I have no doubt she is a lovely young woman and I'm very pleased she is willing to stand up for her faith and proclaim she is a Catholic. The problem is: is the faith she is proclaiming actually Catholic? Let's take a look.
She says "I think belief is a really personal thing....you're the only person who can decide what's right for you."
Somewhat Existentialist, methinks and no mention of God.
The article continues
She's not sure about the need for organised religion, but she likes to know that God loves her.
So she doesn't see the need to go to Mass; she has obviously never found Mass beautiful, profound, mysterious. Yet she likes to experience God's love. Yes, God loves her no one will deny that.
Shall we continue?
While she does read the Bible and pray on her own, she feels she can experience God in lots of ways....she is happy to pick and mix the bits of her Catholic upbringing which still make sense to her, and to blend with different cultural elements she has encountered.
So, Hannah is founding the church of Hannah; her own blend of nice and cosy things that make her feel good, and that she can rationalise. Doesn't sound very Catholic to me.
Shall we continue?
Something which might surprise you about Hannah: Like 32% of young Catholics, Hannah believes Jesus was a very holy/wise man.
This is just bizarre. Who wrote it and what are they trying to say. What do the other 68% of Catholic young people think? I hope they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the Father and the Second Person of the Trinity. I hope they know their Creed and love their Faith. However, these 32% need help. Jesus Christ cannot be just one wise and holy guy among many other gurus throughout the ages. The position is untenable. If you read scripture, Jesus is either the Son of God or he is a dangerous, deceitful blasphemer. You don't get crucified by Pontius Pilate at the behest of the Jews of Jerusalem, for being a nice/wise/holy guy.
I do hope the entire piece about Hannah is ironic. I hope it is showing how much work needs to be done with the young people of this country to make them know, love and serve God through their faith and devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. I hope it is showing that our young are lost sheep and in need of good pastors to channel their energies and enthusiasm.
Sadly, I fear the article is celebrating young people like Hannah. One feels that the Bishop's Conference feels Hannah and her friends are the future of the Church. They very well may be the future of the Church, but not without some pretty urgent catechisis and contact with the Fullness of Faith in all its beauty, majesty, humility and love.