For a nun whose name has long been a byword for pious compassion, her canonization has been met with controversy.
CHR Comment: Allegations are brought by persons in India who believe Calcutta’s reputation was badly damaged by the presence of her mission, as though Calcutta was the worst place for poverty. Others question the amount of suffering endured by persons who were terminally ill under her care. There are also complaints from atheists that Mother Teresa was a fraud. Despite these complaints, the “controversy” seems rather small compared with the broad support for her mission.
Source: Mother Teresa’s Canonization: Controversy Mars Nun’s Work – NBC News
On the scope of the church’s mission.
CHR Comment: Peter J. Leithart offers an interesting and helpful theological review of Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book, “What is the Mission of the Church?” Along with Leithart’s comments, one does well to see that DeYoung and Gilbert raise an important question for the modern church.
Historically we see that when churches become focused on social justice and ecumenism, they tend to lose focus on evangelistic mission work. Their efforts and energy make them more and more like secular aid societies—which can be great and wonderful things—but they lose interest in Jesus’ goal (and the Spirit’s goal) for making disciples. This is perhaps best illustrated by the increasing emphasis on interfaith dialogues and interfaith worship services where Christians and non-Christians profess a belief in the same God while describing God in obviously different ways or by their efforts to redefine God. The mission in these cases becomes peace with other religions and even an express desire to end mission work. See, for example, the article page in the link below about “Interfaith Relations Deemed More Important than Mission Work.”
Source: Double Mission | Peter J. Leithart | First Things
In light of recent backlash against implementation of the controversial learning standards in public schools, private Catholic schools around the country are reconsidering Common Core and how it may fit within the Catholic mission.
CHR Comment: Mission is the key element in these changes. Common Core is designed to prepare children for college, which is important. But Roman Catholic educators wish to reestablish the spiritual goals of their work: creating faithful believers who will go to heaven.
Source: Why Catholic schools are reconsidering Common Core – CSMonitor.com
BERLIN — Barbara Rudolph, head of the Ecumenical Department of the Protestant Church in Germany’s Rheinland region, recalls speaking . . .
CHR Comment: The teachings of Jesus Christ are clearly taking a back seat to inter-faith relations. This is the tragedy of modernism, which has abandoned the faith.
Source: Why German Protestants Will Stop Trying To Convert Muslims