Bishop Lapierre links the new evangelization with the social teaching of the Church

Monday, October 15, 2012

lapierreOn October 13, 2012, the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe, made his intervention at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the Transmission of the Christian Faith. The following is an unofficial summary of his intervention:

“Number 130 of the Instrumentum laboris states that ‘The Church’s social doctrine proclaims and bears witness to faith. It is an instrument and an indispensable setting for formation in faith.’ The Instrumentum laboris is at the same time very rich but rather weak in its treatment of the relation between the New Evangelization and the social doctrine of the Church. The intimate link that exists between the proclamation of the Gospel and the service of justice and peace does not seem to be sufficiently developed to me. This situation risks making the New Evangelization appear to be more of a response to the internal problems of the Church, and not enough as a unique contribution to the development of justice and peace in the world.

“Today’s financial crisis makes us discover how avarice and greed have broken the bonds of meaning by separating the economy from its social dimension in human life. These ties can only be found again by love, community and friendship, which must be expressed not only in interpersonal relationships, but also in financial and commercial life, as pointed out so well in the encyclical letter by Pope Benedict XVI Caritas in Veritate.

“In this context, it is very important for the Church to be seen as a community, a body, the Body of Christ. The community is already a proclamation of God’s Gospel. In Christian initiation, we often separate love from justice, the path of faith from social and political realities. Developing a culture of solidarity is an urgent need. The great missionaries, throughout the centuries, knew how to join the bold proclamation of the Gospel of Christ and involvement among the poorest. Their actions often spoke louder than their words.”