While looking for an accessible summary of EG, we came across this by Kevin Cotter. Please follow the links to the The Fellowship of Catholic University Students website to see the whole article, and the sections mentioned below.
Evangelii Gaudium is a fantastic document that will have a deep impact on our Church for several generations. It is also a LONG document. In his own words, “I have dealt extensively with these topics with a detail which some may find excessive” (#18). Pope Francis covers a tremendous amount of ground and the task of trying to summarize such a lengthy document to various people who only have some much time to read this blog post presents quite the challenge.
In order to try to meet this challenge, I’ve separated the blog post into different sections below:
- If you have 60 seconds to know what the document says, read the General Summary.
- If you have 5 minutes, read the General Summary, Table of Contents and Major Themes section below it.
- And, if you want to learn more about the document, check out the list of quotes as well and the “you talkin’ to me” section (section and quotes addressed to particular groups of people).
As always, the best option is to read the document yourself and then use this as a guide for reflection and study later. I know this isn’t always possible or realistic, especially the day of the release.