Monday, August 31, 2015

Doesn't Pope Francis Brag About How Catholic He Is?

But what about people who are allowed to spread confusion and also insist they are Catholic, still breaking their own rules, yet criticize others in the "faith communities" for not being humble enough or truly Catholic? From NCR:
Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of the church's teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities, saying they cause scandal and even offer a "counter-witness" to Jesus.
"We all know in our communities, in our parishes, in our neighborhoods how much hurt they do the church, and give scandal, those persons that call themselves 'Very Catholic,'" the pontiff said Sunday.
"They go often to church, but after, in their daily life, ignore the family, speak ill of others, and so on," he continued. "This is that which Jesus condemns because this is a Christian 'counter-witness.'"
Francis was speaking Sunday in an off-the-cuff moment during his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, which focused on one of Jesus' teachings about the role of the proscribed laws of the faith of his time.

The Gospel for the day, taken from Mark, sees Jesus questioned by Pharisees about why his disciples did not follow Jewish law regarding the cleansing of hands before eating. Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites, quoting the prophet Isaiah and saying they honor God with their lips but not their hearts.


Genty said...

Another gem for the Book of Insults.

Anonymous said...

Is that another way of saying ,if you criticize liturgical abuse you are a nasty Catholic

Gabriel said...

Maybe he is warning people about slander, calumny, detraction, hypocrisy, over acting, false pretences and pride.

Anonymous said...

Everything this guy says is "counter-witness" to Jesus. Hold on to your hats for the Obama meeting later this month. God help us.

Unknown said...

"slander, calumny, detraction. hypocrisy, over reacting, false pretenses and pride", isn't this what Pope Francis has been doing since the beginning of his Pontificate. On false pretenses he has destroyed the whole Religious Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. For over 2 years he has attacked, criticized, condemned, slandered, calumniated etc...all Traditionalists. He might do well to practice what he preaches.