GMD 38-40: Inactive Brothers and Sisters

These three sections of Go and Make Disciples acknowledge the situation of Catholics who were once with us but no longer express an active faith life.

The bishops concede some of the many reasons: poor formation, alienation from Church teaching or people of the Church.

GMD 40 contains the “official” stance to those who are inactive in the practice of faith:

As a community of faith, we want to welcome these people to become alive in the Good News of Jesus, to make their lives more fully a part of the ongoing story of salvation and to let Christ touch, heal, and reconcile them through the Holy Spirit. We want to let our inactive brothers and sisters know that they always have a place in the Church and that we are hurt by their absence—as they are. We want to show our regret for any misunderstandings or mistreatment. And we want to help them see that, however they feel about the Church, we want to talk with them, share with them, and accept them as brothers and sisters. Every Catholic can be a minister of welcome, reconciliation, and understanding to those who have stopped practicing the faith.

Where we have the least difficulty: devising “programs” for returning Catholics. The most difficulty? With the understanding that active Catholics can be those ministers of welcome.

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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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One Response to GMD 38-40: Inactive Brothers and Sisters

  1. Jim McCrea says:

    http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview

    A BIG HEART OPEN TO GOD
    September 30, 2013 Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
    The exclusive interview with Pope Francis

    “Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.

    The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage.”

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