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Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?
blog.steveskojec.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Steve Skojec

Posted on 07/23/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM

Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

Steve Skojec

7/19/2014

 

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

- 2 Timothy 4:1-5

 

Pope Francis

 

Another day, another off-the-record papal conversation. This time, the person in question is a woman by the name of Marie Kane, who was was a victim of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland.

ONE of the two Irish survivors of abuse who met Pope Francis this morning in the Vatican has described the meeting as a “huge vindication” for her.

Marie Kane, who has never spoken publicly about the abuse she suffered at the hands a curate in the archdiocese of Dublin, told the Irish Independent that the meeting with the Pope would help bring her healing.

“It was pretty amazing. There were no time constraints on the meeting and the only others in the room were Marie Collins, who came as a support to me and [Cardinal] Sean O’Malley who acted as translator,” she said.

In all six survivors of abuse, two from Ireland, two from Britain and two from Germany met the Pope individually this morning, the first official meeting the pontiff has held since his election in March 2013. The other Irish survivor was a man. His identity remains unclear at the moment.

According to Marie Kane, the Pope “listened intently” to her and “at times seemed frustrated by what he was hearing” about her experiences. Her case was covered in the Murphy Report into the mishandling of allegations of clerical abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin. Her abuser was taken out of ministry but has not been defrocked.

 

All of this seems reasonable, even promising.

But then came Miss Kane’s radio interview, in which she recounted her experience, and her meeting with Pope Francis (excerpts transcribed by me):

“I think I’ve been angry my whole life at the Catholic Church. I, you know, I could never sit in a Mass without feeling anger…” [...]

“From meeting all the survivors and listening to their stories, and, they’re all unique stories, but the effects and the damage is the same. And it’s the loss of faith. You know? We all want something to hang onto in these really difficult times. And, you know, I have two children, 18 and 14, and, their faith has been affected. You know? So, I have my own beliefs, I…I’m a good person. I help a lot of people. And, you know, I think, but it has definitely, it there, there’s no replacing what was taken, you know, even for my kids. And these…these are the kids that are coming up now, and the Church will disappear if something doesn’t change.” [...]

“I prayed for change, change in the Church. Um, maybe that’s very naïve of me, I don’t know. But when you’re sitting there and in a very small chapel and the homily was written in English so you could read what he was saying, because [the pope] speaks Spanish, so, it was very moving for me personally, and, yeah, change. That’s…you know, just, do more. Get these guys out of power that shouldn’t be there. That are guilty of coverup. And who covered up in my case as well. And they know who they are, like, you know? So yeah. Change. Change. I’ll never get my faith back. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the church. And actually the pope, I said that to him. And he said, ‘You know you don’t need, you don’t need to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family like.’ So, little messages like that were really nice, you know. He put thought into what he said to me today. It wasn’t just answers off the cuff. So a very positive experience, for me.”

 

I was with her, right up until she recounted what the pope said.

“You don’t need…to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family…”

Let’s all open our Catechisms, shall we? Paragraph 2041-2042 :

2041 The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor:

2042 The first precept (“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor”) requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the principal liturgical feasts honoring the mysteries of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints; in the first place, by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered, and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.

 

While one can certainly understand the desire of a clericial abuse victim to avoid Catholic clergy and the Mass, it’s difficult to understand how cutting a person off from the sacramental life would in any way facilitate healing or salvation.

More troubling is the formula the pope is alleged to have used in assessing the situation: “You don’t need to be in the Church” to be “part of the Church.”

Are we ready for the well-trod quote? We are? Good:

The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, and heretics, and schismatics, can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire “which was prepared for the devil, and his angels,” (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this Ecclesiastical Body, that only those remaining within this unity can profit from the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and that they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, almsdeeds, and other works of Christian piety and duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.

(Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441 – Emphasis Mine)

 

It’s a tough quote. And yes, there’s been some development of doctrine since the 1400s. We believe that there’s something to the “Baptism of Desire” — though nobody who loves souls would ever want to count on that. We need the sacraments for heaven like a man in the desert dying of thirst needs water. Do men in the desert sometimes, against all odds, survive sunstroke and dehydration? Yes. Would you care to take a crack at that experience on the off-chance that you’ll be the outlier?

Yeah. I thought not.

We all need sanctifying grace to get to heaven. Sanctifying grace grows in the soul by means of sacramental reception. So the sacraments are really, as far as anyone knows, completely non-negotiable. If God chooses to work outside their efficacy, how He does that is his prerogative, and frankly, a complete mystery. I sometimes have a hard time believing even with them, I’ll squeak in the door of heaven. I can’t imagine trying to get there without them.

So why would a sovereign pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church tell anyone – anyone – that they don’t need to be in the Church to be saved?

Some are arguing that this is, once again, a woman who is recounting what the pope said from memory, and that it is therefore not trustworthy. One person offered this hypothesis, “Maybe a pissed off woman that was was sexually abused saw an opportunity for payback and took it?” (To this person’s credit, they later admitted it was a stretch.)

But let’s imagine that this was the case. We’d have have to add Miss Kane to the growing list of vengeful “liars” all saying that the pope told them the same thing. Also, they’d have to want to “get back at the pope” by only ticking off the small segment of Catholics who care if the pope says something so…Catholic. Because most Catholics these days, if we’re being honest, would think such a statement was positively fantastic, demonstrative of “mercy”, and even more, a sure sign of progress within the stodgy old Church.

And there really are a solid handful of these folks out there. People we’re supposed to believe are just making things up to make the pope look bad to a small handful of true believers, and awesome to everyone else.

Let’s have a look at the statements from those who have said what Pope Francis has told them:

1. “When he speaks about evangelization, the idea is to evangelize Christians or Catholics,”to reach “higher dimensions of faith” and a deepened commitment to social justice, Skorka said. “This is the idea of evangelization that Bergoglio is stressing — not to evangelize Jews. This he told me, on several opportunities.”

- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires and close personal friend of Pope Francis

 

2. “Bp Venables added that in a conversation with Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the latter made it clear that he values the place of Anglicans in the Church universal.

‘He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the Church needs us as Anglicans.’”

- Rt. Rev. Greg Venables, Anglican Bishop of Argentina and close personal friend of Pope Francis

 

3. “And here I am. The Pope comes in and shakes my hand, and we sit down. The Pope smiles and says: ‘Some of my colleagues who know you told me that you will try to convert me.’

It’s a joke, I tell him. My friends think it is you want to convert me.

He smiles again and replies: ‘Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.’ ”

- Eugenio Scalfari, Atheist founder of La Repubblica (and grantee of three papal interviews despite his habit of reporting quotes without taking notes)

 

4. “At lunch I asked Pope Francis what his heart was for evangelism. He smiled, knowing what was behind my question and comment was, ‘I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.’ ” (Of course Evangelicals do evangelize Catholics and Catholics do the same to us. However, that discussion we will raise another day.)

- Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance

 

And finally, though not specifically related to membership in the Church, this anecdote, which relates to following her most fundamental teachings:

5. Pope Francis called an Argentine woman married to a divorced man and reportedly told her that she could receive the sacrament of Communion, according to the woman’s husband, in an apparent contradiction of Catholic law.

Julio Sabetta, from San Lorenzo in the Pope’s home country, said his wife, Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona, spoke with Francis on Monday.

Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona wrote to the pontiff in September to ask for clarification on the Communion issue, according to her husband, who said his divorced status had prevented her from receiving the sacrament.

“She spoke with the Pope, and he said she was absolved of all sins and she could go and get the Holy Communion because she was not doing anything wrong,” Sabetta told Channel 3 Rosario, a CNN affiliate.

A Vatican spokesman confirmed the telephone call but would not comment on the conversation’s content.

