Pope: “Even in the Catholic Church we find things that are not Catholic”

Posted on October 1, 2012

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09/30/2012
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The Pope said this during today’s Angelus prayer, quoting St. Augustine. “We appreciate the good things done by anyone, both inside and outside the Church”
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“Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated.” The Pope said this at the Angelus today, adding that “even within the Church itself – he added – it can sometimes happen that one can have difficulty in appreciating and recognizing, in a spirit of profound communion, the good things done by the various ecclesial realities.” He also praised the Lord for “the infinite ‘fantasy’ with which he acts in the Church and in the world.”

The Pope – at the last Angelus pronounced from Castelgandolfo before he returns to Rome – was referring to the episode narrated in the Gospel of St. Mark, in which “Jesus’ disciples protest to him, because a man who was not one of Jesus’ followers had cast out demons in his name.” The Apostle John, young and zealous, wants to stop him, but Jesus will not allow him. ”

“The Apostle John, young and zealous, – Benedict XVI explained – wants to stop him, but Jesus will not allow him. Jesus is inspired by the opportunity to teach his disciples that God can bring about good and even miraculous things, even outside of their circle, and that one can cooperate with the Kingdom of God in several ways, even by offering a simple glass of water to a missionary.”

The Pope then went on to quote St. Augustine: “Just as one can find that which is not Catholic in the Catholic Church – that is, in the Church -, one can also find something that may be Catholic outside of the Catholic Church.” Thus, “Church members should not feel jealous, but rejoice if someone from outside the community do good in the name of Christ, provided this is done with right intention and with respect.” At the same time, he insisted that often jealousy and the desire to block the action of someone also exist within the Church: “Even within the Church itself – he added – it can sometimes happen that one can have difficulty in appreciating and recognizing, in a spirit of profound communion, the good things done by the various ecclesial realities. Instead we should all be able to always appreciate and respect each other, praising the Lord for the infinite ‘fantasy’ with which he acts in the Church and in the world.”

The Gospel warns “against the vain desire for material goods, are also a powerful call to use them in the perspective of solidarity and the common good, always acting with fairness and morality, at all levels,” the Pope said, referring to the words of the Apostle James against the “dishonest rich.”

After explaining St. Mark’s text in which Jesus discourages John from dissuading those who are not followers of Jesus from casting out demons in his name, Benedict XVI recalled another element of today’s Mass, taken from the Letter of St. James, which concerns “the invective… against the dishonest rich, who put their trust in the riches accumulated by dint of abuse.” Benedict XVI commented that Caesarius of Arles confirms this in a speech: “Riches cannot harm a good man because he gives them gratuitously, just as it cannot help a ban man, as long as he greedily hordes his wealth or squanders it.”

Benedict XVI then prayed for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, asking that we may “be able to rejoice at every act of good, without envy or jealousy and to use worldly goods wisely, in the constant search for eternal fruits.”

Finally, the Pope made an appeal for East Congo : “I invoke God, for peace paths of dialogue, protection for these innocent people so that peace, based on justice, may soon be restored and for the restoration of fraternal coexistence for this sorely tried population, as well as the entire region.”

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