=Geist;8939799]This may seem odd from someone in RCIA…but almost all of us are there because we married a Catholic.
I can honestly say I’ve never been approached by a Catholic for conversion.
Mormons? Yes. Born again? Yes. Chabad Lubavitch? Yes. Baptists? Yes.
What exactly does Catholic evangelism entail and how does it differ form any of the above? or does it consist solely of marrying non-Catholics? Its definitely a fun way…but perhaps not so efficient!
And why have I never heard of Catholic evangelicism?
GREAT and very fair question.
As a 67 year Old life long catholic, I can identify with your view.
Catechesis within the CC was all but desimated in the post Vatican II era. Either there was no catechesis or it was greatly watered down. Homilies’ changed fron “Faith Matters” to moral stories and feelings. This was a time [and this still exist in segments] when many “catholic intellectuals” who Knew more or Knew better than God, the pope, the magisterium and anyone who disagreed with them [made up of very many Bishops, priest, religious and some cardnals too] whio felt that the church NEEDED TO CHANGE. The thinking of the “Seemless Garment Theology” was that if Protestants would not change and accept our catholic beliefes; then we MUST become more like them to make the unification and One Church [that the bible speaks about] a reality.
Yet God remains ALWAY’s In CHARGE. So the “remnant church” that was founded by Christ retianed a presence and in recent years has even grown in size and power. We have seen now two consecutive heads of the USCCB [United States Catholic Bishops] who are staunchly Pro-Catholic /Pro Rome. [Thank you Jesus!]:).
This year that we are in has been called the ’The year of “Re-Evangelization” because our Pope and the vatican know it is needed. The emphasis is on converting once Catholic Countries that were strongly Catholic and have lost there way and there faith. Certainly the USA is part of this need.
The need is Great, is Urgent and ALL of us are called to take an active role in this effort. leading by our own example and prayer life. Great strides are being made; the recent changes in our Liturgy text being a key part of it.
Evangualazation OUGHT to start in our homes! Thank God that it is still taking place.
So my friend, each of us is called by God to take an activre role. I know in my many years of teaching I have always stresses this ROLE is for everyone. Perhaps not in the same manner; but as God has enabled each of us to do. I pray you too will become a important part of the necessary solution:thumbsup:
God Bless you,