Several Cardinals and other pundits say the new Pope must carry out “New Evangelism”. What is the world is that?
It’s a new phrase used in religious circles where people want to sound contemporary. I suppose old evangelism was just spreading the word.
I think I’m accurate in understanding new evangelism to be something necessary for the new circumstances. These are the falling numbers in the faith.
According to the link below, for each new Catholic convert, four Catholics leave the faith. The new evangelism is not reaching out to the unsaved masses, it’s trying to save or bring back into the church those “regulars”.
My impression of the Catholic evangelism of the last two Popes was one of constant travel and a steady stream of news releases on every topic that came up. If these techniques have not turned around the numbers, one wonders what might work?
I noticed a recent project to make the faith look as though it was popular among young people. Bishops around the country paid for buses and lodging of young people to attend a national rally. News releases said this was evidence of new enthusiasm.
This reminds me of the old pizza marketing question: If you want to sell more take-out pizza, do you have to improve you pizza, or, just use a better box?
It seems to me the Vatican is locked into one old pizza recipe. New evangelism is a different pizza box.