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“I WILL GIVE YOU SHEPHERDS” Forming Priests for the New Evangelization “Be Ministers of Mercy Above All” P Fr. John Vandenakker, cc Fr. John Vandenakker, CC, is pastoral formation director of graduate seminarians and associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart. ope Francis’ interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, published in the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica back in September, caused quite a stir. The secular media were quick to take some quotes out of context, such as “we cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods” as evidence that an apparent major shift in papal teaching was happening. But as Archbishop Allen Vigernon noted in a subsequent Detroit Free Press interview, Pope Francis has not changed Church teaching about these issues at all. “I think the Holy Father has reminded us that we have to always place these teachings within the context of God’s mercy,” the archbishop wrote. “And if people haven’t heard us clearly enough on that, ݗ