"Sadly not all of us believe sainthood is something achievable and that it is a path to happiness," the document said.
Young people, they wrote, "are deeply vested in and concerned about topics such as sexuality, addiction, failed marriages, broken families as well as larger-scale social issues such as organized crime, human trafficking, violence, corruption, exploitation, femicide, all forms of persecution and the degradation of our natural environment."
However, one paragraph mentioned that among young people there is clear disagreement on certain "controversial" Church teachings dealing with issues such as contraception, abortion, homosexuality, cohabitation, the permanency of marriage, and the priesthood.
The paragraph noted that many don't understand Church teaching on these issues, and that of those who do, not all of them are in agreement. Young people "may want the Church to change her teaching as a result, or at least have access to a better explanation," they said, but "even so, they desire to be part of the Church."
Other young Catholics, the document said "accept these teachings and find in them a source of joy. They desire the Church to not only hold fast to them amid unpopularity but also to proclaim them with greater depth of teaching."
Youth disagree on the topic of migration, the document said, but converge on the need to promote social justice, saying "although we acknowledge our common call to care for the dignity of every human person, there's no consensus on the question of welcoming migrants and refugees."
They also pointed to specific challenges such as globalization, an increase in secularism, racism, the difficulties faced by people in countries where Christianity is a minority, and the increasing number of Christian martyrs.
"As we grapple with these challenges," they said, "we need inclusion, welcome, mercy and tenderness from the Church – both as an institution and as a community of faith."
On new technologies, they outlined both the benefits and the risks, noting that while there are endless possibilities for increased connection, education and knowledge, there is also the danger that technology leads to "isolation, laziness, desolation and boredom."
They also pointed to poor uses of technology such as online pornography, which "distort a young person's perception of human sexuality" and creates a "delusional parallel reality that ignores human dignity."
In this regard, the document at one point makes two key suggestions, first encouraging the Church to view technology, particularly the internet, as a "fertile place for the new evangelization." Reflections on this point, they said, "should be formalized through an official Church document."
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Second, they requested that the Church "address the widespread crisis of pornography, including online child abuse, and the toll it takes on our humanity."
On the role of women, the youth said women are still not given equal spaces in the Church or in society, and questioned how and where women can "flourish" in these environments. They said the role of women often isn't clear, and asked the Church to specify what their role entails.
The document stressed that youth want to be taken seriously, and that despite often being accused of not having a vision for life, young people do envision a better future for themselves.
"Sometimes, we end up discarding our dreams," the said, adding that "we are too afraid, and some of us have stopped dreaming. At times, we have not even had the opportunities to keep dreaming."
Young people, the document said, "value the diversity of ideas in our global world, the respect for others' thoughts and freedom of expression." At the same time, youth want to preserve their cultural identity and "avoid uniformity and a throw-away culture."
They said that many young people frequently feel "excluded for being Christians in a social environment that is adverse to religion," and highlighted the need to "encounter ourselves and others" in order to form deep bonds.