Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Synod of Bishops: spotted among the interventions ....

Each Bishop speaking at the Synod is asked to write a summary of their intervention for publication in the twice-daily bulletin of the Synod. Spotted among the interventions published today:

H. Em. Rev. Card. Stanisław RYŁKO, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity , speaking on the particular part that the new movements and ecclesial communities are able to play in evangelisation.

H. Em. Rev. Card. Timothy Michael DOLAN, Archbishop of New York, speaking on the Sacrament of Penance as the sacrament of the new evangelisation, it being the sacrament by which those who are to evangelise are themselves converted to God.

A hard-hitting intervention from H. Em. Rev. Card. Zenon GROCHOLEWSKI, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, addressing the question as to why Catholic educational institutions fail so badly in evangelising. He suggested three strategems in response, with a reference more to higher education than to schools: the necessity of a personal, living contact with God among faculty; the importance of the Magisterium with regard to the evangelising mission of theologians; the need to overcome that pride which desires (academic) importance and public recognition.

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