Loading
Church not opposed to progress, says Argentinean archbishop

.- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz denounced the position of those who think the Church and the Christian life "are opposed to the development or the progress of man. He then pointed to numerous examples in history of "Christian scientists, artists and philosophers that have contributed to the culture and growth of man."

The archbishop said, "Faith is not opposed to nor does it limit reason; on the contrary, it presupposes and needs it. Faith opens the intellect to a dimension that helps it understand the truth about man in all of his grandeur as a human and spiritual being."

After recalling Jesus’ words in the Gospel, "My Father is glorified by this that bear much fruit," Archbishop Arancedo noted that for the Church, this passage is not understood "in merely spiritual terms, but in a wider sense."

"Bearing ‘much fruit’ refers also to the work of man when with his intellect he elevates the human condition, whether through education, health care improvement, the wellbeing of everything that makes man’s life in this world dignified," he said.

Likewise, Archbishop Arancedo said, "These fruits, in order for them to be truly human, should make reference to the world of values. This is not a limit, but rather a guarantee of authentically human growth."

The archbishop warned that "when the apparent ‘fruits’ of man compromise the level of human relations or the care of the environment, Jesus would tell us these acts are not the fruit referred to in the Gospel, nor the glory of the Father."

"Let us learn to understand the richness and commitment of our faith, so that we may be good Christians and committed citizens of this world that needs the light and life of the Gospel," he stated.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: