…is another man’s rhetorical pick gun.
Exhibit A: 2 December 2014
[S]o many can learn science, even theology. [However], if they don’t do this theology on their knees, humbly, that is, like babes, they can’t understand a word. [Perhaps] they may tell us many things, but they won’t understand a word.
Exhibit B: 21 February 2014
Another thing: yesterday, before sleeping – although not in order to go to sleep! – I read and reread Cardinal Walter Kasper’s document and I would like to thank him, as I found it to be a work of profound theology, and also a serene theological reflection. It is pleasant to read serene theology. And I also found what St. Ignacius described as the ‘sensus Ecclesiae’, love for the Mother Church. … It did me good, and an idea came to mind – please excuse me, Eminence, if I embarrass you – but my idea was that this is what we call “doing theology on one’s knees”. Thank you, thank you.
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Exhibit C: 19 December 2014
In this story [of salvation] – Pope Francis continued – there are those chosen by God, those people that He chooses “to help his people to move forward,” like Abraham, Moses, Elijah. For them “there are some bad times”, “dark moments, awkward moments, bothersome moments”. Perhaps they are people who just want to live peacefully, but “the Lord inconveniences them. The Lord inconveniences us to make history! So often he puts us on roads that we don’t want to walk“. So much so that Moses and Elijah, at a certain point, would rather die, but then they trust in the Lord.
Exhibit D: 30 September 2013
God manifests himself in historical revelation, in history. Time initiates processes, and space crystallizes them. God is in history, in the processes. We must not focus on occupying the spaces where power is exercised, but rather on starting long-run historical processes. We must initiate processes rather than occupy spaces. God manifests himself in time and is present in the processes of history. This gives priority to actions that give birth to new historical dynamics. And it requires patience, waiting. …
[I]n this quest to seek and find God in all things there is still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good. For me, this is an important key. If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. …
God has revealed himself as history, not as a compendium of abstract truths.
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Exhibit E: 2 December 2014
When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, the Son comes and Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation. … This too makes me think of our mother Church and of so much sterility within our Mother Church: when because of the weight of the hope in the Commandments, that pelagianism that all of us carry within our bones, she becomes sterile. She believes she is capable of giving birth… no, she can’t! The Church is a mother and only becomes a mother when she opens to the newness of God, to the strength of the Spirit. When she says to herself: “I do everything, but I’ve finished, I can’t go forward!”, the Spirit comes. … A sterility arising from egoism, from power … when the Church believes she can do everything, that she can take charge of the consciences of the people [cf. CCC 2036-2037], walk along the road of the Pharisees, of the Sadducees, along the road of hypocrisy, yes, the Church is sterile.“
Exhibit F: 11 September 2013
[W]hat is said of the Church can be said also of Our Lady and what is said of Our Lady can also be said of the Church! … Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects? All mothers have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother’s defects we gloss over them, we love her as she is. And the Church also has her defects: but we love her just as a mother. Do we help her to be more beautiful, more authentic, more in harmony with the Lord? I leave you with these questions….