Starting this thread may be like opening a can of worms leading to gloom-ridden thoughts. However, I want to share something that slightly shocked me last night. I was sitting in a meeting in my parish with a lot of middle-aged and older people. And the subject of the youth in Ireland came up, including from people there who were teachers. And what I heard was really disturbing. Everyone there thought the Irish youth were in a bad way. I don't just mean the obvious stuff like completely uncatechised (or rather: catechised by the media instead of the Church.) I mean disrespectful, chaotic, violent … And these people didn't mean the usual problems of growing up, but something more recent and worse. I only have a 21 year old daughter. I have little idea what Irish teenagers are like. I would be interested to know what others think if this doesn't feel too heavy. And what can be done? I must be very out of touch … I was disturbed.