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CDF official calls for ‘robust’ apologetics

Catholic World News - November 22, 2013

In a lecture delivered at Westminster Cathedral on November 19, the assistant secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith called for “robust” apologetics in the face of secularism.

“We need a confident, evangelizing spirit and robust but not overbearing apologetics,” said Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia. “The Apostles in the early Christian communities proclaimed to the ancient a message that was not welcome and we are in a similar situation today.”

He continued:

In these circumstances retrenchment is not an option, nor can we take refuge in the powerful emotional comforts of the Christian faith....behind the emotional truth of the Christian faith, there needs to be something solid if it is to be anything more than a comforting illusion, like a tale we tell children who are afraid of the dark. The emotional sense the Christian faith creates is rooted in convictions, principally that God wants to make a place for us in the life of the Blessed Trinity and that Jesus Christ opens the way to this communion and that our transformation into his image gets us through the muddle of sin but also launches us into the life of glory.

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  • Posted by: normnuke - Nov. 22, 2013 12:13 PM ET USA

    Not too long ago we were told not to be 'obsessed' with things like abortion. And that admonition filled the pews.

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