- Source

Let’s not forget that one of the pope’s closest advisors, whose theology the pope has said he greatly admires, is Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has (in)famously said:

The only thing I wish to say is that the document Dominus Iesus does not state that everybody needs to become a Catholic in order to be saved by God. On the contrary, it declares that God’s grace, which is the grace of Jesus Christ according to our faith, is available to all. Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, i.e. the faithful response of the Jewish people to God’s irrevocable covenant, is salvific for them, because God is faithful to his promises.

This touches the problem of mission towards Jews, a painful question with regard to forced conversion in the past. Dominus Iesus, as other official documents, raised this question again saying that dialogue is a part of evangelisation.This stirred Jewish suspicion. But this is a language problem, since the term evangelisation, in official Church documents, cannot be understood in the same way it is commonly interpreted in everyday’s speech. In strict theological language, evangelisation is a very complex and overall term, and reality. It implies presence and witness, prayer and liturgy, proclamation and catechesis, dialogue and social work . . . which do not have the goal of increasing the number of Catholics. Thus evangelisation, if understood in its proper and theological meaning, does not imply any attempt of proselytism whatsoever.”

- Source

 

In light of the above, I propose five very serious questions for your consideration:

  1. Why should this pattern of indirectly attributed quotes, all of a piece, not be taken as a serious indication that Pope Francis sincerely believes that membership in the Church and the following of her precepts is not necessary for salvation?
  2. Why should we feel compelled to believe that in every case where we hear that Pope Francis has told a person something along these lines — each report entirely consistent with the last — that the person making the claim is a liar with some personal agenda, and they should neither be believed nor trusted?
  3. What would it possibly gain anyone to tell lies which, while they throw the pope’s orthodoxy into question, do nothing but endear him to the secular world, the leaders of non-Catholic religions, and the majority of Catholics who no longer profess all of the Church’s teachings?
  4. Why, if these attributions are in fact scandalously erroneous misrepresentations of the Pope’s thought, and spread as they have been by the global media, is no effort made by the Vatican to correct or refute them, or to exhort Catholics to accept and profess the Church’s true teaching on these matters?
  5. If what has been said truly represents the mind of Pope Francis, how can this be reconciled with the doctrine of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, as defined by Pope Boniface VIII in Unam Sanctam and held as an indisputable and infallible teaching of the Church until the latter half of the 20th century?

 

I think the answers to these questions, taken together, provide a rather obvious conclusion. Don’t you?

There is simply not a shred of evidence that Pope Francis wants to disabuse people of the notion that he both believes and said these things. And if that is so, what a heartbreaking situation we find ourselves in.

We shouldn’t be surprised that what St. Paul prophesied in 2 Timothy is, in fact, coming to pass. But if you’re like me, it’s more than a little surprising to see it coming from the Vicar of Christ.

We need to batten down the hatches and dig in for a long haul. This isn’t going away, and talking about the latest shocking thing the pope has done is reaching a point of diminishing returns. We need to keep our eyes on the goal of eternal salvation, and focus on building a foundation that will withstand where this is all taking us.

In the next few days, I plan to announce a project I’m working on that is aimed at helping us to do just that. Your prayers for the success of this endeavor would be appreciated.

 

UPDATE – 7/19/2014 @ 5:48PM: Friend of the blog Codgitator submits another quote for our reference in the comments.

“I’m not expecting any of you to join the Catholic Church. Please understand that’s not what this is about. What we are talking about is a unified position to go before the world and say we are proclaiming Christ as the only hope of salvation.”

The quote is taken from this video. I’ve set it to play at the relevant timestamp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BIHfYgRIP4s#t=0

The video is from John and Carol Arnott, who are (according to their website) “the Founding Pastors and Presidents of Catch The Fire (formerly known as the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship) and overseers of the Partners in Harvest Network of Churches.

