Ecclesiae Sanctae III 1

To apply the Decree more readily and faithfully, the following are set down:

Let’s begin the body of the document with a small nibble.

1. Mission Theology should be so incorporated in the teaching and development of theological doctrine that the missionary nature of the Church may be fully brought to light. In addition, the Lord’s plans of preparing for the Gospel and the possibility of salvation for those to whom the Gospel has not been preached are to be examined and the necessity of evangelization and incorporation in the Church is to be made clear. (Ad Gentes 1)

All these points are then to be taken into account in arranging studies in seminaries and universities in the proper sequence. (Ad Gentes 39)

“Mission Theology,” what’s to be made of that? How can the Church’s exploration of the various disciplines of liturgy, moral theology, systematics, childhood catechesis, sacramental prep, be engaged with that dimension of “mission theology”?

I would say there are more aspects of the faith than just teaching and doctrine that could be drawn into the discussion. On a parish level, social life, social justice, and of course, worship.

The focus of Ad Gentes, and this document is on those who have yet to hear the Gospel being preached. Do you suppose this task is easier or harder than the re-evangelization of inactive Christians? In what ways might it be one or the other?

Other comments?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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