Friday, January 17, 2014

The New Evangelization is Rooted in . . . Vatican II

Contrary to popular lore, the new evangelization is not something that began with Pope Blessed John Paul II.  Often sited as the origin of the new evangelization is Bl. JPII's 1979 Poland visit when he said, "A new evangelization has begun, as if it were a new proclamation, even if in reality it is the same as ever."  However this is not the origin of the new evangelization.

The new evangelization movement began when Pope John XXIII prayed for a “New Pentecost” (novo Pentecustes) in his apostolic constitution Humanae Salutis that ushered in the start of Vatican II (§23).  For Pope John XXIII to call for a new Pentecost is to call for a church in the modern age that is as convicted in their faith as deeply as the apostles were on the day of Pentecost and the years following.  Moreover, there cannot be a new Pentecost without there also being a new evangelization – something Pope Paul VI understood when he expressed the desire the Synod Fathers had for a “new period of evangelization” at the close of Vatican II (§2 Evangelii Nuntiandi). 

Though the new evangelization was a theme present in the ministry and writing of Pope John Paul II --  and he was one of the Synod Fathers; therefore, it naturally follows that the new evangelization would be emphasized in his teachings -- it is dificult to credit him as the sole instigator of the movement.  However, the roots and origins of the new evangelization are in Vatican II, and not in the Polish address of 1979.  So if you want to understand the new evangelization, first read Humanae Salutis, then the Documents of Vatican II and finally read Evangelii Nuntiandi.  Pay close attention in Evangelii Nuntiandi, as some form of "Evangelize" is used about 195 times in the document.

1 comment:

saab13 said...

Do you really love God?
If ye love me, keep my commandments. -John 14:15
True Sabbath is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, RC changed the Sabbath day and admits it:

“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act… And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons. Nov. 11, 1895
How important is to observe the Sabbath
But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.’Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.…-Exodus 31:13, 31:14
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17

At the judgement day you can´t say you haven´t been warned!
More info about Sabbath:

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