Cardinal Bo identified various challenges faced by Catholic vocations in the modern world and emphasized the “need to recognize and address these challenges to support and encourage individuals in their vocational discernment.”
One of the primary challenges he mentioned is the prevalence of “secularism and relativism”. He said these cultural influences often promote “individualism, materialism, and moral relativism,” which “undermine the path of faith, selflessness, and adherence to Catholic teachings.”
The prelate said it has become essential to counter these narratives and create an environment that fosters a commitment to spiritual values.
He also warned against “misunderstandings and stereotypes” associated with Catholic vocations. He said vocations “may face misconceptions about their role, celibacy, or the value of their contributions.”