Friday, November 7, 2014
Pope to Italian Religious: Fighting is Better Than Gabbing and Gossipping
Pope Francis is for open disputes among religious in place of secret gossip. "If you have something against your brother, tell him to his face".
Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) Pope Francis is for open discussion among religious in splace of secret gossip. "If you have something against your brother, tell him to his face. Maybe you'll end up in a fight, but better this than the terror of gossip," he told the conference of Italian religious superiors in the Vatican on Friday. In a time of rampant individualism, religious could set an example of brotherhood which despite all the differences is possible.
The religious life should, in the words of Pope Francis, not be confused with an ideology. "True prophecy is never ideological; it does not follow fashion, but always stands for contradiction in the name of the Gospel, as Jesus also represented it," he said. Therefore it is important that religious lead no rearguard defense of the Church, but remain in the center of the divine action where Jesus stood. The charism of a religious order should not be like a sealed bottle of distilled water. It unfolds only in the prevailing reality and culture. The Italian Superiors had come for the conclusion of this year's conference in the Vatican. It stood under the motto "Mission of the Church and Consecrated Life in the Light of 'Evangelii gaudium,'" the encyclical of Pope Francis.
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