EG 251: Other Religions

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis counsels we keep in mind the difference between and the relationship of the proclamation of the Gospel (kerygma) and the personal communication each of us has with other people. He draws on the previous two popes, cautioning against the dangers of extreme positions:

251. In this dialogue, ever friendly and sincere, attention must always be paid to the essential bond between dialogue and proclamation, which leads the Church to maintain and intensify her relationship with non-Christians.[Cf. Propositio 53] A facile syncretism would ultimately be a totalitarian gesture on the part of those who would ignore greater values of which they are not the masters. True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”.[Redemptoris Missio 56] What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another.[Cf. Benedict XVI, Address to the Roman Curia (21 December 2012): AAS 105 (2006), 51; Ad Gentes, 9; CCC 856]

This distinction isn’t terribly difficult, but many believers do find this basic discernment problematic.

Evangelii Gaudium is online here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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