Synod offers concrete suggestions for New Evangelization
CWN - October 29, 2012
In a final list of 58 propositions submitted to Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization said that the Church must combat challenges including “at times outright religious persecution, at other times a widespread indifference, interference, restriction, or harassment.”
The propositions approved in the final sessions of a Synod are regarded as confidential, since they are offered as suggestions to the Roman Pontiff. However Pope Benedict authorized the release of the 58 propositions, together with unofficial translations.
Among their recommendations, the Synod fathers suggested:
- -the establishment of a special commission on religious liberty (Proposition #16);
- - a renewed effort to teach “a correct anthropology, that is enlightened by natural reason”—highlighting the importance of natural law;
- - attention to “the way of beauty” as a means of attracting people to the faith;
- - new initiatives to encourage use of the sacrament of Penance, including a place in every diocese where priests are always available for confessions; and
- - a re-examination of the “sacraments of initiation,” to weigh whether Confirmation should be administered before First Communion.
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