Mention “Vatican II” and more than likely you will get the attention of any Catholic within hearing distance. But mention the “New Evangelization” and probably not so many ears will perk up. Yet the two are intrinsically connected.
One of the reasons Pope John XXIII called Vatican II was to address the growing problem of Modernism. He felt a renewal of the Church was needed for the sake of evangelizing a world that was slowly giving in to modernism and becoming more and more secularized.
As Dr. Scott Hahn noted on EWTN’s “Catholic Answers Live” program a couple years ago, “the culture is awash in secularism and it’s not getting better but worse.”