Here is a reply to the letter from one of those who have been affected by the recent hearings.
Catholic Bishops There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one in every twenty-five people in the United States was 65 or older.
Today one in eight—a total of A person who reaches 65 can expect to live for seventeen more years; many live well beyond that. Catholic bishops, offer this reflection on the experience of growing older within the faith community. We speak out of profound gratitude for the many ways in which faithful and generous older Catholics have built—and continue to build—the Church.
We write as learners who together with older persons explore the period that some now call the "third age. Various customs, traditions, and contributions tremendously enrich the Church.
We write as pastors who cherish the whole person, with his or her gifts and talents as well as limitations and vulnerabilities.
We stand firm in opposing euthanasia, assisted suicide, and all that threatens the dignity and sacredness of human life. In this pastoral message we address the entire faith community, but we speak a special word to 1 older people themselves, 2 caregivers, 3 the parish faith community—pastors, staff, volunteers, and all parishioners, and 4 younger adults.
Our Purposes To affirm and challenge older people, acknowledging both the blessings and the losses of later life and recognizing that interdependence, not independence, is the true gospel value To form a fresh perspective, one that sees older persons as active participants in contributing to the Church's life and mission and in meeting the spiritual needs of its members To develop structures, especially in parishes, that encourage and facilitate the contributions of older people We are all growing older, not just as individuals but as members of a faith community.
The spiritual growth of the aging person is affected by the community and affects the community.
Aging demands the attention of the entire Church. How the faith community relates to its older members—recognizing their presence, encouraging their contributions, responding to their needs, and providing appropriate opportunities for spiritual growth—is a sign of the community's spiritual health and maturity.
Byabout seventy million Americans, or 20 percent of the population, will be over The number of older persons in some ethnic populations will increase at an even faster rate.
Many older people exclaim, "I never expected to live this long.
Nevertheless, society still values youth over age, doing over being, individualism over the common good, and independence over interdependence. Stereotypes about aging persist, despite the growing numbers of healthy, active seniors in our parishes and communities.
Significantly, three in four persons aged and two in three of those 75 and over say their health is good to excellent. While individual seniors vary in their abilities, health, and emotional outlook, the perception of aging as a period of unrelenting decline and withdrawal from society is simply untrue.
The current situation is unprecedented. The sheer number of older people as well as their vitality, their longevity, and their own desire to give something back to society and the Church impel us to develop new pastoral responses.February st | Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC.
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