Pope Francis has said that he is against “proselytizing.” But he is also speaking on what his predecessor started, the “new evangelization.” After the jump, some of his remarks on the subject. He is advocating “dialogue with those who do not share our beliefs,” which he has been doing, and projecting “God’s mercy and tenderness.” He’s been doing that too. He is talking about “witnessing,” which we often think of as a Protestant term, depending on what is meant by that.
I’m curious if there is a difference between “evangelization” and “evangelism.” And how a Roman Catholic, in particular, for whom church membership is critical, carries out “evangelizing” without “proselytizing.” Can Christians who are not Roman Catholics join in these efforts as he describes them? Also, is the “evangel”–the good news of Christ’s forgiveness won on the Cross–always clear, either in Catholic “evangelization” or Protestant “evangelism”? [Read more...]