I agree with you, and I like your article. It's as if many people are thinking, "If he doesn't do everything exactly as I would do it in his position, then he's a bad Pope." To paraphrase the "National Sarcasm Society" t-shirt, "Like he needs your support."
(I didn't see any typso, but the reflections are weird in here today and the cats have smudged the monitor.)
Ping for later
what all the “critics” miss is that Francis said “...and the blood of Christ has redeemed us all!
He did not say the blood of Christ ‘saved’ us all.
It is sad that they don’t understand the difference.
Based on my personal history, I am generally distrustful of the Jesuits. He seems to be doing a good job teaching and spreading the good news, and hopefully he is a good administrator, but I would like it if he keeps his nose out of politics. In all likelihood he is a European-style socialist.
I don’t understand the frenzy here. The issue isn’t whether all mankind is “redeemed” by Christ’s death; it’s whether or not individuals choose to take advantage of it. The Pope didn’t imply that all men, including atheists, would get to heaven, merely that they were certainly eligible. I think back to “Keys of the Kingdom” (A. J. Cronin)—the heroic Scots atheist doctor who just couldn’t grasp the notion of God but spent and gave his life caring for the poor. How could we ever accept that God would fail to reward such an individual?
There’s more to this, of course; but I think it’s above the pay-grade of most reporting on it.
I'm still uncertain what is the hubbub about his saying Christ redeemed the whole world. Is this really new to people?
1 John 2:2 ESV "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."
Francis is in the company of the Apostle John. That's not really a bad place to be.
Amen. And, thank you. I have had this opinion since he was elected.
(snip)We are being punished. The utter madness of the springtime of the Church triggered the present decay; both in an earthly, practical, causal way and in a more general way, as Divine Punishment as just consequence of the arrogance of clergy and countless followers thinking they could reinvent Catholicism and make it sexy, easy, popular, and outright comfortable.
Do you believe in salvation outside the Catholic Church? Pope Francis does; here's just one example:
How much "benefit" will you give him?