English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims
will have the opportunity to receive free copies of "The Choice Game,"
which will be handed out at the World/Music Force Stage in Piazza del
Popolo on August 17.
The CD, published by the Several Sources Foundation, allows the youth to
face life-altering decisions in dating scenarios and follow through with
their consequences. Poor choices can lead to depresseion, pregnancy,
abortion, or even suicide. The game makes available a priest counselor,
an angel, and a demon, who give advice, though these hints and
temptations can be put in "ignore" mode, if the player chooses.
The game also permits Internet connectivity, via
www.thechoicegame.com , where a non-denominational version and a
demo (requires Microsoft Internet Explorer) are also available.
"We plan to challenge the lies that Planned Parenthood promotes. Their
answer to sexual promiscuity is condoms and abortion. They lure young
people into trouble and then make them pay for it. Our hope is to
entertain and educate the young people at World Youth Day about dating
and where it might lead so that they can avoid future problems," said
Several Sources Founder, Kathy DiFiore.
DiFiore mission has been getting young women to "stop and think." For
20 years, she has counseled hundreds of sexually active and pregnant
teens. Her foundation has five shelters throughout New Jersey to help
pregnant girls and their babies, including the destitute and those who
have the virus that causes AIDS.
"Nearly 1.5 million teens and young adults are expected at World Youth
Day events in and around Rome. The Game is like simulated driver's
training for dating where they face life-altering decisions, only it
uses computers, audio CD players and the Internet, all of which youth
are most interested in," commented Paul Lauer, Publisher of "YOU!," a
magazine for Catholic teens based in Los Angeles (one of the co-sponsors
of the initiative).
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director Priests for Life said, "More money
is spent in this country to destroy children in the womb then to save
them. An outreach like 'The Choice Game,' and the Several Sources
Foundation, on which I am proud to serve as a Board Member, makes it
clear that people really do have a choice and that they have the
strength to choose what is right."
The Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment company, another co-sponsor,
has created a Web site ( http://www.worldyouthday.com/ ) that will carry
information about the events in Rome. The site will webcast some of the
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