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Everything is good, everyone is nice, everything is allowed. This kind of honey atmosphere really makes me sick, because it is really far from true Christianity. As Pope Francis said, the church is more like a field hospital. Many have criticized him for this, but I find this is a deeply Christian definition that takes into account the sickness of our souls, beyond the suffocating hypocrisy that surrounds us.
It is not. I know many people fight to show that scientific Darwinism is a theory. I am not in the position to judge about that. But social Darwinism is a reality, people fighting each other pursuing their own agenda. The church is not different. How many church men, priests and laypeople, are just following their own agenda to be served by the church and not to serve the church? So, this emphasis on the joyful Christianity I think is misleading, to say the least. Father Enrico Zoffoli was a Passionist, a philosopher and a man sincerely seeking God.
I met him when he was already nearing 80 and I became one of his philosophy students. I remember talking with him about all his upcoming books he wrote many, I think over 70 and for some of them I followed the whole process through his confidences.
He was a man sincerely seeking God and defending the church, and for this he made many enemies. My girlfriend of that time and I were very close to him. He was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas, an elite pontifical institution for philosophers and theologians.
And this academy—in commemoration of him—organized a seminar with speakers, among them, Father Raimondo Spiazzi , a famous Dominican preacher, that I also had the pleasure to meet several times. Padre Zoffoli in his books always emphasizes one point: the Mass is the memory of the Passion of the Lord, his Sacrifice, and so to move the emphasis on the Resurrection is misleading. How far is this from many of our forced joyful liturgies? I have had the fortune of having my books reviewed in national newspapers by well-known journalists.
And I cannot say it better than this. Renowned as composer, conductor, theorist, author, pedagogue, and organist, Aurelio Porfiri has served the Church on multiple continents at the highest levels.
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