Friday, March 21, 2014
Name that difficulty.
Sadly, the problem goes deeper than Cardinal Kasper.
Pope Francis hand-picked Cardinal Kasper, called him a superb theologian attempted to cultivate acceptance by asking for 'flexibility' and expressed support for his 'serene theology'.
There aren't that many of us who are seeing serenity in the contradiction of permanent indissoluble nature of Sacramental marriage.
Nothing flexible 'bout 'dat.
I thank God for the refreshing honesty of our courageous Cardinal Burke.
In this perilous time in our precious Church's history, he reminds me of Athinasius.
A few days ago, he said the following:
"It takes uncompromising Catholics" to oppose the killing of unborn children, artificial insemination and the gender ideology. In an exceptional and very long interview with the monthly magazine Radici Cristiane by Roberto de Mattei, the Cardinal treated in a Catholic manner, the burning and controversial issues of the current debate over which, anti-Church circles exercise an increasingly radical cultural hegemony and how the thinking of Europeans is veritably brainwashed, which begins in kindergarten. There is no more time to watch idly or to talk about compromise. Nor is it legitimate to resign. The tacit resignation in the face of a psychological, moral and spiritual destruction thus constitutes a form of compromise with evil, says the Cardinal.
He also recently spoke of the false mercy of 'simplifying' annulments.
I worry that the Romans will circle his wagons, steal his coat and throw him into the cistern.
I've been thinking a great deal about the gifts and challenges of our Pope.
We all have challenges and need to know our limitations.
Recently, a local parish ministry asked me to write up an introduction for a Eucharistic Miracle exhibit that would be published in a secular town newspaper. I'm not sure I'm the right gal for the job, I said. My writing is much more suitable for the converted, consecrated and Eucharistic. I drafted it, but it was a struggle to resist the zeal and mysticism to try to strike the right chord to intrigue non-believers. (LOL.)
You have to know the language you speak, the most effective use of your talents, what to avoid. It takes discipline to not to be you when speaking or teaching about Our Beloved Christ and His Church, Sacraments, salvation.
I don't belong in RCIA. Send me into the deep to talk to daily Mass goers, Marian consecrations, the Adoration and Rosary crowd. I try to be meticulous and measured when expressing theology (most of the time!)
John Paul II and Pope Benedict were also careful and meticulous (most of the time!
The Pope has different gifts.
I recently saw a quote that reminded me of Pope Francis: Fall in love with as many things as possible.
It's the right time and the right place and the right message.
This is the beauty of The Mystical Body at work. Cardinal Burke and Pope Francis and you and I.
The Pope's flight of thought, off the cuff style and whatever he's got going on behind the language he speaks, his allergy to faithful Catholics and attraction to kooky theologians, I pray he recognizes his own limitations and in his second year, puts more emphasis on... the ministry of thinking things through.