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"Who am I to judge?"
1 posted on 07/23/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
And he [Pope Francsis] said, ‘You know you don’t need, you don’t need to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family like.’

Why am I not surpirsed?

2 posted on 07/23/2014 7:23:47 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Why would people who are in their own words irreconcilably angry at some organization lie about it?

Why, that’s the biggest mystery in the world.

Maybe I’ve not kept up, but I don’t think any other pope in recent years has attempted personal pastoral counseling with the laity. The problem comes with trying to assert dual roles of personal pastoral counseling and official spokesman of the entire Roman church. I think these practical results show that the roles are not compatible! It invites liars to not just break the confidence of a pastor, but to smear the entire organization. Of course Crazy Evangelicals question the need for a Pope in the first place.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 7:37:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Why would people who are in their own words irreconcilably angry at some organization lie about it?

The bigger question is why has the Vatican not denied these recent pastoral counsels, if indeed, they did not occur?

4 posted on 07/23/2014 7:44:44 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Why would people who are in their own words irreconcilably angry at some organization lie about it?

The bigger question is why has the Vatican not denied these recent pastoral counsels, if indeed, they did not occur?

5 posted on 07/23/2014 7:44:55 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

You just did,why are you angry at the church.?


6 posted on 07/23/2014 7:49:00 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: ebb tide

It would put the pope into an ethical pickle, is my guess. This was supposed to stay confidential, so it isn’t as easy as saying “I never told her that.” Also the Roman practice seems to be one of great deference to what they call the “deposit of faith” i.e. already recorded teachings whether biblical or post-biblical. That’s the answer often given to the question of “Well, why don’t they excommunicate the badly disobedient Ms. XXX?” I.e. “We already wrote that such a person excommunicates herself, so why say it again.”

Of course as a Crazy Evangelical, I’d assert that, yes, this kind of attitude results in some unseemly situations!


7 posted on 07/23/2014 7:51:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: fatima

I love the Church, thanks.

Loving the Church means asking questions when leaders in the Church may be straying from the deposit of Faith, or leading the Faithful astray. Yes, that even includes the Pope.

God bless,

Brian


8 posted on 07/23/2014 7:53:07 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

But one question which doesn’t get entertained is “Ought there to be an office of Pope at all, given that its rules are getting it, and the reputation of a large segment of Christendom, into pickles like this?”


9 posted on 07/23/2014 7:56:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Hi Brian,God bless you too,what’s this Pope done this time.Last I heard you were upset with the last Pope.


10 posted on 07/23/2014 7:57:06 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: ebb tide
why has the Vatican not denied these recent pastoral counsels, if indeed, they did not occur?

Quite possibly because the Vatican knows that God will set things right, in His time, not the mass media's agenda.

11 posted on 07/23/2014 8:00:42 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: fatima
I loved Pope Benedict XVI. I'm very concerned about our present Pope, for the reasons in this article and other reasons. He does not seem to want to promote orthodoxy and orthopraxis; his words and actions seem those of someone more concerned with everyone liking him than with actually saving souls. And compromising the Catholic Faith does not save souls.

"Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. "

- Luke 6:26

12 posted on 07/23/2014 8:01:54 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

You are misunderstanding Pope Francis’s meaning.


13 posted on 07/23/2014 8:02:22 PM PDT by Technical Editor
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Ought there to be an office of Pope at all

If it was good enough for Jesus, its good enough for us. There are plenty of scriptural proof texts to prove the Papacy was the Will of Our Lord, and early Christian writings that fully back up that interpretation of those proof texts. I'm not interested in rehashing that old debate though.

14 posted on 07/23/2014 8:04:41 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

I loved Pope Benedict XVI too.He stepped down.Why I don’t know .I thought he was dying.He’s still alive.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 8:05:55 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Technical Editor
How can anyone honestly know Pope Francis' meaning? I'm tired of being told its all just a misunderstanding, that people are lying about what the Pope said, that the media is spinning what the Pope said.

