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(03-15-2013, 11:20 AM)ggreg Wrote: [ -> ]

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa:  {google translated from the above site]

Lay active and charisms, in the first line of evangelization ,

By Mariano De Vedia | NATION

Many Catholics around the world ever would want to sit next to the Pope and listen. Only one, the Franciscan priest Raniero Cantalamessa is privileged reverse: he gives a speech Benedict himself, the listener sitting beside him, surrounded by some 70 cardinals and bishops of the Roman Curia.

Since 1980, when John Paul II appointed Pontifical Household preacher, Father Cantalamessa fulfills that function religiously every Friday in the weeks leading up to Easter and Christmas. "I strive to problems adecuarme the Church is living," said the priest to the nation, to explain the varied mosaic of areas covered with the Pontiff. Thus, in such a select audience, expands on the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the Vatican on theological and pastoral significance, as the divinity of Christ and the challenges of evangelization, and on the difficult challenges that the next century the Church, as loss of faith, the advance of relativism, social transformations and bewilderment of many Christians. Even the internal crisis of the Church, punctuated by recent scandals involving allegations of sexual abuse in the clergy, the "dirty air in the Church" in the words of the Pope, was the subject of his reflections.

"The Holy Father has been very clear and open to acknowledge mistakes and apologize. And cry out against the enormity of these cases of abuse of minors. But the Church is not a police force, is a spiritual force," said the priest Franciscan, 78, who has spent nearly half his life to preach to John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Controversial issues such as priestly celibacy, the situation of divorced and remarried, and even for life of the pontificate, are the preacher of the Pontifical Household in meaningful positions open. But if something is safe this Capuchin friar, who before the Pope quotes with the same ease to St. Thomas Aquinas as the philosophers Edmund Husserl and Jean-Paul Sartre, is that the Church does not have to footsteps. "There are bishops and treat these problems. I am open to these changes, but we must not be impatient. Sometimes it seems to change is the panacea and it is not," he reflected.

No fear, however, give substantive steps that bring the Church to other religions. Two weeks ago led at Luna Park, with 6000 people, the VI Fraternal Catholics and Evangelicals, an experience in which the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, with the approval of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, looms as a pioneer, as well it Franciscan priest himself explained the Pontiff. "Fruitful dialogue with other religions is the best antidote to fundamentalism, the best tool to isolate the more radical groups," he said.

The laity, for Cantalamessa, men are fishermen century. "Jesus told the apostles to be shepherds and fishermen. Priests today are more shepherds feed the already come to the Church. Lay people, however, are fishermen, carrying the Christian message to the world, workplaces, to sites distant from the Church.'re the protagonists of evangelization ", defined.

What is to be a preacher of the Pope?

-It is a traditional craft, granted to the Capuchin Franciscan Order since the eighteenth century. It consists in giving talks to the Pope, his collaborators, cardinals and bishops of the Roman Curia, about 70 people, in times of Advent and Lent [the weeks before Easter and Christmas]. Never a preacher lasted so. I have an explanation: the Pope has realized that it is the place where Father Cantalamessa can give less harm to the Church.

- How does the pope his meditations?

-Despite all his work, is the time to go listen. Never missing. It is an example of submission to God's word.

How do you select the topics? Do talk with him previously?

-I have complete freedom. I strive to talk about the problems the Church is living. Last year, for example, I boarded the commitment to the new evangelization. In the history of the Church there were four great moments of missionary effort. In the first three centuries of Christianity, the protagonists were the bishops, in the re-evangelization of Europe, between centuries VI to X, the main role is met the monks in the sixteenth century, with the discovery of America, highlighted the friars . And today, when the challenge is to re-evangelize a secular West, the role of the laity who have it.

Cantalamessa during an interview with La Nacion. Photo: Soledad Aznarez

- Why is it important the role of the laity?

-They have taken an active role. It is a fruit of the Second Vatican Council, he has proclaimed that the laity are active subjects and have charisma. Now they are on the front lines of evangelization, in the care of those who do not go to church, those who can not priests and call. Jesus told the apostles to be fishers of men and shepherds. Today the priests are pastors fishermen: they can feed the already come to the Church, but they can go to evangelize those who are far away. The laity are precisely half to go to the workplace, to families, to the professions, and take the message of Jesus where the world lives.

