Friday, March 15, 2013

I love him already

"reform of the...Vatican’s bureaucratic arm is high on the agenda." 

Some good articles about Pope Francis at MercatorNet

Maybe Pope Francis's reform will have  a trickle-down effect. It is scandelous how various dioceses with their multi-million dollar office complexes spend so much time, energy and money on useless programs, promoting  speakers and workshops that embrace heresy or nonsense, and (my favourite) more and more and  more forever and ever, amen: fundraising. (Because, as you know, it's impossible to evangelize without money, just being holy where you are.) 

You wonder how the great saints and martyrs of the past ever managed to found charities, schools, hospitals, and evangelize thousands without being backed by a multi-million dollar bureaucratic structure. It's interesting to note that most (if not all) the 'successful' (ie, actually bringing souls to Christ) apostolates around these days started out as an idea that some nobody layperson had, and not as the result of a diocesan initiative. 

"The Church needs saints, not bureaucrats" (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 1995)

And this just discovered (by me) from a book by the former Cardinal Borgoglio:

In the history of the Catholic Church, the true renovators are the saints. They are true reformers, the ones who change, transform, lead and revive spiritual paths. Another example: Francis of Assisi, who introduced a new attitude towards poverty in Christianity when faced with the luxury, pride and vanity of the civil and ecclesiastical powers of the time. He introduced a mysticism of poverty, of detachment, and he changed history.

I pray that we have such a saint in the Chair of Peter right now.


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