|Yesterday, the final propositions from the Synod were voted on and I was happy to see that a couple of key areas were clarified in the final drafts. Proposition # 6 stated the teaching from Lumen Gentium 16 that my new book focuses on, which is important for clarifying a doctrinal confusion that could undermine the new evangelization. Also, the role of the lay person, which in the first draft only focused on our role in the political and economic issues of society, was broadened to include in the final draft the full teaching of Vatican II, which includes the witness of our life, the works of charity and mercy, and direct efforts to help others to come to know Jesus and grow in that relationship. It was also possible in one of the propositions to stress the need to move from a mentality of maintenance to a mentality of mission in the life of Catholic parishes.The 58 propositions themselves, which the news agency Zenit has published online and which you can find by clicking here, while not written in a particularly inspiring way, are to be presented to the Pope for his use in preparing a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the New Evangelization, which hopefully, will be both insightful and inspiring. The great good that will come from the Synod, I believe, is that the whole Church will commit herself to an emphasis on a new evangelization, which will hopefully bring many people back to the Church and many souls to Christ.It was a privilege to be here and to be able to talk to Church leaders from all over the world. It was a very tiring three and a half weeks as I needed not only to be at all the Synod sessions but also to work on the few days off, helping to translate and put into final English form a number of the propositions. Also occasionally a Bishop would ask me to draft something for him which it was a privilege to do, although it required a number of late nights and early mornings.
I return to Michigan, grateful for the time here, and more convinced than ever of the relevance and usefulness of what we are all about both at Renewal Ministries and Sacred Heart Major Seminary.