The church exists in order to evangelize,” wrote Pope Paul VI in his 1975 apostolic exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi; it is “the grace and vocation proper to the church, her deepest identity.” In the three decades since that classic statement, though, the church in Europe has found itself not growing but shrinking...
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Timothy P. Schilling, studied theology at the Catholic University of Leuven and earned a doctorate in practical theology at the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht. Since 2003 he has served on the staff of the Center for Parish Spirituality, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.