[quote=Jaypeeto3]I am deeply disturbed in conscience by something Pope John Paul II and our current Holy Father Benedict XVI have been saying, several times over the years, namely, that Catholics should not prosyletize (evangelize with a view to winning converts).
They pledged to the Orthodox that Catholics would no longer prosyletize them in the BALAMAND DECLARATION, and even in the Holy Father’s new encyclical there is a brief denunciation of prosyletism.
Yet the catechism teaches that Catholics ARE to proclaim the gospel in it’s fullness to everybody. So why the trend toward condemning what Christ himself commanded us to do??
Is there an angle to this that I am missing??
Jesus did send his disciples to preach the good news of God’s kingdom. but he did include a couple of provisos (sp?)
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.” He also said to leave a town that does not accept God’s word, after shaking the dust from one’s feet in testimony. If a person or group of people don’t want to listen, a good, devout, and dedicated follower of Christ is not under any obligation to continue trying to get such persons to believe. Pray for them and move on to those who are open to the message. This is what Jesus directs us to do. peace Jim