Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 6, On Arguments

In the early Church, differences of opinions existed. Perhaps Saint Luke glosses over the heated portions of discussions from Acts 6 or 10 or 15. Sacred inspiration gives us the final result and the harmonious reception of new directions for first century Christians. In his address on the synod for his own diocese, Pope Francis counsels ne timeas, or have no fear: 

There was also the clash of differing visions and expectations. We need not be afraid when the same thing happens today. Would that we could argue like that! Arguments are a sign of docility and openness to the Spirit.

The matter is less avoidance and more the management of disagreements when they do arise. The first truly serious dilemma required a gathering that is a centerpiece of the how Luke the Evangelist presents the Acts of the Apostles:

Serious conflicts can also take place, as was the case with the issue of circumcision for pagan converts, which was settled with the deliberation of the so-called Council of Jerusalem, the first Council.

As expected, Pope Francis criticizes rigidity, even to the point of labelling it sinful. God plays a long game. Those who desire to be aligned with the Divine Will do well to consider the more difficult aspects of that: patience when change seems too slow, and patience when others are ready to move ahead.

Today too, there can be a rigid way of looking at things, one that restricts God’s makrothymía, his patient, profound, broad and farsighted way of seeing things. God sees into the distance; God is not in a hurry. Rigidity is another perversion, a sin against the patience of God, a sin against God’s sovereignty. Today too.

This speech is copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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