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Seeing the true Church means

looking beyond our borders

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Only six percent of the world’s Catholics live in the United States, therefore to “try to understand the global Catholic Church through the U.S. prism, doesn’t do justice to who we are.”
According to Senior CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen, Jr., who spoke at the recent Stewardship Conference, it’s important to peer through the fog that obscures our vision of the global Church. We can do this, in part, by taking a closer look at our new pope.
Allen, who was reared in Hays, spoke on “Pope Francis and Trends in the Global Catholic Church” at the Aug. 24 gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Allen has travelled with a succession of popes, and has been termed (by the London Tablet) as “the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs….” “When seen close up,” he said, “the Vatican reveals itself in all its complexity.”
In beginning his discussion of the global Church, he first brought to light the new pontiff.         At the recent World Youth Day celebration in Rio, Allen said he saw women religious “acting like teenagers at a Justin Bieber concert. He’s a charismatic pope who has taken the world by storm….”
To understand Pope Francis and where he is leading the Catholic Church, it’s important to begin to understand where he comes from.
“He is the first pope from the new world, and he brings with him much of an agenda of the developing world.”
The developing world today accounts for two-thirds of the Catholic population. A century ago, it was the west that accounted for the two-thirds majority. By 2050, three-fourths of the Catholics in the world will reside in the global south.
According to the International Society of Human Rights, 80 percent of Religious persecution is against Christians, and 139 countries have Christians who face persecution.
“Each year over the last 10 years, 100,000 Christians have been killed due to their faith. It’s the greatest Christian story ever told. If you want a concrete example, look at Egypt. The Islamist forces have a two-fold agenda: take over, and get rid of the Christian presence.”
It might be understandable why the Church is concerned that “one of the big mega trends is the rise of religious freedom as the signature social concern of the 20th Century. These struggles are real and growing in intensity.
“Threats to religious freedom in the United States means we might get sued. In other places, it means you might get shot.”
And it also becomes more evident as to why the Church stages such strong vitriol when it comes to the oppressed, whether it’s an immigrant trying to get into the United States, or one of more than 400,000 Christians fighting to stay alive in Iraq.
“If we American Catholics had invested one-tenth of the time and treasure put into saying, ‘And with your spirit,’ into creating solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq, we would have changed the world.
“No pope can be expected to shoulder these burdens by himself. The heart of the matter is [that we all] go forth and make disciples of all nations.”
Allen made a surprise pronouncement at the conclusion of his keynote address about the value of having a good sense of humor, especially when dealing with such serious subjects. After writing a book about Pope Benedict XVI in which he analyzed the Holy Father’s role as pontiff and suggested the direction the Church was heading at that time, Allen admitted being nervous about having Pope Benedict review his book.
“We were in Graham County, Kansas,” Allen said. “There we are in Hill City and my cell phone goes off. It was the Vatican.”
He answered the phone and was told by a Vatican spokesman that then Pope Benedict XVI wished to relay a message to him: “Please thank ‘Heir Allen’ for writing this book. Particularly the last part, because it keeps me from having to think about the future myself.”
“As Catholics, we must value humor,” he said.

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Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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