United States: according to Cardinal Stafford, the new communities are a solution to the crisis in parishes.

Source: FSSPX News


In an interview given this summer to the diocesan weekly of Boston, The Pilot, Cardinal Stafford, president of the Pontifical Council of the Laity, made some remarks that were subsequently reported on Radio Vatican. He described contemporary culture as being “liberal, nietzschian and individualistic”. “I think, he added, there are many elements in this post-modern culture that can be called hostile to Christian marriage, the Christian understanding of justice and charity, and the Christian understanding of virtue”. For him, an important aspect of the relation between the Faith and post-modern culture is the connection between politics and the Christian conscience. He cited the recent document of the Holy See “Considerations regarding efforts to grant legal status to unions between homosexual persons”. This text affirms the duty for Catholic political figures to oppose the legalization of unions between persons of the same sex. (See the complete text in DICI 79)

“For the Catholic politician who fully lives out his baptism, the Cardinal added, it is impossible that God be a mere label for a system, whether it is political or economic”. Denouncing the example given by a president Kennedy, he concluded: “That’s not the Catholic understanding of God”.

But in the first part of the interview, Cardinal Stafford had only praise for the renewal movements in the Church, such as “Focolari” and the “Neo-catechumenal Way”, which are, according to him, a response to the crisis in the parishes. In his eyes, the flowering of the new lay movements in the Church is the most significant and positive development since the Second Vatican Council, reports the press agency APIC.

Cardinal Stafford has known the “Neo-catechumenal Way” since 1980, having invited them to come to his diocese of Denver. Neither did he hesitate to affirm that this movement is “one of the best expressions, one of the best proclamations of the Pascal Mystery that the Spirit has given to the modern Church”. For this close collaborator of the pope, the new movements are developping to address very specific needs of the laity, notably the need for a deepening of their spirituality. “In many cases, he thinks, the laity has felt that it could not find this need met in the parishes. Also they have equally felt the need to better express their own desire to evangelize the world, whether it be the economic, the political, the scholastic world or the world of labor.”

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