Category Archives: USCCB documents

GMD 127: Economic Questions

Wrapping up goal number three, the bishops aim to “involve Catholics, at every level, in questions of economic systems.” These concerns were addressed in earlier USCCB documents of the 1980’s, most notably Economic Justice for All. Strategies listed are: use … Continue reading

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GMD 126: Communications Media

I have a sense that if GMD were being written today, a whole raft of new media possibilities would be included under goal number three. As it is, the bishops urge Catholic involvement “on every level.” Let’s reflect on that a … Continue reading

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GMD 125: Catholics In Public Policy

You can check on the US bishops’ goal number three here. Today’s objective hopes to “involve every Catholic, on different levels, in areas of public policy.” Two of the given strategies focus on “education.” One suggests parish social justice education and … Continue reading

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GMD 124: Arts and Academia

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll chat briefly about the objective under that intent to infuse society with Christian values and spirit, “To encourage Catholic witness in the arts and in the American intellectual community.” Within the Church, … Continue reading

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GMD 123: Lay Spirituality

Where lay people live and work: this is also an area of concern under goal number three. The bishops look to explore how to evangelize in the workplace, support groups for professional persons, retreats and renewal days. For the last piece, … Continue reading

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GMD 122: Family Life

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll take a brief look at the objective “to foster the importance of the family.” As with yesterday’s objective, at first glance, one wonders about the connection with evangelization. But the truth is that … Continue reading

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GMD 121: To The Neighborhoods

The first of seven objectives for goal number three, spreading Gospel values throughout the nation, reads as follows: To involve parishes and local service groups in the needs of their neighborhood Six possible strategies are listed, including “raising of awareness of … Continue reading

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GMD 117-120: Bringing Values to the World

Here we are at the bishops’ final goal, number three. It reads in the document: 117. Goal III: To foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good … Continue reading

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GMD 116: Ecumenism

Let’s wrap up this chapter devoted to goal number two (GMD 104-116). In the last few posts in this series, we’ve looked at inactive believers, other Christians, and multicultural situations. The final listed task under the invitation to everyone in America … Continue reading

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GMD 115: Cultural Diversity

Engaging cultures other than that of the dominant English-speaking, European-tinged majority: this is seen as worth its own objective. To foster cultural diversity within the unity of the Church The bishops give a series of possible strategies to accomplish cultural … Continue reading

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GMD 114: Unchurched People

What about people who don’t go to church, and possibly never have? This section also advocates “programs” to reach out to people who are nominally Christian, but the fire of the Gospel has never been set in their souls. The … Continue reading

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GMD 113: Inactive Catholics

They used to be called “fallen-away,” but these days they are a focus in what is called the “new” evangelization. My main problem with this section is the reliance on programs. Programs are best thought of as structures in which … Continue reading

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GMD 112: Invite

Just ask them. Ask them effectively, and I know they will come. It works. We continue with goal number two, and a twofold approach to inviting people to church. The bishops suggest very basic things for themselves: publicity that highlights … Continue reading

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GMD 111: Ministers of Evangelization

Continuing on our examination of goal number two (GMD 104-116), I’m interested in your thoughts on this. Does a specialized class of evangelization ministers doom an effort to broaden the effort of outreach to include all believers? Will the modern … Continue reading

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GMD 110: Evangelization at Special Times

Opportunity may present itself without our even heading for the streets. Sometimes people come to the Church. Are we ready to evangelize, or are we too tired? This continues a discussion on the GMD chapter (104-116) covering goal number two, … Continue reading

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