Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 16, 2020 / 14:18 pm
Catholics need to be Good Samaritans to those wounded both by the coronavirus pandemic and by social conflict, the papal representative told U.S. bishops at their annual fall meeting on Monday.
If Catholics “want to heal the world” then they must witness to Christ, said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Pope Francis, the nuncio said, “believes that we should be a Samaritan Church.”
Pierre cited the pope’s recent encyclical Fratelli tutti, which focuses on the parable of the Good Samaritan at length.
Archbishop Pierre used his speech at the opening of the USCCB Fall General Assembly to emphasize the urgency of the Church’s mission, pointing to “dark clouds” in the current global environment “which impede genuine fraternity.”
These problems, he said, include a “throwaway culture” of abortion, euthanasia, and human trafficking, social “fragmentation” and an environment of “permanent confrontation rather than healing,” the new coronavirus pandemic, and the “rapid growth of secularization.”
“Despite great development in technology, we are experiencing a loss in the ability to empathize,” Pierre said, stressing the need for “realizing our interconnectedness.”
He also cited a lack of moral social leadership as a key problem.
“No one seems to be offering real values of solutions to bring about healing,” Archbishop Pierre said, citing a “genuine crisis of authority” and a lack of trust in the media and in the country’s leaders. He also mentioned ongoing social problems of the coronavirus pandemic and a “contentious election campaign.”