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Pope Francis Is Correct: A Good Catholic Meddles in Politics Comments

In his daily homily of September 16, 2013 Pope Francis used the account of the Roman Centurion to dabble in politics. (Luke 7:1-10)  He spoke to those in public office. He also addressed the question of whether Christians should participate in politics. There is no solidarity in a culture that kills its own children and calls such evil a legal right.What we face in America is a moral crisis. The ... Continue Reading

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  1. Trinch
    11 months ago

    @rafaelmarie

    I am sorry I have angered you. It was not my intention. But I fail to see how you believe I misinterpreted the message. Taking from the portion you quoted yourself...

    " His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized."

    If you feel that the above quote from Pope Francis does not imply that he is criticizing the Church for prioritizing moral doctrine over serving the poor and marginalized, please share your interpretation.

    I would also appreciate it if you could do so without resorting to name calling.

  2. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    @Trinch

    You are a lying liberal.

    The article did not say that.

    Nothing takes precedence over abortion.

    This is what the article said:

    " His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” — which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church.

    Francis told the interviewer, a fellow Jesuit: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.

    “We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

    The pope’s interview did not change church doctrine or policies..."

    You are simply interpreting the article to suit what is the problem with liberals today in this country...the favoring of socialistic policies over the most poor and destitute...the unborn!

    Shame on you!

  3. geni
    1 year ago

    Excellent !!!

  4. Trinch
    1 year ago

    I believe that what Emma is referring to is from this intervie:
    http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview

    Further reported on in this article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

    But I fear she has misinterpreted the message. Abortion is not a small issue. He stated that it is simply a lesser issue than serving the poor and marginalized. In his words, "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible."

    The impression I got from this interview is that he is warning us about supporting political leaders based on their positions on moral dogma instead of their positions in helping the poor and oppressed.

    Please read the above links and draw your own conclusion. They are eye opening and very opposite to many of the homilies I have listened to in my parish.

  5. alf
    1 year ago

    This article is very good. Catholics should get involved in politics in order to fight against social evils such as abortion. If we just stay silent, we aren't really following our faith. But when we do it, we are not trying to establish a "theocracy" (a term used by secular liberals to describe efforts by conservative Christians to restore traditional values). Anyone who says that it is wrong for us to fight for protecting life as defined by God and marriage because "not everyone shares your religious beliefs" is simply trying to play the "political correctness" card.

  6. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    @Emma

    Can you cite your source?

  7. abey
    1 year ago

    Biblically , Solomon was the first great Politician, which in the latter days led Israel to the Apostasy & breakage, later on to fall away, simply because corruption & faith do not go together. Sin is the cause of corruption, which sin is disobedience, to rebel against the word of God, never to any fruit but to decay.* for this reason did Jesus say "My kingdom is not of this world". An for the same reason taught us to pray 'Our Father in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done as it is in Heaven--"

  8. Robert Mazzella
    1 year ago

    The "Good Catholic" puts the personal before the political--this was understood before Vatican II, but forgotten since--it needs to get remembered again.

  9. Emma
    1 year ago

    I'm becoming increasingly confused by Pope Francis. Get involved, yet quotes from his most recent interview suggest that being active in defense of the unborn or for marriage is "a small issue "? "Small minded "? I was very disappointed when reading that this morning.

  10. JimmyConga
    1 year ago

    Can't be Catholic and support a democrat party agenda. You're shamelessly fooling yourself it you try.


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