Photo Credit: L’Osservatore Romano Comments in Italic by Author
Vatican City, Sept. 14, 2017 (Ewtn/CNA News) AS the Pope met with his (and our) new Bishops he reminded them to be humble in their work and open to better ways of evangelizing other than just “the way it’s always been.”
When you say “the way it’s always been” do you mean the way Catholic Speech about Religion, Catholic manner of behaviour has always been, as supported by the Ten Commandments, and, by belief in non changing dogma and tradition? This is the way it has always been. Do you mean that you want Catholics to be taught by the Bishops in a different direction than these old traditional things, Your Holiness?”
Francis continues: “Discernment is a remedy for the immobility of ‘it has always been so’ or ‘we take time.’
So a remedy is needed for the immobility of the way it has “always been”, Your Holiness?
It’s a creative process that is not limited to the application of methods. It is an antidote against rigidity. The same solutions are not good everywhere. Do not be imprisoned by the nostalgia of having only one answer to apply in all cases.
So, the same solutions are not good everywhere? All souls in sin cannot get the same solution by telling the priest about it in confession, saying we are sorry, will reform ourselves, and doing our penance, Your Holiness?
All this speech is ‘Modernism with a Smile’ to borrow a phrase from the late great John Vennari: The notion that Truth can be changed
The Pope continued, warning that to have an easy, one-size-fits-all answer might soothe our performance anxiety, ( ? ) but it threatens to make our lives “dried”
Like “Thou shalt not commit adultery?” Yes, one size answer fits this Commandment, so you must be referring to the Commandments, Your Holiness. Thank you.
The Pope continues: “Discernment, therefore is born in the heart and mind of the Bishop through his prayer when he meets people and situations entrusted to him with the Divine Word pronounced by the Spirit.”
Discernment of spirits: The ability to distinguish whether a given idea or impulse in the souls comes from the good spirit or from the evil spirit. In persons who are seriously intent on doing God’s will, the good spirit is recognized by the peace of mind and readiness for sacrifice that a given thought or desire produces in the soul. The evil spirit produces disturbance of mind and a tendency to self indulgence. An opposite effect is produced by both spirits toward sinners. Modern Catholic Dictionary John A. Hardon, S.J.
Continuing with Pope Francis: “It is in the intimacy of prayer that a Bishop grows his inner freedom to make good decisions, both in ecclesial and personal matters. “Only in the silence of prayer can one learn the voice of God, perceive the traces of His language, access His truth.” The Pope continued.
He explained that “Bishops and leaders in the Church must strive to grow in the kind of discernment which dialogues with the faithful (?) … in a patient and courageous accompanying process”
Then it can “mature the capacity of each – faithful, families, priests, communities and societies – all called to advance in the freedom to choose and accomplish the good that God wants.” End of Pope Francis Talk
“Maturing the capacity of each to grow in the kind of discernment which dialogues with the faithful” was said by Pope Francis in the above article, … but it does not seem to ‘go’ with the old Biblical phrase:
“Unless you become as little children you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
A childs words are naturally truthful, clear, and amazingly bright, for his smallness….how many moms and dads and teachers say: Oh I just love the things kids say? How many times have you ‘totally’ agreed with what your small child had to say ?