Regarding witness, Pope Francis said: “We can walk when we want to, we can build many things, but if we do not witness to Jesus Christ then it doesn’t matter. We might become a philanthropic NGO but we wouldn’t be the Church, the Bride of the Lord.”
Right from the Authentic Social Justice Playbook. Without Jesus, you might as well be Melinda Gates. The Social Justice crowd would be well advised to take the blinkers off and stop drinking too much champagne. The cold, hard reality is that Pope Francis is a reformer of social justice, not its lackey.
The path of the Church always entails difficulties, the Pope said, and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren’t disciples of the Lord.”The Pontiff warned the cardinals that in this case: “We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord.”
Modern social justice is Jesus without the Cross.