|Pope Francis during the address of President of the Charismatic|
Community "Rinnovamento nello Spirito," Savatore Martinez
"There are no leaders for life in the Church"
(Rome) Pope Francis attended a meeting of 3 July Rinnovamento in Spirito, the largest charismatic community in the Catholic Church. The meeting took place at St. Peter's Square. The Pope said in his address to the 35,000 attendees that there should be in the Church no offices for life. In reporting some Catholic and secular media had the impression that the Pope had talked about the Petrine ministry and thus stimulated talk about a time limit or age limit. One issue that was introduced in 2013 by the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Despite its imprecise partly spontaneous wording the Catholic Church's head's address referred explicitly to offices of the Charismatic Renewal. At the beginning of this heading of his speech, Pope Francis spoke of it being "very important", in "another item" to clarify "in this flow of grace", a formulation with which he addressed those in St. Peter's Square about the Charismatics in the Catholic Church. The Pope did not say what specifically led him to this admonition.
Church leader said:
"It is still very important to clarify another point that it is in this flow of grace: those that lead. There is, dear brothers and sisters, a great temptation for the leaders - I repeat, I prefer the term servants who serve; and this temptation for servants comes from the devil, the temptation to believe they are irreplaceable, which is always his task. The devil causes them to want to be those who command, those who are at the heart and so slide step by step into authoritarianism, the personalism and does not let the renewed spirit in the communities live. This temptation results in the position of those who consider themselves to be irreplaceable, who are "forever"; a position that always has a form of power, or to stand on the others. The following is clear to us: "The only irreplaceable in the Church is the Holy Spirit, and Jesus is the only Lord. I ask you: Who is the only irreplaceable in the Church? [Place: The Holy Spirit "] And who is the only Lord? [Place: Jesus] we say that the Lord Jesus is the Lord, we praise Jesus, loudly! Jesus is Lord! There is no other. In this sense, there were sad cases. You must have time limits for offices, which are in reality services. An important service of the leader, the lay leader is to growth, to promote the spiritual and pastoral maturity of those who will assume office at the end of their service. For all the services in the church, it is convenient that they have a time limit, there is no leader for life in the Church. This happens in a country where there are dictatorships. "Learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart "[Mt 11:29b]. This temptation is the devil, which makes you leaders of the servants of the Lord, you grab ownership of that community, of this group. This temptation also lets you slip into vanity. And there are many people - we have these two testimonies heard from this pair and Ugo - how many temptations there are which a community can suffer and avoid doing good; and they become an organization, as if they were an NGO. It is the power that leads us - sorry, but I'll say it: How many leaders are vain peacocks? - Power seduces to vanity."
Text: iuseppe Nardi
Image: CTV (Screenshot)
Image: CTV (Screenshot)
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