F Cantalamessas predikan tog sin utgångspunkt i påve Franciskus senaste encyklika om hela mänsklighetens sociala syskonskap, Fratres omnes.
Encyklikan fokuserar på hela mänskligheten, inte specifikt på kyrkan, men mot slutet finns några rader som handlar om att för oss kristna är korsets mysterium grundvalen för detta syskonskap:
”Others drink from other sources. For us, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From it, there arises, “for Christian thought and for the action of the Church, the primacy given to relationship, to the encounter with the sacred mystery of the other, to universal communion with the entire human family, as a vocation of all”. (FO 277)
Kristus initierar kring sig ett universellt syskonskap bland alla som tar till sig hans undervisning. Detta får praktiska konsekvenser, säger F Cantalamessa: Vi bygger syskonskap på samma sätt som vi bygger fred, d.v.s. vi börjar med oss själva, inte med tjusiga strategier och stora abstrakta planer (jfr värdegrunder). För oss innebär det, säger F Cantalamessa till de församlade i Peterskyrkan, innebär det att universellt syskonskap börjar med den Katolska kyrkan. För en gångs skull vill jag, säger han inte tala om gemenskapen mellan alla kristna, alltså ekumeniken utan fokusera på Katolska kyrkan.
Därefter beskriver han brister i syskonskapet inom Katolska kyrkan, jag citerar ett nyckelavsnitt i predikan:
”Fraternity among Catholics is wounded! Divisions between Churches have torn Christ’s tunic to shreds, and worse still, each shredded strip has been cut up into even smaller snippets.
I speak of course of the human element of it, because no one will ever be able to tear the true tunic of Christ, his mystical body animated by the Holy Spirit. In God’s eyes, the Church is ”one, holy, catholic and apostolic”, and will remain so until the end of the world. This, however, does not excuse our divisions, but makes them more guilty and must push us more forcefully to heal them.
What is the most common cause of the bitter divisions among Catholics? It is not dogma, nor is it the sacraments and ministries, none of the things that by God’s singular grace we fully and universally preserve. The divisions that polarize Catholics stem from political options that grow into ideologies taking priority over religious and ecclesial considerations and leading to complete abandon of the value and the duty of obedience in the Church.
In many parts of the world, these divisions are very real, even though they are not openly talked about or are disdainfully denied. This is sin in its primal meaning. The kingdom of this world becomes more important, in the person’s heart than the Kingdom of God.
I believe that we all need to make a serious examination of conscience in this regard and be converted. Fomenting division is the work par excellence of the one whose name is ‘diabolos’ that is, the divider, the enemy who sows weeds, as Jesus referred to him in the parable (see Mt 13:25).
We need to learn from Jesus’ example and the Gospel. He lived at a time of strong political polarization. Four parties existed: the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians, and the Zealots. Jesus did not side with any of them and energetically resisted attempts to be pulled towards one or the other. The earliest Christian community faithfully followed him in that choice, setting an example above all for pastors, who need to be shepherds of the entire flock, not only of part of it. Pastors need to be the first to make a serious examination of conscience. They need to ask themselves where it is that they are leading their flocks – to their position or Jesus’. The Second Vatican Council entrusted especially to laypeople the task of translating the social, economic and political implications of the Gospel into practice in different historical situations, always in a respectful and peaceful way.
If there is a special charism or gift that the Catholic Church is called to cultivate for all the Christian Churches, it is precisely unity. The Holy Father’s recent trip to Iraq has made us see firsthand how much it means to oppressed peoples or survivors of persecution, atrocities, and wars to feel a sense of belonging to a universal body, with someone lending his voice to the voiceless, so that their cry might be heard by the rest of the world and hope revived. Once again Christ’s mandate to Peter, “Strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22:32) has been fulfilled.” [Predikan hela texten eng här]
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