This morning I read the homily Pope Francis gave. It seemed to make some sense but something made me uneasy. I decided to stay quiet, go to Mass, and reflect, even offering prayers for Pope Francis that his mind would be cleared, that he would speak the fullness of the Faith and not the confusion that so many, including me, are lamenting nearly every time we read or hear what he says and teaches. I made those prayers with his homily of today in mind. Tonight, I found this post at the From Rome blog and here I have now understood what was bothering me, and which I could not parse out on my own. I share this because we must understand how these homilies are setting us up for the truly breathtaking un-Catholic stuff to come our way. Thank you, Brother Bugnolo, for helping me today, and every day with your blog.
Rome, February 15, 2015: In his homily this morning, at the Vatican, Pope Francis told the Cardinals that “The road of the Church is not to condemn anyone eternally”. In his homily, which was published minutes ago in Italian, he went on to say, that God “embraces and welcomes by reintegrating and transfiguring evil into good, condemnation into salvation, exclusion into proclamation” of welcome.
The discourse as a whole, spoke about the need to go to the peripheries:
Consequently, charity cannot be neutral, ascetic, indifferent, tepid or impartial! Charity is contagious, it impassions, it risks, it co-involves! Because true charity is always unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous! (cf. 1 Cor. 13). Charity is creative in finding a proper language to communicate with all who have been considered incurable and hence untouchable. To find the just language … Contact is the true communicative language, the same affective language which transmitted…
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