47 – Being a minority is actually a strength. We have to be a leavening infinitely smaller than the mass. Our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs

Spiritual realities surpass natural realities, often evading the capacity of our limited intelligence. That’s why the Divine Master frequently used analogies when he explained the marvels of his kingdom to his followers. Among them is the parable of the yeast: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened’ (Mt 13:33). The Fathers and Doctors of the Church, as well as the Magisterium, have always considered, in different ways, this image as a symbol of the dynamism of apostolic teaching. In obedience to the mandate of the Redeemer – ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations’ (Mt 28:19) – the Church should reach the entire world and transform the face of the earth.
Were the Apostles mistaken about the extensiveness and objective of their mission? Let’s see what the Magisterium has to say…

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Quote A

Personally I think that being a minority is actually a strength. We must be a leaven of life and love, and leaven is of an infinitely smaller quantity than the mass of fruit, flowers and trees that are born from that leaven. I think I said before that our objective is not to proselytise but to listen to needs, aspirations, disappointments, desperation and hopes. We must restore hope to the young, help the elderly, open up to the future and spread love. (Interview with Eugenio Scalfari, October 1, 2013La Reppublica)

Note 1: The authors of this study are aware that the Press Office of the Vatican has denied the interpretations that some media sources have attributed to certain affirmations contained in the interviews of Francis with Eugenio Scalfari. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that some of these sources are still published on the Vatican website (found by clicking on the links of the articles), lending an official air to their content, seemingly with the approval of Francis himself. In the midst of all the turmoil and confusion caused, we always feel that a presentation of the true doctrine should be made with clarity, together with such affirmations. We must not forget that the majority of the public read only the titles that the media publishes, and, as we know, the latter frequently manipulate the truth. Consequently, it appears that a mere declaration that the content of these interviews does not correspond with the textual words of Francis, is simply not sufficient. As such, we publish this article with the intention of clarifying and orienting the faithful, who have always been the principle objective of this page, as we had expressed in our letter of presentation. In this way, each one can make a correct judgment, having beforehand attained knowledge of the truth.

 

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Print screen of the Interview on the Vatican page on May 18, 2015.


Note 2: Fr. Lombardi explained that it had been decided that the interview with Scalfari would be taken off the Vatican web page: ‘The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analysed: this is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website. Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made regarding its value, which was questioned. The Secretariat of State took the decision.’ (Fr. Federico Lombardi, November 15, 2013) However, ‘The Denzinger-Bergoglio_EN’ confirms that it is still posted on the Vatican webpage, just as our Spanish counterpart confirms the same for their language edition.

Quote B

[…] yet again: the problem of ecumenism. Never fight! Let the theologians study the abstract realities of theology. But what should I do with a friend, neighbour, an Orthodox person? Be open, be a friend. “But should I make efforts to convert him or her?” There is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism. We should never proselytise the Orthodox! They are our brothers and sisters, disciples of Jesus Christ. […]“And so what should I do?” Do not condemn. No. I must not do this. Friendship, walking together, praying for one another. Praying and carrying out works of charity together, when this is possible. This is ecumenism. But never condemn a brother or a sister, never refrain from greeting an Orthodox brother or sister because they are Orthodox.(Apostolic trip to Georgia, Meeting with Religious in Tbilisi, October 1, 2016)

Quote C

Conversion is not easy, because it means changing one’s life, changing one’s ways, changing so many things, even changing the soul. But this path of conversion will give us the identity of a people who knows how to bear children, not a sterile people! If we, like the Church, do not know how to bear children, something is not working! The great challenge for the Church today is to become mother: mother! Not a perfectly organized non-profit, with so many pastoral plans…. We need them, sure… But that is not essential, it is just a help. A help to what? To the motherhood of the Church. If the Church is not mother, it is sad to say that she becomes a spinster, but she does become a spinster! That’s how it is: she bears no fruit. The Church not only makes children, but it is part of her identity to make children, that is, to evangelize, as Paul VI says in Evangelii nuntiandi. The Church’s identity is this: to evangelize, that is, to make children. I think of our mother Sarah, who grew old without children; I think of Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharius, old without children; I think of Noemi, another old woman without descendents… And these barren women did bear children, they were given descendents: the Lord is capable of doing that! That is why the Church must do something, must change, must convert in order to become mother. She must be fruitfull! Fruitfulness is a grace that we today need to ask from the Holy Spirit, so that we can go forward in our pastoral and missionary conversion. This is not a question of seeking to proselytize, no, no! To go ring the bell: “Would you like to come to this association called the Catholic Church?…”. We need to make a card, another member… The Church —Benedict XVI told us — does not grow through proselytism, she grows through attraction, maternal attraction, offering her motherhood: she grows through tenderness, her maternity, the witness that generates ever more and more children. She is a little aged, our Mother Church… We shouldn’t call her “Grandma Church”, but still she is a little older… We must rejuvenate her! We must rejuvenate her, but not by taking her to the plastic surgeon, no! This is not the true rejuvenation of the Church, it doesn’t work. The Church grows younger when she is capable of generating more children; she grows younger the more she becomes mother.(Address to participants in Rome’s Diocesan conference, June 16, 2014)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of Contents

