If you have not yet read Papa Francesco’s homily from this last Sunday, February 15, that the bishop is referring to in his comments, you should.  You can access it here. I translated this homily for myself right after I  watched PF give it.   I noted he was quite powerful in his movements and tone of voice.  I want to share with you some of my observations about it.  He gave this with all the boys in red hats, both the new ones and all the old ones who had come to Rome for the shindig of making the new ones.  He had a “captured” target audience for this one and the theme lent itself well to what he wanted to convey.  If we had any doubts as to where he is standing today in regards to what he wants the Synod in the fall to achieve, I think we can set those doubts aside.  He develops his ideas well in this one.  BTW, he did little off the cuff remarking in this one.  In the official Vatican translation for the word “emarginazione” he used , the translator  translated  it as  “rejection” and the word “integrazione” was translated “reinstatement”.  I find that kind of interesting as the first level translations of these words are “marginalization” and “reintegration”, which is how I translated them.  PF uses the word “marginaliztion” frequently in referring to the poor.  I think in this case, using the story of the leper to his advantage, he applied it to the Church and did so very skillfully.  “Reintegration”  seemed to me a much stronger way to say what I think he was thinking, which is full membership back into the community, “re-knitting”, if you will, them back into the fabric of the community.  “Reinstatement” to me means almost a toleration of the person back within the community as if “Here, we’ll give you your place back right where you left off”.  Also, the word “carita” is used along with “amore”.   The Vatcian translators consistently translated  “carita” as “charity” , which is a translation of the word, but PF’s use seemed so clearly to me to mean “love”.  I have noted before that he uses the words “carita” and “amore” very interchangeably.  Overall, I think this is one of the most powerful homilies he has given with the setting, to all the cardinals, advantageous.   I saw some of his biggest resistors in the bunch: Pell, Mueller, Burke.  Wonder how they took it……Reyanna

By Bishop Robert Lynch, February 16, 2015,

Yesterday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis gave the strongest, clearest, and most concise homily he has given yet of his vision for Church leadership and membership. In speaking on the occasion of the creation of new Cardinals from throughout the world, the Holy Father used the Sunday Gospel to remind them, the world’s bishops, myself, and all who are involved in the ministry of the Church of the Gospel account of the curing of the leper to tell us once again that maintaining what we have is not enough, indeed far from enough. Rather that the spread of the Gospel and the success of the presence of Jesus in our world must penetrate every corner of our world and force us to look to the peripheries for the modern day equivalents of the leprosy so that they can feel the healing touch of Jesus.

A local pastor shared with me before the weekend this point, which would be a part of his homily; “Such behavior [he was speaking of the Gospel note that the priests who thought that people had leprosy, banished them to the outskirts of town and forced them to announce their presence by shouting, ‘unclean, unclean’] is abhorrent to us. How could someone who is ill be treated so heartlessly? But perhaps we are no different than those priests of Levi. Think of how we treat or avoid those who are of a different race, culture, religion, sexual preference, political persuasion, age group or economic status. The list is endless.” (To continue reading, click here.)



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