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Leader of Communion and Liberation applauds Pope’s leadership

June 21, 2017

The leader of the Communion and Liberation movement strongly endorsed the pastoral leadership of Pope Francis, in an interview with John Allen of Crux.

Father Julian Carron, the influential leader of a movement generally regarded as a conservative bulwark, said that critics of the Pontiff do not undersand “the full implications of what [Pope Francis] calls an ‘epochal change.” He said:

The changes we’re living through are so radical, so unprecedented, that I get why many people just don’t understand what’s happening or the gestures of Pope Francis. But if we don’t understand those gestures now, we will in a time when we see the consequences they’re leading to.

Using the Pope’s own imagery, Father Carron likened conservative critics of the Pontiff to the Pharisees, who faulted Jesus because they were fixated on the letter of the law. He repeatedly cited the example of Jesus’ approach to Zaccheus, pointing out that the Lord came to Zaccheus “without calling him a sinning thief,” and touched his conscience in a way that no one else had been able to do.

The Communion and Liberation leader said that he sees a continuity in leadership from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis, that in fact Pope Francis “is a radicalization of Benedict.”


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 22, 2017 8:32 PM ET USA

    Maybe I misjudged Fr. Julian. Originally I thought he was serious. Maybe it was satire.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 22, 2017 5:22 AM ET USA

    How long must we hold our breath until we find examples of these modern-day "Pharisees" who are so fixated on "the law?" Bring out the evidence. Expose it to the light of day. The only one who repeatedly and publicly calls names is the one who asks the question: "Who am I to judge?" If Jesus' message was nothing else, it was surely that all men are to love God through obedience to _His_ law before all else. Yet when a prelate reminds us of this truth, he is called a "rigid" "Pharisee."

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 21, 2017 10:07 PM ET USA

    This sounds like Pelosi saying that we can't see what the bill says until it is passed.