Movements a "blood transfusion" for the Church
Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Prowse told a gathering of New Ecclesial Movements, Communities and Associations that the movements are a force of strength in the Church, and their effect on the Church can be likened to that of a blood transfusion on the human body.
This Sunday's issue of Kairos reports on a meeting of 500 members of varioius movements - including Catholic Solo Parents, Knights of the Southern Cross and Vietnamese Cursillo - held on 18 June at Camberwell Civic Centre. The report said the diversity of the movements was evident in the "staggering variety of stalls on display manned by a cross-section of nationalities and age groups".
Bishop Prowse, the keynote speaker, lauded ten fundamental strengths common to all new ecclesial movements:
1. THE CALL TO HOLINESS
2. A STRONG LOVE OF JESUS
3. A REAL LOVE OF THE CHURCH
6. DEVOTION TO THE SCRIPTURES
7. A STRONG FOCUS ON EVANGELISATION
8. SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITIES ARE GROWING IN IMPORTANCE
9. LOVE OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS
10. ECUMENICAL AND INTER FAITH AWARENESS
Later in his address, Bishop Prowse pointed out two of the key challenges facing today's movements - the challenge of finding acceptance within and impacting upon Australian culture, and the challenge of engaging parishes more fully.
He also suggested a future direction, encouraging the groups to develop closer working links with one another, such that future events may encompass the wider Catholic community, especially the youth.
Movements meet in moments of oneness (Kairos 10/7/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Melbourne
Bishop Christopher Prowse: Keynote Address at the 2005 Gathering of Lay Movements (18/6/05)
Australian lay movements ponder Pope's call (CathNews 21/7/04)
Historical insights to kick-start lay social movements (CathNews 8/6/04)
Nuncio urges parishes and movements to work together (CathNews 10/5/04)
Italian study says 'New Movements' are not sects (CathNews 22/7/03)
7 Jul 2005