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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Rigid thinking isn’t divine, pope tells staff of Jesuit magazine

Discernment is needed to understand life’s ambiguities, not rigid thinking that tends to silence the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.

True discernment can only be achieved by interpreting the signs of the times and listening to the sufferings of others, especially the poor, the pope told editors and staff of an Italian Jesuit journal.

“Rigid thinking is not divine because Jesus assumed our flesh, which is not rigid except at the time of death,” he said.

The pope met with the editors and staff of La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit-run magazine founded by Pope Pius IX in 1850, on 9th February. The Rome-based biweekly continues to be reviewed by the Vatican Secretariat of State before publication.

Commemorating the journal’s 4,000th issue, the pope said it was “a truly unique milestone.” He also encouraged the editors and staff to continue their journey and “to remain in the open sea.”

Picture: Pope Francis accepts an issue of La Civilta Cattolica from Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Jesuit-run magazine, during a meeting with editors and staff on 9th February. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout).