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Pope to Irish Catholic: Don’t get stuck in the past – Irish Catholic

Michael Kelly in Rome

As the Church in Ireland continues the process of working closely with bishops, priests and laymen to chart the future, Pope Francis has urged Irish Catholics not to cling to past ways of doing things.

He was speaking in unwritten remarks after receiving a group of Irish people involved in Catholic education and presented with a copy of a new Irish book on the synodal process.

The Pontiff insisted that returning to the roots of the faith is where the Church in Ireland would find life on the synodal route, but that Catholics cannot be imprisoned from the past.

“Dialogue” in the Church, the Pope said, is “very important”.

He added that parishioners involved in the synodal process must understand the roots of the faith “because the tree needs a close relationship with the roots to grow”.

However, he warned: “Don’t stick to the roots, no, but be in a relationship with the roots … Only with the roots do we become real people: not sculptures in museums, like some cold, starving, harsh traditionalists, Those who think that the meaning of life is to stick to the roots only.

“There is a need for this relationship with the roots, but it also needs to move forward,” he said.

The teaching of the Church, the Pope said, “must grow rather than hide in the past.

“And that’s what true tradition is: to move on from the past. Tradition is not static: it’s dynamic — moving forward,” he said.

new book quotes Synod route: When Rhetoric Meets RealityPope Francis said that the idea is “a very beautiful thing” in the subtitle.

“Educating does not mean merely saying rhetorical things; To educate is to bring together what is said with reality”. People, he said, “have a right to make mistakes – but the teacher accompanies them to guide them… A true teacher is never afraid of mistakes, No: He supports, holds people’s hands, listens and talks. ,

Professor of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick from Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE) – an international research-based partnership on Catholic education. Pope was speaking during a private audience with a delegation led by Eamon Conway.

Synod passage: when rhetoric meets reality Available now from Columbia Books.

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