Wednesday, January 25, 2006

a more tolerant church?

From the NY Times:

"Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday in his first encyclical that the Roman Catholic Church has no desire to govern states or set public policy, but can't remain silent when its charity is needed to ease suffering around the world...

In the encyclical, Benedict said the church's work caring for widows, the sick and orphans was as much a part of its mission as celebrating the sacraments and spreading the Gospels. However, he stressed that the church's charity workers must never use their work to proselytize or push a particular political ideology."

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The Catholic Church is going to focus on charity and not on pushing ideology? I find this really hard to believe, but I'm hoping that it's true.

- Jean Chen


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