Pastoral Letter on Chastity from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Chastity is a very real challenge, particularly for young people in our country today,” says Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, as he introduces a pastoral letter to young people on chastity. (To view pdf click here)
“We want to assure those young people who are struggling to live a life of chastity that their bishops stand prayerfully with them and are there to support and encourage them,” says Archbishop Miller, who chairs the Canadian bishops’ Commission for Doctrine, which produced the letter.
The letter recommends that young people surround themselves with friends who also want to live in a chaste manner. It is also points to the importance of prayer, the practice of confession, and receiving spiritual guidance.
“I am certain that young people striving to be faithful to the Gospel are not afraid of a challenging and authentic love. It is the only kind that ultimately gives true joy!” Archbishop Miller added.
According to the letter, chastity is an offering of oneself in response to God’s gift in Jesus Christ. This echoes the words of Pope Benedict XVI at his papal inauguration: “If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. . . . I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return.”
The launch of the pastoral letter is being assisted by Salt + Light Television with a YouTube video production, which can also be viewed below.