Evangelii Nuntiandi 52: Sorting Fish

A brief section which acknowledges that the situation of many baptized believers is not very different from those who have never known of Jesus:

52. This first proclamation is addressed especially to those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus, or to children. But, as a result of the frequent situations of dechristianization in our day, it also proves equally necessary for innumerable people who have been baptized but who live quite outside Christian life, for simple people who have a certain faith but an imperfect knowledge of the foundations of that faith, for intellectuals who feel the need to know Jesus Christ in a light different from the instruction they received as children, and for many others.

Among my colleagues in RCIA, this reality calls for an effort many describe as “sorting fish,” in which people who want to be Catholic are assessed in terms less of their status in the Church, and more to the extent they know and live the Gospel. Many unbaptized persons have more knowledge of Jesus, and often live lives more congruent to that of baptized Christians who have never had an opportunity to live their faith more fully.

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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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