Skip to comments.Abortion, the Death of the Soul, and Christian Strategy(Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 10/23/2013 8:30:57 PM PDT by RBStealth
In his famous interview with the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro in August, Pope Francis initiated what has become a spirited discussion about the image and the reality of the Catholic Church, and about the relationship between the Churchs mission to evangelize and her necessary opposition to the predominant moral evils of our age. The Pope suggested that the Church is too often viewed almost exclusively negatively, in terms of this moral opposition, and that a renewed emphasis on evangelization will be necessary for substantial progress to be made.
This message confused those in the pews who have heard very little about moral evils like abortion and contraception from their pastors. But the Pope was focusing on the image of the Church in the secular world, where her public opposition to abortion, contraception, sterilization, gay marriage, divorce (and so on) is the first thing that comes to mind. It is just here that, in spite of the faint-heartedness of too many Catholics, the Church is rightly seen as an enormous sign of contradiction.
The Popes concern, clearly, is that there must be another face of the Churcha consistent effort to present the full message of Christ, a message of hope and redemption that is not only preached but lived in daily service to others. It is this face which outsiders will find attractive, and which (if it were omnipresent) would dramatically alter the image most people have of the Church. Only when they are attracted to this face of Christ in the heart of the Church, will people begin to respond to His light and love through moral change. This is Pope Francis central message.
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“Still, some pro-life Catholics are extremely leery of any emphasis on living and preaching the Faith which reduces the priority given to pro-life work, and particularly to pro-life political action. In extreme cases, this anxiety has led a few to blame those who advocate a broader and more positive approach for the death of babies. I have received more than one email here at CatholicCulture.org sarcastically asserting that it is a shame that so many babies must die because of the Popes remarks.
There are several ways of responding to this concern. One is to emphasize that the Christian fight against abortion is not primarily an effort to save the individual lives of persons we know, but a strategic struggle against a grave moral evil which, once defeated, will reduce the incidence of murder enormously in the long run. As in any war, one cannot achieve every desirable outcome. One must develop and pursue the strategy which is most likely to bring victory in the end, recognizing that lives are going to be lost along the way, lives that simply cannot be saved. Thus, for example, if we conclude that the chances of restricting abortion significantly through political action are now extraordinarily slim, precisely because our society must first be transformed in more fundamental ways, then even from a pro-life strategic perspective, an emphasis on evangelization is perfectly justified.”
The Pope suggested that the Church is too often viewed almost exclusively negatively, in terms of this moral opposition, and that a renewed emphasis on evangelization will be necessary for substantial progress to be made.
Earth to Pope Francis ,,
Love you baby ... BUT if you think you can change the negative view you’re wrong ,, in the USA we’re in a war with the socialist media , the Church will always be portrayed negatively ,, grow a pair and saddle up ... you don’t win this battle without getting your hair mussed. Your “win the hearts and minds” plan didn’t work so well for the USA in Vietnam when we tried it there... This needs a head on confrontation, your plan leads to watered down messages with NO MEANING and that will lead to empty worthless churches because there will be no REASON to attend... you’re better off going to a soccer match ,, just as they have in Europe .. where the church has caved in to the state.