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Pope Francis' take on 'the religious sense'


FATHER ROBERT BARRON

Source:
Our Sunday Visitor
Type:
Bishops, Priests
Date:
5/5/2013

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ABSTRACT Pope Francis' take on 'the religious sense' Parish | Curriculum | Offertory Solutions | Institute |     Login Your browser does not support inline frames OSV Newsweekly OSV Newsweekly Home Daily Take Blog Back issues Subscribe OSV Newsweekly May 05, 2013 A look at Pope Francis' first six weeks as pontiff Three pontiffs in continuity Church ministries counter stigma of suicide Pope Francis: Agent of change or continuity? Editorial: Lessons from Boston Release of files is latest chapter in clergy abuse crisis Challenges abound for Catholics hoping to boost traditional marriage Pope Francis and the future of the Church The butterfly effect of Pope Francis Pope affirms commitment to ecumenical, interfaith outreach Pope Francis identifies three key elements of papacy Fresco depicts key event in story of Pope Francis' beloved namesake Pontiff envisions Church that reaches out to peripheries Pope Francis' take on 'the religious sense' Learn more about Marian image loved by Pope Francis On the Holy Spirit The remarkable life of Dorothy Day New Evangelization Interesting times Tale of Two Koreas OSV Letters to the Editor Archive Advertising Information Classifieds Subscribe/Renew Pope Francis' take on 'the religious sense' Last Updated Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:49:18 PM Pope Francis' take on 'the religious sense' Pontiff recognizes threat secularism poses to asking fundamental questions about our existence, life By Father Robert Barron - OSV Newsweekly, 5/5/2013 Many observers have commented already on the importance of Pope Francis’ choice of name and the remarkably “Franciscan” gestures he has made in the early days of his papacy. But too few have paid attention to another key element in the pope’s spiritual vision — namely, his connection to the thought world of Msgr. Luigi Giussani, the founder of Communion and Liberation ecclesial movement.  I came across an extraordinary article that then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote in 2003 as a contribution to a book honoring the life and work of Msgr. Giussani. Cardinal Bergoglio developed the seminal idea in the writings of Giussani, which is to say, the religious sense — the intuition of God’s presence that is felt amidst the aspirations, disappointments and pressures of ordinary life. Fundamental questions On Pope Francis, Renewal and Ecclesial Movements By Greg Erlandson   Father Julian Carron is a Spanish-born priest and leader of an international ecclesial movement called Communion and Liberation. Founded by Father Luigi Giussani in Italy, it is present in more than 80 countries. Father Giussani appointed Father Carron to be his successor as leader of the movement before his death in 2005. Father Carron spoke with Our Sunday Visitor in Rome after the election of Pope Francis in March. Here is an excerpt of the interview.   Our Sunday Visitor: What is your hope for this papacy? What is the greatest gift that Pope Francis can give to the Church at this present time?   Father Julian Carron: I can’t find another answer to this question better than this, given by Pope Francis himself. The greatest gift to the Church is to show that “Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to the profound need of human life,” as he said to the cardinals the day after his election. I hope and pray for Pope Francis to be a witness of the beauty of being Christian today, as St. Francis was in the Middle Ages.   OSV: There has been much talk about reform of the Curia. But do we not also need a renewal of the Church, which includes the Curia? How would you define or explain what renewal of the Church consists of, so that ordinary Catholics can understand?   Father Carron: There is no other renewal of the Church than the conversion to Christ. Only if every Christian becomes a new creature can we reflect the beauty and attractiveness of Christ to the world. It’s not a problem of strategy or organizational changes but of conversion. It’s what people expect from us: a life in which they can recognize a way to live in the middle of the confusion.   OSV: Can you tell me what the attitude of Pope Francis is toward the ecclesial movements and what role they have played in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires?    Father Carron: He is friendly and open to the ecclesial movements. We can testify his warm esteem toward us. But, at the same time, he wanted the movements to be in touch with people in the neighborhood. He didn’t choose us for any role in th.......