Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 100fg: Losses Within Catholicism

Our experience with nones is not exclusively a North American lament: f) In recent decades we are concerned to see that on the one hand, many people are losing the transcendent sense of their lives and are giving up religious … Continue reading

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Aparecida 100e: Vocations

Let’s separate this fifth concern for its own post: e) The insufficient number of priests and their inequitable distribution mean that many communities cannot participate regularly in the celebration of the Eucharist. Recalling that the Eucharist makes the church, we … Continue reading

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Aparecida 100cd: Shadows in Evangelization, Catechesis, Pastoral Ministry

Evangelization problems run through these two sections. The Latin American bishops could well be speaking to us in North America. Or Europe. Or maybe just about anywhere in Catholicism. We have yet to grasp we’ve moved into a new era … Continue reading

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Aparecida 100ab: Shadows In Demographics and Ecclesial Health

Section 100 outlines “Shadows,” and they mention eight, in contrast to the seven of Aparecida #99. Let’s start with basic demographics, starting with the observation that 3 out of 7 Catholics in the world are Latin American: a) Latin America … Continue reading

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Aparecida 99defg: Highlights In Missionaries, Pastoral Renewal, Social Doctrine, Ecclesial Organization

The Aparecida bishops listed seven positive efforts in Latin American ministry. We looked at the first three some days ago. Here are the other four: d) The selfless commitment of so many men and women missionaries is striking. To this … Continue reading

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Aparecida 99abc: Highlighting Bible, Liturgy, Clergy

The Aparecida bishops list seven positive efforts in Latin American ministry. We’ll take these in two posts–spreading out the discussion a bit. 99. Pastoral efforts aimed at the encounter with the living Jesus Christ have produced and are still producing … Continue reading

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Aparecida 98: Summing the Situation

Part One, “The Life Of Our People Today” (19-100) comes to a conclusion with this numbered section and the two that follow. Describing the “Situation Of Our Church At This Historic Time Of Challenges.” A short post today: 98. The … Continue reading

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