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To: LovedSinner
The Pope’s main mission is not to support the poor!

I don't see a quote here suggesting that it is.

Having said that, though, he has, while Archbishop of Buenos Aires, called for a conversion of heart to reduce poverty rather than for government assistance.

And that is correct.

For example:


Cardinal Bergoglio said the challenge to eradicate poverty could not be truthfully met as long as the poor continue to be dependents of the State. The government and other organizations should instead work to create the social conditions that will promote and protect the rights of the poor and enable them to be the builders of their own future, he explained.


Amid Argentina's financial crisis in 2002, then Cardinal Bergoglio offered a sermon in Buenos Aires in which he declared "To those who are now promising to fix all your problems, I say, 'Go and fix yourself.' . . . Have a change of heart. Get to confession, before you need it even more!"

Interrupted by applause, the cardinal added, "The current crisis will not be improved by magicians from outside the country and nor will [improvement] come from the golden mouth of our politicians, so accustomed to making incredible promises."

As far as poverty, consider the Beatitude. Consider the parable of the rich young man (Matt 19:16ff). Consider the acts of the early Church (Acts 4:32ff).

In none of those examples was government or legal compulsion used. Just moral compulsion. That's the difference between Christian charity and socialism. One is voluntary and is from the heart. One is not.

People who are too attached to their possessions are in for a little surprise come the judgment.

If that is what he means by a "church that is poor", then he is 100% spot on.

7 posted on 03/16/2013 10:34:11 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
I do not disagree with what you have written here, but I think the Pope should focus primarily on the liturgy and such, with issues such as abortion coming next.

Yes, I know the Pope is pro-life and such, but of course he is pro-life - he is the Pope.

I just feel that even if the Pope is as holy as St. Francis, he is still not the right man for the job. We need a drill instructor that will be tough as nails with dissenters, not a pastoral person who is always smiling and friendly.

8 posted on 03/16/2013 12:58:04 PM PDT by LovedSinner
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