“Woe to a Church that seeks her purpose not in the missionary mandate entrusted to her by Christ, but in a worldly sentiment,” declared Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary, on June 21, 2018.
Cardinal Piacenza gave a sermon in Rome during the Mass celebrated in the church of St. Ignatius, for the jubilee year in honor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga that is being celebrated from March 9, 2018, to March 9, 2019.
The Major Penitentiary spoke out against the false conceptions of the Church and the Faith that are so widespread today.
“If our Faith, the Faith we propose to young people, is no more than a moralizing Deism,” the high-ranking prelate warned, “then Christianity loses all its charm, for it loses the only center that gives meaning to its two-thousand years of history in the world: Jesus Christ, the Savior.”
Cardinal Piacenza foresees that “the real issue in the decades to come will not be ecumenism or intercultural dialogue,” but rather an “anthropological” issue, between those who “wish to build a world without God, in which man will become an object” and those who recognize “God as the Creator and Master of the universe and of human History.”
“Church of Christ, Church of Rome, look at the great figures of your saints, leave behind your mediocrity, be truly a Church that reaches out and rises up to your Lord!” concluded the prelate.