The call to communicate the Gospel

I am thrilled to hear that the Vatican is considering publishing a new document on communications. Aetatis Novae (At the Dawn of the New Era) has some wonderful points, but is already outdated. CNS (Catholic News Service) published some highlights from a current seminar that bishops from around the world are attending in Rome. Here is the link to the story.

I also had a chance today to read Pope Benedict’s Letter clarifying the reasons for the lifting of the excommunication from the Lefebvre bishops. His pastoral concern is admirable, but what struck me is how, in one brief sentence, he characterizes our times:

“The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light which comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects.”

Actually, the whole paragraph is very insightful. I find his words resound particularly in the world of the media. What a call to us as artists and writers to communicate the truth and hope of the Gospel!


One thought on “The call to communicate the Gospel

  1. Great words from the Pope. Insightful words and ideals are his forte. It’s his execution of the ideal (often a timing issue) that needs polishing. Communication of the Gospel shouldn’t be confined to academic prose.

    Perhaps, since I’m watching the Francis of Assisi biopic, I’m pining for Christian leadership that leads with its hands as much as its brain.

    That said, I’d best practise what I preach!


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