Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Response to Pope's homily/Article on Vatican Synod-Report Narrows Open Tone, Pope Calls for Middle Path by Joshua J. McElwee NCR

Bridget Mary's Response to Pope Francis' closing homily:
As Pope Francis admits the Synod was a "journey of men." Herein lies problem number 1!! Women belong to the family and should be decision-makers at this Synod and in all church issues. Really, celibate males, some of whom according to the Pope, were outright hostile, should not talk the talk as if they walk the walk!  They have a major credibility gap on this and other issues too! As the youth today say-lol Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org

..."But calling it "a journey of men," the pope said "there were also moments of desolation, of tension and of temptations, of which you could mention some possibilities."
Listing those temptations, the pope began with "the temptation of the hostile rigorist."
Such a person, he said, has "the desire to close inside the script (the letter) and not be surprised by God, from the God of surprises (the Spirit); inside the law, inside the certainty of what we know and not of what we still have to learn and reach for."
"From the time of Jesus, it is the temptation of the zealots, of the scrupulous ... considered -- today -- 'traditionalists' and even 'intellectualists,'" he said.
The pope then warned against "the temptation of destructive do-gooding, which in the name of a false mercy bands wounds and cures them without first medicating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and roots."
"It is the temptation of 'do-gooders'  ... considered 'progressives' and 'liberals,'" he said."


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