Address given during the Summer Course of San Dámaso Ecclesiastical University, El Escorial (Madrid), June 30th, 2016.
“I must start explaining why I am here today. Well, today I speak and stand as a Catholic concerned about the fact that the moral authority of the Catholic Church, witness to the Truth, which looks to freeing humanity by steering us towards the Good, may be in the process of being used by a dangerous ideology in order to reach its sinister aims. I have nothing personal to gain, except a clear conscience in humbly adding my grain of sand as one more member of the Church. I respond to the call issued by St. John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation Christifideles Laici: “A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful. If lack of commitment is always unacceptable, the present time renders it even more so. It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle”. For that reason, and that reason alone, I am here today.”….
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