By Kathy Goller on
3/14/2012 10:00 AM
The Kony 2012 video/campaign from Invisible Children is certainly attracting a lot of attention, especially among youth and young adults. I believe that it presents a wonderful teachable moment to help our young people think critically about important issues, and apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Please be aware that the Kony 2012 video, while trending on YouTube and Twitter, has also stirred up controversy, and like any issue we face in our day, is the subject of significant critique. There are many who are publishing thoughtful criticism of this video and campaign, and who offer alternative perspectives (some links are below). I strongly believe that any discussion about the situation of Joseph Kony or the issue of the Kony 2012 video should be informed by research and presentation of multiple perspectives, all evaluated in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. Please understand that our office is not “taking sides” on the Kony 2012 debate, but sharing some “starter” ideas for ministry leaders to help our students engage with this issue.
I invite you to be a part of this discussion!