Regarding “Where are all the young people?” Aug. 2, Page 1:

I would rather ask, “Where are all the young people’s parents?” 

I am at the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation. Most of my childhood friends and relatives of my age left the Church for all sorts of experiences, mostly to become “nones.”

Growing up in the late 60s and 70s, I experienced the fall of society and the church all at the same time. Whatever the reason, the tried and true institutions of society crumbled under new thinking in both the church and the Western world.

So, those young people have never known the traditions and values of the Catholic Church, because their parents did not know, and could not teach them.

Those who were taught like me, 16 years of Catholic education under my belt, were weakly and many times incorrectly taught something other than the long held truths of the church. 

Teaching that an unchanging and divine revealed church can be changed at will, or ignored when desired, will create confusion. Why belong to something that is perceived to have no core values? Why have no purpose in your life?

That won’t get you up on Sunday morning to Mass. The Church needs to give both young and old a reason to be Catholic, namely the salvation of their souls.

Rick Safranski

Washougal, Washington