Skip to comments.12 Quotes From Pope Francis' Exclusive Interview
Posted on 09/20/2013 3:30:31 AM PDT by NYer
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I think we have 55 MILLION DEAD BABIES, practically every female on contraception and GAY EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE because the Church has NOT stood against these things strongly enough and shown the people that these are NOT GOD'S WAY!!
While I am not very comfortable in trying to interpret his words I think the Pope is trying to say we need to introduce people to God first. A true meeting of Christ ought to be enough for people to want to turn from their sin. Sometimes a preoccupation with specific sin/sinners seems to undermine, in people’s minds, the story of God’s salvific capacity to change people!
In these times we don’t need lukewarm. Too many who are lukewarm and have watered down doctrine. I think maybe this Pope might want to be admired and accepted as oh so progressive. I am not Catholic so I guess I can speak my feelings because I don’t take any man to be infallible.
I’m so done with this Pope. We could always depend on the Catholic. Church to defend the Sanctity of life. Now it’s considered small minded. He can welcome his new flock if he chooses — I’m out. Sadly.
Just my view, but contraception is not an evil as is abortion. It was banned by church doctrine, but I believe that “the Pill” or condoms are not any more evil than the rhythm method of contraception.
As to gays, they need salvation too.
“The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time”.
He makes it clear these positions will not change (though the media has tried to spin it); he is right that there are other issues in the world today, and gives no indication that this removes any significance from abortion, homosexuality, etc.
Stop reading quotes and read the entire interview in context.
Jesus didn’t tell Mathew he was a sinner, but loved him - that’s what drew him to want to follow and subsequently repent. That’s all the pope is saying Catholics should be doing - draw them to Christ’s love and the mercy he will give them...and they will come to understand and change.
Homosexuals and abortionists are not repenting. Quite the opposite; they have made an alliance with Ceasar and are storming the gates of the church while gleefully pelting us with the heads of their victims. This is the time to mount a vigorous counterattack, not indulge in double-minded, cryptic holyspeak. At any rate we already have plenty of mainline Protestant leaders who will do that for us (a pox be upon their apostate houses).
Sounds nice, I suppose. But the people who do not repent are not going to heaven -- and I would think that a good Christian would express more concern over that.
One of the most important and revealing aspects of this interview was pope Francis’ description of how he prays. He is truly a humble, great man of prayer!
In this world of internet technology, there is little excuse for being “confused” by what he says.
People honestly need to read ALL of what he says. To really know how the man thinks, read what he has written years before. There are some translations available. Fortunately, I am able to read his writings in Spanish and I fully believe that this man has been prepared (by God) for a long time to be Pope at this particular juncture of history.
In many ways for me...he mirrors Jesus.
Let us all pray daily that God bless and protect him and prepare him for the great sacrifices that he will make.
Indeed!!! Compromising and softening the stance toward sin is cowardly. Christians should stand and be counted for Him. These things aren’t wrong because we say so, they are wrong because He has declared it so. Fight! Earnestly contend! We should not care if our fight makes us unpopular with the world. Can there be a greater honor than to be hated for His namesake?
It has been said that the church attracts the world when it acts the least like the world. I believe The Lord will honor the faithfulness of His people. He can’t give us victory in a battle we are too weak and cowardly to wage. He is sovereign. He may have given this nation over, but His people should go down carrying His banner.
“The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt and offend. Jesus Christ has no tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a man in the service of God.”
I wonder if any young, poorly catechised Catholic women who are considering abortion, will use the Pope’s confusing statements (and the media’s celebration) to assuage their troubled conscience as they go ahead and kill their baby.
Great response.The main stream media will always twist what the Pope says.From the interview in America you get a good idea of the role of the Church today by reading just the section entitled ‘The Church as a field Hospital’
Now I know my dad was right in saying the catholic church will bring in the false prophet! Wonder why Benedict had to resign to bring in a possible apostate? What does abortion, homosexual marriage, and other social issues have to do with faith? If we can just get rid of our orthodox beliefs, we can bring in an era of world harmony. We now have a possible antichrist and false prophet, but where is the beast?
Time will tell whether his focus is reaching others with the love of Christ or if he is watering down doctrine.
Anything else is tickling itching ears.
I love this man’s obsession with Jesus and His Gospel, and his sincere humility. First Pope I’ve really resonated with in a long, long time.
That is my fear. That confused young people will hear these cryptic utterances and use them to justify their sinful lifestyles.