Fr. Hans Feichtinger on Pope Francis in Crisis Magazine

082We at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary have a wonderful association with Fr. Hans Feightinger, who pastors St. George’s, the closest Roman Catholic parish to ours.

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Last year, our parishes joined together for a Corpus Christi Procession that started with Mass at St. George’s, stopped for prayers in front of Annunciation, then processed back to St. George’s for a marvelous pot luck lunch in their wonderful new parish hall.  Fr. Feichtinger is shown in the bottom photo censing the altar.

I hear plans are in the works for this year’s Corpus Christi.

So, it was most interesting to see that Fr. Feichtinger has a piece in Crisis Magazine, one of my daily stops around the Internet.

He writes:

Every modern pope has had his own style. Paul VI was personally like a global student chaplain, intellectually sensitive and pained by the fact that so many were falling away from the Church. John Paul II was the international pastor, constantly on the move, proclaiming the truths of the faith and exhorting us to heroic virtues. Benedict XVI was the universal professor, who carefully thought about the most pressing intellectual issues facing the world today. Pope Francis? In true Jesuit fashion, he may be best characterized as the world’s spiritual director.

Consider the talk Francis gave to the cardinals and the staff of his curia with the long list of spiritual maladies that he wants them to address (December 22, 2014). Or look at some buzz lines from recent homilies at Santa Marta: the Church is a mother, not an entrepreneur; rigidity is the sign of a weak heart; theology is done on your knees; keep the temple clean—and do not scandalize the faithful by posting liturgical price lists; do not be afraid of surprises and of conversion. Think about how the pope repeatedly has likened modern forms of Christianity to ancient heresies. His homilies are like wake-up calls, at times hyperbolic, often provocative, reminders about the basic message of the gospel. Not to mention the pope’s unprotected speech in interviews, both in the air and on the ground. This is how the pope preaches his theology and spirituality.

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