EG 61: Some Cultural Challenges

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneIn sections 61 through 67 in Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis discusses “Some cultural challenges.” Let’s get started today with the read:

61. We also evangelize when we attempt to confront the various challenges which can arise.[Cf. Propositio 13] On occasion these may take the form of veritable attacks on religious freedom or new persecutions directed against Christians; in some countries these have reached alarming levels of hatred and violence. In many places, the problem is more that of widespread indifference and relativism, linked to disillusionment and the crisis of ideologies which has come about as a reaction to anything which might appear totalitarian. This not only harms the Church but the fabric of society as a whole. We should recognize how in a culture where each person wants to be bearer of his or her own subjective truth, it becomes difficult for citizens to devise a common plan which transcends individual gain and personal ambitions.

Sometimes those complaining against their assessment of relativism are themselves driven by ideologies of distrust. With the mention of finding a shared plan for the betterment of a community (local, internet, or the world) Pope Francis hints here that dialogue of some kind, a sharing of ideas and perspectives, is very necessary to aim people on a good path.

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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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