Aparecida 287: A New Evangelization

“New Evangelization” is now part of a lingo for a worldwide Church. We need to pay attention to it. “New” is not greeted warmly by some Catholics. Some of us are accustomed to “timeless.” But different approaches from those of fifty or five hundred or even five years ago are necessary.

287. This constitutes a great challenge that deeply questions the way we are educating in the faith and how we are nourishing Christian living; a challenge that we must face decisively, boldly, and creatively, because in many places Christian initiation has been poor or fragmented. Either we educate in the faith, really putting people in contact with Jesus Christ and inviting them to follow Him, or we will not fulfill our mission of evangelization. We face the inescapable task of offering a workable approach to Christian initiation which besides indicating the “what,” also offers elements for the “who,” the “how,” and the “where” it is done. Thus we will take on the challenge of a new evangelization, to which we have been called repeatedly.

If by “education,” the bishops mean a more comprehensive formation, then we can affirm that totally. Nourish is the verb more in play these days. People have faith. They often lack motivation to go deeper.

Contact with Jesus: this is essential.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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