If any of that were true, the Pope and the Vatican possess more than adequate means of clarifying what the Pope meant and really said, but every time this kind of nonsense happens, all we get from the Vatican is spin and prevarication.

For the Record: The Essential Rule of Interpretation of Pope Francis

We had missed the chance to quote this when it first appeared in The Atlantic a couple of months ago, so we post it here for future reference -- since, despite its immense relevance, for the present and for future historians, it is buried deep inside a very extensive article on Benedict XVI.

Fr. Bernd Hagenkord SJ
Head of the German-language Section of Vatican Radio
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Francis knows exactly how power is spelled,” says Bernd Hagenkord, a Jesuit who is in charge of German programming for Vatican Radio. “He’s a communicator in the league with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. They say he’s being unclear, but we know exactly what he means.

16 posted on 07/23/2014 8:10:43 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

So call him up ,I have a few friends at the Vatican.I can give you numbers.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 8:17:21 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
And he [Pope Francsis] said, ‘You know you don’t need, you don’t need to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family like.’

I feel like the author is Roseanne Roseannadanna. The pope didn't say someone should be outside the Church. He acknowledged her as a Catholic and responded to the pain she felt having been sexually abused "at the hands of a curate in the archdiocese of Dublin." In other words he was addressing, quite specifically, her physical presence in an actual physical church as not being necessary under her conditions so as to not cause her any more pain.

Sheesh. I'm not even Catholic and it's clear to me that he was giving her a dispensation for relief. And to those of you who say it's because I'm not Catholic that I agree with the Pope - do you even hear what you're saying? LOL!

18 posted on 07/23/2014 8:18:34 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: fatima

I have a few friends “at the Vatican” too. They’re just as concerned as I am. In fact, if they weren’t so concerned, I wouldn’t be as concerned.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 8:23:28 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Talisker

That one case, taken in isolation, I would simply interpret the same as you. Under any other pontificate it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.

The problem is that it’s not an isolated case. Taken into consideration with many other cases in this pontificate, it has become a pattern that is very troubling.

Time will tell.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 8:30:24 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Do your friends at the Vatican approve of your attacks on Pope Francis.?


21 posted on 07/23/2014 8:33:09 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Talisker

Another troubling irony is that those who usually attack Catholicism and the papacy seem to want to defend this Pope, and those who usually defend the papacy in general are troubled by him.

He is popular with the world, often the wrong elements of the world, and I’m not seeing people pouring into the Church and embracing Catholicism as a result of his worldly popularity.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: fatima

I am not attacking Pope Francis. I am defending the Faith.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 8:35:20 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Your Post attacks the Pope and call him a liar.Do your friends at the Vatican support this .Name them or do you just like to fight..


24 posted on 07/23/2014 8:42:17 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
Another troubling irony is that those who usually attack Catholicism and the papacy seem to want to defend this Pope, and those who usually defend the papacy in general are troubled by him.

One would think that obedience to the Pope would be a matter of faith to a Catholic. What's ironic is that it's not - or rather that it is, per specified subsection clauses and applicable interpretive definitions of what the meaning of "faith," is.

As opposed, say, to the Protestant attitude towards the Pope which, of course, is completely different.

Hey, you want to throw in a zing, don't be surprised when you get one back. All I did was support the Pope on this thread. That such a thing would irritate a Catholic - in the name of true Catholicsm, no less - is... ironic.

25 posted on 07/23/2014 8:44:59 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: fatima

I don’t remember this kind or level of infighting among Catholics faithful to the Magisterium on FreeRepublic or the blogs under Popes JPII or BXVI.

Wonder why that is?

Don’t shoot the messenger.


