“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” the Pope said in a letter released on Tuesday.
CNN wrote, The 77-year-old pontiff, moreover, has sought to awaken a spirit of joy and compassion in the church, calling out Catholic “sourpusses” who hunt down rule-breakers and impose their ideas “at all costs.”
WOW! Gosh, what are conservative Catholics going to do about the challenge to their self-assumed purity and righteousness?
Not only that, but Pope Francis is challenging old church customs as well.
“Some of these customs may be beautiful, but they no longer serve as means of communicating the Gospel. We should not be afraid to re-examine them. At the same time, the Church has rules or precepts which may have been quite effective in their time, but no longer have the same usefulness for directing and shaping people’s lives.”
Wow! he repeats.
In his letter called “Evangelii,” Francis repeats his calls for Catholics to stop “obsessing” about culture war issues and to focus more on spreading the Gospel, especially to the poor and marginalized.
Holy Smoke! Where’s the incense?
Then this bombshell: He criticized what he called an “idolatry of money” and “the inequality that spawns violence.” The Pope also blasted “trickle-down economics,” saying the theory “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” [CNN]
Was this a direct hit at Catholic Republicans, especially those on the far-right side of the political spectrum? Catholic Political leaders in the U.S. House include Speaker John Boehner and Paul Ryan, and, in the Senate, Marco Rubio. Six of Ohio’s 16 representatives are Catholic Republicans. How will these Catholics react to the ‘idolatry of money’ and ‘trickle-down economics?’
Or, does politics trump religion? There’s the test: does power and money trump beliefs?