EUROPE/SPAIN - The Church's pastoral plan: "No one must take away the joy of the Gospel and the mission"

Thursday, 17 December 2015 episcopal conferences   evangelization   politics  

Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - "We know that all times have been difficult for evangelization and for the Church": With this sentence the new Archbishop of Barcelona, His Exc. Mgr. Juan José Omella, presented the new pastoral plan of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), which will guide the activities of the Church over the next four years. The document, entitled "The Church in mission at the service of our people", proposes a series of initiatives to "rekindle the Christian life of believers and offer in an attractive manner the gift of faith to non-believers".
The Bishops start from a tough and realistic assessment of the situation of the Church in Spain with the social consequences "of a belligerent secularism against religion". "We have to be blind not to see it", said His Exc. Mgr. Adolfo Gonzalez Montes, Bishop of the diocese of Almeria, in the course of a press conference held yesterday, 16 December, which was also attended by the Bishop of Guadix, His Exc. Mgr. Gines Garcia Beltran, and the Secretary General of CEE, Fr. José Maria Gil.
The 54-page document, has an introduction, two parts and a conclusion. As Mgr. Ornella explains, the pastoral plan aims at not allowing anyone to take away "the joy of the Gospel and the mission", because "the message of Jesus is exciting". It is not, therefore, "a strategy to impose religion on our society, but to share the joy of the Gospel" exploiting "the impulse that also comes from Pope Francis". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 17/12/2015)