"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

I'd Rather Go to Jail than Break the Seal of Confession

JReconciliationWe have recently had a nice clear statement from Romereaffirming what we all believe about the absolute nature of the seal of confession. Hurrah for that. You may have seen me on BBC1 on Sunday morning doing the same thing: I had a long interview on the subject, but only about three minutes made it into the programme, and can be seen here, starting at 47 minutes in. Read more