Although Pope Francis’ new encyclical Fratelli Tutti contains positive elements, overall it “lacks a clearly supernatural horizon” and the proclamation of the truth that Christ is the “indispensable source of true fraternity,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said.
In an exclusive interview with The Remnant (see full text below), the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, criticizes the document for mischaracterizing St. Francis, advancing religious relativism, and construing spiritual and theological realities in a “naturalistic and rationalistic manner” that exacerbates the “decades-old crisis of the weakening of the supernatural perspective in the life of the Church.”
The Vatican released the encyclical Fratelli Tutti [Brothers All] on fraternity and social friendship, on the Oct 4 liturgical feast of St. Francis.
Calling for the “rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity,” the lengthy papal encyclical expands on themes taken up in the Document on Human Fraternity and Living Together, which Pope Francis co-signed with the Grand Imam el-Tayeb in Abu Dhabi, on February 4, 2019. The Abu Dhabi document drew considerable controversary for stating that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom.”
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