Divinely sent to the nations of the world to be unto them "a universal sacrament of salvation," 1 the Church, driven by the inner necessity of her own catholicity, and obeying the mandate of her Founder cf. Mark , strives ever to proclaim the Gospel to all men. The Apostles themselves, on whom the Church was founded, following in the footsteps of Christ, "preached the word of truth and begot churches. In the present state of affairs, out of which there is arising a new situation for mankind, the Church, being the salt of the earth and the light of the world cf. Therefore, this sacred synod, while rendering thanks to God for the excellent results that have been achieved through the whole Church's great - hearted endeavor, desires to sketch the principles of missionary activity and to rally the forces of all the faithful in order that the people of God, marching along the narrow way of the Cross, may spread everywhere the reign of Christ, Lord and overseer: of the ages cf.
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Ad gentes is the Second Vatican Council's decree on missionary activity. The title is Latin for "To the Nations," and is from the first line of the decree, as is customary with Roman Catholic documents. It establishes evangelization as one of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and reaffirms the tie between evangelization and charity for the poor. Ad Gentes also calls for the formation of strong Christian communities as well as strong relations with other Christians.
Finally, it lays out guidelines for the training and actions of the missionaries. Passed by assembled bishops by a vote of 2, to 5, it was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 December Ad gentes focused on the factors involved in mission work.
It called for the continued development of missionary acculturation. It encourages missionaries to live with the people they are attempting to convert, to absorb their ways and culture. It encourages the coordination of mission work through agencies and the cooperation with other groups and organizations within the Catholic Church and other denominations.
The Holy Spirit gathers the people of God to be "a chose race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people" 1 Peter Nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, Christian community bears witness to Christ, walks in charity and is fervent with apostolic spirit. Christian community exists in the context of family, parish and diocese as well as in the religious life. The church is not first the clergy; it is first of all the whole people of God. Believers share a oneness and a baptismal equality that precedes the distinctions among different roles in the community.
This chapter's asserts that every member of the Body of Christ has an obligation to help the body grow. Since the time of the Council, there have been concerns of the part of Church authorities that the missional spirit of the Church has been fading away because of the acceptance of anonymous Christianity , a teaching of Karl Rahner that all human beings have an implicit knowledge of Jesus Christ.
As a result, several Church documents have been written in order to encourage more evangelism. Evangelii nuntiandi is an apostolic exhortation issued on 8 December by Pope Paul VI following the work of the synod on the theme of 7 September to 26 October It deals with evangelism, and affirms the role of every Christian and not only ordained priests in spreading the Catholic religion.
Redemptoris Missio , subtitled "On the permanent validity of the Church's missionary mandate", is a papal encyclical by Pope John Paul II published on 7 December , devoted to the subject of "the urgency of missionary activity" and in which he wished "to invite the Church to renew her missionary commitment. In , the Holy See reaffirmed the duty of Catholics to evangelize members of other religions, and this was largely interpreted as a clarification of Lumen gentium , against the statements of liberals and others claiming that Christian proselytism had become historically and politically outmoded.
In , Pope Francis published Evangelii gaudium as an apostolic exhortation and challenged the faithful to live in accordance with "missionary impulse". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Inculturation. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 18 May Anthony Messenger Press. Second Vatican Council. Hermenutic of rupture Bologna vs. Traditionalist Catholicism Sedevacantism. Hidden categories: Articles containing Latin-language text.
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Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today
It establishes evangelization as one of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and reaffirms the tie between evangelization and charity for the less-fortunate. Ad Gentes also calls for the formation of strong lay groups, as well as strong relations with other Christians. Finally, it lays out guidelines for the training and actions of the missionaries. It called for the continued development of missionary acculturation. It encourages missionaries to live with the people they are attempting to convert, to absorb their ways and culture.
Ad Gentes On The Mission and Activity of The Church – Vatican 2
Similarly, the [Catholic] Church. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the bishops and to all the Catholics of today. He wants to extend it to the farthest corners of the earth. He wants to show all people his love and mercy. However, this mission is far from complete. There are many young churches that need missionaries to develop and grow.
This is exactly what i need for my Missiology test Thank you for this. You just helped me today in my missiology report. God bless. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and He has entrusted the fullness of the Christian faith to the Catholic Church. Catholic Christians, therefore, have the obligation to share that fullness with all people throughout the whole world.