Catholic Insight and Jubilee 2000.In one of Raymond Carver's short stories a young wife wanders restlessly through the night while her husband is deep in slumber. Finally she puts her hands on the covers of the bed and asks, "God? Can you help us, God?"
It's an apt expression of the bewilderment of modern man who, by his own boastful admission, has grown beyond the need for God, but is still compelled by an ache without ceasing to throw a vague question into the darkness: "God, can you help us?"
As pointed out in the documents of Vatican II Noun 1. Vatican II - the Vatican Council in 1962-1965 that abandoned the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledged ecumenism and made other reforms
Second Vatican Council
Vatican Council - each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church , specifically Gaudium et spes Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, was one of the chief accomplishments of the Second Vatican Council. Approved by a vote of 2,307 to 75 of the bishops assembled at the council, and was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December , this question, which comes with increasing insistence, urgency and pathos in today's world, is answered in the person of Christ.
And as the Holy Father notes in his apostolic ap·os·tol·ic ap·os·tol·i·cal
1. Of or relating to an apostle.
a. Of, relating to, or contemporary with the 12 Apostles.
b. letter, Tertio millenio adveniente, Christianity is essentially different from all other religions because it begins with the Incarnation of the Word of God: "Here, it is not simply a case of man seeking God but of God who comes in Person to speak to man of himself and to show him the path by which he may be reached..." (Tma #6).
Why does God seek man out? John Paul The name John Paul might refer to: Full name
As the time draws near for the celebration of the great Jubilee The Great Jubilee in 2000 was a major event in the Roman Catholic Church, held from December 24, 1999 to January 6, 2001. Like other previous Jubilee years, it was a celebration of the mercy of God and forgiveness of sins. of the year 2000, the Holy Father exhorts all to prepare for this event, keeping in mind this fundamental meaning of Redemption. The primary objective of the Jubilee, he notes, is "the strengthening of faith and of the witness of Christians. It is therefore necessary to inspire in all the faithful a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for conversion and personal renewal in a context of ever more intense prayer and of solidarity with one's neighbor, especially the most needy" (Tma #42).
At Catholic Insight, the editorial board has spent the last two meetings rereading the apostolic letter. We hope to bring articles focussing on the person of Jesus Christ--the person of the Trinity on whom we are asked to reflect for 1997--and on the call to conversion and evangelization e·van·gel·ize
v. e·van·gel·ized, e·van·gel·iz·ing, e·van·gel·iz·es
1. To preach the gospel to.
2. To convert to Christianity.
To preach the gospel. . The article by Catherine Collins in the present edition is the first instalment in this endeavour.
Meanwhile, we must continue our program of examining the Church in Canada. The Holy Father had set aside 1995 and 1996 for a collective examination of conscience Examination of conscience is a review of one's past thoughts, words and actions for the purpose of ascertaining their conformity with, or difformity from, the moral law. Among Christians, this is generally a private review; secular intellectuals have, on occasion, published , noting that although the Church is "holy because of her incorporation into Christ, [she] does not tire of doing penance penance (pĕn`əns), sacrament of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Eastern churches. By it the penitent (the person receiving the sacrament) is absolved of his or her sins by a confessor (the person hearing the confession and conferring the : before God and man she always acknowledges as her own her sinful sons and daughters." John Paul adds that "Acknowledging the weaknesses of the past is an act of honesty and courage which helps us to strengthen our faith. . ." (Tma #33).
Two areas of particular concern in the Church in Canada are investigated at some length in this issue of C.I.: the troubled Catholic school system, which is under attack from without but also suffers in many instances from loss of faith within, and the worldwide movement to "reform" the Catholic Church, which has as its Canadian counterpart the Catholics of Vision.
The situation with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA OECTA Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association ) should be taken seriously. It exemplifies the steady secularization of Catholic schools not only in Ontario but across the country. The pervasive indifference of Catholic parents, when coupled with the undermining of the Catholicity of our schools by people within the system, will make it impossible for Catholic schools to survive. Catholics will cease to believe--evidently, some of them already have--that Catholic schools are worth the effort to maintain.
The situation within the Catholic schools mirrors that of the entire Church, where sporadic challenges to the authority of the magisterium mag·is·te·ri·um
n. Roman Catholic Church
The authority to teach religious doctrine.
[Latin, the office of a teacher or other person in authority, from magister, master; see have converged into a movement to reform the Church. Catholics of Vision Canada may "gut the Catholic Church" as one bishop has put it.
A telling illustration of the attitude of these recalcitrant recalcitrant adjective Poorly responsive to therapy "visionaries" is a note in their promotional package for gathering signatures. One of the suggested lines to garner support from our separated brethren is "We're asking for the things Protestants take for granted."
Needless to say, the above is an example of false ecumenism ecumenism
Movement toward unity or cooperation among the Christian churches. The first major step in the direction of ecumenism was the International Missionary Conference of 1910, a gathering of Protestants. . True ecumenism, however, is stressed repeatedly by the Holy Father: repentance of and conversion from those sins which destroy the unity willed by God for his Church. This he sees as of particular importance in the forthcoming Jubilee year Jubilee year
fiftieth year; liberty proclaimed for all inhabitants. [O.T.: Leviticus 25:8–13]
See : Freedom , and it naturally involves strengthening the knowledge of our own faith, so that all ecumenical efforts spring from a well-grounded appreciation of the beauty and tradition of Catholicism.
Thus Catholic Insight, starting its fifth year, is setting its sights high. We take as our watchword, "Unless the Lord build the house, in vain do the builders labour". It is clear that there is a great deal of work to be done and that we are in need of many efforts to build the civilization of love. In the words of Pope John Paul Pope John Paul is the name of two Popes of the Roman Catholic Church:
We ask for your prayers and support for these apostolic efforts.