Pope Francis describes ‘ideological Christians’ as a ‘serious illness’ within the Church (RawStory.com)

Speaking at daily Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology.

“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. 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.”

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So ... does the tiger propose to change its own stripes?  Check me on this, but if the RCC has been about nothing else, it has been about IDEOLOGY, about dogma, about doctrine and the diktat of the bible, never mind the bullshit it has invented on its own, independent of any other putative "holy text."  Indeed, Francis' recent predecessors (Paul VI, JPII, Benedict) were ideologues, plain and simple, and that same ideology gets reflected in people like Rick Santorum, who would turn Washington, DC into Vatican City West, given a chance.  Is catholicism supposed to all of a sudden completely reinvent itself, based on "true prayer," as Francis suggests?  If so, then they are substituting one brand of snake oil for another.

The sad fact is that, if the catholic church wishes to abandon or deemphasize its own ideology, it might as well tell its people to take the rest of this century off and ask the last guy leaving to turn off the lights.

Without their ideology, their party is over ... and just as well.

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It makes for an interesting wrinkle in Francis' approach and demeanor, Homer.  How far he can push that position and how much he can recognize his own dependence on ideology remains an unanswered question.

Like the old Chinese curse suggests, I think we're in for some "interesting times."

Where are the living christians who are scientists, where do they stand? Even Francis Collins,does not offer a compelling reason to remain in the faith as he states he believes in science. Do they all compartmentalize?

LIVING SCIENTISTS WHO ARE CHRISTIANS: (about half way down the page.)

"The ghostly presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and Christian belief ... may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense understanding."[190]
~ Antony Hewish (born 1924)

"the literal and historical Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is the cornerstone of what I believe."
~ Francis Collins (born 1950)

"I believe because I have not discovered a better explanation of beauty, truth and love than that they emerge in a world created - willed into being - by a God who personifies beauty, truth and love."[236]
~ Mike Hulme (born 1960)

“an all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God who brought the universe into being,”
~ Justin L. Barrett (born 1971)

Well, none of these and the others listed has not convinced me. I like the ways the astronomers, physicists and astrophysicist tell of their thinking.

"I believe because I have not discovered a better explanation of beauty, truth and love than that they emerge in a world created - willed into being - by a God who personifies beauty, truth and love."[236]
~ Mike Hulme (born 1960)

This sounds very much like the same sentiment Oprah used during her recent kerfuffle with swimmer Diana Nyad.  


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