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Website Review: NFCYM: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

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National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry “participates in the mission of the Catholic Church by advocating for and supporting Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan, and local level.” The site furthers this goal by providing a large amount of resources for youth ministers, pastors, parents, and youth. The Federation also sponsors two conferences for Catholic youth ministers and youth, with information provided on the site.

However, the NFCYM does not seem to take fidelity to the teachings of the Church into account when choosing with whom to associate itself. From featuring dissidents as speakers at their conferences, to recommending unfaithful resources, to partnering with the Girl Scouts, this organization seems to be "open and inclusive" to everything but fidelity to the Magisterium.

Review Ratings what do these ratings mean?

First Evaluated: 05/02/2006; Last Updated: 05/31/2012

  1. Fidelity: Danger!
  2. Resources: Fair
  3. Useability: Excellent


  • Church documents on youth ministry and Youth Day messages from Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II  Resources 
  • History of the Federation and its members  Resources 
  • Job bank  Resources 


  • Fidelity: Girl Scouts USA, member of the Federation, uses Planned Parenthood for its sex-education programs. Example(s)
  • Fidelity: The National Catholic Aids Network, a VERY questionable organization, is offered as a "wealth of resources" on the Church and AIDS.
  • Fidelity: Some highly problematic links Example(s)
  • Fidelity: The speakers at their retreats and conferences are often prominent dissenters. Example(s)
  • Fidelity: NFCYM's Executive Director Robert McCarty has made some very questionable statements. Example(s)


Institutions > Organizations
Catholicism > Catholic Life

More Information

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
415 Michigan Avenue, NE, Suite 40
Washington, DC 20017-4503
202-526-7544 (fax)
[email protected]

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