November 5, 2005 the Holy Father spoke
to members of the Austrian Bishops' Conference on the occasion
of their ad limina visit to Rome:
Brothers in the Episcopate, you are well aware that there are topics
concerning the truth of faith and especially moral doctrine that are
not being adequately presented in catechesis and preaching in your
Dioceses and that at times, for example, in youth ministry in the
parishes or associations, are not being confronted at all or are not
being clearly addressed as the Church wishes.
I give thanks to God it is not like this everywhere. However,
perhaps those responsible for preaching fear that here and there
people might drift away if they spoke too clearly.
Yet experience generally shows that it is precisely the opposite
that happens. Be under no illusion. An incomplete Catholic teaching
is a contradiction in itself and cannot be fruitful in the long
N.46 - NOVEMBER 16, 2005