Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/19/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Cardinal O'Brien spoke about pope Francis' first year.

Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien spoke last month about Pope Francis, suggesting the pope was looking to, in the Cardinals words, ""stir things up" before a scheduled October synod.

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien predicts Pope Francis is stirring thought before the October synod.

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien predicts Pope Francis is stirring thought before the October synod.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/19/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Cardinal O'Brien, synod, October, issues, media


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, who participated in the election of Pope Francis last year, told a gathering of seminarians and faculty at St. Mary's Seminary on Jan. 27, that Pope Francis may be looking to "stir things up and allow people to raise questions."

He added a caveat, saying "I don't think we're going to see a change in doctrine, but we will see a change in tone and we might see some disciplinary modifications." It should be clear what Cardinal O'Brien meant by those words. Pastoral emphasis and certain specific practices and procedures may indeed see some changes following the October synod.

The Cardinal explained that Pope Francis' dealings with the Roman curia as an outsider has likely influenced his view of that organization - and the very real need for reform. It is shaping his attitude towards how to approach specific reforms. Pope Francis has already appointed a team of cardinals to advise him on the path to reform.

Despite the slant on what reform might mean, which pervades news reports out of some pop media outlets, it must be made crystal clear that the reforms will not include doctrinal or dogmatic changes. The Church is not free to change Church doctrine or dogma, because it is not hers - it belongs to Christ Himself.

She can - and has - changed some disciplines, procedures and practices, as well as the pastoral and catechetical emphasis, over the two millennia of her existence. However, some of the pet subjects in some news reports are simply a projection of the agendas of those who write the stories.

For example, the priesthood is not a job, it is a vocation. No-one has a right to priestly ordination. Christ Himself established the ministerial priesthood and chose men for the office by His Divine design. He is the High Priest. This is doctrinal and dogmatic and cannot and will not be changed.

However, in the fullness of time as the Apostle Paul wrote, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Word, became flesh. God chose a woman as the instrument of His Mercy and love in the Mystery of Incarnation.

The vital place of women in the life, ministry and mission of the Catholic Church is clear. The repeated teaching on the dignity of women as full participants in the ongoing work of the Lord through His Church is finding dynamic and important new and fresh expressions.

Their  increasing roles in lay leadership, religious life, as well as theologians, scholars and  institutional leaders grows in the Church and will continue to do so.

So too, marriage as between one man and one woman, open to life, formative of the family and forming the first cell of civil society - as well as the domestic church - cannot and will not be changed. It is revealed by the Natural Law and is an unchangeable part of God's plan for the human race. This is revealed by Jesus Himself in His teaching in the Gospels, pointing back to the Book of Genesis. 

An example of a new emphasis is the emphasis of Pope Francis on the love of preference which the Church owes to the poor, because the face of Christ is found in the face of the poor. This obligation of solidarity or fraternity, is receiving new emphasis. The Church is a Church of the poor and all believers owe an obligation to participate.

Cardinal O'Brien also referred to Pope Francis' interview with a prominent Italian atheist and journalist as evidence that the Holy Father is willing to go anywhere to share the Christian faith with anyone who will listen. "She [the Church] is always available to listen and always to extend mercy," the Cardinal said.

Pope Francis often compares the Church to a mother, and indeed, as a mother, she never deserts her children the Cardinal explained to the gathering.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Living Faith

Refugees are 'in the image and likeness of God, which is the basis of human dignity.' Watch

Image of From a Catholic perspective, migrants should above all be recognized as persons created

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Warning: A graphic and disturbing photo is shown below. Reader discretion is advised. Vatican City (CNA) - A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as ... continue reading


A charming children's bedtime storybook that every kid will love

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Recognizing Everyday Miracles "Cracks in the Sidewalk" by Tony Magliano. Eastern Christian Publications (Fairfax, Va., 2015). 28 pp., $9.95.By Loretta NemethTony Magliano, best known as an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, enters the ... continue reading


California church severely vandalized with bleach and satanic graffiti Watch

Image of St. St. Paul's Tabernacle Baptist Church was the recipient of a hate crime in San Francisco, California

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A predominantly-black San Francisco church was vandalized with homophobic, racial and satanic references spray painted on and inside the building. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (Catholic Online) - The St. Paul's Tabernacle Baptist Church vandalism has been classified as a ... continue reading


Group of Christians spontaneously perform outside movie theater to inspire 'War Room' viewers Watch

Image of A group gathers to join in the worship at North Carolina's Concord Mills movie theater.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One Christian leader group was so inspired by the release of the movie War Room that they decided to flood the atrium of a local mall in Charlotte, North Carolina with Christian music and a lively performance. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - War Room, ... continue reading


Pilgrimage with Pope Francis - FOURTH STATION - St. Anne, patron of grandparents and single women

Image of Saint Anne, pray for us!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Welcome to the fourth station on our virtual pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Pope Francis ahead of the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray! About St. AnneSaint Anne is the grandmother of Jesus Christ and mother to the Virgin Mary. Very little is known about her, but ... continue reading


'I hope the Pope can sing along!' Washington D.C. choir looks forward to Pope's U.S. visit Watch

Image of

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

Choir members from around the Washington, D.C. archdiocese chosen to sing for Pope Francis during his visit later this month hope to stir the soul of the pontiff - and maybe even inspire him to sing along. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Our purpose is to ... continue reading


Pope Francis beseeches world to give thanks and protect all life on Day of Creation Watch

Image of Pope Francis had announced last month that the Catholic Church would join the Orthodox Church in marking the prayer day September 1 each year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis prayed that God would "enlighten the lords of power and money so they would not fall into indifference, but would love the common good, encourage the weak and care ... continue reading


SSPX confessions valid during Jubilee, Pope Francis declares - many pray schism will end Watch

Image of Pope Francis has extended an olive branch to the SSPX. Will our brothers and sisters accept it, or will they perceive it as a slight?

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Absolutions granted by priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X (SSPX) will have the full support of the Pope Francis and the Church during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The notice was given by Pope Francis in a special letter in which he announced the ... continue reading


POPE FRANCIS ISSUES EXTRAORDINARY INDULGENCE - Here's how you and others can obtain it Watch

Image of Pope Francis has issued an extraordinary indulgence for all who seek to reconcile with God.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis is issuing a Jubilee Indulgence that he hopes will allow people to experience God's mercy and grace. In preparation for the coming Jubilee, Pope Francis has published a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who heads his council for the promotion of the ... continue reading


Priest asks, what would St. Francis of Assisi do if he were alive today? Watch

Image of Although Pope Francis presided over the celebration, Fr. Cantalamessa (who has been preacher to the Papal Household since St. John Paul II appointed him in 1980) gave the homily.

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the preacher to the papal household said that St. Francis of Assisi is a key model in showing the link between faith in God and care for our common home. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Saint Francis "is ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Colossians 1:15-20
15 He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 [Psalm For thanksgiving] Acclaim Yahweh, all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:33-39
33 They then said to him, 'John's disciples are ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 4th, 2015 Image

St. Rosalia
September 4: St. Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter