Sunday, March 17, 2013

From Mark Mallett: The Blessed Peacemakers

The Blessed Peacemakers

THERE is a certain euphoria among many Catholics today as they continue to read the details of Pope Francis’ life, mostly unknown outside of Argentina until now. From his life of uncompromising simplicity to uncompromising orthodoxy, we see that God has chosen a man who has been unafraid to confront both the State and his fellow churchmen when their actions are immoral and hypocritical. While even the secular press is somewhat mesmerized by the aroma of Christ that trails this pope’s legacy as a Cardinal, the honeymoon is soon to wear off. What will be left is the reality that Pope Francis is a protector and defender of the Faith. That the Church is not going to capitulate to moral relativism and passing trends. That the moral and natural law—truth itself—is fixed like the stars. Or in the words of Benedict XVI:
The Church… intends to continue to raise her voice in defense of mankind, even when policies of States and the majority of public opinion moves in the opposite direction. Truth, indeed, draws strength from itself and not from the amount of consent it arouses.  —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Vatican, March 20, 2006
The following writing, first published on September 5th, 2011, has been lingering on my mind for the past few days. When I learned this morning that Pope Francis chose his namesake because St. Francis was a “man of peace,” that was my cue to republish the following…