Catholic bishops seeking to revive the faith express concerns about Islam

October 25, 2012

(Bishops attend a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI marking the opening of the Synod of bishops in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican October 7, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

A drive to rekindle Roman Catholicism’s missionary zeal is struggling to counter the challenge of Islam, a religion with an arguably more direct message and a greater institutional hold on its faithful.

Bishops who have been meeting for three weeks to plot a way forward for a Church whose membership is dwindling in Europe are concerned by Islam’s growth and worried about Christian minorities in Muslim countries, according to participants’ comments released by the Vatican.

Islam was barely mentioned in preparatory documents for the Synod on New Evangelisation, a meeting in Rome of 262 prelates from around the world been held behind closed doors.

But one participant said it had become the “buzzword” of the synod that ends this weekend.

“It’s no surprise that Islam has taken on such importance during this synod,” French-born Bishop Paul Desfarges, who heads the diocese of Constantine in Algeria, told journalists in Rome this week. “It’s an issue that concerns Europe.”

Christianity, with about 2 billion followers, is the world’s largest religion and Catholicism – its biggest denomination by far – makes up just over half that total.

But some estimates suggest that the 1.3 billion Muslims, four-fifths of them outside the Arab world, are growing in number much faster than Christians, whose numbers are shrinking in their European heartland.

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THE TEN STEPS TO REVIVING CATHOLICISM
1. WELCOME THE HOLY SPIRIT BACK INTO THE CHURCH AND TEACH THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT.
2. BRING REVERANCE IN PRAYING BACK TO THE CHURCH
3. REMOVE STATUES FROM THE CHURCH AND SURROUNDING AREAS
4. TEACH WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CHRIST AND THAT PEOPLE CAN CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOUR THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CHRIST BY SEEKING HELP FROM CHRIST
5. MAKE SERMONS IN CHURCH MORE APPLICABLE TO THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS AND NOT JUST A HISTORY LESSON. SET CHALLENGES AND GOALS FOR PEOPLE TO MEET IN THEIR WEEKLY LIVES
6. LEAVE SOCIAL WORKS IN THE HANDS OF LAITY. CLERGY SHOULD NOT GET INVOLVED IN UNDERTAKING SOCIAL WORKS AS IT TAKES TOO MUCH OF THEIR TIME AWAY FROM SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST.
7. CLERGY SHOULD PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH.
8. PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO HOLD CLERGY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE WAY CLERGY LIVE THEIR LIVES
9. SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST THROUGH LOVE AND NOT GUILT
10. DISSOCIATE CATHOLICISM FROM POLITICS

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get back holiness and santity in the chruch and many will become christians

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