PF’s encyclicals and exhortations :
- Lumen Fideii, 29th June 2013 first encyclical
- Evangelii Gaudium 24 Nov. 2013
- Laudato Si, 24th May, 2015
- Amoris Laetitia, 2016
- Magnum Principium Sept. 2017
- Exultate Gaudium April 2018
Lumen Fideii (The Light of Faith)
released July 2013
An overview of Pope Francis’s first encyclical
by Francis X Rocca posted Friday, 5 Jul 2013 at: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/07/05/lumen-fidei-an-overview-of-pope-franciss-first-encyclical/
“This Encyclical bears the clear influence of Benedict XVI..
“Pope Benedict “had almost completed a first draft of an encyclical on faith” before his retirement in February 2013, Pope Francis writes, adding that “I have taken up his fine work and added a few contributions of my own.””
““Christ is not simply the one in whom we believe, the supreme manifestation of God’s love,” Pope Francis writes. “He is also the one with whom we are united precisely in order to believe. Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing.”
- “Faith Lights life” by George Weigel posted on July 12, 2013 8:00 AM at:
“By underscoring at the very beginning of Lumen Fidei that his reflections on faith, drawn largely from the draft left him by Benedict XVI, were “in continuity with all that the Church’s magisterium has pronounced on this theological virtue,” Pope Francis has quietly but unmistakably announced that, modest alterations in the “accidents” of papal clothing and residence notwithstanding, the “substance” of the Petrine Office in the Church remains unchanged. For, as he writes, “the Successor of Peter, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, is always called to strengthen his brothers and sisters in the priceless treasure of the faith which God has given us as a light for humanity’s path.” That strengthening comes for a constant proclamation of the truth of Christian faith, which is a constant invitation to friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ and incorporation, through that friendship, into his Church — a communion of disciples in mission.
A pontificate of evangelical reform is underway. Its path will be illuminated, not by Catholic Lite, but by the full symphony of truth that the light of faith reveals.”
Well it seems that this (first encyclical) seems to not have errors, but in hindsight can we say that what Pope Francis proclaims is true?
Can we really say that his “reflections on faith”, have REALLY been “in continuity with all that the Church’s magisterium has pronounced on this theological virtue”?
Has he REALLY always proclaimed the truth of the Christian faith???
With the advantage of hindsight, we see that a pontificate of evangelical reform is indeed well on its way despite all the opposition from some very brave eminent cardinals bishops and priests. This is a reform – not to bring us back to the Truths laid down by Christ – but are to suit man and his weaknesses. God’s commandments and Christ’s teachings are being relegated to the bin.
From the Book of Truth:
“In the name of social justice and social compassion, the false prophet will set out, what the world will believe to be, to evangelise and create a modern church. This church will be seen to reach out to all sinners and to embrace those sinners whose sins are not acceptable by Me”. – August 10th, 2013
Part 2 – Evangelii Gaudium to be posted tomorrow.