24 November 2013

Go out to the existential peripheries!

Before the 2013 Papal Conclave that elected him to the Chair of Peter, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J. offered his thoughts on the New Evangelization

Evangelizing Implies Apostolic Zeal 

1. Evangelizing pre-supposes a desire in the Church to come out of herself. The Church is called to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery. 

2. When the Church does not come out of herself to evangelize, she becomes self-referential and then gets sick. . .living within herself, of herself, for herself. This should shed light on the possible changes and reforms which must be done for the salvation of souls. 

3. Thinking of the next Pope: He must be a man who, from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ, helps the Church to go out to the existential peripheries, that helps her to be the fruitful mother, who gains life from “the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing.”

Given our relatively affluent, comfortable middle-class lifestyle, I wonder how many American Catholic preachers understand those who struggle at the existential peripheries of our culture?

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  1. Anonymous10:04 AM


    1. 104. Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded. The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion. . .

      Not quite the "new wind" you were hoping for, uh, Ludi?

    2. Anonymous11:03 PM

      Oh, there is a new wind. Be careful how you tread...


      The freakout on the Catholic right is a joy to behold. I hope they find the strength to listen the Barque of Peter. But sadly, they are probably too sickly and inwardly focussed on "small-minded rules". It is beautiful to hear our Holy Father speak in such communion with our President. They share an understanding of the Gospel's preferential option for the poor. We are lucky to have two such visionary leaders on the world stage living the grace of the redemption of the cross.

    3. BAWAHAHAHA! Oh, that's just priceless. Love it.