Questions about Steubenville

APTOPIX Football Players Rape ChargesNo, we are not discussing Franciscan University, but the scandal.  Sadly.

Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow recently helped to pose  many questions regarding the culture of a community where such callousness regarding rape and assault occurred. (Be advised, the hyperlinked article is graphic in its description of the elements of the case.)

>> Are American teens infected with a psychological epidemic that has eroded much of their capacity to connect with genuine emotion and is, therefore, crushing their empathy?
>> Are they no longer able to  look upon the actual events of their lives with no more actual investment and actual concern and actual courage than they would look upon a fictional character in a movie?
>> Have they become absent from their own lives and those of others?
>> Is the new norm to be a bystander in their own lives as well as the lives of others, blandly choosing to not to step forward to save a victim?

And, for us, how are we to respond to this disturbing trends? Where should the Gospels be speaking to young people during these times? How can we empower parents to address this within their families?  What can we do to discourage the behaviors that even hint towards such a cultural mindset with our churches and youth ministry efforts?

We have lots of questions….

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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