Pope Francis Rattles Conservative Catholics

“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?





8 thoughts on “Pope Francis Rattles Conservative Catholics

  1. Hello Muddy,
    This is the time of the year we take pause, and reflect on all those things we’re can be thankful for.

    I want to take this time to say that you and the regular “Progressive Minds” on this site are at the top of the list of things that I can give thanks to. Thank you for all your kindness.

  2. Today two great traditions fall on the same day, Thanksgiving and Hannukkah, Christianity and Judaism. It won’t happen again for 50,000

    It’s a coincidence in the calendars; one lunar and the other Gregorian, one
    non Christian and the latter Christian. Others call in an appropriate collusion
    of thanksgiving as a peace Christian inspired time for appreciating what
    has been achieved, and hannukkah a war like time that encourages
    fighting. Is this what we see with Israel at odds with the major powers
    over Iran?

    Is this New Testament belief colliding with Old Testament acceptance
    in the United States. Does this so-called Judeo-Christian philosophy
    explain our governmental dysfunction? One looking for peace and
    harmony and the other for strife? The Jewish Lobby and Sen. Schumer
    opposing our nobel peace prize President trying to use diplomacy to avoid
    war. We can’t be thankful for what has been achived and should follow the
    example of hannukkah of carrying the fight on.

    Thanks Engineer for generating the germ of my comment for your emphasis
    on being “thankful for” what we have achieved. Hope you don’t mind adding those last four words, lol.


  3. Not only are “conservative catholics” upset, but also Rush Limbough,
    the radio head of the GOP, is fuming at the Pontiff for what he calls
    the “pure Marxism” of the apostolic letter.

    The Pope used incendiary words as “the idolatry of money”, “growing
    income inequality”, and “trickle down” economics. He began by saying,
    “I mean. it totally befuddled me. If it weren’t for capitalism, I don’t know
    where the Catholic Church would be.”….”It wouldn’t exist without tons of
    money…..This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope.
    There is no such thing as unfettered capitalism. That doesn’t exist anywhere.”

    Additional statements:
    The Pope doesn’t know what he is talking about.
    It’s sad and unbelievable.
    Capitalism raises people out of poverty, not socialism.
    Socialism spreads poverty.
    Socialism does not eliminate poverty.
    Socialism does not create free people.
    The Pope is totally wrong.
    Pope Francis is not supporting Pope John Paul II’s stand against communism.
    Pope Francis gave an unfettered anti-capitalist dictate.
    Pope Francis writes that the global economy needs government control.
    Communism today is the Democratic Party.
    Capitalism is moral because it honors individual freedom, but government is
    compulsion and force.

    1. Were it not so serious, it might be considered humorous.

      So here’s the rub for Catholic right-wingers: do they diss Rush or, as dittoheads, do they condemn the Pope. After all, Rush controls their thinking.

    1. Serious in that an entire clutch of conservative Catholics have to choose to follow either their Pope or their political guru. Either/or, not both. Conundrum, serious conundrum!

  4. The Pope speaks, the laity obey!

    Btw, do you have stats on how catholics voted in 2012 for president? Total catholic vote and who received what percentage?

    1. Found the answer…In 2012 Obama received 50% of the cathlic vote, and Romney received 48%…The actual vote was 51% to 47% nationally. The catholic vote mirrors the national vote on who wins the presidency…..

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