- Dec 11, 2019
Everyone has a direct line to Jesus, who is always nearby, ready to listen and help, Pope Francis said.
Falling into some universalized “Catholic community” or “Catholic faithful,” the particular and specific local community is being absorbed into some enlarged entity.
Pope Francis this week delivered an important address on liturgy, which was pounced on by the emerging Ultramontanists of the left — among other things, because it doesn’t cite Benedict XVI. But to see it through the lens of one’s political biases misses the real point, which is a call to discernment about how successful the liturgical reform actually has been.
A recent study shows that although 60 percent of Americans recognize that churches in the United States offer help and relief to the poor and the hungry, the fact that church members teach job skills and help immigrants learn English, volunteer to provide foster care, and offer tax preparation assistance is not well known by most people.