26 posted on 07/23/2014 8:46:07 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Talisker; fatima

We owe obedience to the Pope on matters of Faith and Morals. But popes are infallible only in matters of Faith and Morals. They are not impeccable. They can and do sin. They can and do make imprudent judgments. And when they do Catholics are free to express their opinions in that regard without being accused of “attacking” the Pope.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 8:51:06 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

This Southern Baptist has never seen anyone have their words twisted and misinterpreted as much as this pope. It’s worse than democrats slandering their opponents during a close political campaign.

Clearly there are forces outside and inside the church that hate and fear this man and want to take him down.


28 posted on 07/23/2014 8:57:42 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

This Southern Baptist has never seen anyone have their words twisted and misinterpreted as much as this pope. It’s worse than democrats slandering their opponents during a close political campaign.

Clearly there are forces outside and inside the church that hate and fear this man and want to take him down.


29 posted on 07/23/2014 8:57:43 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

But you are talking to me.I don’t join in the discussion on what Pope Francis says.Do your friends at the Vatican support this .


30 posted on 07/23/2014 8:58:43 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
"And when they do Catholics are free to express their opinions in that regard without being accused of “attacking” the Pope."

Yes, they are. My comment about twisting and misinterpreting his comments is about the totality of what has been reported on him.

31 posted on 07/23/2014 8:59:21 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: Talisker

These cases are people who have gone public, how many others has he counseled and what message did he give them? Maybe he has said something different to those unknown others, something more in line with church teaching, and they have kept their conversations private.


32 posted on 07/23/2014 9:01:19 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
We owe obedience to the Pope on matters of Faith and Morals. But popes are infallible only in matters of Faith and Morals. They are not impeccable. They can and do sin. They can and do make imprudent judgments. And when they do Catholics are free to express their opinions in that regard without being accused of “attacking” the Pope.

Protestants don't accept the authority of the Pope. You admit Popes are fallible. Therefore there should not be so much animosity between Catholics and Protestants. They should be able to disagree and yet accept each other as differing, united in their love of Christ. I disagree with the pope saying that all Christians should unite under Catholicism - rather, I think Catholicism should join other Christian faiths AS one Christian faith among many under the unifying concept of love of Christ.

Unfortunately, it seems every faith on the planet wants to be the only faith on the planet.

33 posted on 07/23/2014 9:09:25 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

The lead off quote of this article, 2 Timothy...is one that both Catholics and Protestants should know wasn’t written by Paul. So says Francis’ fellow Jesuit and hundreds of other bible scholars.
http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/Paul-Disputed.htm


34 posted on 07/23/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: spyone
Yes. He subsequently posted this at the bottom of his blog entry:

UPDATE 2 – 7/20/2014 @ 8:55AM: My thanks to one of my priestly readers, who kindly pointed out my error in attributing authorship of 2 Timothy to St. John instead of St. Paul. It was the result of some incautious Googling, and the fact that I’m an absolutely terrible exegete. Something in the back of my mind told me to go back and check that before posting, but I completely forgot. It’s nice to have readers who help you correct your silly mistakes instead of exploiting them. The post has been corrected to reflect the correct author.

35 posted on 07/23/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Not that that has anything to do with what I posted or what he believes.


36 posted on 07/23/2014 9:36:18 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Talisker
And he [Pope Francsis] said, ‘You know you don’t need, you don’t need to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family like.’

The Pope is exactly correct. Either that or a host of elderly and infirm, who receive the Eucharist at home and in nursing homes because they can't travel to a church building, are condemned to hell.

Hm, who to believe...

