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By Riccardo Cascioli, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Sep 24, 2019
Cdl. Burke: ‘We must pray and fast for the Church because we are in a moment of profound crisis’
September 24, 2019 (La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana) – “The working document for the Amazon Synod is totally unacceptable; we must do everything we can to defend the integrity of the Catholic faith.”
“It is also dishonest to present a synod supposedly for the evangelization of the Amazon, when the true objective is to revolutionize the whole Church.” These are statements by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from the United States in an interview with the Nuova Bussola Quotidiana.
He will hold the main lecture at the Giornata della Bussola on October 6 at the Shalom-Queen of Peace Community in Palazzolo sull’Oglio (Bs). “To the ends of the earth” is the theme of the day, and it is precisely this theme of evangelization which leads us to the beginning of this interview.
Your Eminence, today it is very common for Catholics to be told they should witness their faith in Christ basically by doing good and being good, perhaps by helping the poor and immigrants. What do you think?
Let me answer by recalling St. Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit who for over 40 years, in the seventeenth century, was a missionary in Cartagena, Colombia, for the slaves deported from Africa. When the large ships full of slaves arrived, he was there to heal their wounds, but he also taught them prayers to say because he believed that the most important gift he had to give was faith.
Is it important to avoid proselytising?
Proselytism means to impose your doctrine on others or to make becoming a member of the Church the condition for receiving material aid. This is certainly not correct. …..