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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 23, 2015 15 ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS! HOW ABOUT RESOLVING TO MAKE THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER PART OF YOUR ADVERTISING BUY NEXT YEAR? OUR READERS MAKE GREAT CUSTOMERS! CONTACT DCN. STEVE 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Archbishop Charles Chaput of Phila- delphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday, Oct. 10, on the importance of precision in language, particularly re- garding unity in diversity, and recalled the Protestant Reformation. Imprecise language leads to con- fused thinking, the archbishop said at the Vatican, giving two examples that should cause us some concern: inclu- sive and unity in diversity. Regarding the oft-used expression unity in diversity, he noted that we need to honor the many differences in personality and culture that exist among the faithful. But we live in a time of intense global change, confusion and unrest. Our most urgent need is unity, and our greatest danger is fragmenta- tion. Brothers, we need to be very cautious in devolving important disciplinary and doctrinal issues to national and regional episcopal conferences especially when pressure in that direction is accompa- nied by an implicit spirit of self-asser- tion and resistance. Then he referred to Erasmus, a priest of the early 16th century who called for reform in the Church, yet who opposed Martin Luthers Protestant Reforma- tion. Five hundred years ago, at a moment very like our own, Erasmus of Rotter- dam wrote that the unity of the Church is the single most important of her at- tributes, Archbishop Chaput said. We can argue about what Erasmus actually believed, and what he intended with his writing. But we cant argue about the conse- quences when the need for Church uni- ty was ignored. In the coming days of our synod, we might fruitfully remem- ber the importance of our unity, what that unity requires, and what disunity on matters of substance implies. Below is the full text of Archbishop Chaputs Oct. 10 intervention (speech) , Language and its Implications, at the Synod on the Family: Brothers, The Holy Father has wisely encour- aged us to be both fraternal and candid in speaking our thoughts during this synod. Just as our thoughts shape the lan- guage we use, so too the language we use shapes our thinking and the content of our discussions. Imprecise language leads to confused thinking, and that can sometimes lead to unhappy results. I want to share with you two examples that should cause us some concern, at least in the English-speaking world. The first example is the word inclu- sive. Weve heard many times that the Church should be inclusive. And if by inclusive we mean a Church that is patient and humble, merciful and wel- coming then all of us here will agree. But its very hard to include those who do not wish to be included, or insist on being included on their own terms. To put it another way: I can invite someone into my home, and I can make my home as warm and hospitable as possible. But the person outside my door must still choose to enter. If I rebuild my house to the blueprint of the visitor or stranger, my family will bear the cost, and my home will no longer be their home. The lesson is simple. We need to be a welcoming Church that offers refuge to anyone honestly seeking God. But we need to remain a Church committed to the Word of God, faithful to the wisdom of the Christian tradition, and preaching the truth of Jesus Christ. The second example is the expression unity in diversity. The Church is cath- olic or universal. We need to honor the many differences in personality and culture that exist among the faithful. But we live in a time of intense global change, confusion and unrest. Our most urgent need is unity, and our greatest danger is fragmentation. Brothers, we need to be very cautious in devolving important disciplinary and doctrinal is- sues to national and regional episcopal conferences especially when pressure in that direction is accompanied by an implicit spirit of self-assertion and resistance. Five hundred years ago, at a moment very like our own, Erasmus of Rotter- dam wrote that the unity of the Church is the single most important of her attributes. We can argue about what Erasmus actually believed, and what he intended with his writing. But we cant argue about the consequences when the need for Church unity was ignored. In the coming days of our synod, we might fruitfully remember the importance of our unity, what that unity requires, and what disunity on matters of substance implies. Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod DANIEL IBANEZ CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks about the 2015 World Meeting of Families during a press conference at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014. Pope prays for victims of bomb blasts in Turkey (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis expressed his con- dolences for those affected by attacks in Ankara during a protest over the weekend which has left at least 95 peo- ple dead. Addressing the crowds in St. Peters Square following the Angelus Oct. 11, the Pope said he received the news of Satur- days attacks with great pain. Pain for the many killed. Pain for the wounded. Pain because the perpetrators at- tacked unarmed persons who were protesting for peace. While I pray for that be- loved country, I ask the Lord to welcome the souls of the departed, and to comfort the suffering and (their) families.

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