Thursday, January 16, 2014
POPE FRANCIS AND HIS EVALUATION OF THE TWO EXTREMES IN THE CHURCH TODAY: THE TRENDIES AND TRADIES
Each Wednesday, we have a church supper (inculturation, since our Protestant brothers and sisters have done this for generations). It begins with Evening Prayer (abbreviated) and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 5:30 followed by dinner at 5:45 and then adult formation at 6:30 (there is also a youth program) and everything concluding by 7:30 PM, my bedtime.
I've begun a five week series on Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). I had my second session on Chapter II last night. Presenting this has helped me to enter into what the Pope is saying as I try to explain it to those present and elicit questions and discussion.
Thus I was happy to see that Father Dwight Longenecker has a very good article,"Trendies and Tradies" in the National Catholic Register (a newspaper that deserves to have Catholic in its title). For what he describes in the article is certainly true in terms of Pope Francis challenging the Church to authentic renewal that brings unity to the Church and not division. You can read the complete article by pressing these sentences. I will present a few cogent excerpts below:
[Pope Francis] scolding, but his comments are also scalding. If we listen carefully, we’ll realize that the smiling "peoples’ pope" has some harsh criticism for a whole range of people — including Catholics. His words are blunt, and we’re beginning to realize that they don’t call him "Pope Frank" for nothing!