A RADICAL, NOT A LIBERAL

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(Part 33)

A RADICAL, NOT A LIBERAL

February 22, 2015

Pope Francis is a radical, not a liberal. Well said. Truly a man in the tradition of St Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis is a man who loves, especially the least and those in the peripheries, but he is also a Son of the Church and will be faithful to Catholic teaching.

Pope Francis emphasizes the centrality of the proclamation of the gospel and the life of charity. We do too and are right in sync with his priorities. Our strong mission thrust is massive evangelization, with particular emphasis on the initial proclamation of the gospel, and also our work with the poor. Our key Core Values are being Evangelistic and Missionary, and Living a Preferential Option for the Poor.

We are aligned with the heart and mind of our Church, as expressed by the Vicar of Christ.

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Cardinal Kasper: Pope Francis is a ‘radical,’ not a ‘liberal’

Catholic World News – February 19, 2015

L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts from a new book by Cardinal Walter Kasper on Pope Francis.

Pope Francis, writes the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is a radical in the sense of emphasizing the roots of the Gospel message and the joy it brings. The Pope “does not advocate a liberal position, but a radical position” and is neither “traditionalist nor progressive.”

Citing Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger, and other 19th- and 20th-century writings, Cardinal Kasper said that modern man lacks joy. The Gospel message, which brings renewal and joy, is the source from which springs “every Christian doctrine and moral discipline.”

As the Gospel is the wellspring of doctrine, charity is the wellspring of the moral life, Cardinal Kasper continued. The papal emphasis on the roots of the Gospel and charity, however, does not “eliminate the so-called secondary or uncomfortable truth,” nor may such truths be “dismissed as less binding.”

Cardinal Kasper added that the Pope’s emphasis on the centrality of the proclamation of the Gospel message and the life of charity places him inside a “great tradition” that includes, in various ways, St. Augustine, St. Francis and St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and the Second Vatican Council.

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