Pope Francis often says “we are not living in an age of change, but a change of the ages.” By and large, contemporary society is no longer friendly to Judeo-Christian values; increasingly, it is hostile toward them.
So what’s a practicing Catholic to-do in a world that’s increasingly anti-Catholic?
Certainly, the answer isn’t despair. Msgr. James Shea, president of the University of Mary, stops by the Joyful Catholic Leaders Show to discuss how the Church can best operate given the cultural narratives of our day. The conversation takes place through the lens of a book called From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age which was published by the University of Mary.
An excerpt from the book:
“What we face is not a culture so corrupt that it is immune to the Gospel nor a populace for whom Catholicism has altogether lost its bite or its or its attractiveness. Our problem is rather that much of the Church is still in a Christendom mode, either seriously compromised by the ruling vision of the wider culture or using outmoded strategies that were devised for a different context, and so it is unable to cope with the current culture. The task at hand is to find ways to successfully engage members in the Church – and those outside of it – with the truths of the Faith.”
Produced by The Saint Paul Seminary, the Joyful Catholic Leaders Show shares stories and insights from those who lead with faith — from the seminary, to the parish, to the classroom, to the office, to the sports field and everywhere in between.