with young people, and to intensify efforts in the area of formation and transmission of the faith from one generation to the next.
Mary Ann Glendon