Pope Benedict XVI is about to release a letter announcing the creation of a new Vatican dicastery called the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The new department will be aimed at bringing the Gospel back to Western societies that have lost their Christian identity.Hmm. Countries where, to quote the excerpt with a little added emphasis, "...the Gospel has been announced centuries ago, but where its presence in their peoples' daily life seems to be lost."
Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican correspondent for the daily Il Giornale who is usually well-informed on new appointments at the Vatican, wrote today that “Benedict does not cease to surprise: in the upcoming week the creation of a new dicastery of the Roman Curia dedicated to the evangelization of the West will be announced, and be presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella.”
The new dicastery is aimed at evangelizing “countries where the Gospel has been announced centuries ago, but where its presence in their peoples' daily life seems to be lost. Europe, the United States and Latin America would be the areas of influence of the new structure,” Il Giornale says.
According to Tornielli, the new dicastery would be “the most important novelty of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, a Pope that, according to the expectations, was supposed to slim down the Roman Curia.”
Including the United States. Not to mention Europe and Latin America.
If there is any greater indication of the failure of the bishops of the present age to present the truth of Christianity as an alternative to the despair, sinful carnality, unthinking consumption and ceaseless demand for mindless entertainment of questionable value as the pinnacles of human existence which characterizes these regions of the world than the creation of this dicastery, I simply can't imagine what it would be.