Words spoken by the new Roman Catholic leader, Pope Francis 1, in an informal homily delivered to the College of Cardinals today, thrilled me. (Thrilled is not one of my usual verbs. But that’s exactly how I felt.) From The Los Angeles Times account of the Mass at which Francis preached:

Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, “He who does
not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon.”

“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and
when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the
Lord. We are worldly.”

He added, “We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord.”

Francis issued a strong warning to the cardinals, telling them the
Catholic Church risks becoming a compassionate nongovernment
organization unless it sticks to its spiritual path.

Building a solid Church, he added, was vital to stop it from crumbling like a “sand castle” built by children.

[To read the remainder of the post, go here. Be warned that what I write there as a Lutheran Christian pastor is overtly Christian. Just a loving warning.]
MARK DANIELS
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ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
3 years 6 months ago

Thrilled? Oh My!

Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, “He who does
not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon.”

“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and
when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the
Lord. We are worldly.

Deeply offensive ….so much for ecumentalism….or the most base iota of respect…

DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
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what Sparrow has highighted: this is a 1950s rhetoric most of us who went to catholic school 60 and more years ago are familiar with. It duns and disgraces people of other faiths, in direct opposition, incidentally to pope Benedict’s written order that all faiths be respected and that incursions of force or fear into other’s faiths is not godly evangelization. There is far more to that document that was not only signed by Benedict but by missionary councils from many other religious groups also. The new pope may have his stentorian ways. But most of the people of Faith… Read more »
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ordinarysparrow
3 years 6 months ago
Thanks Dr. E. Yes this appears to be more hubris than humility in a proclamation that people from other Faiths are praying to the demons… Merriam-Webster definition of ‘thrilled ‘ …. Definition of THRILL transitive verb 1 a : to cause to experience a sudden sharp feeling of excitement b : to cause to have a shivering or tingling sensation 2 : to cause to vibrate or tremble perceptibly intransitive verb 1 : to move or pass so as to cause a sudden wave of emotion 2 : to become thrilled: a : to experience a sudden sharp excitement b… Read more »
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