Category Archives: Vatican II documents

Ad Gentes 36

Ad Gentes topic of the day: cooperation, first of church members with missionary activity: As members of the living Christ, incorporated into Him and made like unto Him through baptism and through confirmation and the Eucharist, all the faithful are … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 35

We begin the final chapter of Ad Gentes today, “Cooperation” Since the whole Church is missionary, and the work of evangelization is a basic duty of the People of God, this sacred synod invites all to a deep interior renewal; … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 34

The end of Chapter V and the conclusion of Vatican II’s discussion of planning missionary activity: Since the right and methodical exercise of missionary activity requires that those who labor for the Gospel should be scientifically prepared for their task, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 33

More teamwork; in this section, men and women religious. The institutes engaged in missionary activity in the same territory should find ways and means of coordinating their work. Therefore, it will be very useful to have conferences of Religious men … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 32

Some legal stuff, the relatinship between a bishop and missionary institutes operating in a territory. Bringing a missionary effort to a conclusion in an area must be a bittersweet moment. The obvious ideal is that bishops and local clergy will … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 31

Bishops working together on issues seems to be an expectation. Episcopal conferences should take common counsel to deal with weightier questions and urgent problems, without however neglecting local differences. Lest the already insufficient supply of (people) and means be further dissipated, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 30

A bishop and his diocese have their responsibilities, including another nod to democracy and lay involvement: In order that the proper goals and results may be obtained, all missionary workers should have but “one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32) in … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 29

The role of bishops in missionary activity is an important one, starting first with groups and associations of bishops: Since the charge of proclaiming the Gospel in the whole world falls primarily on the body of bishops, the synod of … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 28

With Ad Gentes 28, we begin chapter V, “Planning Missionary Activity“ The Christian faithful, having different gifts (cf. Rom. 12:6), according to each one’s opportunity, ability, charisms and ministry (cf. 1 Cor. 3:10) must all cooperate in the Gospel. Hence … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 27

We arrive at the conclusion of chapter IV on missionaries themselves, with a concern that “lone ranger” ministry is not the course envisioned by the bishops. The council heaps praise on those who have labored with great tasks and under … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 26

This section speaks of the training needed for missionaries, starting with a christologically influenced formation in the Word. Those who are sent to different nations in order to be good ministers of Christ, should he nourished with the “words of … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 25

Ad Gentes now gives a list of ideal practices and qualities to have or to be developed by the missionary. I’ll outline them from the text below. To start with, we have seven practices, or “habits,” including a “special” formation: … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 24

Yet (a person) must respond to God Who calls, and that in such a way, that without taking counsel with flesh and blood (Gal. 1:16), he (or she) devotes (her or) himself wholly to the work of the Gospel. This response, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 23

With this post we begin chapter IV, “Missionaries.” Although every disciple of Christ, as far in (her or) him lies, has the duty of spreading the Faith, Christ the Lord always calls whomever He will from among the number of … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 22

The council bishops discuss the interplay of theology and what a “young Church” may have to offer the universal Church. The seed which is the word of God, watered by divine dew, sprouts from the good ground and draws from … Continue reading

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