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136 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

Christ. This is evangelization. Fr. Alvin Illig (1926-1991), a Paulist priest,

devoted his life to making evangelization a priority in the Church of

the United States. He helped us recover the great Commission of Jesus

Christ to evangelize the world. He composed some practical ways to

evangelize in an American context. Here are a few of his thoughts:

1. Are non-Catholic Christians guilty of separation from

the Church?

One cannot charge with the sin of the separation those

who at present are born into these communities [that

resulted from such separation] and in them are brought

up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts

them with respect and affection as brothers. . . . All who

have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorpo-

rated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called

Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers

in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church. (CCC,

no. 818, citing UR, no. 3)

2. What does

particular Church

mean for Latin Catholics?

The phrase “particular church,” which is first of all the

diocese . . . refers to a community of the Christian faith-

ful in communion of faith and sacraments with their

bishop ordained in apostolic succession. These particular

Churches “are constituted after the model of the universal

Church; it is in these and formed out of them that the one

and unique Catholic Church exists.” (CCC, no. 833, citing

LG, no. 23)

3. What is the principal vocation of the laity in the Church?

By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity

to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal

affairs and directing them according to God’s will. (CCC,

no. 898, citing LG, no. 31)