Grey, the new black: New Evangelization, the New Proselytizing. Pfft. I love Jesus.

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A reader writes:

“When you have time, would you please explain what the New Evangelisation is? I hear/read the term a lot. Pope Francis has said on various occasions that Catholics are not to proselytise (not to convert people to the Catholic Faith) but I thought evangelisation (sharing the Gospel) involves proselytising. Hence, I am confused. Am I misunderstanding the terms “to proselytise” and “to evangelise” or is the “New Evangelisation” something different?”

Saint Pope John Paul II continuously used the phrase “New Evangelization” from the very beginning and throughout his pontificate. Benedict XVI followed suit. As did Francis. What they all mean exactly has been the subject of doctoral dissertations. I have to wonder if any of them actually settled on any kind of accurate description. But none of that matters. It’s how it’s used today, right now. And I have no idea what it’s all about.

Obviously, it’s all purposely unclear when no one defines the terms while causing world-class confusion and ambiguity and obfuscation and rancor and division and dissension on a continuous basis in the face of grave objections from basically everyone on the face of the earth. Since you can make of such confusion and ambiguity and obfuscation whatever you want, in the end it doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s just a tool for those considering themselves to be clever to bully others. And therefore it is to be ignored. There is nothing reasonable that one can do with… nothing. And whatever you do, don’t try to understand error as error is unreasonable by definition, and therefore cannot be understood.

On the one hand, maybe Pope Francis is simply calling to mind the admonition of Jesus:

  • “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” (Matthew 23:15)

On the other hand, maybe Pope Francis really hates the idea that anyone would get to know and love Jesus, Christ our God, our Savior, Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception.

I don’t know. He’s not clear. And, yes, that’s really annoying. For about 10 seconds. Then I get over it by ignoring it, because nothing means… well… nothing.

Meanwhile, for my part, in the worst case scenario, even if I were to be dismissed from the clerical state and excommunicated because of my wanting to share my love for Jesus (call that proselytizing or evangelizing or being just plain friendly), I will still share my love for Jesus in any way I can.

It is Jesus’ love which is stronger than all things, even death, bringing us to heaven.

It’s all so sad, I’ll grant you that. However, we are to be joyful in speaking of Christ’s good friendship. And if there are those who object of whatever class or rank, let them do their thing. For my part, I will continue to love Jesus and introduce others to Jesus.

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4 responses to “Grey, the new black: New Evangelization, the New Proselytizing. Pfft. I love Jesus.

  1. Aussie Mum

    Thank you Father. Your outlook is the best.

  2. nancyv

    “…and whatever you do, don’t try to understand error as error is unreasonable by definition and therefore cannot be understood” God bless you – for someone who likes to dot their i’s and cross their t’s, this new new evangelization has been agonizing…til now. Thank you.

  3. Catherine

    As the old timers would sometimes say, “as clear as mud”. Thank you for explaining Father George, Your explanation is clear and I appreciate it. God bless you and all here.

  4. Aussie Mum

    Father, you wrote “error is unreasonable by definition, and therefore cannot be understood”. Yes, that’s why it shocks when one gets to my age and looks back over the devastation that just keeps increasing. We were taught from childhood that we were to listen to our priests, bishops and the pope and follow their guidance because they know the truths of the faith and their authority to shepherd us comes from God. We trusted them all for so very long only to become aware later that some were corrupt, but the papacy was still in safe hands and we clung to John Paul II and Benedict XVI believing the pope would right the boat. Benedict XVI said at the beginning of his papacy “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves” and still most of us didn’t understand just how bad things were. Now the news today about two bishops and a cardinal. It’s staggering!

    Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, deputy president of the German Bishop’s Conference and one of the major shapers of Germany’s “Synodal Path”, has announced that Jesus Christ “became a human being, not a man”.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/vp-of-german-bishops-conference-christ-became-a-human-being-not-a-man

    Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo from Argentina, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gave Holy Communion to Argentina’s pro-abortion president and his current mistress when they attended Mass during the couple’s official visit to Rome. In a subsequent interview Bishop Sorondo cast those who object to adulterers and pro-abortion politicians receiving Holy Communion as fanatics and said that only Americans such as Cardinal Burke have a problem with it. He also misquoted St Paul and misrepresented both Canon Law and Cardinal Ratzinger’s communication with the USCCB in an attempt to justify his position.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-vatican-bishop-defends-giving-communion-to-pro-abortion-argentine-president-and-mistress
    This bishop is the one who two years ago said that “those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the (Communist) Chinese”.
    https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/china-is-the-best-implementer-of-catholic-social-doctrine-says-vatican-bishop/

    Cardinal Antonio Dos Santos Marto, leader of the Leiria-Fatima Diocese in Portugal, has implemented what is being called Pope Francis’ magisterial teaching re those who have remarried outside the Church after exiting a valid marriage. The first “accompanied” couple to complete the “path of discernment” organised by the Leiria-Fatima Diocese were readmitted to Holy Communion last year on May 13th, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/portuguese-cardinal-allows-divorced-and-remarried-catholics-to-receive-communion

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