Sunday, 19 May 2013

Church needs believers with zeal, not couch-potato Catholics, pope says

So I was reading the news releases from Zenit - the vatican news agency, and I saw that the Pope says that we need Catholics with Zeal. 

The problem is that those with zeal have to find a priest that works with them (note I said work with them - not for them or they work for the priests). That is a huge challenge. The Jesus explosion was critized heavily in it's beginnings. It was even called a church within a church, but the arrogance and stubbornness of the leaders made it a success today.  is it that the church here in Trinidad does not have the mechanism for releasing zealous people on the the nation? 

I am a huge critic of the church because like father Clyde Harvey has said in the past discussion must be both ways. While he was referring to bishops (and the church in that diocese) working with the Vatican and even questioning their decisions, so it must be with the church faithful  being allowed to question the priests. 

Don't get me wrong. I have zeal, but many times I get a burst and then that dies. Still I am Catholic and will always be - Blessed be the Lord

Here is the release: 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church doesn't need couch-potato Catholics, it needs believers with "apostolic zeal," willing to preach the uncomfortable words of Christ, Pope Francis said. "And if we annoy people" with this zeal for Christ, then "blessed be the Lord," he said in his daily morning Mass homily May 16. The pope celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, for employees of Vatican Radio and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The pope concelebrated the Mass with Cardinal Peter Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso, respectively president and secretary of the justice and peace council. In his homily, the pope talked about the day's reading from the Acts of the Apostles. St Paul caused a near riot during his trial in Jerusalem when he addressed a group of men divided over the belief in the resurrection of the dead. "Paul is a nuisance" in his preaching, his work and his attitude, the pope said, "because he proclaims Jesus Christ."

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