The pope convened to celebrate the year of the faith. Is today a crisis of faith in the world?

-There is a crisis from the quantitative point: Christians are now a minority. But from a qualitative point of view there is an acceleration of faith, because there never was so much real believers and determined. Pope says Christians always be a minority motivated. That does not mean that we resign ourselves to be an elite, because the minority is always called to evangelize, to promote the gospel and many values, such as justice. The Gospel is inseparable from charity. Jesus evangelized and healed. Today the Church conducts two fronts: evangelization and poverty reduction. In some African countries, the institutions of the Church are the only ones there for miles to meet people's illnesses.

- Is today a Christian means going against the grain?

-Always has been. The Second Vatican Council renewed the attitude of dialogue with modernity and with the world. Christians must feel like members of a society and responsible for the goods and evils of that society. And know that culture goes in one direction dominated by money. They have to go against the grain. In the race for the money, people become more and more sad. So, going against the grain is a way to help society, to realize that there has to be a slave of money and power, which has no social ideals.

- Is the message of the Church lost credibility and influence?

-In recent years, the pedophilia scandals have robbed the Church's prestige enjoyed perhaps the pontificate of John Paul II. But things of the Church can not be measured only by what appears on the surface. Benedict is not afraid to declare that no dirty air in the Church. There is an awareness of the weakness of the Church. It is a way to purify it. Something painful but helpful and supportive.

- What strengths and weaknesses do point out today in the Church?

-The strength of the Church is his faith. Weaknesses us. St. Paul already said: we treasure in earthen vessels. The remaining division among Christians is a point of weakness and therefore should promote ecumenism. The clergy shortage, lack of vocations, is another weakness. There scandals excruciating, but many media in the Church are not more than this. There is little effort to do the hard work for the poor, the marginalized, for the defense of life.

- How do these situations faced Pope scandal?

'It was very clear and open in acknowledging mistakes and apologize. And cry out against the enormity of these cases of abuse of minors. But the Church is not a police force, is a spiritual force. The company also proposed a code of moral behavior, but there are people who do not comply.

- Do these situations will produce damage to an institution with 2000 years?

-The Church is vast, there is everything. The network brings good sea fish and bad fish.

Are still resistance within the Church to the advances of Vatican II?

-During the Council appeared two very clear: progressives said it was a breakthrough, a break with the past. For traditionalists, it was a drama, a tragedy. The Church has spoken of a novelty in continuity. The Council has made a break with the recent past in the Church, but a continuity with the ancient past. Some see a novelty at the Council very shy. Others, on the contrary. No explicit resistance, except in the Lefebvrists. As an indication of Cardinal Newman, councils often not be understood without an after.

Is today a good time to consider new reforms in the Church?

-There are points that Vatican II has not touched. Steps were very brave and dramatic changes. But there are problems: mandatory celibacy of the clergy is discussed, and the collegiality of bishops, greater involvement of the bishops in the government of the Church. But the Church moves to a different rhythm. You can not take a step that determines deep divisions.

Can we expect that at some time addressing these issues?

-There are bishops and treat these problems. The Pope [B16] does not seem the type to decide something so important as the celibacy of the clergy. But it has begun, is the dynamics that have always carried out the reforms. I am completely open to these changes, but sometimes recommend not be impatient: this seems to change is the panacea, the medicine for all. And it is not. There are problems in marriage today, the family. It comes in a very complicated, so fragile. It can be a tremendous burden for a priest who must care for the whole society. The wisdom of God will lead the Church.

- Is it possible that there are changes in the Church regarding the situation of the divorced and remarried?

-Admission to the sacraments of the divorced and remarried is an issue that is being discussed. Steps have been taken, and though they are excluded from the Eucharist, are accepted in the life of the Church. Some bishops are more advanced in this line. The Spirit will lead the Church into a solution, evangelical praxis, but also merciful, open to human understanding. Jesus was so understandable! Affirmed the principles of marriage (a man leaves his house and be joined to his wife, the man can not sever what God has joined together), but is the only one who forgives the adulterous woman.

