Francis pursuing ‘revolution of tenderness’

Attendees at the WMF talk by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (Crux/John Allen)

One of the Pope's closest allies and advisers told the World Meeting of Families in Dublin yesterday that Francis is pursuing a “revolution of tenderness”. Source: Crux.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras said this tenderness is the “strongest antidote to selfishness and a ‘throw-away’ culture.”

The coordinator of the pope’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers from around the world, spoke to a crowd of several hundred people during day two of the meeting.

Families, Cardinal Rodriguez said, are “the place for tenderness … the first place where we teach and learn how to love, and where the faith is transmitted.”

The call to tenderness, he said, is at the heart of Francis’ “messianic prophetic Samaritan Christianity” as opposed to a Church that’s “narcissistic” or “self-referential.” Francis, Cardinal Rodriguez said, “wants us to put aside the fear of making mistakes,” and be more afraid of “imprisoning us in structures.”

Also speaking on day two was American Jesuit Fr James Martin, who gave a presentation on LGBT issues and the Church. Not a single seat was left empty, and people struggled just to get a look at the priest.

Though attendees seemed to reflect a variety of points of view, from members of the LBGTI community to people who disagree with everything Fr Martin, known for his outreach to the gay community, represents. If nothing else, the turnout seemed to reflect a lively interest in both the speaker and the topic.

Yesterday also saw the first appearance of a US prelate following Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s withdrawal from the World Meeting of Families. Cardinal Joe Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, kicked off his panel yesterday with a reflection on the Pope’s “fresh direction” given to pastoral theology and practice on marriage.

Cardinal Tobin’s remarks were followed by testimonials from three couples – which he dubbed as “the main course” – in which they all outlined how Amoris Laetitia, the Pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life had provided a booster shot in their own lives and ministries.

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