From a favorite Catholic publication, National Catholic Register, comes this intriguing article on our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, addressing Rome’s priest. In short, he’s telling them to man up; that “Christians . . . can be confident that ‘truth is always stronger than lies, love is stronger than hatred and God is stronger than all the opposing forces.” (emphasis )
Pope Discusses Church’s Troubles and Joys
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even if the Church is beset by problems, it is still a gift of God, Pope Benedict XVI told several hundred pastors of Rome parishes.
Too often, “perhaps because of a fear of triumphalism,” priests and other Catholics do not rejoice enough over the gift of being part of the Church, the Pope said March 10 during his annual Lenten meeting with the Rome pastors.
“Certainly, there always are difficult, negative aspects” of the Church’s life on earth, “but it is a beautiful gift that we can live in the Church” and receive the sacraments of God’s love and mercy, the Pope said.
“The fact that the Church is not only a gift of God and divine, but also very human” means there always will be problems and a need for penance, he said.
“The Church is always threatened. There is always a danger, the opposition of the devil,” who does not want there to be believers on earth, the Pope said. Christians, however, can be confident that “truth is always
stronger than lies, love is stronger than hatred and God is stronger than all the opposing forces,” he said.
This simple and direct statement above by His Holiness should be embedded into the hearts of all Christians. While often repeated, it bears repeating again due to the pain and sorrow of our daily struggles. The old boy with the pitchfork is not one to let an opportunity go by, and his team doesn’t seem to have to work too hard sometimes as we forget this ennobling attitude; truth is always stronger than lies, love is stronger than hatred and God is stronger than all the opposing forces.
Later in the article, Pope Benedict advises that:
“Priests must preach the truth, the whole truth, taught by the Church, and not “an a la carte Christianity according to his own tastes; he mustn’t preach a Gospel according to his own ideas and theological preferences. He must not hesitate to proclaim God’s whole truth, even the truth that is uncomfortable, even on themes that personally I don’t like very much,” the Pope said.”
Cowboy Papist likes this Pope – Tip of the lid to his Holiness!
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