If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that it does not focus on politics. However, some of the issues it does focus on are not divorced from politics, especially in my country (America).
Holy Father Pope Francis just departed the USA after a six-day visit during which he gave many speeches and homilies. Many Americans, and perhaps our brothers and sisters of the worldwide community, are wondering if the practical and spiritual direction he bestowed upon us citizens and our respective legislative representatives as well as all those present at the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will bear holy fruit.
In light of Pope Francis’ multiple invocations and admonitions regarding an “absolute respect for human life in all its stages and dimensions” and considering the deplorable support of abortion by the Democratic Party, I question how any citizen of America or of the worldwide community (especially any member of the universal Catholic clergy), who considers themselves to be authentically prolife, could possibly desire the next U.S. president be a member of the Democratic Party.
There is now no mistake when one realizes that there exists a form of rejection of the dogmas of the Church, or a growing distance among men, the faithful and dogmas. On the question of marriage, there is a chasm between a certain world and the Church. The question is ultimately very simple: is it the world that must change its attitude, or the Church its fidelity to God? Because if the faithful still love the Church and the pope, but do not apply its doctrine, not changing anything in their lives, not even after coming to listen to the successor of Peter in Rome, what kind of future should we expect?
Many faithful rejoice to hear about the divine mercy, and they hope that the radical nature of the Gospel could also mitigate in favor of those who have made the decision to live in rupture with the crucified love of Jesus. They think that because of the Lord’s infinite goodness everything is possible, even while deciding not to change anything about their lives. For many, it is normal that God should pour his mercy upon them while they dwell in sin. They do not understand that light and darkness cannot coexist, in spite of the many appeals of St. Paul: “What should we say then? That we should remain in sin so that grace may abound? Of course not!” […]
This confusion demands rapid responses. The Church cannot go forward as if reality did not exist: it can no longer content itself with ephemeral enthusiasms, which last for the duration of great gatherings or liturgical assemblies, as beautiful and rich as they may be. It can no longer hold back from a practical reflection on subjectivism as the root of most of the current errors. What use is it that the pope’s Twitter account is followed by hundreds of thousands of persons if men do not concretely change their lives? What use is it to tally up the figures of the crowds that throng before the popes if we are not sure that the conversions are real and profound? […]