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Families and the new evangelisation: Some reflections before the third extraordinary general assembly of the synod of bishops

Rymarz, Richard (2014) Families and the new evangelisation: Some reflections before the third extraordinary general assembly of the synod of bishops. Australasian Catholic Record, 91 (2). pp. 203-213. ISSN 0727-3215

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Abstract

An important theme in the contemporary disposition of the church toward the wider culture is the need for a new evangelisation. The thinking was given great impetus by St John Paul II. Whilst a bold strategy, there is little doubt that any attempt to evangelise contemporary secular cultures also presents significant challenges. The church, understood however as an agent of evangelisation not by choice but by its very nature, must carry on its Pauline mission with an eye to more long-term goals and not be discouraged by the task ahead of it. The commitment to engage the wider culture needs to be consistent, realising that the task ahead is difficult but that its difficulty can be mitigated by intelligence and resourcefulness. As Lonergan remarked: 'Ours is a new age, and enormous tasks lie ahead. But we shall be all the more likely to surmount them, if we take the trouble to understand what is going forward and why.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Catholic Church, Secularization, Economy of God, Catholic Church
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Church History
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 13:06
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 13:06
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2672

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