Skip to comments.Nicklin' and Dimin' Pope Francis
Posted on 05/29/2013 7:53:41 AM PDT by Teˇfilo
Drawing of Pope Francis
courtesy of Graphic NewsSpeaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a duty to do good.
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! Father, the atheists? Even the atheists, he said, answering his own query. Everyone! And this blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the blood of Christ has redeemed us all!
Cue the jaw dropping and head scratching. Atheists were pleasantly surprised, conservative Catholics were dazed and confused, and the popes comments raced around the Internet; for a while they were the second-most shared piece on Reddit.
So was Francis preaching a form of universalism? That is the unorthodox teaching that says, essentially, that all faiths are equal and all are going to heaven, especially if you are nice to people here on earth. Its also a heresy that Francis predecessor, Benedict XVI, spent a career quashing every time he thought he thought he spied a hint of it in some theologians writings.
But the short answer to the question is easy: No. Francis was only affirming the doctrine that Christ redeemed the whole world. Whether people accept that belief is another matter.
In fact, popes going back to Leo XIII in 1891 and up through John Paul II not to mention authoritative texts from the official Catholic Catechism and the Second Vatican Council have said the exact same thing Francis did
Never left the Catholic Church, bubba. Nor, did I underline anything, or say I didn’t love the Pope as you have falsely stated.
My soul, mind and body are all Catholic and your ad hominems are puerile.
But I am glad I made you think; it’s about time you did so.
Yes! I think! Thank you for noticing. There is more: *I think with the Church*
Sadly, you don’t. Your words demonstrate it. You need to search conscience and confront the truth of what you are saying.
Return, return to the Church. Stop sowing confusion among the People of God.