Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 02:02 am
With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by the inflammatory, insulting remarks that have come to define this year's race?
“You hear two things among the young people that in one way would bother them and challenge them and discourage them,” Cardinal Dolan told journalists July 29, speaking from his own personal experience.
One of these things, he said, is “a sort of meanness, an incivility, an inability to lift people up instead of dragging them down that they discover in political discourse. Not only here, but throughout the world.”
The other, he noted, is the “legitimate understandable” fear that comes in the face of violence, terrorism and religious persecution.
However, the cardinal said that when he speaks with youth, what he hears instead is that these two things “become diving boards to prayer. They become rocket launchers. They don't depress (youth),” but rather, youth say “we need to pray even harder.”
Cardinal Dolan spoke to journalists during a short media briefing after leading the July 29 morning session of catechesis for WYD and celebrating Mass for the thousands of young people who attended the session.
During the briefing, it was noted that while four years ago Cardinal Dolan had prayed for civility at both party conventions, this year, the political environment has clearly taken turn for the worst.
Instead of being civil, the rhetoric of this election cycle has largely involved personal attacks against the other candidate and derogatory remarks about certain races and nationalities. The year has also been plagued by an increase in terrorist attacks throughout the world, including in Western nations.