His approach to papacy reflects Pope’s unique personality: Cardinal Tagle
The Pope lately noted in an interview that if the Catholic Church will not be more understanding to the needs of the people, “the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”
Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has said that the stance of Pope Francis has not contradicted the general teachings of the Catholic Churchin a recent interview with Vatican Radio following the Pontifical Council for the Family held in Rome from October 23 to 25.
“The different approach adopted by Pope Francis in leading the universal Church is in no way a manifestation of the shattering of church conventions. Rather, it is a reflection of the Supreme Pontiff’s personality brought by his diverse background and experiences,” Cardinal Tagle said.
Last month, the mainstream media went abuzz over the interview of Pope Francis with the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, where the pope said “the Church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”
The Pope noted that that if the Catholic Church will not be more understanding to the needs of the people, “the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”
“I see something that is not only unique to Pope Francis but to all the past popes as well—they bring to the papacy their unique personalities, backgrounds, choices in life, and priorities. And each one, being true to himself, opens up to the whole world a dimension of the gospel,” Cardinal Tagle said.
“In a survey in the Philippines, the young people said that they are turned off by a church that is quite judgmental - a church that comes across as pessimistic and heavy, a church that does not rejoice at anything as though there is no sign of hope in the world. And so they appreciate the capacity to be happy about life, to be joyful about life,” he said.
Source: CBCP News