Skip to comments.Cardinal Wuerl: Synod Strives to Turn Back 'Tsunami of Secularism'
Posted on 10/05/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT by marshmallow
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the Synod of Bishops, which opens Oct. 7 with a papal Mass in St. Peter's Square, some 250 prelates from around the world will meet for three weeks to talk and pray about the new evangelization.
Long after the bishops have expressed their diverse views, Pope Benedict XVI will have the last word in an authoritative document of reflections called a post-synodal apostolic exhortation. In the meantime, none of the participants has a better overview of the Vatican gathering, or of the questions it will examine, than Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.
As the synod's relator, Cardinal Wuerl has reviewed preliminary suggestions from bishops' conferences around the world and synthesized them in a speech he will deliver in Latin at the first working session Oct. 8. The cardinal will address the assembly again 10 days later, once more in Latin, to summarize hundreds of speeches by his fellow bishops.
Initiated by Blessed John Paul II and eagerly embraced by his successor, the new evangelization is a project aimed at reviving Catholic faith in increasingly secular societies, especially the wealthiest Western nations.
For Cardinal Wuerl, it is also an opportunity to fulfill the goal for which Blessed John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council: a faithful presentation of Catholic teachings in a way "attractive to a very rapidly changing culture."
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...Catholic teachings in a way “attractive to a very rapidly changing culture.”
They already tried this with Vatican II, and it was a catastrophic, resounding failure.
To explain a better response, I will cite Alvin Toffler’s book “Future Shock”, but only insofar as he was downright accurate that, while society is taking huge technological leaps forward, people are being increasingly overwhelmed and left behind in their mind and spirit.
The solution to this, from the point of the church, is *not* to issue parishioners iPods and give sermons via Twitter; but instead to offer them transcendent spiritual order and solidity, constancy in a rapidly changing world.
No matter the noise and haste of the rest of the world, people should find peace, quiet, temperance and morality in the church, not just in physical buildings or the monastic life, but within themselves and their families, no matter how small their island of faith in the turbulent sea.
This is not to say that it is not needed in the physical churches and monasteries. In fact there is such a craving for such sanctuaries from the tempest that they cannot be expanded fast enough for the demand.
Were the church to build and offer such peaceful retreats to those other than Catholics, it would be overwhelmed by people desperate to escape the technological torrent and cacophony.
“Peace through faith” should be the direction of reform, that the secular world offers only distraction, violence and confusion, not balance and harmony in spirit.