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Pope Francis: Shattering the Categories PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 22 March 2013 11:07

The most wonderful thing that has happened in the 10 days of Pope Francis' pontificate as far as I'm concerned?

The sudden dislocation of the "Traditionalist"/"Neo-Catholic"/"progressive" ecclesial wars because the Holy Father's words and gestures has shattered the categories with which American Catholic insiders have been consumed for decades.

For which I give thanks to God on my knees. 


As Robert Moynihan puts it:

"Francis cannot be captured by these political categories.

He transcends them.

As Jesus transcended all categories, reaching out to sinners — and all are sinners — but also, asking them not to sin. Loving the sinner, but not the sin…

As Pope Benedict transcended all categories. Ceaselessly reminding all of us that our destiny transcends all worldly categories, that we are made for eternity, not just for time…

Perhaps it is time that we should all say that there are not “conservative” and “liberal” or even “traditional” and “orthodox” Catholics at all, just simply “Catholics” in a universal Church, stretching backward to the first days of the Church and forward to the end of the world in time, and global in space, unable to be described rightly by these secular categories.

So today, Pope Francis, powerfully, set his course, transcending the “left” and the “right” and pointing all of us toward higher things.

It was the first, great “programmatic” discourse of his pontificate.

His central thrust today was: (1) don’t try to confine me, or reduce me and my message, to worldly categories; and (2) don’t try to separate me from my predecessor, Benedict."

 


 

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