The main leader of the Catholic Church recognized that during religious history violence was resorted to under the excuse of “imposing only one cultural model”, which “deprived the wealth of many local expressions,” said Francisco. The statements come a day after October 12, a controversial date in Spain and Latin America.
This Wednesday, October 13, Pope Francis admitted that “errors were made in the history of evangelization, wanting to impose a single cultural model” that even “led to wars”, in the middle of his catechesis of the general audience held in the Pablo classroom. VI of the Vatican.
“In the call to freedom we discover the true meaning of the inculturation of the Gospel: to be able to announce the good news of Christ the Savior while respecting what is good and true in cultures,” Francis explained during the audience.
“How many mistakes have been made in the history of evangelization wanting to impose a single cultural model!”, Admitted the pontiff, acknowledging that “there are many temptations to want to impose one’s own model of life as if it were the most evolved and the most attractive”.
The pontiff’s’ mea culpa ‘comes a day after October 12, a controversial date on both sides of the Atlantic and where voices grow so that the commemoration is resignified and the errors and abuses of the so-called’ conquest ‘or’ discovery are recognized ‘ from America.
The hierarch stated that what is lived today in the Church is “the opposite of Christian freedom” explaining that “sometimes, even violence has not been renounced so that one’s point of view prevails, even wars. In this way, the Church has been deprived of the wealth of many local expressions that carry with them the cultural tradition of entire populations.
The Lord has freed us from slavery freely and has set us on the path to walk in full freedom. #GeneralAudience
– Pope Francis (@Pontifex_es) October 13, 2021
Francis also sent a direct message to Christian believers, saying that in this present time “it is necessary to adapt the way of communicating the message to contemporary languages” if one wants to continue evangelizing throughout the world.
“If we tried to speak of faith as it was done in past centuries, we would run the risk of not being understood by the new generations. The freedom of the Christian faith does not indicate a static vision of life and culture, but rather it is dynamic, a dynamic vision of tradition “, he pointed out.
A context of strong criticism of the Catholic Church
Only in the general audience of the first week of October, Pope Francis urged French bishops and Catholics to assume responsibilities with the more than 200,000 minors, who according to recent investigations, have been abused in the last 70 years.
“My shame, our shame, is due to the inability of the Church to put them at the center of its concerns,” he confessed about these cases of pedophilia in France.
The report that was published last Tuesday, after three years of investigation by an independent commission and released by the French bishops, includes between 2,900 and 3,200 religious pedophiles and more than 200,000 cases of abuse or sexual violence against minors since 1950.
The pontiff urged Catholics to work so that these “dramas are not repeated”