I know that many of you are regular readers of National Catholic Reporter, but I wanted to make sure you caught this article. Fr. Reese does a good job of weaving together threads from various addresses PF has given to bishops to give a clearer idea of what his vision of Church is. PF was faulted for not coming down harder on the US bishops regarding clergy sex abuse when he was here in September. As you read Resse’s article, you may have an understanding of why a bit better. This goes nicely as a followup to the recent article posted her from one US bishop, Bishop Stephen Blaire…..Reyanna
By Fr. Tom Resse February 25, 2016 National Catholic Reporter on-line
Pope Francis is known for preaching the compassion and mercy of God, but he can be pretty tough on priests and bishops. Like Jesus with the religious leaders of his time (scribes and Pharisees), Pope Francis does not pull his punches.
Francis has now given major speeches to bishops in Brazil, Korea, Mexico, Italy, and the United States. Comparing and contrasting what the pope said to the U.S. bishops with what he said to other bishops gives us a better understanding of his pastoral vision.
Pope Francis began his 3,600-word talk to the U.S. bishops with words of affection to the bishops, Catholics, and all the American people. He specifically identified himself with those who reach out to the marginalized:
Whenever a hand reaches out to do good or to show the love of Christ, to dry a tear or bring comfort to the lonely, to show the way to one who is lost or to console a broken heart, to help the fallen or to teach those thirsting for truth, to forgive or to offer a new start in God … know that the Pope is at your side, the Pope supports you.
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