- Does the Church might reconsider its position?

-Today the situation of divorced is no exception. Divorce is a social phenomenon so widespread, you can not let all these people excluded from the Church. You have to find a formula that can save and apply the principles in a way evangelical gospel. The need to feel fully divorced children of God. What guides the Church is not so much to defend a principle is to save the marriage, is attacked today in society. The Church defends a good, the good of the family, of marriage. How to combine this with mercy defense will be the challenge.

- You Say It's more difficult to make progress in ecumenical dialogue?

-Some Internet sites say radicalized ecumenical meetings are created by the devil. There are these groups, but it is better to isolate and move towards Christian unity. What we have in common is far more important than what divides us. This is the line to isolate the radical groups that still exist.

- Does Benedict was affected by the recent trial of the butler and the scandal by leaks in the Holy See?

-Are you affected and suffered much. It is something that is very close. These things seem at the moment the most important thing in the world and then see that it is a secondary issue. There are many hypotheses. In the Vatican, as in every organization, there are different opinions.

Does the Vatican and speaks of what the next succession of the Pope?

-You know the saying: Pope who enters the conclave, Cardinal leaves, who comes as a cardinal, Pope leaves. No possibility to predict what will happen. It depends on many things. Not speaking of anyone in particular that can be papabile . There are many names, but do not have much merit. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI has a personality as respectful to others, so gentle and humble, which is awesome. It will leave a mark difficult to ignore. All trips begin with a tremendous atmosphere, negative, and finally express their enormous success. This happened, for example, in England and recently in Lebanon, where they were to listen to Christian and Islamic. He has a personality that is not aggressive, very respectful.

MANO A MANO - The word as a lifestyle

Without fanfare, no grand gestures, the man whom the Pope listens knows mince words. The accompanying gestures and glances that lead to a cordial dialogue, inviting depth. At 78 years, Father Raniero Cantalamessa has made the word a lifestyle. No need to speak out to raise controversial issues that can generate reactions in the Church itself. Also looking ahead to take over the world, but, on the contrary, inspect the sometimes hostile universe, understand, bring you a message of renewed light that diffuses Church for 2000 years. Born in Colli del Tronto, 150 km from Rome, has 54 years of priestly life. It belongs to the Capuchin Friars of the three branches of the order founded by St. Francis of Assisi, and keeps the beard and the brown habit that characterize the Franciscans. Graduated in theology at Fribourg and classical literature in Milan, is committed to the Charismatic Renewal, a meeting between the Catholic Church and evangelical movements, and from there the need to move promotes the unity of Christians. "It is the best antidote to intolerance and fundamentalism" is its premise.


With John Paul II discussed the life tenure of the Pontificate. Can you recheck?

-It is not a question to answer a test of dogmatic. There was one case of resignation in the history of the Church: Pope Celestine V, in the thirteenth century. Benedict himself on several occasions expressed the idea that a pope may resign. He said even if his health reached a point where he realized that he could not perform all the functions, he would resign. It is a real possibility. In the case of the beloved Pope John Paul II, his decision was good, because his illness has given a message to the world perhaps stronger than that conveyed with strength, energy and security, when had full health. He has shared with so many people suffering in the world, giving them dignity. By their example, many have felt encouraged to lead a decent life, even in sickness. Your example is very valuable. Benedict XVI, who is now 85, has said that if you ever realized that you can not answer their duties, may resign.
"It's not like everyone NEEDS to be Catholic"  :LOL: (quote from the media friendly priest on Fox News).

Participating in other faiths should be condemned. We as laity know better. The highest of clergy should know this. Even if they sit in on a service they should publicly say its being charitable.

Since many today has been abandoned by their parish and just act as pew sitters, their matters of faith come from the media and ecumenical religious programs. Basically saying its all the same. Which is why same homosexuals are now accepted by most Catholics and contraception too. Nobody is teaching the flock.

Just be a nice pew sitter and drop a check off every week.