Vatican City (CNS)-After the missionaries of the Pope’s family called on Catholics to repent for the way they split the church, the Vatican Secretary of State stated that the split is real and harmful.
Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told the COPE broadcast network owned by the Spanish Church on April 5: “Anyone who sees the state of the church today must worry about these things because they are there.” The church. “
The missionary of the Pope’s family, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, spoke to the church’s disagreement when preaching to Pope Francis on April 2 in the “Passion of the Christ”
Cardinal Parolin told COPE that he believes that part of the problem “derives from the fact that the Pope attaches great importance to church reform”, but too many people do not understand the difference between doctrine and practice that must remain unchanged. Can and must be updated and updated.
Three days after the missionaries of the Pope’s family called on Catholics to repent of the way they split the church, the Vatican Secretary of State stated that the split was real and harmful.
He said: “The structure of the church is an unchangeable level, that is, the deposition of faith, the sacraments, and the structure of apostolic ministry.” But because the church is made up of people who are prone to sin, “the life of the church can be renewed.”
He said: “Sometimes these divisions and opposition are caused by these levels of chaos.” “People cannot distinguish the essence that cannot be changed from the non-essential things that must be reformed and must be changed in accordance with the spirit of the gospel.”
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The editorial director of COPE, José Luis Restán, told Cardinal Palolin that he would not ask the Vatican and China to extend the interim agreement on the nomination of bishops in October, but said that he really wanted to hear the cardinal’s comments. Impressions of the life of Catholics. The church in China and “what risks will the church face in that large and complex country in the future”.
The cardinal replied that the future “is the view from which we should look at this issue”. “Of course, Chinese churches are a basic part of Catholicism. Everything that has been tried and is being tried is to ensure the safety of this community. Although this community is small, it has strong vitality.
“People cannot distinguish the essence that cannot be changed from the non-essential things that must be reformed and must be changed based on the spirit of the gospel.”
He said: “Everything is being done to ensure the normal life of the Chinese Church,” and part of the normal life of any Catholic is to communicate with the Pope. The agreement aims to ensure this by acknowledging the bishop. The Vatican and the Chinese Communist government.
He said that the suffering and persecution suffered by Chinese Catholics must always be respected and remembered. But their persistence in faith must also give the church hope for the future.
“The measures that have been taken, even if all the remaining issues have not been resolved, it may take a long time to resolve, but because of this distinction, it is a right step in the right direction for reconciliation within the church- The cardinal said that separation is “separation” between those who accept the role of the government in the life of the church and those who do not accept the role of the government.
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