THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF THE FAMILY IN TRANSMITTING THE FAITH
The Twelfth Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops recently held its seventh meeting. The outcome of their deliberations has been made public in a press communique.
Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod, began by recalling that the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is due to be held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October on the theme: “The new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith”. The members of the council then turned their attention to a draft version of the “Instrumentum laboris” or working document of the forthcoming Synod, pausing to examine the issue of “the recipients of the new evangelisation and the identity of Christians in their relationship with Christ”.
The communique notes that “debate was particularly intense concerning the primacy of the faith at this time in history, characterised as it is by a crisis in faith which is also a crisis in the transmission of faith. Mention was made of the ‘fruitlessness of current evangelisation’, also due to the influence of modern culture which makes the transmission of the faith particularly difficult, and represents a challenge for both Christians and the Church. In this context, the Year of Faith will be a good occasion to develop to gift of the faith received from the Lord, to live it and transmit it to others.
“The primary place for the transmission of faith was identified in the family”, the communique adds. “There the faith is communicated to young people who, in the family, learn both the contents and practice of Christian faith. The indispensable efforts of families are then extended by catechesis in ecclesial institutions, especially through the the liturgy with the Sacraments and the homily, or by giving space to parish missions popular piety, movements and ecclesial communities”.