Even in the late 80s, we still had a sense of optimism about Vatican II. One affirmation is the raising up of local disciples, including clergy and even bishops. This has certainly increased in the past thirty years:
2. The Council has already borne much fruit in the realm of missionary activity. There has been an increase of local churches with their own bishops, clergy and workers in the apostolate. The presence of Christian communities is more evident in the life of nations, and communion between the churches has led to a lively exchange of spiritual benefits and gifts.
An increased involvement of the laity began before Vaticna II, but the Council certainly didn’t end it. Some praise for one fruit of lay presence: dialogue with others.
The commitment of the laity to the work of evangelization is changing ecclesial life, while particular churches are more willing to meet with the members of other Christian churches and other religions, and to enter into dialogue and cooperation with them. Above all, there is a new awareness that missionary activity is a matter for all Christians, for all dioceses and parishes, Church institutions and associations.
Do you remember promotion of the missions decades ago? “Some give by going; some go by giving.” I think church institutions see evangelization and mission with more warmth, but we still have a long way to go before parishes make it a local mission.
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