Now I have a problem

pope-francis-thumbs-upI have defended Pope Francis here and here.

Now I have a problem.

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” [Pope Francis] told La Civilta Cattolica.

Otherwise, he said, “even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

The Church must be more like a “field hospital after battle,” Francis said, and focus on healing the wounds of its faithful and going out to find those who have been hurt, excluded or said goodbye.

“It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars!” Francis said. “You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”

Pope Francis legitimizes the cruel mainstream narrative that Christians are scolds. His statement is true insofar as Christians “insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage,” etc. But how many Christians truly fit that caricature?

No one will come to the Church to heal their wounds if they don’t think they’re wounded, if they don’t think they need Jesus. Which means Christians must identify sin. The pope’s thinking here is wrong. Not talking about sin emboldens sinners in their selfish pursuit to fully realize their radicalized selves.



6 thoughts on “Now I have a problem

  1. You understand Christianity better than most, Joseph Dooley.

    Posted by Linus | September 20, 2013, 11:10 am
  2. I posted a reply but it didn’t show up so i’ll give it a 2nd try. Pope Franics has spoken plenty about evil in the world. He’s not shy when it comes to saying exactly where it comes from. I took it that just because he didn’t mention it a great deal in this particular instance doesn’t mean he doesn’t consider it at all. Also,PLS don’t get news about the Pope from the media. They do a terrible job of reporting on anything related to religion especially the Catholic Church.Most of it is wishful thinking.I HIGHLY recommend reading Father Z’s blog on this very same topic re Pope Francis. Give it a read. He has several other entries re Pope Francis that do a lot better job of analyzing than the LSM.

    Posted by CPANDF (@theratzpack) | September 22, 2013, 3:22 pm
    • My apologies. Your comment was perfectly acceptable. Anytime someone posts a comment for the first time, it is held up for review. After your first one is approved, future comments are automatically accepted. I was just a little slow getting to the comments this weekend. Thanks for your contributions.

      Posted by Red Pill Report | September 22, 2013, 11:22 pm
    • Thanks for the comment, CPANDF. In my criticism I should have said the pope’s formulation, not his thinking, is wrong. I know he recognizes and rejects sin.

      R.R. Reno says it better than I:

      Pope Francis has been undisciplined in his rhetoric, casually using standard modern formulations, ones that are used to beat up on faithful Catholics—“audacity and courage” means those who question Church teachings, the juxtaposition of the “small-minded” traditionalists to the brave and open liberals who are “in dialogue”, and so forth. This gives everything he says progressive connotations. As a consequence, American readers, and perhaps European ones as well, intuitively read a progressivism into Pope Francis’ statements about abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Thus the headlines.

      This is not helpful, at least not in the field hospital of the American Church. We face a secular culture that has a doctrine of Unconditional Surrender. It will not accept “talking less” about abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. The only acceptable outcome is agreement—or silence. Dialogue? Catholic higher education has been doing that for fifty years, and the result has been the secularization of the vast majority of colleges and universities. Today at Fordham or Georgetown, the only people talking about contraception, gay rights, or gay marriage are the advocates.

      Posted by Joseph Dooley | September 24, 2013, 10:09 am
  3. comment didn’t pass moderation?

    Posted by CPANDF (@theratzpack) | September 22, 2013, 5:33 pm

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