Needing a Martyr’s Faith

By Guest Blogger Cardinal Francis George

Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council called on Catholics to evangelize, to convert the world to Christ alive in his body, the church. For various reasons, that call was transformed and reduced into a concern for social action without direct witness to Christ. For some, the church became only an agency of assistance and aid to remedy the injustices of society. Gospel “values” replaced the Gospel itself. Pope Paul VI, recognizing the danger to the church’s mission, wrote in 1975 that “even the finest witness will prove ineffective in the long run if … the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, are not proclaimed.” Read more…

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