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The second thing is…

—from the article Leading African cardinal critiques Vatican spokesman Fr. Rosica at LifeSite News

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Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins spoke on a similar theme as Napier’s tweet during his intervention at the Synod this year, emphasizing the need to promote repentance and conversion while the Church accompanies people. He described his three-minute speech to Catholic News Service on Thursday.

“The truest compassionate mercy is a compassion that challenges,” explained the cardinal. He said meeting people “where they are” comes first, “but that is only the first thing. The second thing is to help them become what God wants them to be.”

“Just to have accompaniment as people are moving in the direction away from the Lord is not enough. We need to be with them in order to help people to follow our Lord,” he added.

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