What is the goal of apologetics in the modern Catholic Church?
By now, many of us all familiar with two statements by Pope Francis:
One, according to major evangelical leaders, the Pope is “not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism.” Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”? (From Fr. Longenecker’s Patheos blog).
Two, there was his statement to his now deceased friend Tony Palmer, a Charismatic Anglican bishop:
**"At one point, when [Anglican Bishop Tony] Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission.
“We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him."***
Pope’s Protestant friend dies, but push for unity lives (Boston Globe).
We see interfaith prayer services involving Popes, Cardinals, bishops, clergy, and laity. Never have I once heard an Ordinary Form priest state the necessity to seek the conversion of lost souls to the Catholic Church. Heck, I’ve never really heard a Byzantine priest say it either.
So, what is the point of Apologetics in today’s Catholic Church? Do organizations like Catholic Answers (among others) even have a purpose? I genuinely am curious.