As part of an extensive diocesan review project in the Diocese of Lancaster, their Bishop has published a study document on the Church.

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Reflects on Church’s Mission and Catholics’ Responsibilities

Answers to the great questions facing modern times can be found in the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, affirms the bishop of Lancaster.

Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue released today another installment in the diocese’s “Fit for Mission?” project, this time dedicating the document to a study of the Church. The document, which Bishop O’Donoghue said he wrote for “all Catholics who love the Church and care deeply about the future of Catholicism in our country,” offers reflection questions and suggestions for action after each section.

In the preface to the document, Bishop O’Donoghue states

As I have reflected on the great issues facing this generation in the life of the Church, I have become more and more convinced that the answers are to be found through a prayerful, faithful and creative engagement with the Deposit of Faith presented in the documents of the Second Vatican Council and its great summary, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The vision of ‘Fit for Mission? Church’ is the vision of the Second Vatican Council. However, the questions and challenges that the Council Fathers saw in embryo, we now face in full force, such as the challenge of secular humanism, the question of moral values in a scientific-technological culture, and the increasing tensions caused by reason sundered from faith.

The Second Vatican Council began the great project of the Third Millennium- balancing continuity of identity with the need to change, so as to enable us to better proclaim the Gospel.

LANCASTER, England, AUG. 27, 2008 (