Sunday, December 22, 2019

"Pope Francis tells Roman Curia: Do not fear change, it is in the nature of the missionary church" by Gerard O'Connell, America

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/12/21/pope-francis-tells-roman-curia-do-not-fear-change-it-nature-missionary-church

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his annual audience to give Christmas greetings to members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican on Dec. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 


My Response: The Vatican Curia needs a holy shakeup. Good luck, Pope Francis, you will need a miracle to reform the governance structure of the Church! But, of course, we believe in miracles and in the power of the Spirit moving through us all, don't we!
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org


He emphasized the urgent need for change in the church by recalling the words of Cardinal Martini in an interview, shortly before he died on Aug. 31, 2012, “that should interrogate us.” Martini said: “The church has remained 200 years behind the times. Why has it not been shaken up? Are we afraid? Fear instead of courage? Nevertheless, faith is the foundation of the church. Faith, trust, courage…. Only loves conquers tiredness.”
Pope Francis concluded by telling his collaborators in the Roman Curia: “Christmas is the feast of the love of God for us. Divine love inspires, guides, and corrects the change and defeats the human fear of leaving the ‘secure’ and launching out in the ‘mystery’.”

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