Catholic social teaching helping democracy
The first session of Oceania bishops meeting today was led by a Fijian bishop. He discussed how Catholic social teaching can help emerging democracies in the Pacific. In view of recent Federal budget we have our own challenges in applying Christian principles to politics and finances in Australia too!
The second session today discussed responses of bishops and people to consultations for coming Family Synod. Need for new pastoral approaches, a “nuptial catechesis” faithful to the teaching of Christ and the Church and accessible to all, touching hearts and shaping lives, sporting struggling marriages and families. Holy Family of Nazareth, pray for us!
Bishops addressing estrangement between the Gospel of life and love and our increasingly secular culture. Loss of credibility due to clergy abuse crisis and mishandling. Our culture values freedom above all, disconnected from nature, commitments and ethics. A culture of temporary intimacies, variety, no strings attached (or only loosely attached). Challenge of freedom-truth-love connection has been constant theme of last three popes. How are we to draw people into willing self-giving and persevering commitments? Christ our hope!