Points for Catechists Amette Ley examines the helpful analysis and clarifications provided by the "Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelisation," published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, December 2007. We can be held back in our work by a concern that the proclamation of the Gospel is intrusive or limiting of others’ personal freedom. How do we balance the missionary command of the Lord with respect for the conscience and religious freedom of all people? This negative understanding of evangelisation has been a powerful undercurrent recently, resulting in an unwillingness to proclaim the truth about Christ at all outside our own closed circles. In positively reformulating the idea that there is no salvation outside the Church, many people have sometimes implied the incorrect view that the Church is no longer necessary for salvation – or even that belief in Christ is no longer necessary. In the light of this misunderstanding, we have been given recently a Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelisation – a document which is honest about the difficulties involved and clear about the task to be done, and which can be of great help to us.
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