Tag: Speech


At the recent LA Religious Education Congress, John Allen did a presentation.

He said that that Pope Francis tends to focus on the pastoral, rather than the doctrinal or canonical. He named three pillars of the Francis Papacy:

1) Leadership as Service

2) A Missionary Church

3) Mercy as the Cornerstone

See Presentation:

Thoughts on the Church by Cardinal Oscar

Cardinal Oscar

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga, the man appointed to lead the so called, “gang of eight cardinals” to help Pope Francis reform the Curia gave a presentation at the University of Dallas on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Here is a small snippet:

“There is no possible reform of the Church without a return to Jesus….And there the Church, in humble company, helps making life intelligible and dignified, making it a community of equals, without castes or classes; without rich or poor; without impositions or anathemas. Her foremost goal is to care for the penultimate (hunger, housing, clothing, shoes, health, education…) to be then able to care for the ultimate, those problems that rob us of sleep after work (our finiteness, our solitude before death, the meaning of life, pain, and evil…). The answer the Church gives to the “penultimate” will entitle her to speak about the “ultimate.” For that reason, the Church must show herself as a Samaritan on earth –so she can some day partake of the eternal goods….Too many times she gives the impression of having too much certitude and too little doubt, freedom, dissension or dialogue. No more excommunicating the world, then, or trying to solve the world’s problems by returning to authoritarianism, rigidity and moralism, but instead keeping always the message of Jesus as her sole source of inspiration.”

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