More on the recent statement regarding proselytism of that the Pope made while he was addressing a mixed group of Lutherans and Catholics:
Transcript of pope’s remarks
15 year old girl: My friends do not go to Church, still they are my friends. Do I have to reconcile them with going to church or is it enough to remain good friends?
Pope Francis: The first question, the one that was posed in the context of the region having 80% of the population without a creed, is: “Do I have to convince these friends – good ones, who work and who are happy – do I have to convince them of my faith? What must I say to convince them?” Listen, the last thing you must do is to “speak.” You have to live as a Christian, like a Christian: convinced, forgiven, and on a path. It is not licit to convince them of your faith; proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path. You must give testimony to your Christian life; testimony will unsettle the hearts of those who see you. And from this unsettling grows one question: but why does this man or this woman live like that? And that prepares the ground for the Holy Spirit. Because it is the Holy Spirit that works in the heart. He does what needs to be done: but He needs to speak, not you. Grace is a gift, and the Holy Spirit is the gift of God from whence comes grace and the gift that Jesus has sent us by His passion and resurrection. It will be the Holy Spirit that moves the heart with your testimony – that is way you ask – and regarding that you can tell the “why,” with much thoughtfulness. But without wanting to convince.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch is always suspicious of assurances that the Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting. As a Deacon friend of his has opined, what the Holy Spirit is probably usually doing is telling us to get off our dead rumps and get to work! I hope that the 15 year old girl wasn’t too crushed by the Pope’s reply and will spread the Good News.