Skip to comments.New pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots
Posted on 03/14/2013 7:51:02 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission.
Addressing cardinals in the frescoed Sistine Chapel the day after his election there, Jorge Bergoglio said the Church should be more focused on the Gospels of Jesus Christ.
"We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong. We would become a compassionate NGO and not a Church which is the bride of Christ," he said, speaking in Italian without notes.
"When we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon."
"We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way," he said in a heartfelt homily of a parish priest, loaded with biblical references and simple imagery.
"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. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord," he said.
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Dear Leader probably won’t like Pope Francis.
As a non-Catholic Christian, I really like this guy.
I agree totally. He’s speaking the truth here that many Protestants would agree too as well
Maybe not the ELCA.
Yeah you got a point
RE: As a non-Catholic Christian, I really like this guy.
Well, as a non-Catholic Christian myself, I’d like to hear Francis expound further exactly what he means by the gospel.
Francis is not apparently afraid to call demonic things demonic (a term he's also used in reference to gay marriage).
I think a number of RC Bishops and senior clerics of other denominations have become somewhat reluctant to use such stark verbiage as it has such a medieval, anachronistic ring to it. It's refreshing to have such clear acknowledgment of Ephesians 6:12 at the very top.
The ELCA and the UCC are poster children for “becoming a pitiful NGO”.
This statement isn’t clear to you:
“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. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord,” he said.
All those lberal talking heads that were all excited about this new Pope just had their heads explode!
(Gimme that) Old Time Religion? A relative of mine, Jim Reeves, sang that one.
I like this pope. He seems like a straight shooter from what I’ve read.
As a non-Catholic I can clearly understand what he’s saying -— that even if one has a title of POPE and doesn’t proclaim Christ on the cross for our sins then you are none of The Lords
I would like him to expound further on what he means by “walking with the cross”, “building with the cross”, “proclaim Christ with the cross.”
There’s a lot of meaning behind it and different people have different understanding of the above.
He is a Jesuit and Jesuits are dedicated to destroying Protestants.
If Jesuits are dedicated to destroying Protestants, apparently they are no good at it. I’ve never heard of any Protestant saying he was destroyed by a Jesuit, and Protestants remain plentiful while Jesuits are not at all numerous.
Having read and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ there is nothing there remotely having anything to do with Roman Catholicism. The old "Peter is the rock Jesus built the church upon" ruse doesn't hold water if anyone with a modicum of N.T. Greek grammar examines the passage in the original and in its context. Hint, it is highly unlikely almighty God would build his church upon Peter the "pebble". But God did build His church upon the person of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who Scripture declares to be "THE ROCK" = (f Romans 9:33; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; 1 peter 2:4-8).
Sadly, men would rather worship a man made institution, and follow after mortal men who make themselves out to be so-called "Vickers of Christ" before they die and turn to dust and another mortal charlatan takes their place. Instead of worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ who alone is worthy of worship and veneration because He and He alone died upon the cross of Calvary for our sin, was burried and arose again from the dead because God the Father was totally satisfied with His ONE and ONLY all-sufficient sacrifice (f: Romans 4:25).
You link comes from a Conspiracy Theory site.
Here is one of the first links:
“There were no “suicide” pilots on those September 11 jets. The jets were controlled by advanced robotics and remote-control technology, not hijackers. Fantastic? Before I explain, read about the history-making robot/remote-controlled jet plane.”
One of the more fruitier nutcakes I must say.