- Sep 20, 2020
Reform is best when it comes from the periphery, gets energy at the center, and goes out again. When the pope talks about the curia’s pastoral concern fueled by a missionary spirit and drawing on representatives of the universal church, we hear echoes of his hero Pope Paul VI.
Someone trying to remain objective about today’s debates over ‘Amoris Laetitia’ would probably have a hard time concluding that either side has a strong claim to the moral high ground, since both are charging the other with virtually the vilest crime in their respective vocabularies.
As Catholic author Peter Kreft has written, “The conservative … failed to see that truth without love is not even the absolute truth, and the liberal fails to see that love without truth is not even the absolute love, not true love. Thus each side fails to see not only the other’s absolute, but even its own.”
Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark, who at 104 was the world’s oldest living Catholic bishop, died Sept. 20 at the age of 104, leaving behind e legacy of implementing Vatican II, promoting parish renewal, and ministry to black Catholics.
American Cardinal Raymond Burke, often styled as a conservative opponent of Pope Francis, says that he told the pontiff ‘The only way I can serve you is by speaking the truth in the best and clearest way possible,’ to which Francis replied, ‘That’s what I want.’
Although Blessed Pope Paul VI and Pope Francis represent different personality types, the parallels in their papacies are striking — including, at times, the way their moderate approach sometimes leaves activists on both sides of Catholic debates unhappy.