Bishop Blaire and Bishop Pates, please pick up the white courtesy phone!
As a non-Catholic, I’m liking this man more and more. He is good for the Catholic church.
Ahhhhhhh...The Holy Spirit, indeed, chose a good man to be Pope.
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!
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.
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.
**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?
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.”