CBCV president issues pastoral guidelines for congregations
Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc stressed on the values of poverty and existing for everyone. Inculturation and a renewed commitment to proclaim the Gospel were also emphasised.
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam (CBCV) laid down pastoral guidelines during a meeting with the country's main religious congregations last week at the Salesian monastery in Duc Trong in the Diocese of Dalat.
Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc, CBCV president and new coadjutor bishop of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City, stressed on the values of poverty and existing for everyone. Inculturation and a renewed commitment to proclaim the Gospel were also emphasised.
The final statement, published by Églised'Asie (EDA), constituted the "pastoral orientation of the Church of Christ" for the future, and can be accessed at the Facebook page of the CBCV.
The message the CBCV president sent to the country's congregations and religious communities reiterated what the conference said last month at the end of its General Assembly. Its goal is to focus on the 'new evangelisation’ centred on the family, parishes and religious movements, without neglecting society as a whole.
Bishop Paul said that emphasis must be placed on certain points, namely the Church's universality and its rootedness in Vietnam, the values ??of poverty and simplicity with a reference to the Second Vatican Council as well as post-conciliar directives, in particular, those of Pope Francis.
Bishop Paul noted in his message the contribution of the Church in building society, not as a charitable and philanthropic association, but rather through the social dimension of the Gospel, to which must be added the need to renew our lives and the way we act, intensifying prayer by addressing secularist excesses.
"We are aware of our duty to bring the light of Christ, the light of faith to social life," the prelate said. However, he warned, "In the life of the Church we are used to include, not exclude. We must do something without necessarily excluding others; we must worry about some people, i.e. the poor, without forgetting the others."