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Prelate: jubilee of mercy showed that Church is a mother, not a stepmother

November 23, 2016

In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization said that the faithful welcomed the recent jubilee year with joy.

“It allowed Christians a great sigh of relief,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella said in the interview, which appeared in L’Osservatore Romano’s November 23 edition.

“Do not forget that many times the Church has appeared more as a ‘stepmother’ than as a mother,” he continued. “And she appeared more with the Code of Canon Law in hand, not the Gospel. For this reason, the great breath that gives mercy was welcomed as a wind of spring.”

The prelate also discussed the initiatives mentioned in Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation, Misericordia et Misera.

 
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  • Posted by: rfr46 - Nov. 24, 2016 5:50 AM ET USA

    I find this self-congratulation immodest and undignified. The same for the backhanded criticism of the predecessors in Church leadership. Unfortunately, that modus operandi is becoming a recurrent theme among too many Church leaders.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 23, 2016 10:01 AM ET USA

    "And she appeared more with the Code of Canon Law in hand, not the Gospel. For this reason, the great breath that gives mercy was welcomed as a wind of spring." _Not_ another Arab spring! I like the CIC almost as much as I like the Gospel. The CIC represents justice, truth, integrity, good order, holding fast to the traditions that make us act as Christ taught us to act, a clear delineation of right and wrong, binding _only_ on Catholics, a codified rule to operate a Church by, reason, and joy.