This week’s news illustrates three frequently under-appreciated points about the church:
- Catholics elsewhere usually don’t spend much time on the debates that loom so large in Europe and the States, such as the Latin Mass or the power of the bishops. Given the challenges they’re facing, such preoccupations often seem a luxury they can’t afford.
- The most creative Catholic energies in the 21st century are likely to be ad extra rather than ad intra, concerned with changing the world rather than changing the church.
The dominant Catholic social justice concern of the future is likely to be good governance and the fight against corruption. As a result, the “growth industry” in peace-and-justice ministry will likely be personal conversion, not just political advocacy.
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novembre 20, 2009 di channelman