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From Metro Catholic:
“All my life I’ve heard spirited advocacy for the dialogue between the Church and the wider culture, but this call has come, almost exclusively, from the Church and not from the culture,” Fr. Robert Barron said in his talk entitled “From Correlation to Assimilation: A New Model for the Church-Culture Dialogue” given to the students and faculty of Christendom College on April 20. “It is this one-way quality of the conversation that is, I submit to you, problematic.”
Fr. Robert Barron, a prominent theologian and podcasting priest, is one of the world’s great and most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called Word on Fire has a simple but revolutionary mission—to evangelize the culture. His numerous books and essays serve as critical educational and inspirational tools for seminarians, priests, parishioners and young people worldwide.
Fr. Barron explained that this one-way conversation, coupled with a false humility, results in “a Catholicism that is too culturally accommodating, excessively apologetic, shifting and unsure of its identity.”
Fr. Barron proposed that the Church be assimilating—not defensive or acquiescent, but capable of rejecting what it must and taking what it can. This “assimilating Church” is inline with the teachings St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Newman, and the Second Vatican Council, he noted.
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