Wednesday, September 25, 2013

But Francis Says Stuff Benedict Never Would!!!

... oh really?

Pope Benedict XVI (ahead of time) on Pope Francis's famous "bombshell" interview:
"I remember, when I used go to Germany in the 1980s and ’90s, that I was asked to give interviews and I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems. If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith – a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Swiss Bishops 2006

h/t Joe Grabowski


vitae2day said...

Only if human life from conception until death is respected is the ethic of peace possible and credible; only then may non-violence be expressed in every direction, only then can we truly accept creation and only then can we achieve true justice.

I think that this is the great task we have before us: on the one hand, not to make Christianity seem merely morality, but rather a gift in which we are given the love that sustains us and provides us with the strength we need to be able to "lose our own life". On the other hand, in this context of freely given love, we need to move forward towards ways of putting it into practice, whose foundation is always offered to us by the Decalogue, which we must interpret today with Christ and with the Church in a progressive and new way.
- BXVI (in the same discourse as the quote)

Joey Higgins said...

I "argue" with people informing them that Pope Francis isn't saying anything horribly different and it seems to go over people's heads.

Don't get me wrong, I like this pope a lot, but I don't like the willful ignorance that I'm seeing from people who are supposed to be Catholic.

I guess that's what you get when you don't take the limo :P