‘Cappuccino Catholicism’

In choosing a place to stay or use for various functions, people prefer one that suits their liking. However, when it comes to worshiping the Lord God, should people still be the ones to choose where to worship Him? God Himself states, thus:

“You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put His Name there for His dwelling. To that place you  must go …” (Deut. 12:4-5, New International Version, emphasis ours)

How about others? What do they say about where the Lord God could be worshiped?

“VATICAN CITY—It might be called Cappuccino Catholicism.

“Young Catholics told their Church elders on Saturday that the faith should be spread in the places where they like to hang out, such as coffee bars.

“‘We would like the Church to meet us in the various paces in which she currently has little or no presence,’ reads part of a  12-page document written by some 300 young Catholic delegates from around the world, who met for a week at the Vatican.’

“‘The Church should try to find creative new ways to encounter people where they are comfortable and where they naturally socialize: bars, coffee shops, parks, gyms, stadiums and any other popular cultural centres,’ it said.

“The delegates met in Rome to share their ideas and concerns with Vatican officials ahead of a synod, or meeting of bishops, in October, on the theme of ‘Young people, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’.

“At a news conference presenting the paper, which will feed into a larger working document to be used by the bishops, participants said they wanted their Church to be more open and transparent and less severe.”


References

Pullella, Philip. (25 March 2018). The Catholic Church—coming to a Starbucks near you? Retrieved from http://www.gmenetwork.com

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