I – The leaven of the Gospel penetrates and transforms the world
II – By divine mandate: the Church should evangelize
III – All humans should belong to the Church through sincere conversion
IV – Evangelization is the best assistance that the Church can offer humanity
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I – The leaven of the Gospel penetrates and transforms the world


Paul VI
– Deceit: to think that the Church should be reduced to the modest proportions of its earliest days

Saint Cyril of Alexandria
– Leaven quickly communicates its own properties to the whole mass

Saint John Chrysostom
– If the leaven did not change the whole, would it be leaven?
– Twelve men ‘leavened’ the whole world

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– The Church should keep increasing until the Lord returns, renewing human society in Christ

Pius XII
– The Church possesses an abiding strength from on high to build a new society of peoples


II – By divine mandate: the Church should evangelize


Paul VI
– The Church is linked to evangelization in her most intimate being
– The very nature of the gifts which Christ has given the Church demands that they be extended and shared with others

Benedict XVI
– The principal task of the Church is evangelization

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– The Church has a sacred duty to preach the Gospel
– For the Church is compelled by the Holy Spirit: Christ is the source of salvation for the whole world

John Paul II
– The universal dimension of the missionary mandate

Leo XIII
– The mission of Christ is to save all without distinction of time or place
– The most Holy Name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– The member who fails to contribute to the development of the Church is useless
– All the faithful are duty-bound to cooperate in the expansion of the Church

Pius X
– The first duty of the Hierarchy is to instruct the faithful in the things of God

John Paul II
– The proclamation of the Gospel is one of the principal responsibilities of Bishops

Benedict XV
– The duty of the Apostles continues in their successors

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– The successors of the Apostles have the duty to establish the kingdom of God throughout the world
– All bishops are consecrated for the salvation of the entire world

Pius XII
– By reason of his apostolic office the Pope is appointed ‘a preacher and apostle’

Pius XI
– The Pope who does not strive to win over to Christ all who are still without the Fold fails in his obligation

Pius XII
– Zeal for missionary activity and the Catholic spirit are one and the same – he is not a true member of the Church who does not will Her expansion

Leo XIII
– To keep silence when clamors are raised against truth is base and insulting to God


III – All humans should belong to the Church through sincere conversion


John Paul II
– It is not enough to help people exteriorly – every person has the right to hear the ‘Good News’ of the God
– The good news disposes a person for new life according to the Spirit

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– The necessity of conversion and adherence to the Church through Baptism

Paul VI
– There is no new humanity without renewal by Baptism

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– The growth of the Church was foretold by Christ: ‘And I will draw all things to myself’
– All must be converted to Christ and be incorporated by baptism
– All men are called to belong to the Church
– The Church both prays and labors so that the entire world may become the People of God

Paul VI
– The Lord wanted His Church to be universal

Leo XIII
– Jesus Christ bade all men to follow Him

John Paul II
– Jesus Christ embraces humanity yesterday, today and for ever


IV – Evangelization is the best assistance that the Church can offer humanity


John Paul II
– The temptation today is to reduce Christianity to a pseudo-science of well-being
– Erroneous conceptions of the Church’s mission: silence about Christ

Pius XII
– No duty more urgent than to preach Christ to the men of our time

Pius X
– Nothing is more desirable to Jesus Christ than labor in teaching the eternal profit of the soul
– Seriously mistaken: those who seek the material well-being of the body but are silent about spiritual welfare

Pius XII
– Charity is well employed in propagating the Kingdom of Christ and in bringing salvation to many

