Pope Francis’ repeated calls for mercy and for the Church to hear voices from the peripheries is an invitation to accept that the Holy Spirit speaks to all the baptised, a US cardinal said this week. Source: Crux.
Those calls are the hallmark of the pope’s efforts to change the life of the Church, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said in his talk on Tuesday, “Synodality and the Long Game of Pope Francis” for the annual Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture at Loyola University Chicago’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.
To bring about that change, the Pope has focused on synodality as the path forward, influenced by his experience as a Church leader in Argentina, he explained.
“One way we can look at this is that the election of Pope Francis opened up the rest of the world to the rich theological foment of the Church in Latin America, with its strong sense of mission, encounter, the peripheries and mercy. And many, including Church leaders in this country, have found that shift to be uncomfortable,” Cardinal Tobin said.
“They shouldn’t because it didn’t start with Francis and I believe it’s not going away anytime soon,” he added.
The path toward synodality, the cardinal continued, will require the Church to undergo its own conversion, “a new way of understanding and approaching how we carry out our mission.”
He said the Pope has devoted his papacy toward seeking a Church that walks with others on a long journey into the world as the body of Christ, “a journey that fosters ongoing conversion and ultimately calls us to mercy.”