Evangelii Nuntiandi 30: Liberation and Evangelization

More reflection on liberation, which, we should all realize, is not a political dirty word for conservatives, but a quality of freedom which is an aspiration human, and God-willed.

30. It is well known in what terms numerous bishops from all the continents spoke of this at the last Synod, especially the bishops from the Third World, with a pastoral accent resonant with the voice of the millions of sons and daughters of the Church who make up those peoples. Peoples, as we know, engaged with all their energy in the effort and struggle to overcome everything which condemns them to remain on the margin of life: famine, chronic disease, illiteracy, poverty, injustices in international relations and especially in commercial exchanges, situations of economic and cultural neo-colonialism sometimes as cruel as the old political colonialism. The Church, as the bishops repeated, has the duty to proclaim the liberation of millions of human beings, many of whom are her own children- the duty of assisting the birth of this liberation, of giving witness to it, of ensuring that it is complete. This is not foreign to evangelization.

Would today’s institution, today’s pope, word it nearly in this way? The problem remains, and EN 30 describes the problem succinctly: people in the world spend more of themselves and their resources just treading very uncertain waters. Christ preached freedom from it in the Gospels. He blessed those who suffer. Can we do no less than preach as Christ did? And if we do so, are we not committed to agitating for change alongside sisters and brothers who suffer in ways we would not imagine. Or tolerate.

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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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