.- During a press conference on Saturday, the Secretary General of the Latin American Bishopsâ Council (CELAM), Bishop Andres Stanovnik, said the bishops gathered for CELAMâs 5th General Conference see reality âas pastorsâ seeking out âwhatever is good, whatever is of God, in reality.â
âThe pastor strives to see through Godâs eyes. All believers strive to see with Godâs eyes because that comes from the personal experience of an encounter with Him. Therefore a pastorâs view is one that is optimistic. Consequently itâs a view that moves others to praise, to gratitude,â he said.
Bishop Stanovnik noted that an optimistic outlook is not incompatible with healthy criticism. âThe more our outlook is of God, the more critical it is of reality,â he said.
Commenting on the issues discussed by the bishops at the 5th General Conference, Bishop Stanovnik said the prelates have been following the themes laid out by the Holy Father. âWe should see each other as disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ.â âThis serves to identify the major themes we should carefully study and discuss next week,â he stated.
âThe drafting committee will work intensely and on Monday morning will present an outline to the assembly, which will later be worked on smaller groups that will offer suggestions and considerations. The committee will then reformulate and present the outline to the assembly for vote. The expectation is for the vote to go well and for work to begin on the themes next week and during the rest of our remaining days here,â the bishop explained.