Pope Francis tells new cardinals they are not joining a royal court

Pope Francis tells new cardinals they are not joining a royal court

By of Catholic Herald uk

Francis celebrates Mass with the new cardinals on sunday (AP)

Francis celebrates Mass with the new cardinals on sunday (AP)

Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honour but of humble service and sacrifice.

“A cardinal enters the Church of Rome, not a royal court,” the Pope said in his homily during morning Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. “May all of us avoid, and help others to avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and preferences.”

“May our language be that of the Gospel: ‘yes when we mean yes; no when we mean no,’” he said. “May our attitudes be those of the beatitudes and our way be that of holiness.”

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass with 18 of the 19 men he had raised to the rank of cardinal the previous day in the same basilica. Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who at age 98 is now the oldest member of the college, was absent on both occasions for reasons of health.

The 18 new cardinals, clad in the green vestments of the liturgical season of ordinary time, sat in a near semi-circle around the main altar. More than a hundred of their fellow cardinals, also serving as concelebrants, sat in rows at the front of the congregation.

Retired pope Benedict XVI, whose appearance at the previous day’s consistory had surprised practically all the participants, did not return to the basilica for the Mass.

Pope Francis’s call for humility echoed a letter he had sent the new cardinals shortly after the announcement of their elevation in January, telling them that a red hat “does not signify a promotion, an honour or a decoration; it is simply a form of service that requires expanding your vision and enlarging your heart” and that they should celebrate their new distinction only in an “evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty”.

In his homily, the Pope said that “Jesus did not come to teach us good manners, how to behave well at the table. To do that, he would not have had to come down from heaven and die on the cross. Christ came to save us, to show us the way, the only way out of the quicksand of sin, and this is mercy.”

“To be saint is not a luxury,” he said. “It is necessary for the salvation of the world.”

Quoting from the day’s reading from the Gospel according to St Matthew, in which Jesus enjoins his disciples to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors, the Pope said cardinals are called to live out that injunction with even “greater zeal and ardour” than other Christians.

“We love, therefore, those who are hostile to us; we bless those who speak ill of us; we greet with a smile those who may not deserve it,” he said. “We do not aim to assert ourselves; we oppose arrogance with meekness; we forget the humiliations that we have endured.”

The Pope’s words recalled his previous day’s talk to the cardinals – whose traditional scarlet garb is said to symbolise the blood of martyrs – when he called on them to pray for “all Christians suffering from discrimination and persecution” and “every man and woman suffering injustice on account of his or her religious convictions”.

Following the Mass, the Pope appeared at the window of his office in the Apostolic Palace and addressed a crowd in St Peter’s Square before praying the noon Angelus.

He said the weekend’s gathering of the world’s cardinals was a “precious occasion for experiencing the catholicity of the Church, well represented by the varied origins of the members of the College of Cardinals, gathered in close communion around the successor of Peter. And may the Lord gives us the grace to work for the unity of the Church.”

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2 Responses to Pope Francis tells new cardinals they are not joining a royal court

  1. Just like in every day life, the humble clerk joining an organisation dreams of one day becoming a director on the board of the company — so also every young man who chooses the priesthood as a career option ( LET THEM NOT LIE ) hopes that one day he will be elevated to be a Cardinal or as they are known as – ” PRINCE OF THE CHURCH ”
    It is not their fault; they see all the pomp, glory, power, and most important of all, the money and luxuries it brings.
    Over the years the Catholic Church’s hierarchial system has sunk to the depths it has reached today. These horrible old men now believe that they are demi- gods who can pontificate and tell the ” faithful ” what they should or should not do. This is sad because this is not the system JESUS taught, lived and died for..
    Sometimes I feel that today JESUS must be wondering if he made a mistake in establishing this whole horrid system; granted that Jesus DID NOT teach that the system of today is the way it should be; but sank to what it is today with the scheming of the present day ” PRINCES “;
    Perhaps the free will to do as humans wish, should not have been so designed by GOD ????

  2. All sums up to the same.These guys have enjoyed just too much as “princes of the Church” the young men that join them hope that one day, they to will travel First Class, Have the best living Conditions, enjoy the best food and drink and hope also that they can pass on some of the benefits to their family members.
    I have a few cases of rags to riches story of families soon after their boys were priests. How come?

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