My Pope makes me proud with these comments, as I have often been upset with the Catholic Church on many levels.
“... God can bring about good and even miraculous things, even outside of their circle, and that one can cooperate with the Kingdom of God in several ways ...”
Is this Pope acknowledging that I — a follower of Jesus Christ who is not a member of the Roman Catholic Church — can “cooperate with the Kingdom of God”?
The Pope is more gracious toward those outside his denomination than most Roman Catholics that I’ve engaged with here on Free Republic. It’s nice to hear such a generous sentiment from the Church of Rome.
That really was the essence of the 2nd ready at Sunday’s Mass where Jesus essentiall said do not denigrate (or stop) people from doing good in Jesus’ name even if they are not followers.
Makes me happy to be a thoroughly catholic Christian—just never in submission to the Bishop of Rome.
Mark:9-At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.