I am reading the new Motu Proprio by Benedict XVI entitled Ubicumque et semper, by which His Holiness established a new dicastery of the Roman Curia: “Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization”.
One might imagine that an English text could be useful at the time of its release. English is a moderately important language these days I hear. I understand that Spanish has produced a little interest as well. But the MP is out in Latin, at least, and in Italian, read by Church insiders but not too many others. Not many other who care, that is. “Massimo the maintenance man” isn’t going to care about this document.
The MP outlines the new office’s objectives:
- To deepen the theological and pastoral meaning of the new evangelization.
- To promote and foster in close collaboration with bishops’ conferences, teaching of the Magisterium relative to the new evangelization.
- To make known initiatives already under way in local churches and promote new initiatives, involving also resources of religious institutes and groups of the faithful and new lay communities;
- To study and foster the use of modern means of communications as instruments for the new evangelization.
- To promote the use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
I am not sure how this all differs from what dicasteries, local churches and religious and lay movements are supposed to be doing now. Is this new dicastery supposed to act as a goad? Its head is, after all, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
In any event, there is now another bureaucratic structure in the Vatican bureaucracy. I wanted it to be called the Consilium pro Repropaganda Fidei. Instead it is called Consilium de Nova Evanglizatione Promovenda.
We shall have to wait and see what effect this new office will have.
QUAERITUR: How will the new office use the internet?
UPDATE 1544 GMT:
Typo in the Latin:
Venerabilis Dei Servus Ioannes Paulus II hoc grave officium cardinem habuit lati sui Magisterii, sententia “novae evangelizationis”, quam ipse compluribus documentis penitus perpendit, complectens munus quod hodie Ecclesiae impendet, perculiarem in modum in regionibus religione christiana antiquitus institutis.