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Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics today are being called to renew their own faith in order to share the Gospel with the modern world, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
“The role of the church is primarily to be a witness to the great human values, to be a witness to Christ’s message in the midst of everything else that is going on,” the cardinal said.
“We have to be, in a way, a conscience for a nation that is caught up in so many directions.”
Cardinal Wuerl spoke at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10. He was interviewed by Fox News anchor Bret Baier for an annual lecture hosted by the John Carroll Society, an organization of professionals dedicating to strengthening the faith and serving the archdiocese.
The cardinal said that during his time leading the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he has found hope “in watching the New Evangelization unfold, watching the new Pentecost unfold.”
He explained that the New Evangelization is not presenting a new message. Rather, it is a call to “renew our commitment to the faith,” while seeking new ways to introduce people to the unchanging Gospel message.
“The New Evangelization is renewing your own faith personally, being confident of it, just like the Pope is, and then sharing it,” Cardinal Wuerl explained.
He said that the fruits of such a renewal of faith can be seen throughout the archdiocese in the enthusiastic youth, the full seminaries and activities such as Theology on Tap.
Still, there are challenges, the cardinal said. He noted that modern society brings “voices speaking to us from sources other than the Gospel,” and there is a tendency “to bleach out the place of God, the place of faith publicly.”
“We need to listen,” he commented, “but we need to be critical. Not everything that we hear today should be taken without at least weighing it against ‘what does Jesus say?’”
“The task of the Church is to keep lifting up the values of the Gospel in a situation, a climate, a culture that is very preoccupied with something else,” he continued.
One of the areas in which the values of the Gospel differ significantly from those of the culture is in the realm of sexual morality, Cardinal Wuerl said.
“The Church has a very clear message that sexual activity is supposed to occur in marriage,” he explained.
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