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“Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter
The choice of theme this years has clearly been determined by the Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and the Holy Father undoubtedly desired that World Communications Day would provide the appropriate occasion to reflect on the deep synergy between communication and mercy.
In the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Year, in paragraph 12, the Pope affirms that: The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. He adds: Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father. It is helpful, in this regard, to remember that our reflection is situated in the context of an awareness that communication is a key element for the promotion of a culture of encounter.
The Pope, on this occasion, refers to the language and gestures of the Church but the context makes it clear that all men and women in their own communications, in their reaching out to meet others, ought to be motivated by a deep expression of welcome, availability and forgiveness.
The Theme highlights the capacity of good communication to open up a space for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation, thereby allowing fruitful human encounters to flourish. At a time when our attention is often drawn to the polarized and judgmental nature of much commentary on the social networks, the theme invokes the power of words and gestures to overcome misunderstandings, to heal memories and to build peace and harmony.
Once again, Pope Francis is reminding us that, in its essence, communication is a profoundly human achievement. Good communication is never merely the product of the latest or most developed technology, but is realized within the context of a deep interpersonal relationship.World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (“Inter Mirifica”, 1963), is marked in most countries, on the recommendation of the bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost (in 2016, May 8th).
The Holy Father’s message for World Communications Day is traditionally published in conjunction with the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers (January 24).”
Here is my response to a friend who sent the article, “Making Dogma Out of Unsettled Science,” from Crisis Magazine.
Fr. Rutler makes some great points! I don’t think there is any danger of this Pope allowing dogma to change, though, whatever sympathy he seems to show with iffy science and world-worshippers. I think this article is very valuable except for this bit of unnecessary worry the author introduces. It makes a point, but to those who truly care about dogma (and who are fighting against those who hold their ‘tenets’ as inviolable dogma without admitting scientism has become their religion and filter for encounter with reality), it raises as a fearful prospect a possibility the Holy Spirit prevents.
As for the projection onto the walls of St. Peter’s, I hate it, loathe it, react against it, and then I imagine the Pope’s smiling face reminding me that the Immaculate Conception is about Mary’s ‘immaculate receptivity’ to the Word and then to the cries of us all for His help. I’ve said for many years now that the children of this world who are so desperately afraid for the earth and for themselves must be shown, whatever it takes, that the Church is NOT the friend of the post-enlightenment scientific reductionism of overrational, atheist materialists. They are rejecting much that the church rejects, but they have jettisoned the church in the process, wrongly identifying her verbal, logical, historical, and legal interests with the ‘establishment’ that has let them, and the world, so badly down.
If the Holy Father saw fit to let them play upon his walls, I know he hopes it will help them see themselves as SEEN BY the Mother Church they are longing for when they worship Mother Earth. None of us can live rightly without this ‘being held in’ the being, the gaze of an Other. It begins with a mother, and many of the world’s children are essentially motherless, when moms cannot offer this hospitality of the heart. It continues with a father, and they may have only a “corporation man” who betrays and uses and does not sacrifice his interests for the sake of life. It should, rightly, go on with a Church, and they have only their peers to guide them and exacerbate their fears.
Poor, dear little ones! If they can begin somehow to believe the Church can hear them, can embrace them, can let them affect her like a child affects the mother (both at a deep, heart level, and at an annoying, crayon-on-the-walls level), they may enter further and be rescued. The Immaculata is a transparent lens through whom we can best see Christ, but also one through whose love and tenderness He can best reach the least of these.
I think the Pope let those white walls of St. Peter’s be a pure surface on which the children could see their concerns imaged – an image of Mary Immaculate herself. Yuck, like sour milk and poop and vomit and blood, but for the good of the little ones…okay by me!
The Church must not only proclaim Truth to the world, but turn and voice the world’s concerns to God. In this stooping to hear, and this turning to take up the needs and concerns of the children, she turns them toward their Father. Mary and Pope Francis are leading us to this maternal dimension of the Church’s full realization. We have been stuck, perhaps, in our own linear march toward progress in the spiritual life, or the goal of evangelization, and need to be awakened to the tender and un-self-protective movement of the Holy Spirit. I believe the amazing doctrinal strength we see consolidated in the last two pontificates gives the Church a strong, coherent ‘sense of self’ so she can better risk this loving condescension that encounters the world and speaks to its cries for help.
Be not afraid! It’s just the crazy, earth cleansing, world turning wind of the Spirit shaking things up and standing us on our heads!
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…it is difficult for poets to remain acceptable or contented party men; they ask too many questions.
Dorothy Sayers, in the Introduction to her translation of Dante’s Purgatorio
I just feel it would be a shame to let all these questions just disappear. I wish everyone in the archdiocese would give the Bishop their own answers. If we have 100,000 people (I have no idea how many Catholics in the Archdiocese of KCK), I bet we’d have a hard time getting 100 people to respond. In other words, there’s really no danger in asking questions, because so few people will even answer. And the upside is that you discover the nth % who do respond. They are likely to be willing to do other hard things.
Plus, even a few answers to good questions is better than 1000 answers to lame questions. And, yes, I’m asserting that the questions asked in the Bishop’s listening meeting were lame. Their focus was on eliciting pats on the back for the Bishop, who definitely deserves many, many pats on the back. My point is not that any positive feedback was wrong, as there is so much to be glad for in our archdiocese, but that much helpful feedback was omitted from the process due to what I believe is an unnecessary avoidance of tension. If we cannot be comfortable among ourselves, as Catholics, voicing things that are hard to say, how in the world will we learn to say hard things to the world that is dying for lack of those truths??
I’m sure the archdiocese and the world will go on without my input, and I really do believe that God is at work here. I do not so much despair of some good being done as remain sad for the much more that might be done if we could all communicate with more honesty and effectiveness. I am tired of being told I am ahead of my time. Christ has come, so the time for Christians is now.
Once more, and in conclusion, I would like to reassure everyone who sees a post like this and worries about me (Is she angry? No. Is she dissenting? Absolutely not. Is she disrespectful? Not a bit of it. Is she upset? Nope.). I am fine, happy, content, respectful, orthodox, cheerful, and confident that I’ve done all I need to do in response to the questions I was asked, and those I was not asked. Meanwhile, I will, if you don’t mind, remain sad, because Fr. Giussani taught us that sadness is the opposite of despair. Because I do hope, I hope for better communication and visioning in our archdiocese.
May God bless and keep Archbishop Naumann, and make His face shine upon him, and give him peace.