Rorate Caeli

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.

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".