Cardinal Marc Ouellet waves as he leaves in procession at the conclusion of the opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin June 10.

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet waves as he leaves in procession at the conclusion of the opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin June 10.

June 18, 2012

Catholics should use the resource of the family to confront the challenges of secularized societies, Cardinal Marc Ouellet told the International Theology Symposium in Dublin June 6.

Ouellet told delegates that the Church must promote the family in this time of "unprecedented anthropological crisis . . . characterized by the loss of a sense of marriage and the family."

The symposium is part of the International Eucharistic Congress that began June 10. Ouellet, head of the Congregation for Bishops and former rector of Edmonton's St. Joseph Seminary, is papal legate for the congress.

Theology faces an important task in integrating manifestations of eucharistic piety such as adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, eucharistic processions and private Masses into the pastoral life of the Church, he said.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament must not be "belittled as a pious but now outdated custom," he said.

The dialogue among theologians, pastors and the faithful "must be carried out in a climate of openness and respect for spiritual traditions," Ouellet said.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin described Ouellet's talk as a "masterly synthesis" of the pastoral challenges faced by the Church in terms of evangelization.