H/T to Roman Catholic Blog
Dec. 7, 2007 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican will release a new document on evangelization next week, with officials in Rome indicating that it will be an important statement on the duty to spread the Catholic faith.
The subject of the new document, which is being released under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is evangelization. The document will be released on December 14.
In July of this year, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released, a document entitled "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church, reaffirming the central role of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church in the plan of salvation. That document, released without fanfare, revived a controversy that had been ignited in 2000 by Dominus Iesus (doc), a powerful statement released by the same Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (headed at that time by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger), which affirmed the traditional Catholic teaching that the Christ and his Church provide the only means of salvation.
The new Vatican document is expected to carry the argument of Dominus Iesus a step further, explaining that because of the unique role played by the Church in the plan of redemption, Catholics have an obligation to spread the faith, thus offering others the best means of attaining salvation.
I hope the shepherds will not be too scared of the wolves and that this document has no-nonsense wording free of Vatican II-speak. We need hard and fast language with zero room for (mis)interpretation. We need the truth to be told no matter how unpopular it is. The more controversy such a statement threatens the more it obviously needs to be said.
To paraphrase Bp. Fulton Sheen,
"We need a Church that is right not when the world is right, but a Church that is right when the world is wrong."