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Note on Evangelization


The 19-page "Doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelization" of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which will be made public next Friday, was signed last December 3, Feast of Saint Francis Xavier.

Some excerpts of the note were reported by Andrea Tornielli in today's edition of Il Giornale. Some excerpts (Petrus):

Mentioning the Council, the Note recalls that truth "cannot be imposed except by the force of truth itself", but explains that to honestly stimulate the intelligence and freedom of a person "towards an encounter with Christ" cannot be considered an undeserved interference: the incorporation of new members to the Church is not, in fact, the extension of a group of power, but the "admission to a web of friendhip" with Jesus.

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Regarding ecumenism, the Note explains that the simple fact that a non-Catholic Christian decides to enter into the communion of the Church of Rome is not be considered negative "proselytism".

8 comments:

Brad C said...

Regarding ecumenism, the Note explains that the simple fact that a non-Catholic Christian decides to enter into the communion of the Church of Rome is not be considered negative "proselitism".

So non-Catholics cannot be evangelized but must spontaneously "decide" to convert or else we are engaging in "proselytism"? I hope this is not what the document says. I guess we'll find out next Friday.

Thom Falter said...

Please, yes, let's wait until the document comes out before we critique it!

Anonymous said...

On a parellel note, I would bring to everyone's attention that the new Biblical Commentary available from clerus, is markedly hostile to Sacred Tradition.

CF. http://www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en2/index.htm

On the passage of 2 Thess 2:14 (which it cites under 2 Thess 2:15), it does not reference Denz 602 (303), which expressely cites the passage, but a host of other commentaries which do not expressly mention it along with the V2 Document, Dei Verbum, which only mentions it in a footnote to Dens 602 (303)!

And then the poor English speaking priest, who may notice that, and try to read the Denz passage, has to read the Denz passage in Latin; if you can't read Latin you won't know that an infallible Ecumenical Council actually gave authoritative commentary on this passage of St. Paul!

But of course those opposed to Sacred Tradition, as Cardinal Hoyos says, are only a small minority, and our efforts must be poised with fraternal charity to help them come to an appreciation of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The irony here is glacial.

The fraternal charity needs to start in the Curia.

Well at least everything is on public display now; no one can claim someone like me is a crank for seeing it.

poeta said...

No, truth cannot be imposed, but error can certainly be suppressed.

AnonGuy said...

"On a parellel note, I would bring to everyone's attention that the new Biblical Commentary available from clerus, is markedly hostile to Sacred Tradition."

"On a parallel note..."?

The post was about the CDF's coming document on evengelization. Instead of commenting on that, you choose to go off on some random tangent about how the new biblical commentary is hostile to Tradition... Man, go take a break. You are so disillusioned by your own rants that you can't even bring yourself to properly comment on the actual topic of a blog post.

In all charity go have a listen to Fr. Chad Ripperger's sermon on Traditionalist Problems: http://www.sensustraditionis.org/webaudio/Sermons/Disk2/Problems.mp3 ...That, and a nice cold glass of beer might help.

P. said...

The fraternal charity needs to start in the Curia.

It needs to start here. The meagre evidence you present by no means proves that "the new Biblical Commentary available from clerus, is markedly hostile to Sacred Tradition" - unless it's read through the most uncharitable, prejudging lenses.

The idea that a Biblical Commentary which cross-references the Fathers and the Catechism of Trent is "hostile to Sacred Tradition" is preposterous and verging on libellous.

I love this blog but am regularly exasperated by the comments pages. A house divided cannot stand. Can we all just try and "speak the truth in love" and retain some perspective.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Sacred Tradition, I think we should all pray for it's return. It might seem like it's not likely, but it is more so since the election of Benedict XVI, and some new people moving into offices in the Curia.

Also we should take a moment today to pray for one of the greatest champions of sacred Catholic Tradition, and the Tridentine Latin Mass who died this week....ALFONS MARIA CARDINAL STICKLER, S.D.B., who was 97, the oldest of all the Cardinals in the Church. Thank God that Cardinal Stickler lived to see a return of the Tridentine Latin Mass with Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Stickler was a great priest, bishop and Cardinal. He stood for the true Catholic Church.
May He rest in Peace.
ALFONS MARIA CARDINAL STICKLER, S.D.B.
Born: Neunkirchen, (Archdiocese of Vienna), Aug. 23, 1910
Ordained: March 27, 1937 for the Salesians of Saint John Bosco.
Consecrated an Archbishop (titular See of Bolsena) and Papal Librarian/Archivist by Pope John Paul II, November 1, 1983
Created a Cardinal in the Public Consistory of May 25, 1985 by Pope John Paul II.
Died: December 12, 2007 at 97, in Rome, Italy.
ALFONS MARIA CARDINAL STICKLER, ORA PRO NOBIS !!

Jordan Potter said...

the new Biblical Commentary available from clerus, is markedly hostile to Sacred Tradition.

As others have said, you have insufficient evidence to justify imputing markedly hostile motives to those who compiled the new Bibliaclerus site. What you found could be just an oversight, and in charity you are obliged to assume that's all it is. Since you found this oversight, you should tell the Congregation for Clergy so they can update their database.