- Feb 17, 2020
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, said Aug. 22 that a patriotic love for one’s country and culture does not mean closing off oneself to others, particularly those in need.
In a message sent Aug. 16 to the 40th Meeting in Rimini, an annual event sponsored by the Communion and Liberation movement, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said that countless men, women and children, especially those fleeing war and poverty, “are often treated as statistics and numbers” rather than as human beings with faces, names and stories.
An 18-day odyssey through the U.S. in March has bolstered the case for bullishness about American Catholic prospects.
For one prominent member of the Italy-based Communion and Liberation movement, the recent clerical abuse scandals are an invitation not only to re-think policies of accountability, but they are an opportunity for a renewal of faith.
Whatever one makes of the politics of the Communion and Liberation movement, it at least seems to foster positive energy at a time in the Church when it’s often in short supply.
Christians must do more than dream of a better world; they must take an active role in changing it, a Vatican official wrote on behalf of Pope Francis.