Synod on the Family 30: Everybody Evangelizes

window from insideRead the full synod document here.

Remember this document’s theme is both family/marriage and evangelization. We can’t escape that mandate from the Lord to all disciples. Even today, every believer, everyone who considers themselves sisters and brothers of Jesus, are bound to this commandment.

30. Evangelizing is the shared responsibility of all God’s people, each according to one’s  ministry and charism. Without the joyous testimony of married people and families,  proclamation, even if done in its proper way, risks being misunderstood or lost in a flurry of words which is characteristic of society today (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 50). On various occasions, the synod fathers emphasized that Catholic families, by reason of the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage, are called upon to be the active agents in every pastoral activity on behalf of the family.

How do you read this? A rejection of intellectual apologetics? A need to give good example in society? What about the notion that Marriage is a Sacrament of kerygma, and essential to the proclamation of the message of Christ?

In favor: 178 bishops. Opposed: 2. Abstaining: 3.


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