Are Catholic leaders about the business of saving souls by spreading the Catholic faith?

Are Catholic leaders about the business of saving souls by spreading the Catholic faith?

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • June 29, 2017

Every corporate work, such as Our Lord establishing His Church or U.S. bishops promoting that Church in America, starts with a mission statement.

Our Lord’s Great Commission is recorded in Matthew 28:19–20, which reads, “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Church Militant will be on the ground in Orlando, Florida June 30–July 3, when 3,500 Catholic leaders meet for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders Conference, whose stated mission is to “convene, challenge and motivate Catholic leaders to embrace the full vision of what it means to be Catholic and fully engaged in the Church’s mission of evangelization and to proclaim the Church’s vision of the human person.”

In their 66 scheduled discussion groups, leaders will address social justice problems related to immigration, climate change, lack of women running the Church, racism and healing those excluded on the peripheries. They’re using popular watchwords like dialogue, solidarity, encounter, organizing and advocacy.

Notable are the topics not on the docket, including the homosexual crisis in the Church, including tackling sex abuse by ceasing to allow so-called “transitory” gay men to remain in seminaries. They won’t be discussing liturgical abuses happening regularly across the country. They won’t be addressing the sacrilege that occurs when pro-abortion politicians, active homosexuals and divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Holy Communion.

Likewise, there won’t be discussion on increasing the holiness of leaders by prayer and sacrifice so that they can inspire others to be holy by their sacrificial lifestyle. Finally, they won’t be talking about saving souls from Hell by preaching and teaching the Faith in clear and unambiguous terms in order to make the world Catholic, which is what our Lord specifically commanded them to do in His Great Commission.

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