Baby Boomers, otherwise known as the “Vatican II Generation” because they experienced both pre-Vatican II Catholicism and the impact of the Second Vatican Council as they were coming of age, are quite different from the younger generations of Catholics. Simply put, Catholics of the Baby Boom started all in pretty much the same place—the Baltimore Catechism, regular Mass attendance, and so on—and have ended up in very different places, building links to the church, close or loose, as they have gone about their lives. Younger generations present a contrasting picture. They started out in very different places, but those who are found in church and who identify with Catholicism today tend to have more similarities than differences. Things that might have been issues for Baby Boomers are not issues for them in quite the same way. In short, our church origins—our “stories” of church while we were growing up—are patterned quite differently depending on the generation to which we belong. And how we define our connection with church today depends also to a large extent on the generation to which we belong. Preachers and presiders would do well to keep this in mind. © 2007, Bryan Froehle.
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