What’s coming soon? Beginning in August, the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana will be conducting a general survey. This instrument will be available in electronic and paper versions. Each Catholic adult and Catholic of high-school age is encouraged to participate. Further information about the survey will appear in The Catholic Moment and parish bulletins.
A company called The Reid Group already has consulted with people here to shape the survey items. It has experience with this sort of activity in other dioceses. While the content itself is not very complex, it reflects one important effort to capture opinions and expectations. There will be space for participants to register their points of view in their own words. The data will help build a picture of the diocese so that I, as the pastoral shepherd, can refine a vision for my offices going forward. (Read More)
75 “Christ the Lord, in whom the entire Revelation of the most high God is summed up, commanded the apostles to preach the Gospel, which had been promised beforehand by the prophets, and which he fulfilled in his own person and promulgated with his own lips. In preaching the Gospel, they were to communicate the gifts of God to all men. This Gospel was to be the source of all saving truth and moral discipline.”32 (171)
76 In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways:
— orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received—whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit”;33
— in writing “by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the message of salvation to writing.”34
The Catechism of The Catholic Church , 2nd Ed., Ch. 2, Art. II:75-76