- Jan 18, 2020
Pope Francis’s famous image of the Church as a “field hospital” is so often invoked that it’s easy to forget that a field hospital is about critical care, not long-term recovery. For that, the Church also needs places where the Christian life can be nourished and deepened — a role the new movements play well, when they overcome their tendency for in-fighting.
Father Julián Carrón, leader of the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation, is in favor of de-emphasizing the wars of culture, not because the Church’s traditional positions are wrong, but because starting with ethics was always the wrong way to present Christianity to the world.
Although some Catholics, especially the more conservative sort, often find Pope Francis a bit of a shock to the system, the leader of the Church’s influential Communion and Liberation movement says that if you don’t think this pontiff is the cure, then you don’t understand the nature of the disease we’re facing in a post-modern, secular world.
Today the Emmanuel Community is known throughout the world for its Schools of Mission for young people, including one that will soon open in New York City. International missions work has also been a primary activity as an outgrowth of the Community’s focus on compassion and evangelization, along with their Zacchaeus Course, which aims to infuse Catholic Social Teaching in everyday life. Laurent Landete, who joined the Community at age twenty, has now spent almost three decades working to further this mission.
Holly Peterson, director of communications for Communion and Liberation in New York, said the event, now in its ninth year, hopes to provide “a place of dialogue and friendship with everyone and anyone, in the heart of the city.”
Cardinal Kevin Farrell says if the Church does things right, we’ll never get to the provisions of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on divorce and remarriage. “Much more needs to be done by the conferences of bishops…instead of saying, ‘Oh, that’s a wonderful document, and let every bishop do what he wants to do,’ it’s got to become a priority issue. It would be as if it never happened,” he said.