Friday, February 22, 2008

Pope Benedict to Jesuits: stop confusing the faithful

As a graduate student at Fordham School of Social Science, I endured a weekly barrage of anti-Catholicism from my Social Problems Professor. He had the ignorant audacity to blame the Catholic Church for all the problems of the poor. In New York City, of all places.
Let me tell you, Professor, if you had eyes to see just outside your door in the 1980's
you would have seen;
Catholic Charities helping the poor in every parish,
Catholic schools teaching the poor on scholarships,
Catholic hospitals healing the poor often without pay,
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity setting up the world's very first AIDS hospice, and soup kitchens in Manhattan and the South Bronx,
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal setting up Padre Pio homeless shelter, soup kitchens, and an entire ministry to the poor of Harlem and the South Bronx,
Cardinal O'Connor beginning the Sisters of Life to minister to poor pregnant women who have nowhere to live, and post abortive women suffering post traumatic stress.
Fordham, a Jesuit University has fallen far from the proud Jesuit tradtion of defenders of the Church. Pope Benedict recenlty reminded the Jesuits to live up to this heritage and to stop confusing the faithful.
"The Vatican has sanctioned a number of Jesuits over the past few decades for straying from official doctrine, including for their views on non-Christian religions, the human Christ and the defense of society's dispossessed -- the focus of the liberation theology movement that swept Latin America in the 1970s.
The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith -- which Benedict headed as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before his election as pope in 2005 -- sanctioned Spanish Jesuit Jon Sobrino, who lives in El Salvador, in late 2006 for his books on the nature of Jesus Christ."

HT The Inquirer

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