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Pope: every ideological interpretation of the Gospel is a falsification
Asia News ^ | 4/19/2013

Posted on 04/19/2013 5:07:08 AM PDT by markomalley

May God free the Church "from all ideological interpretations" and open her up "to the simple Gospel, to that pure Gospel that speaks of love, which brings love and it is so beautiful." Because "any ideological interpretation is a falsification of the Gospel." A call to pray for the Church and for the conversion of hearts concluded the Mass that Pope Francis celebrated, like every morning, in the chapel of the Casa Sancta Marta. The Pope's reflection, published by Vatican Radio, is centered on the biblical readings on the Conversion of St. Paul and the discourse of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum.

The words of Jesus, Francis says, "pass through our mind and go straight to the heart. Because Jesus seeks our conversion", but there are those who "only want to implement what they understand with their minds of the Gospel." "They are the great ideologues. The Word of Jesus goes to the heart because it is the Word of love, is beautiful word and brings love, makes us love. These block the road of love: the ideologues. And that of beauty". As the doctors of the law who "began to argue sharply among themselves, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'. It is all a problem of intellect! And when ideology enters the Church, when ideology enters into our understanding of the Gospel, confusion ensues".

They are the ones who walk alone "on the path of duty": it is the morality of those who claim to only realize what they understand of the Gospel with their minds. They are not "on the road to conversion, that conversion to which Jesus calls us." "And these, on the road of duty, place everything on the shoulders of the faithful. Ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, from wherever it originates - from one side or the other - is a falsification of the Gospel. And these ideologues - as we have seen in the history of the Church - end up being, becoming, intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness. And they do not speak of beauty, because they understand nothing. "

"Instead, the path of love, the path of the Gospel - the Pope says - is simple: it is the path that the Saints understood." "The saints are those who lead the Church forward! The path of conversion, the path of humility, of love, of the heart, the path of beauty ... Today let us pray to the Lord for the Church: that the Lord may free Her from any ideological interpretation and open the heart of the Church, our Mother Church, to the simple Gospel, the pure Gospel that speaks of love, which brings love and is so beautiful! And beautifies us too, with the beauty of holiness. Today let us pray for the Church!. "


TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: popefrancis

Bishop Blaire and Bishop Pates, please pick up the white courtesy phone!

1 posted on 04/19/2013 5:07:08 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

As a non-Catholic, I’m liking this man more and more. He is good for the Catholic church.


2 posted on 04/19/2013 5:19:59 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: markomalley

Ahhhhhhh...The Holy Spirit, indeed, chose a good man to be Pope.

;-)


3 posted on 04/19/2013 6:05:12 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: markomalley

This Pope is really starting to make sense! I’m a died-in- the-wool Baptist, but this Pope Francis is sounding more biblical on issues than some of our leaders!


4 posted on 04/19/2013 6:16:53 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: markomalley

I understand and agree with what he is trying to say.

But I disagree pretty strongly with his actual wording.

An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that constitute one’s goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology is a comprehensive vision of the world.

By definitions everyone has an ideology, even if they aren’t aware of it or haven’t intentiionally chosen it.

The Church should be striving to help people develop an ideology that aligns with God’s Will, not try to get them to think it is possible to function without one. If only because a person who doesn’t concsiously choose an ideology is likely to pick up that of the world around him, which is by definition not Christian.


5 posted on 04/19/2013 6:17:36 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: EricT.
As a non-Catholic, I’m liking this man more and more. He is good for the Catholic church.

Ditto. I just wish more evangelicals would follow this same approach of faithfulness to first principles.

6 posted on 04/19/2013 6:19:54 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: markomalley
My only concern is that too many people will confuse the love that the Pope is speaking about with the type of emotional love from a Bieber song. That used to be called “the passions”, which is not very stable and cannot be maintained long. It is this understanding of love that has caused such havoc with the institution of marriage once no-fault divorce created a way out of “loveless” marriages.

Most Catholics are not aware that there are five words in Greek for love, and “agape” was the one at which we were to aim. The kind of love where Christ says we should love our enemies. The kind of love that causes you to sacrifice your life for your friends, or even strangers. The kind of love that built healthy families, societies, nations, and empires.

Too bad there will be many who will misinterpret it. They will think the Pope will then eventually support gay marriage or women's ordination because to oppose them is to not “love” those groups, and they will think he is being disingenuous when he refuses to go along. I agree that the wording leaves a lot to be desired.

7 posted on 04/19/2013 7:03:19 AM PDT by Seraphicaviary (St. Michael is gearing up. The angels are on the ready line.)
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To: 2nd Amendment

I think you mean “dyed in the wool,” unless you’re one of our Zombie FRiends.

(I wouldn’t have mentioned it, except that I think it’s funny in context ;-).


8 posted on 04/19/2013 7:42:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("I think amnesty is deader than a Chechen bomber." ~ LS)
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To: Sherman Logan

It’s common now for “worldview” to be used to convey the meaning you’re assigning to “ideology.”

Like “discriminating,” “ideology” has taken on a bad connotation unrelated to its dictionary meaning.


