Question of the Week: September 22, 2015


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Help a reader out! We received the following question via email:

Could you possibly tell me where I could go to talk about my three teenagers ages 13 (boy), 14 (girl) and 16 (boy), with the 16-year-old becoming most anti-Catholic? Any ideas where I can go for help because he’s poisoning the other two younger ones and they’re causing very much dissension in our home, mainly with me the mom.

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

1 Comment

  1. Hello! First of all, take a deep breath. Teenagers test boundaries and it doesn’t mean that what they’re thinking and feeling is permanent. I think how you tackle it, depends on the personality of your teenager. Is there a dad in the picture? Boys learn best from other men, so I would try to find a good youth group leader or Catholic dad who is willing to chat with him and lead him.

    I like the Decision Point program by Matthew Kelly at It’s not super deep or thorough but it’s modern and colorful and I think it can be a great way to grab a young person who feels like Catholicism is really out of date.

    Lastly, it’s good to question things. You want your kids to own their religious beliefs. So I would want to know how he is dissenting and how are you responding? The things about Catholicism is that it’s really provable. It’s very logical. So I wouldn’t force him to believe but rather get him to answer his own questions. If he does’t think Catholicism is right or real, why not? Again, I think these questions should be asked by a theological man who can lead him but if that’s not a possibility, I would lean on some good Catholic books or a youth website like

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