Pastorisation and Evangelisation Plan of the Catholic Church in Slovakia for 2001-2006
This is an audacious five-year plan by the Slovak bishops for Catholicising Slovakia. Among the recommendations is saturation by Church media (1.6.3j), and indeed from 23 January 2007 the bandwidth of the BBC World Service was turned over to the Catholic station, Rádio Lumen.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 848, 1993 claims that “the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelise all men.” This 36-page plan was published by the Slovak Conference of Bishops on 10 May 2001 as a blueprint for entrenching Catholicism in Slovak society.
Here evangelisation means “spreading the Gospel” in the widest sense, whether by priests or laymen. By contrast, the term pastorisation (from the Latin word for “shepherd”) is limited to the special kinds of evangelisation carried out by priests. The note at the end of part 6 depicts evangelisation as a very broad activity, including missionising in foreign lands, teaching catechism to children, making pastoral visits and performing the mass.
The aims of this five-year missionary plan for Slovakia are broader still. Its introduction says that “by trying to set in motion a new evangelisation, we hope that, through its faith, Slovakia can play an important role in a secularised Europe”.
In 2007 the bishops issued another PEP for 2007-2013 which, at 80 pages, is twice as long, and is written in a style that is even more sacerdotal. Translated below is the briefer, franker, earlier version of this religious saturation plan.