On Friday, Feb. 17, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered a presentation The Announcement of the Gospel Today, Between missio ad gentes and the New Evangelization during the Day of Prayer and Reflection of the College of Cardinals on the day before the Consitory. While the full text is certainly a must read, we will be dissecting some worth quotes over the next many days.
Blessed John Paul II developed this fresh understanding, speaking of evangelizing cultures, since the engagement between faith and culture supplanted the relationship between church and state dominant prior to the Council, and included in this task the re-evangelizing of cultures that had once been the very engine of gospel values. The New Evangelization became the dare to apply the invitation of Jesus to conversion of heart not only ad extra but ad intra, to believers and cultures where the salt of the gospel had lost its tang. Thus, the missio is not only to New Guinea but to New York.