There are 1001 things more important than issues of sexual morality in the Spiritual Life of a Catholic. But sadly, it is one of the commonest reasons Catholics either stop practising their faith or do not experience the full joy of their faith because of difficulties believing what the Church teaches. The CRASH is an attempt to help address this serious issue. The Catholic Church is the family of God and even if just one member of the family is missing or not fully engaged, it is a great loss to the rest of the family.
The most important thing in our Catholic life is to build and sustain a relationship with Jesus Christ, lived out through receiving the Sacraments and living charitably and being attentive to the needs of the vulnerable. To help us with this, and recognising that the gift of life from conception to natural death is the most precious gift that we have, the Church has carefully considered the aspects of life that are about sex and morality. There are many things that can challenge us here in terms of being charitable and really seeking to do what is best for those who are most vulnerable. Church teaching on abortion, contraception, sex within relationships, and sexuality can all raise a lot of questions. For some people, these teachings are the reason why they stop going to Church. So how do we integrate these teachings into our lives, and how can we ensure that the Person of Jesus Christ shines through when we talk with other people about what the Catholic Church teaches? The CRASH course seeks to address these issues.
The CRASH provides lively seminars from speakers who are well versed in the teaching of the Church, speakers that have relevant academic credentials and who can give sensible, coherent scientifically analyzed and compassionate reasons for the teachings, using modern audiovisual techniques that engage the audience. Most importantly the presenters have fallen in love with Jesus Christ-because that is what Catholic Christianity is- it is a love affair with Jesus!
Pope Francis says that one very important reason why so many young people find it hard to believe in Jesus is because of “the Church’s difficulty in explaining her doctrine and ethical positions to contemporary society.” (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christ is Alive, Pope Francis 2019). The CRASH is a novel attempt to remedy this deficit.