ArchBishop Chaput’s 3 Church Mandates

Denver Catholic Register – Catholics believe that the Church is the ongoing presence of Christ in the world.  So as disciples, we’re called to do as the first Apostles did; and that can be summarized in three brief mandates.  They all, unavoidably, need resources to succeed.

The Church’s first mandate is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior—even when the Gospel message is inconvenient in our own lives or unwelcome in the world around us.  So whenever we raise financial resources, which of course the ACA seeks to do, those resources need to be used in some way to preach Jesus Christ to the world around us.   The ACA plays a vital role in underwriting the formation of our future priests, and in supporting our pro-life work and our communications ministries as part of the Church’s evangelization of culture efforts.

The Church’s second mandate is to build up the community of believers. The vitality of Christian life depends not on feelings or good intentions, but on a deep and mature faith, especially in the face of adversity.  This is why archdiocesan educational and catechetical ministries, which the ACA also supports, are so important.

The Church’s third mandate, following in the footsteps of Jesus, is to care for those who are in need. Jesus didn’t require people to believe in him before he loved them, healed them or entered into their lives. As Christians, we have the responsibility to be the presence of Christ in the lives of others—even those who are not believers. Thus, an important portion of ACA resources always goes toward serving the poor through the works of Catholic Charities.

P.S. – Would you do Courageous Priest a favor and share this info with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Email right now? We truly appreciate it. Or leave a comment, we would love to hear what you think.

1 comment to ArchBishop Chaput’s 3 Church Mandates

  • P.B. Joseph

    Build up the community of believers?
    How? …when chaos and confusion abound in mixed marriages!

    Most people seem to discount history that the Church has never encouraged — even used to prohibit — mixed marriages. In our tolerant American culture, I see mother + children-absent-father, Sunday-after-Sunday in church. The “borrowed” anonymous post following “says it all:”

    “Anonymous said… Father, I think it’s a good idea that you address the Catholic Church’s teaching on mixed marriages and why the Church requires a dispensation for the Catholic, who insists on taking on this vocation with someone who has no spiritual bonding with the engaged person.
    Obviously people who are in this situation, do not understand the most important factor in a marriage, is being spiritually united.
    My husband and I come from mixed marriages and we basically were not taught anything substantial.
    We have found this to be true for everyone else who has also come from parents who are not the same faith.
    Total confusion.”

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>