Bishop Garita lamented that “there are not a few so-called Catholics who practice or preach things contrary to the Magisterium.”
The Bishop of Ciudad Quesada said that as Saint John Paul II taught in his 1990 encyclical Redemptoris missio, “all the lay faithful must dedicate part of their time to the Church, living their own faith with coherence.”
Bishop Garita advised the faithful that “when current trends and ideologies of the world move us to extinguish or hide the faith, or to live it only in private, we must remember that we can and must live it and profess it in public.”
He affirmed that Catholics can do so “not only because of the conviction of our beliefs, but because it is a fundamental human right by virtue of religious freedom,” and noted that Pope Francis taught in his 2020 encyclical Fratelli tutti that faith moves the Catholic to be a witness to the love of Christ for all humanity.
“If we consider ourselves witnesses” of the love of Christ, Bishop Garita continued, “we could make great contributions to society, in respect for human dignity, in the search for the common good, in the practice of love in solidarity as did the first Christians who were recognized by their gestures and detachment, because they remained united and witnesses to their faith.”
“Having that correspondence between what we believe and what we do is what will allow us to show ourselves as true witnesses of the love of Jesus Christ; It will allow us to show the Church which he built, in which we, as its members, are called to preach the Good News in words and actions,” he stressed.