THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
BRINGING IN THE OLD AND THE NEW
Pope Francis, in the August 2013 interview in Rome, says,
“If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if
he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing.
Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the
courage to open up new areas to God. Those who today always
look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated
doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try
to recover a past that no longer existsthey have a static
and inward-directed view of things.”
Some leaders in the old CFC were legalists. CFC-FFL was restorationist.
LCSC is opening up new areas to God.
want the clarity and safety of how things have always been.
Then we will find nothing, that is, we will not discover the
radical movement of the Spirit, pointing us to new things.
While we must have tradition and we must remember the past,
we must have the courage to open up new areas. We cannot just
look to going back to basics, that of whipping up our community
back into shape and the discipline of our life and mission
(our disciplinary solutions), and the insistence on familiar
structures and processes (our doctrinal security). We must
not stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists
(the glorious days of massive evangelization, global presence
and Church recognition have degenerated into conflict, scandal
and a stalled evangelization). Otherwise we remain static,
just marching in place, desperately trying to stem further
erosion. Otherwise we remain self-referential, building up
our own little kingdom (claiming of course that that is part
of the kingdom of God), clinging to a tarnished name. We must
not be stubborn in insisting on recovering a past that no
longer exists. We must move forward with what God wills, and
experience the vibrancy that the Spirit brings.
The way forward is LCSC, without neglecting all the good that
God has given us in CFC-FFL. We move on with both, as God
opens up new areas to us.