8/29/2013 Bishop begins special writing series on new evangelization
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will close out the Year of Faith with a series of pastoral essays on the new evangelization, an initiative promulgated during the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II and renewed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
In his first installment, Bishop O’Connell poses the question, “The ‘New’ Evangelization: What’s ‘New’ About It?” He relates that the concept “describes an effort in the Catholic Church to reach out to baptized Catholics who have, for any number of reasons, drifted from the practice of the Catholic faith.”
Attributing this drift to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the faith, the bishop asks, “. . .
How can one practice what one does not understand? And how can one understand what one does not know? And how can one know what one is not taught?”
(See page 3 for full text of Part I) The series, which will appear in consecutive issues of The Monitor, will explore several key areas and their impact on the new evangelization. They include: adult faith formation; Catholic education; parish religious education, and the transformation/conversion of culture.