159 – Diversity is a beautiful thing when it can constantly enter into a process of reconciliation and seal a sort of cultural covenant resulting in a ‘reconciled diversity’

At the time of the renunciation of Benedict XVI, the situation’s novelty generated much speculation, and rumors abounded, in varying likelihood, as to who might succeed the German Pope. Some keener analysts, unconcerned about hitting upon any specific cardinal, pondered what path the new occupant of the Chair of Peter would have to take. They specified openness toward other religions and cultures, as a condition for the presence of the Church in today’s world, where she is already considerably reduced, and even despised in many places. Whatever his identity, the new bearer of the title would steer his every move according to this agenda.
We are soon to enter the fourth year of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s leadership, and facts have confirmed these commentators’ predictions. Francis’ initiatives follow precisely this line on a daily basis, in his eagerness to be a friend to all, and support the beliefs of all. He has thus inaugurated a new kind of leadership that has intrigued Catholics – a leadership not based on the teachings of the Church nor the goal of spreading these teachings throughout the world as Christ himself commanded. However disturbing this may be, the attentive reader has doubtless seen it for himself ever since that fateful day of March, 2013. The plain reality can’t be denied.
Certain of Francis’ ideas, which he continually repeats in varied terms, express his firmest conviction: what really matters is that religious and civil ambits interact without conflict, with an openness that seems to forget — or perhaps even sacrifice on the altar of the world’s idols — the most sacred teachings, customs and devotions that we have received from Catholicism.
It is our duty to proclaim the true doctrine that Bergoglio hides, amid the public that accompanies him through the media, while perfectly aware this may cost us their friendship. And it must be pointed out just how mediocre a response his ecumenical and interconfessional policy gets, even among the very ones he is so eager to please. If he were to do for God, what he does for God’s enemies, the Church would be in a very different situation.

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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I – What diversities does the Holy Spirit harmonize? What kind does He disapprove of?
II – Are there syntheses that overcome any conflict? What are they?
III – Can the Holy Spirit form a reconciled cultural diversity? Does his divine action dispense of the religious sphere to undertake secular activity?


I – What diversities does the Holy Spirit harmonize? What kind does He disapprove of?


John Paul II

The Holy Spirit dwells in the Church and enlivens her with his gifts and charisms, sanctifies, guides and renews her

Paul VI

The risk of confusion within the Church strikes at its very roots: a remedy is to be found in an increased self-awareness on the part of the Church
The desire to come together as brothers must not lead to a watering down or whittling away of truth

Pius XI

The true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The universal Church governed by the Spirit of truth

II – Are there syntheses that overcome any conflict? What are they?


Pius XI

Union without the bond of one faith injures the faith

Pius IX

Christians who use words of conformity and negotiation are enemies of the Church
Christian charity endeavors to snatch unbelievers from the darkness of error

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Foreigners not yet having the common good firmly at heart might attempt something hurtful to the people
Those weak in the faith should be forbidden to communicate with unbelievers and to be on familiar terms with them

Pontifical Council for Culture

Collaboration with Muslims does not dispense Christians from bearing witness to their Christological faith

Pius XII

The divine religion of Jesus Christ should govern in private, domestic and public life

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Missionary proclamation is endangered today by relativistic theories

III – Can the Holy Spirit form a reconciled cultural diversity? Does his divine action dispense of the religious sphere to undertake secular activity?


International Theological Commission

Inculturation which borrows the way of dialogue between religions cannot in any way pledge itself to syncretism

John Paul II

The secularization of society brings with it a tendency to blur the boundaries between the Church and the world
Fostering dialogue between religions often reveals negative aspects: they are silent about Christ
If the kingdom is separated from Jesus, it is no longer the kingdom of God which he revealed

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church fosters and takes to itself the ability, riches and customs of the genius of each people insofar as they are good
Each individual part contributes through its special gifts to the good of the other parts and of the whole Church
The laity are called in a special way to make the Church present and operative in diverse places
Our ardent desire is that the most Holy Name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land
The True Union between Christians is that which Jesus Christ the author of the Church desired
Civil society was renovated in every part by Christian institutions

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The necessity of adherence to the Church through Baptism and the other sacraments in order to participate fully in communion with God

Synod of Bishops

Syncretism constructed on the basis of popular beliefs cause believers to become disoriented and easily led astray by sects or para-religious movements

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