BY Bruce Duncan CSsR. Source: Compass: a Review of Topical Theology, 37, 4 (Summer 2003), 32-38.
One of the increasing problems facing the Catholic Church in Australia is the difficulty of integrating the social aspects of the Gospel as an integral part of Catholic thought and practice. The problem has been accentuated by the promotion of more traditionalist trends in the Church, with a higher stress on inner-Church discipline, devotionalism and conservative interpretations of doctrine. What has been notably missing in places is a wider sense of evangelisation, as calling for a deeper engagement with societies and cultures, and as vigorously encouraging the vocation proper to lay people of transforming the world to approximate more closely the Reign of God which Christ will usher in at his final Coming.
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