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The Church does not work to be attractive…but is of service to the other…always, pope says

On the plane to Scotland this morning the Pope held the typical Q&A session with reporters. THE more important of the Q&A, in my opinion, is noted below. The questions are vetted prior to the asking.

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The UK,
like many other Western countries – there is an issue that you have already
touched on in the first answer -it is considered a secular country. There is a
strong atheist movement, even for cultural reasons. However, there are also
signs that religious faith, particularly in Jesus Christ, is still alive on a
personal level. What can this mean for Catholics and Anglicans? Can anything be
done to make the Church as an institution, more credible and attractive to


I would say that a Church that seeks to be particularly
attractive is already on the wrong path
, because the Church does not work for
her own ends, she does not work to increase numbers and thus power
. The Church
is at the service of another
: she serves, not for herself, not to be a strong
body, rather she serves to make the proclamation of Jesus Christ accessible,
the great truths and great forces of love, reconciling love that appeared in
this figure and that always comes from the presence of Jesus Christ
. In this
regard, the Church does not seek to be attractive in and of herself, but must
be transparent for Jesus Christ and to the extent that she is not out for
herself, as a strong and powerful body in the world, that wants power, but is
simply the voice of another, she becomes truly transparent for the great figure
of Christ and the great truth that he has brought to humanity. The power of
love, in this moment one listens, one accepts. The Church should not consider
herself, but help to consider the other and she herself must see and speak of
the other
. In this sense, I think, both Anglicans and Catholics have the same
simple task, the same direction to take. If both Anglicans and Catholics see
that the other is not out for themselves but are tools of Christ, children of
the Bridegroom, as Saint John says, if both carry out the priorities of Christ
and not their own, they will come together, because at that time the priority
of Christ unites
them and they are no longer competitors seeking the greatest
numbers, but are united in our commitment to the truth of Christ who comes into
this world and so they find each other in a genuine and fruitful ecumenism.

Pope to Scotland –and the rest of us: pay attention to faith AND reason viz. Catholic identity

At one point in the Pope’s homily in Glasgow, Scotland, today he said:

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The evangelization
of culture
is all the more important in our times, when a “dictatorship of
threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature,
his destiny and his ultimate good.  There are some who now seek to exclude
religious belief from public discourse
, to privatize it or even to paint it as
a threat to equality and liberty. Yet religion is in fact a guarantee of authentic
liberty and respect, leading us to look upon every person as a brother or
sister. For this reason I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful, in
accordance with your baptismal calling and mission, not only to be examples of
faith in public, but also to put the case for the promotion of faith’s wisdom
and vision in the public forum.
Society today needs clear voices which propose
our right to live, not in a jungle of self-destructive and arbitrary freedoms, but
in a society which works for the true welfare of its citizens and offers them
guidance and protection in the face of their weakness and fragility. Do not be
afraid to take up this service
to your brothers and sisters, and to the future
of your beloved nation.

A few ideas to consider based on what said above:

  • notice: the pope speaks about the
    evangelization of culture,
    not only evangelization;
  • understand: relativism has become
    dictatorial in all ways, particularly in its approach truth, how it understands true happiness and man’s eternal destiny is questioned, abused and rejected as unimportant for the 21st century person;
  • question: why and in what ways have some people relegate God, honest intercourse between faith and reason and human
    dignity to the sidelines, what are the avoiding?, and why do voices of dissent get more credence than eternal truth;
  • question: has religion lost its ability
    to guarantee authentic human liberty?, how can we propose otherwise?;
  • question: why do Catholics shy away -perhaps even
    intimated from making their voice heard in the public square–from talking about
    their faith in Christ as the supreme savior of all of humanity?;
  • how any true notion of what true
    welfare of people is be neglectful of the unborn, the elderly, prisoners, children, the
    poor and homeless, etc?
Now are the times that I wish God kept Father Richard John Neuhaus and Cardinal Dulles among us! In case you haven’t noticed, what the Pope is talking about here is exactly what groups like Communion and Liberation and Opus Dei are doing what the Holy Father asks to happen in the Church and society.

Anne Rice quits Christianity

Noted author Anne Rice on her Facebook page wrote: “In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian” because she regards Christians as “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous.”

Ms. Rice also added she refuses to be “anti-gay, anti-feminist and anti-Democrat.”

Interestingly, she quits Christianity in the name of Christ. Hmmm.

I hope Ms Rice knows that Jesus Christ does not leave her alone and neither does He abandon her. And neither does the Church abandon her, nor ceases to care for her salvation.

I pray for Ms Rice’s peace of soul and eventual return to her Mother, the Catholic Church.

DiNoia on the challenges to faith in Christ

In early June Dominican Archbishop Augustine DiNoia addressed a full house people at New York’s Yale Club on some challenges to the faith and why faith in Christ is reasonable. His talk was titled “Facing the Challenges to Faith in Christ Today: The Dominican Way,” the text of his talk is here: DiNoia Facing the Challenges to Faith in Christ Today 2010.pdf

Claudia McDonnell’s article in the Catholic New York, “Faith and Reasoning,” gives a digest of the talk and issues.

Archbishop DiNoia was ordained a bishop in July 2009 and is the Secretary to the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments at the Holy See.

David Gibson, a papal biographer to speak at Sacred Heart Univ May 12

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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