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Nov. 3, 2013, at 6:19pm
Last week, we talked about Pope Franics' dismissal of proselytism as “solemn nonsense.” Many misunderstood. They fell into three groups:
“What a relief! Our Pope says we can keep quiet about religion! No more uncomfortable conversations about faith and morality! We’re called to sit back, make a reasonable attempt to be pleasant, and watch as the vast throngs (who will inevitably notice how pleasant we’ve become) spontaneously sign up for …
Oct. 25, 2013, at 12:34pm
In a recent interview, the story goes, Pope Francis dismissed proselytism as “solemn nonsense.”
That “interview,” it turned out, was an 89-year-old atheist’s after-the-fact reconstruction of his recollection of a conversation he recorded with neither gizmo nor even pen and paper. A grain of salt is clearly indicated.
But suppose the Pope did say this, or something like it? Has the New Evangelization been declared obsolete and recalled, like an old-fashioned car seat? Have we al been ordered to convert to indifferentism?
No, not by a long shot. Alarmed parties are directed to Pope Emeritus Benedict, no fan of the dictatorship of relativism, who has said that the Church grows not by …continue reading