Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pope Francis on Clericalism and the Kakure Kirishitan

    Their clericalization is a problem. The priests clericalize the laity and the laity beg us to be clericalized… It really is sinful abetment. And to think that baptism alone could suffice. I’m thinking of those Christian communities in Japan that remained without priests for more than two hundred years. When the missionaries returned they found them all baptized, all validly married for the Church and all their dead had had a Catholic funeral. The faith had remained intact through the gifts of grace that had gladdened the life of a laity who had received only baptism and had also lived their apostolic mission by virtue of baptism alone. One must not be afraid of depending only on His tenderness.
Quoted in Sandro Magister's latest — The Name of Francis, the Rule of St. Ignatius, and the Example of Jonah.

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Blogger M. Jordan Lichens said...

Moved by Endo's Silence, I've been reading a bit more about the Hidden Christians. What an inspiring community.

March 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM  

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