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Evangelization and Religious Liberty


CARDINAL WUERL

Source:
Vatican Insider
Type:
Bishops, Priests
Date:
2/23/2012

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ABSTRACTThe two main challenges facing the Catholic Church in the USA today - Vatican Insider LANGUAGE:    Italiano   English      Español www.vaticaninsider.com Enter reserved area  | Request subscription  :: Wednesday 04 April 2012 ::  Home ::  News ::  World News Inquiries and Interviews ::  The Vatican ::  Agenda ::  About us SEARCH 02/23/2012  The two main challenges facing the Catholic Church in the USA today Tweet Obama supporters Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, discusses the two main challenges facing the Catholic Church in the United States today: the challenge of the new evangelization and the challenge to religious liberty, particularly under the Obama Administration Gerard O’Connell rome In this exclusive interview, Cardinal Donald Wuerl speaks about the two main challenges facing the Catholic Church in the USA today: the challenge of the new evangelization and the challenge to religious liberty, the erosion of religious liberty.  He highlights how the second challenge has become particularly acute under the Obama Administration, and sees this as the result of a new secularism that is hostile to religious presence.      A polyglot and author of several books, Cardinal Wuerl is known throughout the United States for his catechetical and teaching ministry, as well as for his work for Catholic education and for the poor, refugees, immigrants and inter-faith dialogue.  Pope Benedict XVI has chosen him for the key post of Relator General at next October’s Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.   A scholar and good communicator, he gained degrees from the Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University and the Angelicum in Rome, and has worked in the Vatican. Ordained bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1986, he served as archbishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was born, from 1987 to 2006 when he was appointed archbishop of Washington.   The following is the first part of an interview which he gave me in Rome, February 15. The second part will appear soon in Vatican Insider.     Q. What are the main challenges facing the Church in the United States today?   A.  I think there are two. One has to do with what the Holy Father has defined as ‘the new evangelization’.  We are dealing with - as is much of the Church in the Western world - with two generations of under-catechized or poorly catechized Catholics. When you think of what was being presented as Catholic faith during the seventies and eighties it’s not surprising that we have lost so many people to an understanding of the Church, of the Gospel, of the continuity with Christ through his Church.    So the challenge we are facing, the big challenge, is – as the Holy Father describes it – to re-propose the encounter with Christ all over again to people, many of whom think they have already done this and it doesn’t say anything to them.   We’re finding in response to that re-proposing, the recognition that we have to be focusing again on the very fundamentals of the faith.  We’re finding receptivity among so many young people. I think that accounts for the turnaround in vocations that is taking place in the States.     Q. So there is an upturn in vocations in the United States? A.  I’ve just opened a seminary in Washington DC., and we have over 70 men studying for the archdiocese of Washington.  I had just las.......