Comments: Opinion - 26 April 2017

"Evangelization means making disciples" say White and Ponton. Really? I am not sure that this is what the Roman Catholic Church means by 'evangelization' (in contrast to the more Protestant 'evangelism'). Surely, it is a much broader idea, which involves cultural, political and social engagement: not simply a focus on the individual. Especially when discussing the liturgy, their thesis (and their method) seems to resemble the growing neurosis of the Church of England, where everything has to be justified on the basis of how many extra bums are on seats; or how many more people are handing out hymn-sheets and attending the weekly Bible study. The USA is a very different context to Britain and Europe, but I do wonder about the drip-drip impact of saying, effectively, that unless worship is producing 'results' it is somehow not adequate. Are we so insecure that we can no longer say that the liturgy is the enjoyment of God without getting stressed about 'outcomes'?

Posted by Michael Mulhern at Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 8:20am BST

Thanks to Richard Peers for his commentary on the Michelangelo and Sebastiano exhibition at the National Gallery. Sounds superbamundo. A friend of mine is visiting London during May and part of June and I am hoping she will visit the National Gallery and tell me about the exhibition too.

Posted by Pam at Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 9:21am BST

Talk about 'Messy Church' reminds me of the state of our beloved Anglican Communion at the moment. Can't wait for the GAFCON proclamation!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 10:38pm BST
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