Cardinal Walter Kasper on Pope Francis: “This pope is not a liberal pope. He is a radical pope! This pope goes back to the gospel.”
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“Simplicity is the enemy of serious thought, and serious thought is what this world desperately needs. And if we Americans find ourselves unable or unwilling to take the time to think deeply, then some wiser, more serious, more reflective culture will supersede ours. And our defeat will be entirely deserved.”
“In broad strokes, most observers believe Francis wants to accomplish at least three things:
Greater coordination among the Vatican’s departments, which notoriously can operate like independent fiefdoms and occasionally work at cross-purposes.
Greater collegiality in decision-making, including a Vatican that does a better job of listening to the voices of local churches around the world.
Greater transparency in the mechanisms of governance, perhaps especially in terms of financial administration.”
“Islamist rebels who have taken over Central African Republic are targeting Christians and their churches, and the population is “living in permanent anguish,” said the Catholic bishops’ justice and peace commission.”
“The problem of unemployment is ‘very often caused by a purely economic view of society, which seeks self-centered profit, outside the bounds of social justice,’ he said, marking the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker during his weekly general audience.”
“Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that Jesus Christ is with God and with us.”
“He noted that the church is not only against communism but also ‘against the wild economic liberalism we see today.’ In Latin America, ‘liberalism’ describes what we in the United States would refer to as economic libertarianism.”
“One of the wild grapes that flows from the vine of clericalism, the future Pope said in El Jesuita, is a hypercritical spirit that leads some Catholic priests and faithful to expend most of their energy censuring others inside and outside the Church rather than seeking to live and share the joy of the Christian faith.”
“As I read, I wondered: why is it the women who should be copying the men? Why can’t it be the men who could be well served by taking a page out of an entirely different book: that of the very women Lean In is advising to change? What it is about women that men could emulate to make our workplaces, our families, and our society in general a better place?”
“Happily, Catholic moral theology offers a vision that makes sense of this reality. These children, it would remind us, are persons, possessing absolute innate dignity. They are not commodities to be acquired for the benefit they provide. They can never be reduced to an expression of others’ choices, not even the choices of those who play a part in their conception.”