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Old Jul 11, '12, 5:12 am
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Default Cardinal Cottier on Evangelization

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here are some excepts from an excellent interview:
Cardinal Cottier on Evangelization
Witness of Vatican II Speaks About What's Worked Best in 50 Years
By Jose Antonio Varela Vidal

VATICAN CITY, JULY 10, 2012 ( Living in a small apartment of Vatican City is one of the most experienced theologians the contemporary Church has had...
We are referring to Swiss Cardinal Georges Cottier, OP, university professor for decades, former secretary of the International Theological Commission and former papal theologian, very close to the thought of the present Pope. ZENIT spoke with the 90-year-old cardinal and thus we begin a series of interviews in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the convocation of the Second Vatican Council...

Cardinal Cottier: I believe that, basically, there must be an act of faith in the Church. The great crisis that appeared after the Council in many Catholics, was that they did not regard the Church as a mystery of faith, as Body of Christ, people of God, Bride of Christ Ė all these beautiful images -- but as a sociological event. So, why does this happen? Because some are mistaken in the idea. Hence it is that the first need consists in having eyes of faith on the Church, as well as a serious study of the Council, because I donít know if the documents have been sufficiently studied to be accepted. Having said this, itís true that in my generation, more than in young generations, there are persons with nostalgia for what they have lived <in the past>. However, in regard to this, one must be able to give some things up.

...ZENIT: Speaking of the New Evangelization. How do you see this appeal of the Pope? What must be stressed?

Cardinal Cottier: The New Evangelization means two things: first the missionary tradition of the Church which has always existed, because she is now in a new world in which I see two phenomena: the first is globalization, which wasnít there before, and the crisis of the West. This is the background of the New Evangelization: we must not say new things. We are faced with a Christianity in the West, especially in Europe more than in America, where people -- although they know Christianity Ė have disconnected themselves. And why is this happening? Maybe because we use traditional structures to give the sacraments, but perhaps we havenít continued preaching the Gospel. When it becomes something social, people let themselves be led by traditions, by customs and the content is vitiated. Thus we have a generation -- including in Christian families -- a youth that knows nothing about Christianity, a generation that some have called illiterate, and rightly so.

ZENIT: In your opinion, do you think Catholics know how to preach and proclaim Jesus?

Cardinal Cottier: Ah, it depends, in reality I donít know if we know how. This depends on the grace of God. We are Dominicans and I think a great effort must be made. But Jesus must be preached and Christian education, catechesis, must also be imparted. Because there is preaching that causes an impact, letís say that wakes one up Ė and this is ordinarily done by Protestant Evangelicals -- with much emotion, but I donít know if this lasts a lifetime. I would say that the subject of proclamation must never be separated from that of catechesis, because the evil is ignorance and itís not enough to have a conversion for the moment. The faith must be lived. (Underlining is mine)
Full interview may be read HERE
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