Mission and Evangelisation
The challenge of Islam is now an overriding concern. Nobody has a monopoly on the truth and much of the Western liberal tradition has little resonance in countries torn apart by political strife, famine and Aids. Now that the threat...
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The challenge of Islam is now an overriding concern. Nobody has a monopoly on the truth and much of the Western liberal tradition has little resonance in countries torn apart by political strife, famine and Aids. Now that the threat of Communism is receding, Islamic fundamentalism is the most potent challenge to the Church's mission.
Traditionally, mission was about Western people bringing the truth to "less fortunate" people. But now white people in the Roman Catholic Church constitute a minority, and the fastest-growing areas of population for the Catholic Church are South America and, most particularly, the African continent. The whole theory and theology of mission has to be rethought, and this is one of the greatest challenges that the Roman Catholic Church has to face. These nine Cardinals are better placed than most to give good reasons for missionary enterprise to find a new validity and purpose.
Hayes is Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St. Mary's College--University of Surrey.
- Community And Humanity, Cardinal Napier; Mission Today And Tomorrow, Cardinal Mccarrick; Church In Society, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'connor; Mission And Evangelization In A Communist Prison, Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan; The Urgency Of Proclamation, Cardinal Arinze; Good News For The Young, Cardinal Connell; Annunciation And Dialogue, Cardinal Puljic; A Spirituality Of Communion, Cardinal Stafford; The Place Of Catholic Schools, Cardinal Daly.