- Feb 17, 2020
The “Reclaiming Jesus” event in Washington, D.C. gathered Baptist, Catholic, Anglican and other Christian clergy for prayer, song and a quiet vigil outside the White House.
During the annual Chrism Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis unpacked his vision of a “pastoral conversion” of the Church by rejecting an abstract conception of truth that “distances ordinary people from the healing closeness of the word and of the sacraments of Jesus.”
Francis’s responses yesterday to people who had suffered in Colombia’s 50-year conflict were carefully crafted to contain five key elements for the country to move ahead on the path of peace. They apply not just to Colombia but to any post-conflict context.
“This is an appeal to responsibility. An appeal to you, dear young people, but first of all, adults who are called to live the freedom of conscience in a genuine way, as a search for the true, the beautiful and the good, ready to pay the price that this entails,” the pope said during a pilgrimage to two small Italian towns.
Although there’s a long history of politicians playing fast and loose with the truth, Trump’s team seems to have raised it to a new level, reflecting a culture that’s almost given up on the idea of truth. In the teeth of it, Catholics should resist on all fronts and act as apostles of dialogue.