American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization | Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, President of the Advisory Board of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization | Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, President of the Advisory Board of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

“The Holy Father, it seems to me, wishes to pare back every conceivable obstacle people may have invented to prevent themselves from responding to Jesus Christ’s universal call to holiness. We all know individuals who say things like: “Oh, I stopped going to Church because of the Church’s teaching on divorce”, or “I could never be Catholic because of the Church’s teaching on abortion or on homosexuality”. The Holy Father is asking them to put aside these obstacles and to welcome Christ, without any excuse, into their lives. Once they come to understand the immeasurable love of Christ, alive for us in the Church, they will be able to resolve whatever has been troubling them about the Church, His Mystical Body, and her teaching.

“Surely, persons whose hearts are hardened against the truth will read something very different into the approach of Pope Francis, claiming that, in fact, he intends to abandon certain teachings of the Church which our totally secularized culture rejects. Their false praise of the Holy Father’s approach mocks the fact that he is the Successor of Saint Peter, totally grounded in the Beatitudes, and that, therefore, with humble trust in God alone, he rejects the acceptance and praise of the world.

“It is not that the Holy Father is not clear in his opposition to abortion and euthanasia, or in his support of marriage as the indissoluble, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman. Rather he concentrates his attention on inviting all to nurture an intimate relationship, indeed communion, with Christ, within which the non-negotiable truths, inscribed by God upon every human heart, become ever more evident and are generously embraced. The understanding and living of these truths are, so to speak, the outer manifestation of the inner communion with God the Father in Christ, His only-begotten Son, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.”

From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world

From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world

Quoted by #MotherMiriam in Audio CD The Making of a JEWISH NUN The Story of Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God | #LightHouse Catholic Media


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Pope Francis softening tone, not stance, Cardinal Sean O’Malley says | The Boston Globe

Pope Francis softening tone, not stance, Cardinal Sean O’Malley says | The Boston Globe

The following appeared on Bostonglobe.com:

Headline: Pope Francis softening tone, not stance, Cardinal Sean O’Malley says – The Boston Globe

Date:     Feb 12, 2014       

 

#Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he shares in the sense of wonder at how swiftly #Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention and softened, with his sometimes startling words and personal gestures, the image of the Roman Catholic chirch. But he cautions that those with high expectations that the shift in tone presages major changes in church teachings on contraception, abortion, homosexuality and other flashpoint issues are likely to be disapppointed. “I don’t see the pope as changing doctrine,’’ O’Malley said in an interview with the Globe, though he said the pontiff’s focus on compassion and mercy over doctrinal purity has reverberated powerfully throughout the church. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston and the closest American adviser to the popular new pontiff, O’Malley said says it would also be unrealistic to expect the church to consider allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments, even though Francis himself once appeared to signal openness to the idea.