July 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Francis can be assured of the backing of the majority Catholics globally in his encyclical Amoris Laetitia and the reforms it encapsulates. Catholics around the world support Francis’s proclamation of a new spirit of love and mercy rather than a focus on the “rules” which have the effect of excluding so many.
The challenge presented by the four Cardinals (May Cardinal Meisner rest in peace) demanding an answer to their five “dubia” reflects the same challenge Christ faced when the woman caught in adultery was brought to him. Francis responded in silence as did Christ when the scribes and Pharisees demanded condemnation of her (John 8:3). Love trumps righteousness as Christ indicated when he merely answered by writing in the sand. One wonders what the motivation is of the Cardinals: love or fear? Where is the love for those they seek to exclude?
CCRI (Catholic Church Reform International) claims to speak for the majority of committed Catholics worldwide who wholeheartedly support Pope Francis in the reforms he seeks to institute, as well as the even larger proportions of disaffected Catholics who have been marginalized or have disconnected themselves from an institution they perceive as stuck in a medieval era. “We encourage the People of God to speak up and to take more initiative in standing up for the social values of the Gospel,” said Christina Reymer, member of the CCRI Strategy Team. “We are working with Pope Francis to usher in a new era that truly reflects the new Creation Christ promised.”