Memo to Catholic world: Have eyes on what Pope does in Chile

Crux | 5/17/2018 | Staff
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It’s easy to understand why the eyes of Chile are on Rome this week, watching a remarkable summit unfold between Pope Francis and the country’s bishops on the dramatic series of clerical sexual abuse scandals, as well as abuses of power, which have been such a cancer for the Chilean Church.

From a media point of view, the most compelling question is whether “heads will roll,” meaning that Francis will impose discipline on bishops most identified with the circles around Father Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious pedophile priest, or even on Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, the former Archbishop of Santiago, who’s cited by Karadima survivors as presiding over the fiasco and who still sits on Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers.

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What may be less clear, aside from simple curiosity, is what the rest of the Catholic world has at stake. Here it is in a nutshell: Pay close attention to Chile over the next six months or so, because, by dint of circumstance, Francis has been handed virtually a blank check to execute the same “pastoral conversion” there all at once that he’s constrained to pursue piecemeal pretty much everyplace else.

“Pastoral conversion” is the phrase Francis used in his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, essentially the magna carta of his papacy, to describe his broad vision for the Church. In turn, it has its origins in the 2007 Aparecida document of the Latin American bishops, of which then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was a primary drafter and editor.

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In Evangelii Gaudium, Francis referred to the need to walk a “path of a pastoral and missionary conversion, which cannot leave things as they presently are,” as well as a “renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion.”

As with so many things, it’s easier to say “pastoral conversion” than to define...
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