Abp. Cordileone is One More Foundation Stone as Pope Benedict Fortifies the Church
I believe that the Archbishop was chosen precisely because he is up to this challenge. We must pray for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as he assumes this new assignment
The selection of ArchBishop Salvatore Cordileone is good news for the Church. From the beginning of his service to the Church, Pope Benedict XVI has been about rebuilding. When his papacy is recounted, his apostolic work will be credited with having re-secured the Catholic Church in a time of trial so that she could inaugurate a new missionary age for the Third Millennium.I believe that the Archbishop was chosen precisely because he is up to this challenge. He will be installed on October 4th, the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron of San Francisco. He is also the Saint who heard the words of the Lord "Go, and Rebuild my Church."
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (Catholic Online) - From the beginning of his service to the Church, Pope Benedict XVI has been about rebuilding. When his papacy is recounted, his apostolic work will be credited with having re-secured the Catholic Church in a time of trial so that she could inaugurate a new missionary age for the Third Millennium. I believe that a primary part of that vital legacy will also credit him with halting the slide of western civilization into a new paganism. The Church is the only hope to preventing such a slide. She is not some irritant, preventing progress, she is the very path to authentic progress and human flourishing.
The Church is God's plan for the whole human race. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read these words, "To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son's Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is "the world reconciled." She is that bark which "in the full sail of the Lord's cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world." According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah's ark, which alone saves from the flood."(CCC #845)
This understanding of the Church as a participation in Christ and entry into the Trinitarian Communion runs throughout the writings of the early Church Fathers. In the words of the Church father Origen: "Christ has flooded the universe with divine and sanctifying waves. For the thirsty he sends a spring of living water from the wound which the spear opened in His side. From the wound in Christ's side has come forth the Church, and He has made her His bride"
The Church comes from above. It is a participation in the Divine Nature, instituted by the Lord and not designed or redesigned by us. The Apostle Peter wrote of this truth in his second letter to the dispersed early Christians: "His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4)
Bishop Ireneaeus of Lyons, a disciple of Polycarp who was a disciple of the Apostle John wrote of the Church: "We need to take refuge with the Church, to drink milk at her breast, to be fed with the scriptures of the Lord. For the Church has been planted in the world as a paradise" The early Christians did not see the Church as something onerous or optional, they saw it as normative for every Christian and life giving for the whole world. We do not make the Church in our image, the Church re-makes us into Christ's Image through the grace which is mediated through the Sacraments, revealed in His Word and experienced in our ecclesial life together. The Church also calls the world home to the plan of God in his loving creation and re-creation through His Son.
The selection of ArchBishop Salvatore Cordileone to succeed the retiring Archbishop George Niederauer in governing the Church of San Francisco is one more example of increasingly good news for the Catholic Church. Much has been made of the Bishops defense of true marriage and his fidelity to the unbroken and unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church. His defense of the fundamental human rights to life and religous liberty are presented in some media sources as causing some kind of disruption in San Francisco. This should not come as a surprise to those who have been praying for the Catholic Church to remain faithful. The adversaries of the authentic message of liberation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, are feeling threatened.
One of the better articles summarizing some of the challenges the Archbishop will face was written by Joan Frawley Desmond for the National Catholic Register and entitled "Pope Benedict Picks 'Father of Prop. 8' for San Francisco Archdiocese" She sets the backdrop, "Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., will succeed Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, assuming a prominent role in a city that is seen as a major center of the homosexual-rights movement. During an era of more aggressive advocacy for same-sex "marriage," the striking appointment will yield unpredictable, possibly explosive consequences for both the local Church and the U.S. bishops' national effort to defend traditional marriage and religious freedom against a hostile, increasingly secular current."
I believe that the Archbishop was chosen precisely because he is up to this kind of challenge. He will be installed on October 4th, the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron of San ...
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