This Friday we want to follow up on last week’s discussion of a post-Vatican II era blossoming of a new and dynamic Catholicism. Author George Weigel sees this as a great missionary force for the third millennium. If this is true, we rejoice in the prospect of continued progress toward a new day in the Church and the salvation of many souls.
George Weigel’s term for this dynamic phenomenon (used by others as well) is “evangelical Catholicism”. Rightly understood, it is an expression filled with hope and the joy of the Gospel (the historic Evangel), but it should not be confused with Protestant Evangelicalism, though both phenomena share certain characteristics with the faith of the early Church.
This Friday we will explore things we share and don’t share with our Protestant neighbors. We will take our presentation in large part from an article that appeared in the New Oxford Review in March of 1990: “What Catholics Need to Learn from Protestants”.