Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: An Opportunity for Authentic Protestant-Catholic DialogueNov 26th, 2013 | By Bryan Cross | Category: Blog Posts
On the close of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis has promulgated an Apostolic Exhortation titled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). A pdf version of the document is available here. This is the first papal document largely written by Pope Francis himself. Though the document cannot adequately be reduced to one sentence, it aims at reforming and renewing the Church in her mission of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. It does this by focusing on seven areas: a) the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach; b) the temptations faced by pastoral workers; c) the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes; d) the homily and its preparation; e) the inclusion of the poor in society; f) peace and dialogue within society; g) the spiritual motivations for mission. The document affords an opportunity for Protestants and Catholics to find more common ground and new ways to work together toward greater mutual understanding and reconciliation. In the forthcoming days in the comment box below we will be discussing this document and its ecumenical implications. I’d especially like to hear from our Protestant readers regarding this document. In what ways do you see this document advancing Protestant-Catholic reconciliation? What challenges does it raise or entail with respect to ecumenical dialogue? For all our readers, in what ways does this document challenge or help you? What part or parts raise questions for you? Discuss.