Nine Cardinals each give papers on the key themes for the modern world: mission and evangelisation. 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. The propagation of the Christian faith among non-Christian people was one of the first things undertaken by the Early Church. But now mission is not just about conversion. Inculturation is now the key concept as evangelical work proceeds with native literature, education and medical service while the rise of indigenous Churches has been sponsored widely. Furthermore, the West needs mission just as much as the rest of the world. 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 th
Michael A. Hayes after serving as head of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, London, is currently a Vice-Principal. He is editor of The Pastoral Review" and his publications include New Religious Movements in the Catholic Church" (Burns &Oates, 2005) and Contemporary Catholic Theology: A Reader" (Continuum, 2000).
Community and Humanity - Cardinal Napier (Durban); Mission Today and Tomorrow - Cardinal McCarrick (Washington DC); Church in Society - Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor (Westminster); Mission and Evangelisation in a Communist Prison - Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan (Vietnam and Rome); The Urgency of Proclamation - Cardinal Arinze (Rome); Good News for the Young - Cardinal Connell (Dublin); Annunciation and Dialogue - Cardinal Puljic (Sarajevo); A Spirituality of Communion - Cardinal Stafford (Rome); The Place of Catholic Schools - Cardinal Daly (Armagh)
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