Fr Helmut Schüller, leader of the Austrian Priests' Initiative, speaks in Cleveland.
Homily – Seventeenth Sunday – Cycle C – 28 July 2013
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
“Forgive us as we forgive.” Don’t you just cringe at that command? I do. Who wants to be forgiven ONLY as much as he or she forgives? I certainly don’t. I want to be forgiven at least a million times more than I ever forgive anyone. I just don’t want that constraint on me. But, that is real and that is the difficult part of this message from Luke in today’s gospel.
The Bishop of Rome, when speaking to leaders in Brazilian society on 27 July 2013 said this:
"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all loose, we all loose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure."
Read the full text of his address
Read a comment from Enlightened Catholicism
Surely this applies within the Church too?
Pope Francis at WYD 2013, speaking to the young people of Argentina:
"I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets, I want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable, everything to do with clericalism, everything that might make us closed in on ourselves. The parishes, the schools, the institutions are made for going out ... if they don’t, they become an NGO, and the Church cannot be an NGO. May the bishops and priests forgive me if some of you create a bit of confusion afterwards. That’s my advice. Thanks for whatever you can do." (from vatican.va)