Aparecida 491-492: A New Aeropagus

When the Aparecida bishops write of New Types Of Aeropagus And Decision Making Centers, they allude to Acts 17 where Saint Paul speaks up in that place of Greek forum. His preaching didn’t result in a Mass conversion, as Peter’s did at the commencement of the Acts of the Apostles, but the dream of an immediate worldwide conversion to Christ isn’t within the realm of possibility. At least easily so. A critical nudge of persuasion the hope:

491. We want to congratulate and encourage the many disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ who with their coherent ethical presence, continue to sow the gospel values in the environments where culture is traditionally created and in the new types of aeropagus: the world of communications, peace building, the development and liberation of peoples, especially of minorities, the promotion of women and children, ecology and protection of nature, and the “immense ‘Areopagus’ of culture, scientific research, and international relations.”(Redemptoris Missio 37) Evangelizing culture, far from abandoning the preferential option to the poor and the commitment to reality, arises out of passionate love for Christ who accompanies the People of God in the mission of inculturating the gospel in history, ardent and tireless in its Samaritan charity.

Pope John Paul II’s above thought suggests that formation of those critical to public forum decisions can be undertaken:

492. A very important task is the formation of thinkers and people who occupy decision-making positions. To that end, we must employ effort and creativity in the evangelization of business people, politicians, and opinion makers, the world of labor, and union, cooperative, and community leaders.

Remember to check the English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference if you wish a deeper look at this document.

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