Faith Formation

Father Dennis Noon
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 11:15am

            The formation of conscience has become a challenge for Catholics. We live in a world of social change, a time of frightening and confusing cultural pluralism and secularism. Unfortunately in many contexts secularity is equated with being anti-God or anti-Catholic. Secularity does not mean anti-religiosity, yet there is often an anti-religious interpretation of the secular state. In many parts of the world the greatest threat of Christianity comes from people of other faiths. In Canada and many Western countries the greatest threat to Catholic values often come from within the Catholic community. Catholics in the public square should be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But if they are championing anti-Catholic positions and disregarding magisterial teaching, it creates a rupture in the Catholic community that is harmful to the internal life of the faith and to the external evangelization mission of the Church. This is why it is important for Catholic politicians and leaders in education to oppose the creeping religious intolerance and anti-Catholicism that inadvertently or not, is abetted by some Catholics who have an inadequate knowledge of their faith. The formation of the conscience of Catholics and the deepening of Catholic education and faith formation have become an urgent mission so all can proclaim the Gospel faithfully guided by the teaching of the Church.