Author Archives: John Donaghy

About John Donaghy

lay missioner with the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, since June 2007, helping in the parish of Dulce Nombre de María.

Aparecida 40: The Challenge of Gender Ideology

The bishops continue listing the challenges to evangelization. Paragraph 40, written in 2007, seems to me to reflect the concerns of bishops in North America and Europe, more than the concerns of the faithful in Latin America. I have found … Continue reading

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Aparecida 38-39: Cultural Challenges

In paragraph 38, the bishops lay part of the blame for the erosion of the tradition of popular at the feet of mass media. Mass media offers fantasy-filled images – but they lack a unifying meaning. They merely offer more … Continue reading

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Aparecida 35-37: Challenges of Meaning and Technology

The analysis of the reality of Latin America and the Caribbean begins in paragraph 35 with a theological discussion about reductionist approaches to reality that leave out God. For the bishops, globalization and technology have implications in “the life of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 33-35: The Challenge of Globalization:

The process of discerning the signs of the times begins in paragraph 33 and continues to the end of this section, paragraph 97. In paragraph 33, the bishops specifically note that their work of the meeting is a response to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 32: The Face of Christ

The final paragraph of this chapter on “Missionary disciples” is a short reflection on the face of Christ in the suffering.  In the face of Jesus Christ, dead and risen, bruised for our sins and glorified by the Father, in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 30-31: The Evangelizing Mission

The last section of this chapter is devoted specifically to the church’s mission of evangelization – the what and the how. Paragraph 30 presents a summary of the message: God’s love, “good news for the poor and sinners,” and above … Continue reading

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Aparecida 28-29: Joyful Missionary Disciples

Reading the Aparecida document, many times one can find themes which are central to Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, especially in this section of the Aparecida document, entitled “The Joy of Being Disciples and Missionaries of Jesus Christ.” The first … Continue reading

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Aparecida 26-27: The World and the Church

Evangelization is not merely quoting scripture or citing papal documents. For the Latin American bishops it has to include the concerns of society – especially the poor. Recalling the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Church is called to live … Continue reading

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Aparecida 23-25: Giving Thanks

The bishops’ analysis of the reality of Latin America begins in paragraph 23 with what might be called a prayer of thanksgiving. Blessed be God, Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every kind of blessing … Continue reading

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Aparecida 20-22: Starting in Hope

In the first section of Part One, the bishops analyze the role of the church in Latin America. The first section is entitled missionary disciples – not missionaries and disciples. In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 19: Starting Where We Are

Part One, “The Life of Our People Today,” begins with a note on the methodology used in the document. I commented on the methodology in a previous post. But what is striking about paragraph 19 is the praise heaped on … Continue reading

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Aparecida 15-18: Why The Bishops Write

The introduction closes with a few paragraphs that are exhortations, calling for joy and hope, noting how faith in Christ is the foundation for this document. As a sign of renewing hope, the bishops cite Pope Benedict in paragraph 15, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 13–14: Missionary Evangelization

The bishops at Aparecida recognize, in paragraph 13, that above all, “the challenge of revitalizing our way of being Catholic and our personal options for the Lord, so that Christian faith may become more deeply rooted in the heart of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 9-12: The Challenge of New Times

The bishops seek to recognize both the continuity of their message and the new challenges they need to face. They see their meeting at Aparecida as a new step in continuity with Vatican II and the previous general conferences. (¶9) … Continue reading

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Aparecida 6-8: The Giftedness of Latin America and the Caribbean

The bishops now turn, in paragraph 6, to give thanks to God: We accept the entire reality of our continent as gift: the beauty and fertility of its lands, the richness of humanity expressed in the [persons]*, families, peoples, and … Continue reading

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