September 24, 2012

The Gospel in effect promises Christians they will face criticism.

So even the Church’s leaders must learn to recognize when criticism is valid and when they must carry on with courage, the pope’s top collaborator told a group of new bishops.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, celebrated Mass Sept. 12 with 95 new bishops, including Edmonton Auxiliary Bishop Gregory Bittman, attending a seminar in Rome.

The cardinal’s homily focused on the day’s Gospel reading – St. Luke’s version of the beatitudes – which includes Jesus telling his disciples they will be blessed when they are insulted and criticized for his sake.

“If people criticize us because we are not faithfully living our vocation and our mission, certainly we must examine ourselves and change,” Bertone said.

“But if we are criticized because we aren’t living according to the criteria of the world and the fashion of the moment, we must remain firm in our fidelity to the Gospel and to the authentic teaching of the Church,” he said.