37 posted on 07/23/2014 9:37:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
... I’m not seeing people pouring into the Church and embracing Catholicism as a result of his worldly popularity.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/washington-area-welcomes-a-record-number-of-catholic-converts-amid-falling-national-rates/2014/04/19/4776f510-c721-11e3-8b9a-8e0977a24aeb_story.html

38 posted on 07/23/2014 9:53:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/03/the-francis-effect-results-vary/


39 posted on 07/23/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: hinckley buzzard
FWIW: What I personally believe (and is at odds with many traditional Catholics) is that "The Church" extends beyond the Roman church (and obviously beyond a particular church building's walls) and to some of the rest of the Christian community (not including fallen mainstreamers, prosperity gospel, etc.), but there is no way in [heck] an individual's soul will get directly to heaven without receiving The Body in a Catholic Church (literally). end of run-on Ironically, the ones outside the Catholic Church proper don't believe in Purgatory but that's where they're headed (best case). But then I am ICD-10 F60.1 so what do I know?
40 posted on 07/23/2014 10:06:38 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: hinckley buzzard
washington-area-welcomes-a-record-number-of-catholic-converts

Mostly gays and protestants who don't really intend to become Catholic? Who am I to judge?

41 posted on 07/23/2014 10:08:56 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
According to Marie Kane, the Pope “listened intently” to her and “at times seemed frustrated by what he was hearing” about her experiences. Her case was covered in the Murphy Report into the mishandling of allegations of clerical abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin. Her abuser was taken out of ministry but has not been defrocked.

Ping for later

42 posted on 07/23/2014 11:08:23 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: spyone; Brian Kopp DPM

The pseudepigraphical theory has problems of its own:

http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=honors

It’s important to understand what generated the German School in the first place: The rejection of Biblical supernaturalism. According to this inherently skeptical view, Paul, John et al could not have known to oppose Gnosticism so presciently as they did, therefore their writing of it proves it was actually a lying later author capitalizing on their good names. But the spiritual reality is the Holy Spirit DID know what was coming and what already was happening in the First Century, and thus included essential teaching on the matter.

That’s why the German School is always going to be on the wrong side of these analyses. They don’t get the supernatural aspect at all. Which is why it is simply incorrect to say that scholarship universally rejects Pauline authorship of the pastorals. Any scholar who is an old school believer in the power of God and the inerrancy of His word can look at the same evidence and conclude that the traditional view of Paul’s authorship of the pastorals is actually the least strained of the available interpretations, and of those there appear to be quite a few remaining.


43 posted on 07/23/2014 11:20:45 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Francis may be a good man and a good priest, but I fear he is a less than stellar pontiff. He seems less than clear in his doctrine.


44 posted on 07/23/2014 11:25:22 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Technical Editor

‘You are misunderstanding Pope Francis’s meaning.’

Than the pope should speak clearly or not at all. Better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.


45 posted on 07/23/2014 11:28:36 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: fatima; Brian Kopp DPM
You just did,why are you angry at the church.?

Are you saying Brian lied? If so, show us where he lied.

46 posted on 07/24/2014 5:09:04 AM PDT by piusv
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To: fatima
I guess people would prefer that the Pope be draconian with these poor souls who are already hurting. So he should say either be at Mass Sunday morning or ELSE!

I guess that is the message they want to hear.

What she needed to hear, was just because she was hurt by the church, she is still part of the Church. That because sinful man hurt her, does not mean that Jesus is not still there for her.

Throwing chapter and verse and the CCC and the Council of you name it at someone who is hurt is not going to help them at all.

Pastoral care means listening and discerning what that individual person needs at the time. When you have a serious problem it helps to go to the same priest every time to help you work on it.

I am all for rules. I am a Catholic, I love the rules! But love needs to supersede and must come first. Love really can conquer all, but beating someone down with the rules will not help them heal.

47 posted on 07/24/2014 9:24:06 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
I don’t remember this kind or level of infighting among Catholics faithful to the Magisterium on FreeRepublic or the blogs under Popes JPII or BXVI.
The infighting over Pope Francis on Free Republic reminds me of the Catholic fighting in general over Medjugorje. I just left our adoration chapel and there were some five pro-Medjugorje books/magazines on/at the pews themselves. I wanted to scoop them up to burn them all or at least toss them out.

I appreciate your [words and] concern on Pope Francis, Brian. He needs many prayers. Leaders, in general, are supposed to be crystal clear, and he is not.
48 posted on 07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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