Saturday, 21 August 2010

Cardinal Ouellet: Bishops must fearlessly preach, and embrace, the teachings of the Church

Cardinal Marc Ouellet the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops gave a recent interview to Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News, and reported by Lifesite News from which the following is quoted:

"Bishops “need spiritual discernment and not just political calculation of the risk of the possibility of the message being received,” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the newly-appointed prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, in an interview this week.

Ouellet said that in addition to fearlessly preaching the teachings of the Church, bishops must embrace them deeply.  “Then you have the power of conviction,” he said.
  “If you state it only formally and in the end you do not really want to see it applied because you don’t believe that it is possible that people accept it, you are in trouble for the transmission of the message,” he added.

The cardinal, further, said the Church needs what Gyapong called a “new intellectual dynamism” to “recapture the spirit of Christianity” and “create a new Christian culture.”
“We need intellectuals for that, theologians, philosophers, Christians who really believe in the Gospel and share the doctrine of the Church on moral questions,” he said.  “We have suffered from this mentality of dissent” that is “still dominating the intelligentsia.”
“There is no real discipleship there, real discipleship,” he added. “The discipleship that is emerging is from those who believe and who really love the Church.”

Bishops who embrace the teaching of the Church and preach it fearlessly..

Recovery from the mentality of dissent..
Here in the UK, we could do with some of that, and,
It sounds as though the Cardinal means business....

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