"We must form their hearts. Otherwise we are creating little monsters. And then these little monsters mould the People of God. This really gives me goose bumps.”
This is one of the stronger passages of the conversation between Pope Francis and the Union of Superiors General of Men.
The long dialogue about the challenges faced by religious life and the entire Church is reported by La Civiltà Cattolica in the edition released today at 3 p.m.
Click here for the complete English translation reported by Antonio Spadaro for the Italian publication La Civilta Cattolica,/The Catholic Civilsation held in November 2013, and published today.
The text is also available for download on the website www.laciviltacattolica.it in Italian, English and Spanish.
Father Antonio Spadaro, editor-in-chief of the periodical sponsored by the Society of Jesus, joined the 120 superiors general who met with the Pope last November 29. He recounts the free and spontaneous conversation in a 15 page commentated chronicle of the meeting in light of the recent teaching of Pope Francis.
Among the many themes that surfaced: our complicated life which consists of grace and sin; being prophets in our world, fraternal community, complaint of a “novice slave trade” and of attitudes such as hypocrisy and fundamentalism, praise for Benedict XVI’s courageous decisions in confronting cases of abuse, the importance of charisms, the most urgent challenges, the relation between religious and bishops, the need for tenderness, knowing how to “caress conflicts,” and a jolt that is able to awaken our benumbed world.