Whatever the Pope’s reason and motives for making his remarks in the interview, they remain his personal opinions.
How can we live together in a world where reality itself is a matter of personal definition? The answer is that we cannot — at least not peacefully.
“In this world you shall have tribulation. But have confidence, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” (Psalm 91:5-6)
COMMENTARY: This moment of shared outrage and unified demands for action has so quickly devolved into partisan hatred, venomous blame-game accusations, racial strife and bitter division.
As practical vigilance has given way to paralyzing anxiety, Christians must see things in light of the Resurrection and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ’s victory over death.
COMMENTARY: Now Is a Very Acceptable Time
It is time to hear the pleas of God’s good people. It is time to work courageously, creatively, prudently and pastorally to restore the sacraments to greater and greater numbers.
“Be ready to abandon this mortal life rather than the people committed to your care. Go forward among the plague-stricken as to life, as to a reward, even if there is only one soul to be won to Christ.” —St. Charles Borromeo