As everyone knows, the famous saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” insinuates an adaptation to the customs and culture of the places we visit, in order to feel more at ease and be more easily accepted by the inhabitants. This norm is applied, obviously, to those practices that don’t offend good morals, for it’s also true that as good Catholics we should never frequent places where this could occur. Even more, in places where our faith might be put at risk.
Now, in the previous entry of this study, we had taken a look at the protagonists of the two events of the World Meeting of Popular Movements celebrated in Rome and in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, under the auspices of Pope Francis and promoted by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. In light of these considerations, any Catholic should have the chills to participate in such events, which are no more than turbulent political rallies. Nonetheless, even graver than the error of participating, would be letting oneself be influenced by the subversive ideas that were proclaimed during the varied speeches that took place.
Now, what would we think of someone who presents himself at such an encounter, and perhaps, inebriated by the incendiary revolutionary speeches, unites himself to them with his words? It would be bringing to the extreme a poor adaptation of the old saying: “When in Rome…”
And us, what do we chose? The revolutionary speeches of social leaders, or the words of the Magisterium? Know what the Magisterium of the Church has to say…