Pope: “Fraternity and social doctrine rooted in the love of God for humanity”


Pope Francis writes the preface to a book written by Cardinal Czerny on the Pope’s social magisterium in “Fratelli tutti”, saying that the fraternity and social teaching of the Church is not outside theology but rather deeply rooted in God’s love for mankind.

By Devin Watkins

“The heart of the gospel is the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, which is the person of Jesus – Emmanuel and God with us. In him, in fact, God definitively manifests his project of love for humanity, establishing his lordship over creatures and inserting into human history the germ of divine life, which transforms it from within.

Pope Francis opened his preface to “Fraternity: Sign of the Times”, a book written by Cardinal Michael Czerny and Fr. Christian Barone, with these words.

The book, published in Italian by the Vatican Publishing House, will be presented Thursday to the Press Office of the Holy See.

Brotherhood and Kingdom of God

In his preface, the Pope explained how the concept of brotherhood is based on the Kingdom of God.

“The Kingdom of God is certainly not identifiable, or confused, with some kind of earthly or political manifestation,” he wrote. “However, neither is it to be identified with a purely inner, personal and spiritual reality, or as a promise only for the Hereafter.”

Pope Francis has declared that the Christian faith “lives with” this fascinating paradox, in the words of the Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac.

The Kingdom of God, he added, is both here and now, while remaining a promise and a cry from Creation for its full liberation.

Established in our modern world

Christians, the Pope said, are called to help plant the Kingdom of God on earth, a social aspect of Christian faith that we must never forget, he added.

“Each of us can contribute to realizing the work of the Kingdom of God in the world”, he said, “by opening spaces of salvation and liberation, by sowing hope, by defying the murderous logic of egoism with evangelical fraternity, and by working to show tenderness and solidarity towards our neighbor, especially the poorest.

The Kingdom of God, said Pope Francis, will be manifested in our world as society is filled with “brotherhood, justice, peace and dignity for all”.

“In this sense”, he writes, “the concern for our Mother Earth and the efforts to build a society based on solidarity, in which we are“ all brothers and sisters ”, do not escape the realm of faith, but are the concrete manifestation of it. “

Social teaching rooted in the love of God

Pope Francis went on to say that the Church’s social doctrine is not just a social aspect of Christian faith, but is deeply rooted in theology – in “God’s love for humanity and its purpose. of love and brotherhood ”.

The Pope added that Cardinal Czerny and Fr. Barone’s book seeks to introduce his encyclical Fratelli tutti, while exploring the link between the Second Vatican Council and the social doctrine of the Church.

He said that fellowship is one of the “signs of the times that Vatican II brings to light” and it is something our world sorely needs.

Church at the service of humanity

His encyclical, Pope Francis said, sought to shed light on the challenges of our modern world with the “breath” of Gaudium and Spes, the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World.

“Today, as we advance on the path traced by the Council Fathers,” he writes, “we realize that we need not only a Church in the modern world and in dialogue with it, but above all of a Church which at the service of humanity, taking care of Creation, and proclaiming and manifesting a new universal brotherhood, in which human relationships are healed from selfishness and violence, and are based on mutual love, welcome and solidarity.


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