Den katolske kirke i Norge har det siste 18 månedene startet opp med “evangeliseringsuker”; her i Stavanger hadde vi nettopp en tidligere i april. Noen syns at ordene evangelisering og katolsk passer dårlig sammen, og det er nok slik at man for 10 år siden ikke kunnet snakket så tydelig om evangelisering i Den katolsk kirke i Norge.
Også andre steder er dette temaet kontroversielt; nylig har dte vært en ganske intens blog-debatt om dette på katolske blogger i USA, les her:
There has been a lively discussion at Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s blog over his post on his experience at the Evangelical Catholic Institute the weekend before. Fr. Mike and I also attended the Evangelical Catholic Institute (I spoke several times) – as did Cardinal Avery Dulles, who gave one of the keynotes.
There seems to be two issues: 1) simply the term “evangelical Catholic” which is perceived by some as off-putting in and of itself; and 2) the fear that focusing on calling Catholics to a personal relationship with Christ, to intentional discipleship, is somehow a rejection and/or minimization of the role of the Church and magisterium. If we lay down our catechism for a moment, we are repudiating doctrine and revelation and the authority of the Church’s teaching altogether and becoming Protestant.
What is, alas, no longer surprising for me, is to see clergy and lay people that I know to be devoted to Church teaching and meticulous about teaching with the Church being dismissed as covert dissenters because they are talking about the same thing that Pope Benedict has spoken about so movingly: personally following and entrusting one’s life to Christ.
Les videre om dette HER og HER.