Category Archives: USCCB documents

GMD 137-141: Concluding Prayer

The bishops conclude Go and Make Disciples with a prayer. We need this prayer. I would certainly agree that Catholics in the United States need renewal. With the bishops, I believe there is indeed a “hunger of our nation for … Continue reading

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GMD 136: Every Catholic an Evangelizer

Structures don’t work unless people make them work. The bishops offer five ways in which believers can affirm the mission of Jesus Christ, even if their parish, diocese, and national conference offers them little or nothing: 1. Each individual Catholic … Continue reading

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GMD 133-135: National and Diocesan Structures

A brief chapter (GMD 133-136) discusses the bishops’ commitment to devoting personnel and personal effort to the cause. The bishops begin with themselves. Because this plan must involve every one of us, we bishops first of all pledge to implement it … Continue reading

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GMD 128-132: An Invitation

One of the shortest chapters (GMD 128-132) offers believers an invitation. Let’s examine it briefly. Click on the link if you’d like more detail. But it has a nice argument to it. GMD 128 recounts Jesus calling the fishermen (Mark … Continue reading

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GMD 127: Economic Questions

Wrapping up goal number three, the bishops aim to “involve Catholics, at every level, in questions of economic systems.” These concerns were addressed in earlier USCCB documents of the 1980’s, most notably Economic Justice for All. Strategies listed are: use … Continue reading

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GMD 126: Communications Media

I have a sense that if GMD were being written today, a whole raft of new media possibilities would be included under goal number three. As it is, the bishops urge Catholic involvement “on every level.” Let’s reflect on that a … Continue reading

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GMD 125: Catholics In Public Policy

You can check on the US bishops’ goal number three here. Today’s objective hopes to “involve every Catholic, on different levels, in areas of public policy.” Two of the given strategies focus on “education.” One suggests parish social justice education and … Continue reading

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GMD 124: Arts and Academia

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll chat briefly about the objective under that intent to infuse society with Christian values and spirit, “To encourage Catholic witness in the arts and in the American intellectual community.” Within the Church, … Continue reading

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GMD 123: Lay Spirituality

Where lay people live and work: this is also an area of concern under goal number three. The bishops look to explore how to evangelize in the workplace, support groups for professional persons, retreats and renewal days. For the last piece, … Continue reading

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GMD 122: Family Life

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll take a brief look at the objective “to foster the importance of the family.” As with yesterday’s objective, at first glance, one wonders about the connection with evangelization. But the truth is that … Continue reading

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GMD 121: To The Neighborhoods

The first of seven objectives for goal number three, spreading Gospel values throughout the nation, reads as follows: To involve parishes and local service groups in the needs of their neighborhood Six possible strategies are listed, including “raising of awareness of … Continue reading

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GMD 117-120: Bringing Values to the World

Here we are at the bishops’ final goal, number three. It reads in the document: 117. Goal III: To foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good … Continue reading

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GMD 116: Ecumenism

Let’s wrap up this chapter devoted to goal number two (GMD 104-116). In the last few posts in this series, we’ve looked at inactive believers, other Christians, and multicultural situations. The final listed task under the invitation to everyone in America … Continue reading

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GMD 115: Cultural Diversity

Engaging cultures other than that of the dominant English-speaking, European-tinged majority: this is seen as worth its own objective. To foster cultural diversity within the unity of the Church The bishops give a series of possible strategies to accomplish cultural … Continue reading

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GMD 114: Unchurched People

What about people who don’t go to church, and possibly never have? This section also advocates “programs” to reach out to people who are nominally Christian, but the fire of the Gospel has never been set in their souls. The … Continue reading

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