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Pope Francis Takes Aim At Ideologically Obsessed Christians, Says They Have Illness (VIDEO)

Author: Stephen D. Foster Jr. October 21, 2013 3:17 pm


Clearly, Pope Francis isn’t fond of the extreme ideals of the Christian Right. Now, he’s calling right-wing, fundamentalist Christianity an “illness.” Photo of Pope Francis@@CatholicEWUK

Pope Francis has been very clear about how he feels about ideological purity in religion. He’s been particularly critical of right-wing Christian fundamentalism. Pope Francis has shifted the focus of the Catholic Church to issues facing the poor and the sick. He has railed against economic inequality and has criticized the anti-gay and anti-abortion strains that have come to dominate the Christian Right here in America. Such ideological extremism is dangerous, not only to Christianity, but to the world. And Pope Francis said as much last Thursday.

Pope Francis called right-wing Christian fundamentalism a sickness.

During a daily Mass last week, Pope Francis called ideological Christianity “an illness” that doesn’t serve Jesus Christ. Instead, it “frightens” people and pushes them away from religion.

According to Radio Vatican, the Pope said:

“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?”

Here’s the video via Raw Story:

Based on past statements, Pope Francis’ remarks were aimed mostly at the Christian Right.

While Pope Francis did not specifically mention Christian right-wing ideology during the Mass, his past remarks suggest he was talking about that ideology most of all.

In September, Pope Francis attacked “savage capitalism” and took up the plight of the unemployed against a system that worships money. Earlier that month, the Pope also criticized conservative Catholics for focusing so much on abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. And in July, Pope Francis put the brakes on hating gay people, saying that we shouldn’t judge or marginalize them.

Clearly, Pope Francis isn’t fond of the extreme ideals of the Christian Right. He supports helping the poor. He believes in economic fairness. He denounces hatred of gay people. He thinks the war against abortion and birth control has gone too far. Considering all of these things, it’s pretty obvious that Pope Francis was mostly talking to right-wing Christians on Thursday. Their ideological fanaticism has damaged religion. They have abandoned the true teachings of Jesus to pursue an extremist agenda. And Pope Francis just called them out for it. Cue right-wing rage in 3, 2, 1…

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Moderates unite and denounce extremism!

I have no problem with a world that includes religious belief, why would I care if someone chooses to have beliefs that I don't? But I do not agree with fundamentalism forcing themselves onto others with terrorism, or trying to force themselves into public policy, as I'm sure most would agree that it hinders on the rights of others.

As a non-believer, I love Pope Frank!

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Jorge Borgoglio has done a few good things since he was elected pope , one of the best was cancelling the bonuses of the cardinals serving on the board of supervisors of the Vatican bank , and promising to clean up this corrupt organisation. BUT , he is a Doctrinal conservative , he was appointed by one of the most conservative popes in 500 years for a reason , he named a group of 8 cardinals to advise him and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia , one of these is George Pell , the head of the Catholic Church here in Australia , George is a scumbag , even my mother who is an very conservative go to church 2-3 times a week catholic despises this piece of work , if he is surrounding himself with advisers like him then not much will change for the better.

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