Recently elected Pope Francis makes headlines wherever he goes and by whatever he says, and his ideas on Roman Catholics and evangelism are no exception. Theology professor Regis Martin quotes the Pope liberally in this brief article which reflects on evangelism, the role of the Christian with respect to evangelism, and the purpose of the church. Excuses and explanations for the lack of evangelism by Roman Catholics-failure, cold feet, fear-are countered. Instead “apostolic zeal” is the order of the day-for the Pope, for Martin, and for Roman Catholics everywhere. The tone of this article is spirited and non-judgmental, making it a good discussion starter, an effective and inspirational read, and ultimately, thought-provoking. Other Christian traditions will likely appreciate Martin’s vigor and humor, though Roman Catholics will identify more with its content.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover