Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 3, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese.
“Anyone hoping for – or worried about – a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
“At the same time, the tone of this pontificate will certainly be distinct from anything in the past century.”
His address was part of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s Year of Faith lecture series.
Archbishop Chaput particularly noted how the Pope has attracted the attention of so many people.
“The reason the world has paused for Pope Francis – if only for a little while – is that so many people sense in him something more than himself; not just God’s truth and God’s justice, but God’s tenderness.”
He said that Pope Francis is shaped by “the global south” and by “the poor who inhabit it.”
“God will guide his Church. And God will fill this holy man who is our Pope with the wisdom to lead us well.”
Archbishop Chaput examined the goals of the Year of Faith, which lasts from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013. He explained that the observance is intended to help encourage Christians to profess their faith “more fully and with conviction,” to deepen their encounter with Jesus Christ in the liturgy and the Eucharist, and to witness to the faith through the example of their lives.
He warned against treating Christianity as only habit and appearance, saying, “the words and habits of religion are easy. We can sometimes use them to fool ourselves. We need to drill down below the counterfeit Christianity so many of us prefer into the substance of who we are and what we really treasure.”
Catholics, he said, “need to let God transform us from the inside out,” adding that this conversion requires “humility, patience and love.”
“It requires letting go of the desire to vindicate ourselves at the expense of others. So much of modern life, even in the Church, is laced with a spirit of anger. And anger is an addiction as intense and as toxic as crack,” he warned.
The archbishop admonished against identifying the “new evangelization” with techniques, technologies or programs.
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