Pope Francis tells new bishops: the world is tired of ‘trendy’ priests
[How about trendy popes?]
Title by Carol Glatz (Catholic News Service), introduction by Josephine McKenna (Religion News Service), and quote from both reports
Posted Friday, 16 Sep 2016
Francis made his remarks Friday (Sept. 16) in a speech to newly appointed bishops who have been taking part in an annual Vatican orientation course on their new job.
In his address, the pope focused mostly on the approach they should take as pastors, saying in effect that attitude would do more to build up the diocese than any special management techniques.
[One quote stands out:]
“The world is tired of lying spellbinders and, allow me to say, ‘trendy’ priests or bishops. The people sniff them out – they have God’s sense of smell – and they walk away when they recognise narcissists, manipulators, defenders of their own causes, auctioneers of vain crusades.”
[Is this an example of what Dr. Jeff Mirus had in mind when he wrote …?]
“History provides striking examples of how the particular wording that ultimately made it into a Magisterial document actually admits of interpretations other than what the pope or council apparently had in mind, or other than what everybody presumed at the time. For example, many statements which surround the doctrine extra ecclesiam nulla salus have this character. On careful study, the continuing Magisterium of the Church has found that they do not actually require the conclusions which were very likely in the minds of the popes or councils that issued them, and which were widely thought proper at the time.”
[Or is it simply an example of “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”?]