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Pope Francis and the Legacy of Cardinal Bernardi

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by KatherineS, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. KatherineS

    KatherineS Well-Known Member

    Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy | Religion News Service

    Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy

    The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as a model for the American Catholic future.

    The point that (Bernardin’s) consistent ethic makes is exactly the same point that Pope Francis is making – let’s look at the whole picture and not just focus almost exclusively on three or so issues,” said Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., who had been close friends with Bernardin since the 1970s.

    “I certainly think that if Cardinal Bernardin were alive he would be very pleased with what Pope Francis is saying and doing,” echoed Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, retired archbishop of Galveston-Houston, whose 1998-2001 term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was seen as one of the last in the mold of Bernardin.

    “The consistent ethic of life theory that Bernardin proposed is getting a second look,” Fiorenza said.
  2. S.ilvio

    S.ilvio Newbie

    I know little of the late Cardinal but he sounds like my kind of guy...:)
  3. judechild

    judechild Catholic Socratic

    There was never a man who ever walked the Earth with only one nature who was more virtuous than Cardinal Bernadine, I am firmly convinced. Unfortunately, he had a terrible model of the Church and too-subjective a system of morality. If it becomes adopted than the Church has no future.
  4. AvilaSurfer

    AvilaSurfer Semi-Retired Supporter

    United States
    What a nice little story with a nice little spin.