following is a
clear statement of traditional Church teaching on the subject of
But it does not go back far enough in time. We know that the
been terribly wrong at times throughout the Ages. And we know
often takes the Church centuries to correct its errors.
Particularly in the realm of the role of women and of sex in general,
Church in the early centuries was conflicted. So: WHERE IS IT
the Old Testament and in the words and teaching of Jesus? I
will seek help in answering this question. Meanwhile, I will
to my position expressed in items #1 and #3 of this
series...specifically as it
relates to the Church's lack of jurisdiction in the prayerful and
decisions of a committed and loving married man and wife regarding the
of their children...and regarding how and when they most intimately
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
Vatican Official: Yes, We're in a State of Generalized Crisis, But
Archbishop Fisichella Addresses Emmanuel Community Conference
By Salvatore Cernuzio
ROME, FEB. 1, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Christ, my hope, is risen and goes
to Galilee, began Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the
Council for Promoting New Evangelization, as he addressed a conference
sponsored by the Emmanuel Community, which asked precisely the
question: In a
Period of Crisis, What Hope?
The archbishop went on to point out that for 2,000 years we have walked
paths of the world repeating in an unaltered way this proclamation, old
it harks back to our origins and new because it commits today's faith
settles the originality of the Christian faith.
Christ is truly risen, he continued, stressing the fact that if we do
believe this then Jesus of Nazareth is just a great historical event
strong and wise message and the Church is a great society which can no
describe herself as 'sacrament and instrument of the profound union
and of the unity of the whole human race.'
Today there is no longer any distinction between what is real and
what is good and evil, what is the result of our faith and what is the
some ideology, Archbishop Fisichella declared. Why is it, he asked,
West is increasingly showing signs of a widespread foolishness.
There is in many a pathological situation of anguish, which is born of
and results in despair, leading to a form of depression that spreads
oil stain especially among the youngest, the Vatican official
is often experienced is a tragedy that impedes one from seeing a
To understand the current state of this crisis we need to look back
recent past, he said. The two World Wars, totalitarian regimes, Marxist
and the desire for domination over others, demonstrate how society,
advanced, does not succeed in finding ways of international coexistence
are able to respect the peculiarities of each one.
Then, the repeated failures of the United Nations demonstrate an
resolve problems both in the economic and political spheres. Combined
predominance of an economic system that operates without ethical
have now arrived at a situation of generalized crisis, Archbishop
To this we can add biomedical research that, in addition to its
results, has introduced a form of eugenics that clashes with the
science and social progress creating ever more profound conflict at the
of ethical decisions in our social lives.
An example of this is distrust in the continuation of life in a state
suffering or the lack of dignity that seems to come to those advanced
which leads us to consider ever more often the self-determination also
death, as a burden from which to free oneself at the appearance of the
signs of old age.
Consequently, we are faced with a widening of individual rights which
delegating every ethical decision to the private sphere and which makes
the nature of the crisis we are witnessing, which is cultural and
Presence of Christ
The world needs a living hope, exclaimed Archbishop Fisichella,
conclusive words of the Vatican II document Gaudium et spes. But what
the title of the congress suggests. Christian hope, he answered. In
words, the presence of Christ in the life of every believer, full and
mystery that God willed to reveal.
In the Christian view, hope is not the fruit of man's discovery, but of
total and gratuitous act of the love of God, which consists in the call
salvation through participation in his very life, he explained.
This hope, however, does not arise in a moment of suffering or
otherwise it would not be distinguished from the generic sentiment to
something as a last-minute solution to evil. On the contrary, Christian
has two older sisters – as Peguy wrote – that never abandon him: faith
Hence, in a period when terms such as precariousness, degradation,
become common, the mission of believers to be witnesses of hope comes
Christian hope, if lived in its communal dimension, is the real way for
evangelization, the pontifical council president suggested. It is not a
event but the action of the whole believing community, which in this
becomes a sign for the whole of humanity and makes it possible to
why the believer must hope for all and for the salvation of all.