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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON POPE FRANCIS
(Part 4)

BRINGING IN THE OLD AND THE NEW

November 8, 2013


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.

Some 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.

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