Today, looking at the prophetic witness of believers in the city.
518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral agents, as disciples and missionaries, must to strive to develop:
i) Prophetic presence able to speak aloud on matters of values and principles of the Kingdom of God, even if it runs counter the views of all, provokes attacks, and remains only as proclamation. That is, that it be a beacon, a city placed on the hilltop to give light.
It’s a careful balance here. Remember that not every persecuted soul is suffering for the Gospel. Some people who run counter to majority views are just jerks. Most often, our intent is not pure. We do our best to center on the needs of others. Not our need to hear our own voice.
Lay people are needed involved with decisions:
j) A greater presence in decision-making centers in the city, both in administrative structures, and in community, professional or any other type of association to watch over the common good and promote the values of the Kingdom.
Many people give up on politics or administration in frustration. It is important to remain in the room where it happens. That includes church stuff:
k) Formation and accompaniment of lay men and women who, have influence in areas where public opinion is shaped and become organized among themselves and can serve as advisors for any ecclesial action.
Timely, as the bishops in the US are in desperate need of lay expertise to guide and shape action on cover-up and secrecy scandals.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.