After the synod on new evangelization in Rome last month, three points seem crystal clear about Catholicism in the early 21st century.
Synod of Bishops 2012
Members of the Synod of Bishops recommended the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelizers and confession is always available.
The new evangelization will remain a stilted and cerebral exercise unless those most invested in its success are willing to take risks.
Despite the growth of secularism, hostility toward Christianity and sinful behavior by some ministers, members of the Synod of Bishops said they are optimistic about the future.
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Abandonment of internal church discipline over the past half century has undermined the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, said one American cardinal at the synod.
John Allen in Rome: There are two largely overlooked contributions from two powerful Vatican officials that merit being recorded at the Synod of Bishops on new evangelization.
The appointments weren't announced during the synod, so news only spread during the prelates' lunch break.
The new evangelization is about more than distributing glossy pamphlets or costly TV ads that welcome Catholics home. Before we invite women and men to re-enter the doors of our church, we must take a critical look at what awaits them when they cross that threshold.