June 13, 2013

Positivity: Pope targets longing for past, ‘adolescent progressivism’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 12, 2013 / 10:02 am

The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said.

The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers who in their enthusiasm want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up…” he said at the June 12 morning Mass.

“It’s like when the road is covered in ice and the car slips and go off track … This is the other temptation at the moment! We, at this moment in the history of the Church, we cannot go backwards or go off the track!” the Pope stressed.

The track the Church must follow, he said during his homily, “is that of freedom in the Holy Spirit that makes us free, in continuous discernment of God’s will to move forward on this path… .”

Pope Francis’ homily was inspired by today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 5:17, where Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.”

Christ brought the new law of the Spirit, the Pope noted, calling it the “road to maturity” for the Church. …

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