Sunday, July 1, 2018

Facing the sins of churchmen, remembering that goodness is stronger

Facing the sins of churchmen, remembering that goodness is stronger
This past week, Pope Francis created fourteen new Cardinals. It was a festive occasion of ecclesial red, sealed with a ring, and crowned with a biretta. The events were all surrounded in traditional customs and courtesies, symbols and meanings.
And yet, above all, the colorful vestry and universal privileges of the cardinalate are given and intended to be signs of a passionate love for Jesus Christ and the Church. Such a love, reflected by the ornate use of the color red, is always to be ready to suffer for the Gospel, even to the point of shedding blood.