Loading
Pain and scandal is call to conversion and deeper fidelity, Pope tells US Bishops
Pain and scandal is call to conversion and deeper fidelity, Pope tells US Bishops
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- John Paul II met with bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, this morning in his last encounter with U.S. bishops making their "ad limina" visit, and told them that the “pain and scandal of recent years [is] both 'a sign of the times' and a providential call to conversion and deeper fidelity to the demands of the Gospel.”

The Pope said that the ad limina visits over the past eight months have been both "a source of consolation" and a time to "share the deep pain which you and your people have experienced in these last years, and I have witnessed your determination to deal fairly and forthrightly with the serious pastoral issues which have been raised as a result." He underscored the bishops' duty of "building up the Church in communion and mission."

"I leave two charges to you and your brother bishops," said the Holy Father. “The first is a fraternal encouragement to persevere joyfully in the ministry entrusted to you, in obedience to the authentic teaching of the Church.”

The Pope said that “in her own way, the Church in the United States has been called to begin the new millennium by "starting afresh from Christ" and by making the truth of the Gospel clearly the measure of her life and all her activity.”

"In this light,” he continued, “I once more praise your efforts to ensure that each individual and group in the Church understands the urgent need for a consistent, honest and faithful witness to the Catholic faith, and that each of the Church's institutions and apostolates expresses in every aspect of its life a clear Catholic identity".

The Pope said that "the second charge is a heartfelt appeal to keep your gaze fixed on the great goal set before the whole Church at the dawn of this third Christian millennium: the proclamation of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of humanity."

"'The Church in America must speak increasingly of Jesus Christ, the human face of God and the divine face of man', devoting the best of her efforts to a more compelling proclamation of the Gospel, the growth of holiness, and the more effective transmission of the treasure of the faith to the younger generation," said the Holy Father, citing "Ecclesia in America."

In conclusion the Pope noted that the “two urgent tasks” of the Church in the U.S. are  "the need for an evangelization of culture in general" and "the need for Catholics to cooperate fruitfully with men and women of good will in building a culture of respect for life."
Read the Pope’s full speech to the US Bishops: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/document.php?n=49

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

Featured Videos

Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Nov
29

Liturgical Calendar

November 29, 2014

Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 21:34-36

Gospel
Date
11/29/14
11/28/14
11/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Rev 22: 1-7
Gospel:: Lk 21: 34-36

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/29/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 21:34-36

Homily
Date
11/29/14
11/28/14
11/27/14