Concerned Catholics of Vermont: Call for Synod
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Statements of "Hope From Our Pope"
Many Catholics have been encouraged by the direction of the Church under Pope Francis – this is particularly so with CCOVT subscribers. Over and above his championing mercy and forgiveness, his characterization of the Church as “a field hospital” for the spiritually wounded, it is commitment to open discussion that we believe is fundamental for the health of the Church.
No one has stated this better than Mary McAlesse, the 8th President of Ireland who – after her term as president – studied for a Doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
I am more comfortable with the chaos of debate than with festering suffocation of silence. I think Francis is allowing the Church to breathe and that is a wonderful thing,
Quotations from Pope Francis:
“I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by intervention of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it...”
“A person who thinks only about building walls, whoever they may be, and not building bridges, is not a Christian.”
“To share the Lord’s banquet: is it the goal of the path, or is it viatucum [food or provision accompanying one on a journey] for walking together?... I ask myself. But don’t we have the same baptism? If we have the same baptism shouldn’t we be walking together.”
Pope Francis to a Lutheran congregation in Rome.
“We feel the closeness also of those men and women who, not belonging to any religious tradition, feel however the need to search for the truth, the goodness and the beauty of God, and who are our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection of creation.”
“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a church that is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security.”
“Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vice, drugs, or anything else – God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the god seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
“Instead of imposing new obligations. [Christians] should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet”