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Rigid thinking isnít divine, Pope tells staff of Jesuit magazine
Catholic Herald ^ | February 9, 2017 | Junno Arocho Esteves

Posted on 02/09/2017 3:55:49 PM PST by ebb tide

Discernment is needed to understand life’s ambiguities, not rigid thinking that tends to silence the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has said.

True discernment can only be achieved by interpreting the signs of the times and listening to the sufferings of others, especially the poor, the Pope told editors and staff of an Italian Jesuit journal.

“Rigid thinking is not divine because Jesus assumed our flesh, which is not rigid except at the time of death,” he said.

The Pope met the editors and staff of La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit-run magazine founded by Pope Pius IX in 1850. The Rome-based biweekly continues to be reviewed by the Vatican Secretariat of State before publication.

Commemorating the journal’s 4,000th issue, the Pope said it was “a truly unique milestone.” He also encouraged the editors and staff to continue their journey and “to remain in the open sea.”

“A Catholic should not be afraid of the open sea nor look for shelter in safe havens. Above all, you, as Jesuits, must avoid clinging to certainties and securities. The Lord calls us to go out in mission, to go far off and not retire to safeguard our certainties,” he said.

As the journal launches versions in English, Spanish, French and Korean, the Pope said, Civilta Cattolica can continue its mission of being a Catholic magazine that doesn’t “simply defend Catholic ideas,” but “transmits and give witness” to Christ.

Editors, journalists and staff, he continued, must be guided by the prophetic spirit of the Gospel, especially in a world that is complex and full of challenges.

In particular, there is a “‘shipwreck culture’ that seems to triumph – nourished by profane messianism, relativistic mediocrity, suspicion and rigidity – as well as a ‘dumpster culture’ where everything that doesn’t work as it should or is considered useless is thrown away,” the Pope said.

He also encouraged the journal’s staff to use the magazine to help men and women understand that today’s world “is not a black and white canvas. It is a colourful canvas.”

“This is the area of discernment, the space in which the Spirit stirs the heavens like air and the sea like the water,” he said. “Your task – as Blessed Paul VI asked of you – is that of ‘living the confrontation between man’s deepest desire and the perennial message of the Gospel.'”


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: francischurch; jesuits
Above all, you, as Jesuits, must avoid clinging to certainties and securities. The Lord calls us to go out in mission, to go far off and not retire to safeguard our certainties,” he said.
1 posted on 02/09/2017 3:55:49 PM PST by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

So, they are just the 10 suggestions, then?

And I can dismiss what I regard as your rigid thinking, if I deem it to be rigid?

Great. Just great.


2 posted on 02/09/2017 3:59:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: ebb tide

Wow - “dumpster culture”...haven’t heard that one before.

Can’t believe anyone listens to this phony anymore.


3 posted on 02/09/2017 4:00:49 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: ebb tide

“listening to the signs of our times”!!! What a FAKE POPE!!!


4 posted on 02/09/2017 4:05:28 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ebb tide

“Then unbelieving Priests reform’d the nation,
And taught more pleasant methods of salvation;
Where heav’ns free subjects might their rights dispute,
Lest God himself should seem too Absolute.....

1709!


5 posted on 02/09/2017 4:06:28 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Ann Archy

Is breaking the “10 Suggestions” a great thing for this pope?


6 posted on 02/09/2017 4:08:13 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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To: ebb tide

Somehow Jesus was always calling someone on the carpet because they were not thinking in a rigid and righteous manner.


7 posted on 02/09/2017 4:10:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From the Onion (satire)

"Pope Francis Sneaks Leftovers To False God Moloch At Back Door Of St. Peter’s Basilica"

8 posted on 02/09/2017 4:13:15 PM PST by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome)
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Someone else questioned rigidity.

And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden '?"

9 posted on 02/09/2017 4:33:39 PM PST by BipolarBob (I thought money was burning a hole in my pocket but it was just my Samsung Note 7.)
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To: ebb tide

So much for the moral teachings of the Church. And you might as well throw the Catechism in the dustbin as well!


10 posted on 02/09/2017 4:41:58 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: ebb tide

THERE IS a vast different between being compassionate and caring ... and listening and trying to help the sick poor old and so forth..(see Sermon on the Mount).............and abandoning Biblical moral law/teachings.

There’s a big big problem when anyone, including the Pope, attempts to conflate the two ....

one we should all try to do more of, the other we should all try to avoid ..........


11 posted on 02/09/2017 4:49:23 PM PST by faithhopecharity ("Politicans are not born, they're excreted." -- Marcus Tillius Cicero)
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To: ebb tide

It’s all relative; according to this Pope.


12 posted on 02/09/2017 5:32:58 PM PST by Parmy (II don't know how to past the images.)
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To: ebb tide
today’s world “is not a black and white canvas.

No, there are fifty shades of gray.

13 posted on 02/09/2017 5:33:43 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies Tell me where is sanity?)
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To: ebb tide
Above all, you, as Jesuits, must avoid clinging to certainties and securities.... Whaaa? There are, and there MUST BE certainties! There can only be ONE objective truth/certainty ever taught through the ages by the Magisterium = Et Via, Et Veritas, Et Vida! Checkmate, Papa...
14 posted on 02/09/2017 5:53:10 PM PST by heterosupremacist (Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem!)
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To: heterosupremacist

Parody: Me and Bergoglio down by the Synod

https://youtu.be/bBXpGagzEvw


15 posted on 02/09/2017 6:32:40 PM PST by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome)
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To: ebb tide
# 15 Parody: Me and Bergoglio down by the Synod https://youtu.be/bBXpGagzEvw That was hilarity, in a sinful way. I laughed so hard, I almost PLOTZED! I feel guilty (Catholic guilt?) for Laughing as much as I did... Thanks for posting.
16 posted on 02/09/2017 6:46:43 PM PST by heterosupremacist (Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem!)
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To: heterosupremacist

PLOTZED = verb (used without object), Slang.

to collapse or faint, as from surprise, excitement, or exhaustion. :^)


17 posted on 02/09/2017 6:51:02 PM PST by heterosupremacist (Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem!)
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To: heterosupremacist

Please keep John Vennari in your prayers. He’s the editor of Catholic Family News and is battling cancer now.


18 posted on 02/09/2017 7:07:58 PM PST by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome)
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