We’ve heard the talks to the priesthood about Peter Pan syndrome:  grown men who still play video games and live in their parents’ garages, not taking adult responsibilities seriously, and not taking the initiative to get married.  Likewise, there have been posts in the bloggernacle about the infantilisation of women in the church:  male leaders and husbands protecting women, not letting them hold meetings without a man around, limiting their choices, requiring priesthood sign off for all decisions, and encouraging passivity in how YW manuals are written.

While the tendency to delay adulthood may be related to societal trends in general, does the church prolong childishness through rules and limitations on trust?  Do we really mean it when we say “I am a child of God”?

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