9 posted on 04/19/2013 7:43:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("I think amnesty is deader than a Chechen bomber." ~ LS)
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To: EricT.

Love your tagline!


10 posted on 04/19/2013 7:44:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("I think amnesty is deader than a Chechen bomber." ~ LS)
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To: kevkrom; EricT.
As a Catholic, I am liking this guy more and more too :)

We all learn from each other - there are exceptional Baptist preachers and evangelical people whose fervor and devotion we can learn from -- it's a joint learning together in Christ.

11 posted on 04/19/2013 7:54:49 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: markomalley

BTTT!

**every ideological interpretation of the Gospel is a falsification**

Haven’t we Catholics been saying this to other posters on this forum since the early days of our memberships?


12 posted on 04/19/2013 8:00:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

What is an “ideological interpretation” of the Gospel? If I notice Jesus said to repent, is that an ideological distortion of ‘love, love, love’?

” “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”


13 posted on 04/19/2013 8:10:40 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Mr Rogers
What is an “ideological interpretation” of the Gospel?

Perhaps interpreting Jesus' call to love as a call to turn in your guns.

Perhaps interpreting the early Christians sharing as wealth (Acts 4) as a Biblical mandate for socialism and redistribution of wealth at the barrel of a gun.

That's what I would say.

14 posted on 04/19/2013 8:16:03 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

Could be. God has predestined believers to be conformed to Jesus, but I think all of us try to make God conform to OUR image.

Happily, God doesn’t comply..


15 posted on 04/19/2013 8:20:50 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: EricT.

While I am certainly not qualified to interpret the words of Pope Francis, I wonder if he is referring to the fact that we all are guilty of filtering the gospel a bit to fit our own perpective or ideology. Instead we all need to look at the Gospel message as a personal message to us for our own conversion - not the conversion of someone else.

Of course, that may or may not affect the leftists and convert them in any way. But, I do agree with him that social change takes place person by person.


16 posted on 04/19/2013 8:22:02 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Mr Rogers
but I think all of us try to make God conform to OUR image.

I say that very thing, almost verbatim, in my Sunday school class (a/k/a CCD) almost every year: God created us in His image and likeness; we did not create God in our image and likeness.

17 posted on 04/19/2013 8:27:58 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: Salvation

Too bad this pope won’t say, “May God free the Church “from all ideological interpretations of the Second Vatican Council” and open her up “to the all of the past Vatican Councils that speak of Truth, which brings Faith and are so beautiful.”

Can’t interpret the Gospel, yet they’re still trying to interpret VC II. Go figure.


18 posted on 04/19/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Salvation

Pope Francis, “But after 50 years, have we done everything that the Holy Spirit said to us in the Council?”

After 50 years, they still can’t figure out what the Council said???


19 posted on 04/19/2013 1:14:01 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Gumdrop
I wonder if he is referring to the fact that we all are guilty of filtering the gospel a bit to fit our own perpective or ideology.

I am very suspicious of anyone who tries to make a political point using biblical excerpts. All sides do it, and it's wrong. After decades of daily bible study, I am more convinced that Jesus didn't care a bit about political matters. He only ever focused on individual relationships with God and our fellow man.

20 posted on 04/19/2013 5:22:41 PM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: markomalley

Let’s not forget interpreting scripture mentions of sobriety to mean that alcohol must be banned, or the oft-misquoted “unequally yolked” bit to oppose mixed race marriage.


21 posted on 04/19/2013 5:28:07 PM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: markomalley
I was talking to my parish priest about gun control and he got really upset. He says that the Church recognizes the right to self-defense which means it recognizes the right to own the means to defend yourself. He thinks the Bishops never make clear what they mean when they support gun control which, according to him, means better checking for things like whether someone is unstable, not just whether they're a felon.

He days he's talked to three different Bishops about it over the years and they all said about the same thing, that the Second Amendment and the Church both recognize the right of people to own firearms of all sorts and no controls should infringe that right. If that really is the opinion most of them have, I sure wish they'd spell it out clearly and make the point that they recognize the right go own the means to defend yourself instead of looking like they'd go along with all sorts of restriction.

22 posted on 04/20/2013 8:43:04 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

Um, that should be, “He says”, not “He days”. Jeez, arthritis sucks some days worse than others.


23 posted on 04/20/2013 8:44:22 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: kevkrom; EricT.

btw, in case it didn’t come out correctly, thank you very much for your kind words. This Pope is truly sent to us by God. I humbly ask that you pray for him and for us Catholics and indeed for all us Christians that we stay the path of Christ.


24 posted on 04/20/2013 10:52:54 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Cronos

Will do. Thank you as well.

Sectarian/denominational/political strife weakens and divides the body of Christ. Let’s focus on our agreements and dismiss our differences.

God’s blessings on you and yours.


25 posted on 04/21/2013 10:36:31 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: 2nd Amendment

I have the same feelings; this is one good man. I do not like all the “living and breathing” interpretations of our Bible any more than our Constitution.


26 posted on 04/21/2013 10:38:22 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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