(Rome) The Cardinal Grand Penitentiary of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, exhorts the Church: "If the Church does not maintain doctrine, it can not progress".
In an interview with Vatican Radio about the Synod of Bishops a priest consecrated by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri Cardinal still says: "The Church must constantly pay attention to two areas in particular. On one hand, it must keep the people in the faith and strengthen them that they remain in a state of grace, so they are inside, and on the other hand it must always go to the outside. If it were not strong within, it could not go out."
And further: "Often we see this dichotomy in the media, unfortunately, sometimes by Church representatives: as if the substantive issue, the doctrinal aspect is portrayed as something grumpy compared to a laughing picture, 'Is open to ... '"
"If we had no healthy people if the doctors were not be healthy, they could not heal the sick. Therefore, always remember that you can not the one if you lose the other," said the Grand Penitentiary.
"The priority", to always realize, "is to be found in preserving the deposit of faith, unchanged through the centuries and millennia," said Cardinal Piacenza. From this position, "the doctrine is that which is not an abstract truth, but a person, Jesus Christ, always and above all else."
The Cardinal of Genoa was the first Prefect of the Congregation of the Roman Curia, who was not confirmed by Pope Francis in office. On September 21, 2013, the Cardinal was added to the honorary post of Grand Penitentiary. Since 2011, Cardinal Piacenza has been President of the foundation of pontifical right, Kirche in Not.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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