Saturday, 20 August 2011
The New Evangelization - no more BAU.
I was busy with study and missed this earlier in the year. There's some good meat in
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH - LINEAMENTA (outline,) published in preparation for the SYNOD OF BISHOPS XIII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Ocober 2012.
Here's an extract:
A new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew, go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons. The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself, a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programmes are simply to proceed as they did in the past. Today, a "business as usual" attitude can no longer be the case. Some local Churches, already engaged in renewal, reconfirm the fact that now is the time for the Church to call upon every Christian community to evaluate their pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their programmes and activities.
It's not to late to read it and get your communuty engaged in discussing the appended questions and communicating your thoughts to the bishop. The New Evangelization is singularly the most important and critical matter facing the Church, because it is related to the primary task of the Church. And I don't have to tell you what that is! We're getting much to bogged down in the Church around issues of liturgical practice and defensiveness around matters of sexual abuse, the Holy Spirit is calling us to reorient ourselves in line with our baptismal calling. Let's step up to the plate!