FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
SCANDAL OF DIVISION
January 23, 2014
The split in CFC in 2007 was a great scandal. But so is the separation of a Catholic couple. Unfortunately, because it is a scandal, both parties will be condemned. However, as in the case of couples, there is often an innocent party. The innocent party accedes to the split for various justifiable reasons.
Given that there is a split or separation, the innocent party tries not to contribute to further scandal by not retaliating, by generally keeping quiet, by moving on, and just by acting as a good Christian. He does not make the other party look bad, he does not lie, he does not malign, he does not file secular court cases, he submits to Church authorities.
Further, he forgives and is open to reconciliation. He might even make the first step to reach out to the other party.
Now there can also be divisions within community. These happen when there is gossip, maligning, forming blocs to oppose others, lack of submission to authority, lack of unity of vision, failure in servant leadership. As Pope Francis says, division weakens the credibility and effectiveness of our commitment to evangelization. For us, being an evangelistic and missionary community, that can prove fatal.
We in CFC-FFL are now doing the work of the New Evangelization. We are deep into being a servant to the Church. We are the backbone for the massive work that will happen in and through LCSC. Let us set aside personal differences, emotional outbursts, any spirit of contradiction, looking to entitlement, being self-referential, insisting on our own preferences. Let us all understand and support the one vision and mission the Lord has given us.
We have great opportunities before us for furthering the Kingdom of God. As I have said before, I need you all with me.
End the scandal of division among Christians, Pope pleads
CWN – January 22, 2014
“There is no other word for it: the divisions between Christians are a scandal,” Pope Francis told his general audience on January 22.
Breaking from his series of weekly talks on the sacraments to reflect on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Pope reminded his listeners of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, rebuking them for the divisions within their Christian community. Invoking the name of Christ to foment divisions is intolerable, the Pope said, echoing the thoughts of St. Paul, because “the name of Christ creates communion and unity, not division.”
“Divisions, on the other hand, weaken the credibility and effectiveness of our commitment to evangelization,” the Pope said. He exhorted the faithful to redouble their prayers for the restoration of the unity that Jesus sought for his disciples.
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