Pope Francis recently made quite the stir after commenting on the ideological purity in religion, particularly with regards to Christianity, claiming that such ideological extremism is dangerous to the entire world. This statement is pretty massive in respect to the current state of Christianity. During a daily Mass in late October, the Pope spoke about economic inequality and anti-gay/anti-abortion opinions which have been at the forefront of American Christianity for the longest time.

    According to a report from Radio Vatican, the Pope was quoted as stated the following:

    “In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

I know it's rather en vogue, but damn I'm liking this pope more and more.

cgod:

    Maybe the Pope is trying to attract a wider audience by promoting more liberal beliefs after the controversy that has plagued the Vatican the past few years,

Seems to be cynical take on this pope to me. I think that the Catholic Church is having it's Bullworth moment one that so many nations or institutions could use. My wife's family is Catholic and I've had the opportunity to attend a few masses now. I have found the sermons to be filled with compassion and warmth. The pastors seem to generally be somewhat left of center, nonjudgmental and loving beings trying to follow the example of Christ to the best of their ability. While I don't want to go into the details there was an incident with an older priest that was harsh and seemed to be generally offensive to anyone who carries Christian sentiment but it also seemed to be something that the other priests I've met would never have condoned.


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