Benedict XV
– Evangelizing is a fraternal help to unbelievers

Pius XI
– Evangelization: charity that surpasses all other kinds of good works

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– The love which impels the Church to communicate to all a sharing in divine life also causes her to pursue true temporal good

Paul VI
– Without true conversion, a society that is just and fraternal is not possible

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– Communicating divine life, the Church makes man and history more human


I – The leaven of the Gospel penetrates and transforms the world


Paul VI

Deceit: to think that the Church should be reduced to the modest proportions of its earliest days

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Leaven quickly communicates its own properties to the whole mass

Saint John Chrysostom

If the leaven did not change the whole, would it be leaven?
Twelve men ‘leavened’ the whole world

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church should keep increasing until the Lord returns, renewing human society in Christ

Pius XII

The Church possesses an abiding strength from on high to build a new society of peoples

II – By divine mandate: the Church should evangelize


Paul VI

The Church is linked to evangelization in her most intimate being
The very nature of the gifts which Christ has given the Church demands that they be extended and shared with others

Benedict XVI

The principal task of the Church is evangelization

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church has a sacred duty to preach the Gospel
The Church is compelled by the Holy Spirit: Christ is the source of salvation for the whole world

John Paul II

The universal dimension of the missionary mandate

Leo XIII

The mission of Christ is to save all without distinction of time or place
The most Holy Name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The member who fails to contribute to the development of the Church is useless
All the faithful are duty-bound to cooperate in the expansion of the Church

Pius X

The first duty of the Hierarchy is to instruct the faithful in the things of God

John Paul II

The proclamation of the Gospel is one of the principal responsibilities of Bishops

Benedict XV

The duty of the Apostles continues in their successors

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The successors of the Apostles have the duty to establish the kingdom of God throughout the world
All bishops are consecrated for the salvation of the entire world

Pius XII

By reason of his apostolic office the Pope is appointed ‘preacher and apostle’

Pius XI

The Pope who does not strive to win over to Christ all who are still without the Fold fails in his obligation

Pius XII

Zeal for missionary activity and the Catholic spirit are one and the same – he is not a true member of the Church who does not will Her expansion

Leo XIII

To keep silence when clamors are raised against truth is base and insulting to God

III – All humans should belong to the Church through a sincere conversion


John Paul II

It is not enough to help people exteriorly – every person has the right to hear the ‘Good News’ of the God
The good news disposes a person for a new life according to the Spirit

Paul VI

There is no new humanity without renewal by Baptism

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The growth of the Church was foretold by Christ: ‘And I will draw all things to myself’
All must be converted to Christ and be incorporated by baptism
All men are called to belong to the Church
The Church both prays and labors so that the entire world may become the People of God

Paul VI

The Lord wanted His Church to be universal

Leo XIII

Jesus Christ bade all men to follow Him

John Paul II

Jesus Christ embraces humanity yesterday, today and for ever

IV – Evangelization is the best assistance that the Church can offer humanity


John Paul II

The temptation today is to reduce Christianity to a pseudo-science of well-being
Erroneous conceptions of the Church’s mission: silence about Christ

Pius XII

No duty more urgent than to preach Christ to the men of our time

Pius X

Nothing is more desirable to Jesus Christ than labor in teaching the eternal profit of the soul
Seriously mistaken: those who seek the material well-being of the body but are silent about spiritual welfare

Pius XII

Charity is well employed in propagating the Kingdom of Christ and in bringing salvation to many

Benedict XV

Evangelizing is a fraternal help to unbelievers

Pius XI

Evangelization: charity that surpasses all other kinds of good works

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The love which impels the Church to communicate to all a sharing in divine life also causes her to pursue true temporal good

Paul VI

Without true conversion, a society that is just and fraternal is not possible

Vatican Council II

Communicating divine life, the Church makes man and history more human

3 thoughts on “47 – Being a minority is actually a strength. We have to be a leavening infinitely smaller than the mass. Our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs

  1. He seems to love contradictions. All that is Catholic he brands as old and outdated, and then pays homage to the great spiritual wisdom of the eastern religious sects. He sheds abundant tears for the muslims in Lampedusa and not a word for the Christians in Syria. He mocks catholic mothers as rabbits, and then defends sodomy in the name of family love….If someone could make a collection of his contradictions, it would be a useful addition to Denzinger.

  2. Pope Francis says that the Church should be a minority, and yet wants everyone in on his ecology spree. Anyone noted the contradiction?

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