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Pope Francis Warns Against "Demonic Worldliness"
http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | March 18, 2013 | CNSNews.com Staff

Posted on 03/18/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT by Biggirl

(CNSNews.com) -- When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called “the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.”

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholicchurch; demonic; francis; pope; popefrancis
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1 posted on 03/18/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl
"This Gospel continues with a situation of a particular kind. The same Peter who professed Jesus Christ, now says to him: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. That has nothing to do with it. I will follow you on other terms, but without the Cross. When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord."

There are no other terms, but the Cross. The world does not set the terms of Christ.

All the secular world's demands of 'good works' are worshipping who if done without the Cross?

2 posted on 03/18/2013 3:27:41 AM PDT by EBH ( American citizens do not negotiate with political terrorists.)
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To: EBH

But where are the crosses in our churches today?? Many have been removed.


3 posted on 03/18/2013 3:51:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Biggirl

If he thinks he can sense demonic worldliness at the Vatican he should see what its like to live near the seat of demonic power (DC)


4 posted on 03/18/2013 3:52:49 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Biggirl

http://christianblogs.christianet.com/1187914594.htm


5 posted on 03/18/2013 3:55:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: jsanders2001

No kobe beef for him !!!


6 posted on 03/18/2013 3:55:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=4833

This was my chaplain in High School.


7 posted on 03/18/2013 4:07:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I don’t think he means the Cross as an idol of worship ...
He is speaking about the Cross in your heart and soul.


8 posted on 03/18/2013 4:07:14 AM PDT by EBH ( American citizens do not negotiate with political terrorists.)
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To: Sacajaweau
But where are the crosses in our churches today??

A few years ago, a friend of mine invited me to join his Baptist church. The first thing I noticed was the absence of a cross both outside the church and inside which I thought was very strange....

And for the almost a year I attended, all the pastor's sermons were entirely on 1 Corinthians.....I thought that was strange too.

9 posted on 03/18/2013 4:18:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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I know our Baptist Church has a Cross right on the wall above the Pastor’s head as he stands in the pulpit. And, when a Pastor uses an expository preaching style (ie. preaching through the books of the bible) it can easily take a year or even two to preach through as book as large as 1 Coriinthians. I remember our former Pastor taking about a year to preach through 1 Thesselonians, and its a relatively short NT book.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 5:21:27 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Sacajaweau

Benedict decreed that there always be a crucifix when Mass is celebrated. I always look to the crucifix and the red candle to know that there is the Real Presence.


11 posted on 03/18/2013 5:21:45 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Biggirl

So far, Francis seems like a great pope. Very different and unexpected, but very good.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 5:24:32 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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I agree, Pope Francis inspires me already. To me “the cross” is both literal and symbolic. Of course Christian churches, and people should present he cross, the cross defines who we are. The cross is also a symbol of sacrifice, obedience, and willingness to suffer/repent for our sins, and that is where a lot of people go wrong. People will wear the cross, but not bare the cross. They subconsciously refuse to embrace the passion of the cross because it is not easy. It requires humility and detachment from the world we have to live in. We have to continuously ask God for strength, and stay faithful to the sacramental gifts that He gave us.


13 posted on 03/18/2013 5:48:17 AM PDT by mgist
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Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil,” Francis said,quoting Leon Bloy,a French writer who died in 1917,and who converted from agnosticism to Catholicism.

My prayer for all of us is that the Holy Spirit,through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,our Mother,will grant us this grace: to walk,to build,to profess Jesus Christ crucified. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ Himself is interceding for us before the Father: “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). And then we also have Romans 8:26-27 describes the Holy Spirit interceding for us. With the 2nd and 3rd members of the Trinity already interceding for us before the Father in heaven, what need is there for any non-omnisscient dead human being to be a mediator? Does Mary know the number of hairs on your head?
Even Satan can transform into an angel of light- 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 and has snowed even the very elect, as the bible warns.. Fatima is blinding a flock all the way to destruction..


14 posted on 03/18/2013 5:56:07 AM PDT by delchiante
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To: mgist
People will wear the cross, but not bare the cross.

That's going into my memory bank.

It's true. So many people ask "Why?" when they suffer. Few ask "Why not?" Just look at the Cross.

15 posted on 03/18/2013 5:58:59 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
16 posted on 03/18/2013 6:08:20 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sacajaweau

In this world about which we have been warned, who has an aversion to & is repelled by, the mere sight of and simple display of the Cross of Jesus?

Think long & hard. The correct answer will consist of a list.


17 posted on 03/18/2013 6:19:20 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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18 posted on 03/18/2013 6:21:24 AM PDT by narses
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To: Sacajaweau

Not in my church. When they remodeled the altar a few years ago, they built a new background for our old crucifix, making it larger (and more beautiful), and it hangs right in the center where every one can see it. Plus, we always have a processional cross that changes by the season that comes in at the beginning of the Mass, resides at the side of the altar during Mass, goes out and comes back in with the offering, and leads the recessional when the Priests, altar boys, etc. leave at the conclusion of the ceremonies.


19 posted on 03/18/2013 9:29:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Biggirl

‘Demonic Worldliness’ explains a lot including young peoples’ (even many “conservatives” — as Rush just said) obsession with getting universal homo marriage as if that’s the only issue that matters to them. I’m making damn sure that the young people in our family don’t go that route.


20 posted on 03/18/2013 9:41:48 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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