Supporting Pope Francis: New Websites

09/10/2017Print This Post

The encyclical Amoris Laetitia expressed Pope Francis’ theme of mercy in relation to those in difficult family situations.  The opposition to some of its passages that was formed by a small minority of prelates – seen as a revolt by some – has now sparked a counter-movement of support for the popular pontiff.

Catholic Reform International has opened a new website ‘We Support Pope Francis to promote this move, with supporting social media pages.

There is also a Europe-based pro-Francis site at:  http://www.pro-pope-francis.com/site/english

We in ACI are happy to to provide links to these sites and to encourage our members to contribute.  A return to a merciless legalism in the church would be a final defeat of the intent of the second Vatican Council (1962-65) which recognised the ‘change of era’ and the obligation of dialogue and reform that Pope Francis also strongly recognises.

The church cannot become a ‘club for the legally unblemished’ without deserving the criticism that Jesus aimed at the Pharisees and scribes of his own time:  that they had prevented many from entering the Kingdom of God and yet had not entered themselves.  We are all ‘works in progress’:  there is a dangerously thin line between moral legalism and the sin of presumption.

 

 

 

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