Pope Francis teaches us how to engage the culture around us and to confront this culture with civility, conviction and charity. Following the Pope's courageous preaching, we must also ask many personal, political, economic and environmental questions. Many of the questions or statements of Pope Francis these past five years have often made us feel uneasy. That is the role of prophets.
Whereas he can be called many things, the Pope's blunt assessment of the epidemic of fake news reveals an elderly pastor and world leader who is sophisticated, astute, wise and bold in naming evil for what it is.
His analysis also indicated how far the Church has come in her understanding of media and communications. He has argued that the most "radical antidote" to the scourge of fake news lies in "purification by the truth." For us Catholic Christians, this simply means living the truth through faith in Jesus Christ.
Above all, this Argentine Jesuit Pope reminds us of the words of his predecessor St. John XXIII over 50 years ago at the beginning of the Second Vatican Council: "The substance of the ancient doctrine of the Deposit of Faith is one thing, and the way it is presented is another." With Francis, it's the same Petrine brand but the packaging has changed!
Join Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Scripture Scholar, Executive Producer and Church Spokesperson as he explores how Pope Francis has been modeling for us new methods of preaching and communicating.
Fr. Rosica is the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada and has served as English language assistant in the Holy See Press Office. Read More
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