Look, these are the things that come to my mind. How to do this? Simply in the awareness that we all have something in common, we’re all human. And in this humanity, we can get close to each other to work together … “But I belong to this religion, or to that one …” it doesn’t matter! Let’s all go forward to work together, respecting each other, respecting! I see this miracle: the miracle of a desert that becomes a forest.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."That Divine Commission means that all people on earth are to be baptised as Christians and received into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. That is the command of Jesus.
Some questions have arisen about the "context" on a Facebook post of this blog and by my good friend, Mark, in the combox.
The preceding paragraphs refer to forgiveness and building up. Those are the things that come to his "mind" when he makes the next statement. He theorised about a fictitious person saying that they belong to "this religion, or to that one," but he then says, "it doesn't matter."
He says, "Let’s all go forward to work together, respecting each other, respecting! I see this miracle: the miracle of a desert that becomes a forest. Thanks for everything you do!"
It actually confirms the hypothetical "it doesn't matter" which religion as being fine as long as there is this "respect." He was referring to a hypothetical situation, but his answer to it is to leave people in whatever religion. As long as we all get along that is just fine. This is not the Christian Gospel!
It surely matters!
That is the problem.
Context is everything, indeed.
"Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn't how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world."