Dear Friends: Pope Francis is showing his strong pastoral understanding of the human community again and again. The article below from the Catholic New Service is just another example of the positive changes the pope is bringing to the pastoral life of the Catholic Church.
Let’s hear what you have to say and thing about his recent visit and talk to the Roman tribunal at the Vatican on January 24, 2014. Dr. Nick
Pope says judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral January 24, 2014 By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Addressing the Vatican court primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said judges on church tribunals should show “imperturbable and impartial balance” as well as the “delicacy and humanity proper to a pastor of souls.” The pope made his remarks Jan. 24 to officials of the Ro man Rota, at a meeting to inaugurate the tribunal’s judicial year. “ You are essentially pastors,” he told the officials. “As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice.” Pope Francis has said that church law on marriage is a topic that exemplifies a general need for mercy in the church today, and that it will be among the subjects of discussion at this October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” In his speech to the Rota, the pope said a judge on a church tribunal must sympathize with the “mentality and legitimate aspirations” of the community he serves, and thus render “justice that is not legalistic and abstract, but appropriate to the needs of concrete reality.” Such a judge “will not be content with superficial knowledge of the reality of the persons who await his judgment, but will recognize the need to understand deeply the situations of the parties,” the pope said. “ The legal dimension and the pastoral dimension of ecclesial ministry are not in conflict,” Pope Francis said. “The church’s legal activity, which takes the form of service to the truth in justice, has in fact a profoundly pastoral meaning, because it is aimed at the good of the faithful and of the edification of the Christian community.” – See more at: http://www.catholicreview.org/article/home/pope-says-judgments-on-annulments-must-be-impartial-and-pastoral#sthash.qv7da9ih.dpuf