Does Pope Francis Really Approve of Homosexuality?

Pope FrancisIn May 2018 news headlines around the world went something like this: Pope Francis tells gay man ‘God made you like this and sexuality does not matter.’ The Pope’s comments were immediately embraced by the LGBT community and downplayed by the Vatican which neither confirmed nor denied the remarks because the Vatican policy is not to comment on the pope’s private conversations. Yet the media raged on and confusion was the word of the day.

We were reminded that Dr. Robert Royal wrote the Foreword to Eduardo Echeverria’s book Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II, published by us almost exactly 3 years earlier in March, 2015. It bears repeating today. Here’s Dr. Royal’s opening paragraph…

“Of the making of books there is no end, as was already evident millennia ago and is even more so today. Given the sheer tidal wave of texts of all sorts amid which we live today, most current books need to offer some justification—if not an outright apology—for why they were written. This very valuable volume is not one of them. Shortly after the worldwide enthusiasm that met the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, with the name Pope Francis, there followed what can only be called an equally global confusion about various things that he has said and done. Non-Catholics and even many Catholics believe he is a pope of “rupture,” one about to jettison the demanding Catholic moral tradition, especially on sexual matters. Others see him as a figure of mercy and compassion who is perhaps artless, at times, in his spontaneous, off-the-cuff remarks, but deeply committed to the traditional doctrines. Papa Bergoglio himself has expressed surprise on several occasions that people are confused by what he’s said, done, and written—pointing to what he thinks is a clear record. But people are confused”

The Foreword goes on to point out that Professor Echeverria’s “careful study of the pope’s record and insights” could not be more welcome, and reminds us of the Pope’s own words after his notorious—and misunderstood—remarks: “Who am I to judge?”

“My attitude toward the world should be fundamentally the same as toward my own sins, toward the disordered and sinful roots in myself: keen awareness and aversion! From this attitude alone springs the desire for conversion. [This], in turn, over time, forges in us the faculty that is so solidly Christian: the capacity to judge. The “yes, yes… no, no” [Matt 5:37] that Jesus teaches us implies a spiritual maturity that rescues us from the superficiality of the foolish heart. A Christian needs to know what can be accepted and what must be condemned [1 Thess 5:21-22]. We cannot sit down and “dialogue” with the enemy of our salvation: we need to meet him head on, ready to combat his every intention. [Emphasis added.]”

cover: Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II

Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II

This “essential book” offers a deep glimpse into Francis’s firmness along with his tenderness and is recommended in order to fully understand him.

“Eduardo Echeverria, one of the liveliest and most insightful thinkers practicing the ancient craft of theology in the United States today, sheds new light on the Catholic Church and Pope Francis at this challenging moment in history.” —George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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In Oceans Deep: Redemptive Suffering and the Crucified God

cover- In Oceans DeepThis Holy Week of Good Friday, these days leading to Easter, Lectio Publishing is pleased to announce our latest release by respected Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria.

When Dr. Echeverria’s 2 year-old granddaughter, Penelope Grace, died within 36 hours of being diagnosed with a virulent strain of meningitis, her parents, and the author, questioned how to stand in her absence.

Suffering is an enigmatic fact that challenges every worldview. It is especially difficult to see any meaning or purpose in the suffering of all people, but especially young, innocent children. This book answers the questions we all ask:

  • Why do we feel pain and loss even in the face of a resolute belief in the goodness of a loving God?
  • In death and suffering, how can we still hold out hope?
  • Do we truly believe that a new and better life awaits us after death?

Echeverria’s theological exploration seeks answers to these and many other questions about suffering and death. In his usual “leave no stone unturned” style and with a theologian’s detail, the author reveals why there is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not, in part, an answer to the question of evil.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
… So I will call upon Your name.

Oceans Deep (Where Feet May Fail), Hillsong United, with permission.

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Quiet Time Calls For a Book

On the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle and for four consecutive Sundays thereafter, as daylight fades more quickly and the hush of pending winter is upon us—let us ponder what God has in store for us to learn through books.

Advent is a reminder of life’s ebbs and flows. A time to prepare our minds, hearts and souls for His coming. We at Lectio Publishing want to do a small part by offering a selection of books chosen specifically to appeal to our inner spirituality or our passion to know all there is to know about God—and do it for 20% less, regardless of a title’s time on the market.

romero and grande coverRomero & Grande, Companions on the Journey takes you on a personal journey to El Salvador where Archbishop Oscar Romero and his friend Fr. Rutilio Grande were gunned down because they spoke up for the poor and vulnerable. A must-read for those interested in Hispanic/Latino Theology!
Author: Salvadoran-born Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., 200 pages, published May 2016.
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Resurrection Power! coverResurrection Power! Spiritual Solutions for an Anxious Age is inspired by timeless truths from philosophy, theology, psychology and law—yet is entirely practical in nature. It’s a victorious and joyful journey that doesn’t relieve us of all pain or remove the cause of suffering from our lives, but teaches us how we can rise above our daily problems drawing on the power of the Resurrection.
Author: Fr. Robert M. Garrity, 236 pages, published February 2016. Learn more »

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After the Pope’s Final Farewell, First Things

First Things EcheverriaOn Thursday, October 1, after the Pope has bid America farewell, the staff and friends of First Things will enjoy a lecture and book signing with Eduardo J. Echeverria, author of Pope Francis—The Legacy of Vatican II. According to his hosts, among the questions Echeverria will raise are: What is the textual basis in Pope Francis’s pre-papal and papal writings where we discover a theological mind that is grounded in the authoritative faith of the Church? How does Pope Francis stand with respect to the legacy of Vatican II and his illustrious predecessors St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI— two great interpreters of Vatican II?

There’s little doubt that theologians and others who are intrigued by this Pope—but often annoyed at the media’s coverage of His Holiness—will find the lecture a consoling conclusion to the Pope’s U.S. visit. If you happen to be in the New York City area, join the lecture; books are available at the event, on the Internet, or on our book page.

Lectio is is a young, creative publisher of scholarly books for academia and for a spiritually thirsty world. We welcome your inquiries and manuscripts.

Pope Francis Causing a Buzz

The country is abuzz this month with the impending visit of Pope Francis. Timely to say the least, although we certainly believe it to be on the merits of the book—our latest title, Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II by Eduardo Echeverria, was recently featured in two reviews.

Fr. C. John McCloskey, the Opus Dei priest better known as “the convert priest” for having helped a number of high profile people convert to Catholicism, and currently a Research Fellow of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. reviewed the book for The Catholic Thing, Sunday, August 16, 2015. In this article, Fr. McCluskey refers to Pope Francis as “misunderstood” by a secular media “stoked by the Internet” and constantly portraying him as somehow intending to “change the fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church.” He refers to the author, Eduardo Echeverria, as somewhat of a beacon — shedding new light on the Catholic Church and on Pope Francis himself at this particularly challenging time in history and showing that this Holy Father is truly a man of the Second Vatican Council and faithful to its teaching.

And again, as the Pope’s visit to the U.S. draws near and the whole world watches, Mgr. Dr. Gerard de Korte, Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden, from the Catholic Association for Ecumenism refers to Echeverria’s clarity on the pope’s history with Vatican II to argue that some Catholics, troubled that the pope seems to create confusion on ethical issues, may not understand this pope. His article, Pope Francis: rupture or continuity—a Review, is written in Dutch; using your browser’s translation feature this is the English version.