Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and ecclesiastical advisor to The Cardinal Newman Society, recently spoke about the importance of “all forms of Catholic education” to the new evangelization, according to Zenit.
Cardinal Burke delivered his remarks while speaking at the International Pro-Life Conference in Rome on May 3.
The degree of secularization to which Pope Paul VI referred with concern in 1975 only continues to increase exponentially, also due to a grave impoverishment or even lack of adequate catechesis in the Church during the past four decades.
Pope John Paul II addressed the increasing gravity of this situation with steadfast vigor. The pontificate of Pope John Paul II, in fact, may be rightly described as a tireless call to recognize the Church’s challenge to be faithful to her divinely given mission in a completely secularized society and to respond to the challenge by means of a new evangelization. A new evangelization consists in teaching the faith through preaching, catechesis and all forms of Catholic education, in celebrating the faith in the Sacraments and in prayer and devotion which are their extension, and in living the faith by the practice of the virtues – all as if for the first time, that is, with the engagement and energy of the first disciples and of the first missionaries to our native place.
Cardinal Burke also contrasted the modern meaning of “conscience” with that found in Blessed Cardinal Newman’s writings. To the modern world conscience is subjective, but to Newman conscience is man’s capacity to recognize truth.
In conclusion, Cardinal Burke cited Pope St. John Paul II’s call for “a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life” that will “confront and solve today’s unprecedented problems affecting human life.”
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