152 – “The Catholic Church has acted again and again as a mediator in finding solutions to problems affecting peace, social harmony, the land, the defense of life, human and civil rights”

Jesus said: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you’ (Jn 14:27). This is why the Church has never wished to be considered a philanthropic institution that suits the likes and dislikes of humans of every age, regardless of their moral practices and customs.

The peace that the Church gives to the world is the peace of Christ, and out of fidelity to Christian principles Catholics should never fear opposing the opinions of their times. The necessity to contradict worldly convictions leads the Christian to live out what Christ proclaimed: ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword’ (Mt 10:34). Why the Church does not change a single letter of the teachings of Christ is because of her fidelity to him and to his holy laws, not because of the modern concept of human dignity. Otherwise, the Church would have to adapt her positions to the concept of human dignity prevailing in each historic age.

A dramatic example: the world preaches that the importance of a woman’s dignity exceeds that of her child’s life. Regarding this, the Church not only affirms that ‘God is lord and arbiter of life and death’, but also punishes with excommunication the mother who practices abortion. This is because the Church does not base her morality on ‘the common good,’ but rather conforms it to God’s Commandments. And in the above-mentioned case, the immorality of the action is not appraised on the basis of the ‘trauma caused to the mother,’ but rather on the commandment ‘You shall not kill.’ We could avail ourselves of many other examples.

The Church’s objective is the salvation of souls and the implantation of Christ’s Kingdom in the world. The more the Church is able to spread this Kingdom on earth, the more true peace is established and man’s dignity is respected. That is, peace and dignity in keeping with Gospel principles, and not those of the secularized world in which we live.

Attaching importance to being recognized by public opinion as a credible institution, trusted for its solidarity and concern for those in greatest need might be appropriate for an NGO, but not for a divine institution.

Once again, Francis seems to seek to disfigure the image of the Immaculate Spouse of Christ, lending her a lay character, diminishing her and stripping her of supernatural essence. Can the intentions of one who weakens the figure of the Church with his words be trusted? Is it possible to believe in a leader who lowers the level of the very institution he claims to guide? Let us, then, recall the supernatural motives behind the Church’s evangelizing efforts.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
I – What does the Church intend with its activity in a secularized world? To be recognized as a credible philanthropic institution, or as one fulfilling Christ’s mandate to ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature’ (Mk 16:15)?
II – What are the problems that the Church seeks to resolve in the world? Those concerning peace, harmony, and the environment, the defense of life, human and civil rights? Or those concerning the Kingdom of Christ and the salvation of souls?
III – When the Church counters the world’s currents of opinion, it does so principally out of fidelity to God and his holy laws, not simply to prevent people from jeopardizing human dignity or the common good


I – What does the Church intend with its activity in a secularized world? To be recognized as a credible philanthropic institution, or as one fulfilling Christ’s mandate to ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature’ (Mk 16:15)?


John XXIII

Unfortunately, marginal to your activity are the neediest and the most contagious sick, who are the obstinate and rebellious sinners

Pius XI

The Church was not given the commission to guide men to an only fleeting and perishable happiness but to that which is eternal

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The urgency of the problems cannot make us lose sight of what is essential: evangelization

Benedict XVI

The proclamation of and witness to the Gospel are the first service that Christians can render to the entire human race
The Church makes present, in the confusion and bewilderment of our times, the light of God’s Word
The Church opens herself to the world not in order to win men for an institution, but for God

John Paul II

The Church does not preach well-being, but the salvation of souls and the divine filiation
It is not the Church’s mission to work directly on the economic, technical or political levels but rather to awaken consciences through the Gospel

Paul VI

The task of the Church is to enlighten minds in order to assist them to discover the right path

Pius XII

We must make every effort to lead back to Christian principles those brethren who have strayed

II – What are the problems that the Church seeks to resolve in the world? Those concerning peace, harmony, and the environment, the defense of life, human and civil rights? Or those concerning the Kingdom of Christ and the salvation of souls?


Benedict XVI

The Church is challenged to devise effective ways of proclaiming to contemporary culture the “realism” of her faith in the saving work of Christ

John Paul II

The education of the moral conscience becomes a pressing requirement that cannot be renounced

Pius X

Apostasy from God is a terrible and deep-rooted malady affecting human society today

Pius XI

The peace sought by the Church is based on the restoration of the Empire of Our Lord
The Church reaffirms the Kingship of Christ to draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society
The evils that injure souls are all the more to be deplored, for souls have an infinitely greater value than any merely material object
If we examine all things critically with Christian eyes, what are all these temporal ills compared with the loss of souls?
What is most precious to Holy Mother Church: the integrity of the family, the sanctity of marriage, and Christian education of youth
All social work should tend to promote the greatest of social goods: the Kingdom of Jesus Christ

Saint Francis de Sales

The pre-eminence of feeding souls with the Bread of Life over providing for the material wants of the poor

III – When the Church counters the world’s currents of opinion, it does so principally out of fidelity to God and his holy laws, not simply to prevent people from jeopardizing human dignity or the common good


Benedict XVI

A satisfactory solution to the grave socio-economic problems besetting humanity requires the proclamation of the truth

John Paul II

Shepherds of souls are Christ’s voice today, which calls to unconditional fidelity to all the demands of the Lord’s law
Radicalness and perfection in obedience to the truth which is Christ
The greater the opposition to the Gospel, the more necessary is its proclamation

Paul VI

The first means of evangelization is sanctity

Pius XI

The Church rises up like a bright lighthouse pointing out the way of truth to one and all

Pius X

There is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity
The truth is one, and it cannot be halved; it lasts forever, and is not subject to the vicissitudes of the times

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The primary motive of evangelization is the love of Christ for the eternal salvation of all

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

The Church’s social doctrine interprets realities based on their conformity with or divergence from the lines of the Gospel teaching
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