The Pope says: They wanted to impose a cultural model
VATICAN CITY (EFE) .— Pope Francis admitted that “errors were made in the history of evangelization, wanting to impose a single cultural model” that even led to “wars”, during his catechesis of the general audience held yesterday in the classroom Paul VI of the Vatican.
“In the call to freedom we discover the true meaning of the inculturation of the Gospel: to be able to announce the good news of Christ the Savior respecting what is good and true in cultures,” Francis expressed during the audience.
But he recognized that “there are many temptations to want to impose one’s own model of life as if it were the most evolved and the most attractive” and admitted: “How many mistakes have been made in the history of evangelization wanting to impose a single cultural model! ”.
“Sometimes, even violence has not been renounced so that one’s point of view prevails, even wars. In this way, the Church has been deprived of the wealth of many local expressions that carry with them the cultural tradition of entire populations “, Francis acknowledged, assuring that this is” the opposite of Christian freedom. “
On the other hand, he stressed that in these moments for Christians “it is necessary to adapt the way of communicating the message to contemporary languages” if the Gospel is to be announced.
“If we tried to speak of faith as it was done in past centuries, we would run the risk of not being understood by the new generations. The freedom of the Christian faith does not indicate a static vision of life and culture, but rather it is dynamic, a dynamic vision of tradition ”, he pointed out.
Francisco also spoke of the criticisms of the men of the Church and assured, in a reference to those who criticize him, that “history repeats itself today” always on the part of “fundamentalists.” “As you can see, the criticism in relation to all evangelical news is not only of our days, but it has a long history behind it,” he said.
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