Pope Francis stuns all as he kisses feet of African leaders begging them to work for peace…A very Holy Thursday Event!

Pope Francis kissing the feet of President Salva Kiir and those of South Sudan's Vice Presidents

See article:  Pope Francis kisses feet of South Sudan’s leaders at conclusion of ecumenical retreat | ICN

Google “Pope Francis South Sudan” to see just how stunned people were.

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“The pope encouraged the two leaders to find common ground.

‘I urge you, then, to seek what unites you, beginning with the fact that you belong to one and the same people, and to overcome all that divides you,’ he said.

…Then he sought the leaders’ permission to approach, and stunned the men [and woman] by kneeling.”  (parenthesis ours)

nytimes.com/2019/04/11/world/europe/pope-francis-south-sudan.html.

This April 2019 event…What outstanding witness to Holy Week and to a world caught up in ethic wars and political, social and religious polarization!

WHY DOES THIS NEWS FAIL to get larger
media coverage within the Church? 

…not simply the facts, but the SPIRIT of the event?
…in National Catholic publications and diocesan newspapers?
in sermons perhaps?
Instead we get careful words and more careful pictures
so as not to upset whom?

Video of pope struggling to get up and down several times was just removed even from webpage of article by Independent Catholic News.  Was that because we must not allow the world to see him struggling to do the very thing his heart and soul have called him to do?

Pope Francis’ actions in South Sudan were Eucharistic, closely connected to Holy Thursday and Jesus’ example as detailed in Beatrice Bruteau’s book,
THE HOLY THURSDAY REVOLUTION.

See and share short PDF slides:  https://ritebeyondrome.com/2018/03/21/the-holy-thursday-revolution/

 

 

Polarization or Stifling Consensus: The Only Choices?

Certainly, the Vatican’s choice for “Profound Consensus” over polarization in the Church would seem to be the most logical one.  But is it?

Logical or not, the Church is well on the road to a profound consensus which may not be what Vatican secretary Cardinal Parolin was recommending.

National Catholic Reporter: Cardinal Parolin addresses US bishops with call for ‘profound consensus’

Vatican II expert, Massimo Faggioli, describes the reality and danger of one-way polarization within the Church.  See link below where Rite Beyond Rome responds to his La Croix International article:

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To Read more:   https://www.scribd.com/document/370006049/Church-Polarization-or-Stifling-Consensus-Not-the-Only-Choices

 

To view and download PDF: Church Polarization or Dangerous Consensus?

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When “profound consensus” is rooted in “safe choice” over the risk of allowing the Holy Spirit to break through staid Catholic consciousness, is it the preferred choice for the Church in the world today?

In this instance, wouldn’t it be wiser and more rational to diversify the Church’s expressions of Catholicism in ways that maintain “consensual unity” AND dynamic and creative diversity…?
…as described in the 1973 book, POLARIZATION IN THE CHURCH, edited by Hans Kung and Walter Kasper?

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Church Unity: NOT about merging disparate factions

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If Cardinal Kasper can say this

about ecumenical unity,

might this wisdom for unity

apply as well WITHIN the Church?

Might this be the wisdom we need
WITHIN our polarized Roman Catholic Church?

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…a Church polarized by its different interpretations of
the Second Vatican Council

…a Church polarized between

those who hold minimum assent to the Council
and
those who see Vatican II as whole new direction for the Church?

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