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A Pontificate of Mercy or a Merciless Pontificate?
New Oxford Review ^ | September 2017 | New Oxford Notes

Posted on 09/07/2017 2:44:17 PM PDT by ebb tide

For the past four-plus years, faithful Catholics have bent over backwards to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, telling themselves that the Argentine Jesuit means well, that he is a faithful son of the Church, that he — like his immediate predecessors — has an enduring love of Catholicism and Western civilization, even if at times he comes across as ambiguous, contradictory, and intellectually deficient. The NOR, more than most Catholic-oriented journals, has published critical assessments of Francis’s confusing statements, pontifical missteps, muddled theological writings, and misguided initiatives (we have an entire online dossier devoted to this pontificate: http://www.newoxfordreview.org/dossier.jsp?did=dossier-francis). Nevertheless, we have always approached the subject with an eye toward giving Francis the benefit of the doubt. We respect the Petrine ministry and we respect the office, but that presupposes the man elected to that office respects the ministry too. The time has come to offer an unvarnished look at the fruits of this papacy and to suggest that we move beyond giving Francis the so-called benefit of the doubt. Frankly, doubt is no longer an issue. Four-and-a-half years of evidence shows that Francis has fomented division, preached politics over the Gospel, and conducted himself more like a South American strongman than a vicar of Christ.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: francischurch; mercy

1 posted on 09/07/2017 2:44:17 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: laplata

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2 posted on 09/07/2017 2:56:00 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: ebb tide

I hat fixtures me perhaps the most is his apparently deliberate obfuscation and creation of confusion — as a vehicle to engender, enable, encourage changes in church teaching that he has not been willing to justify on scriptural or moral grounds.


3 posted on 09/07/2017 3:06:15 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicans are not born, they're excreted." -- Marcus Tillius Cicero)
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To: faithhopecharity

This Pope seems more concerned about bringing about leftist social engineering than anything else.


4 posted on 09/07/2017 3:09:51 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: laplata

Yes. Apparently so


5 posted on 09/07/2017 3:24:56 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicans are not born, they're excreted." -- Marcus Tillius Cicero)
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To: laplata

The article ends by saying that Jorge Bergoglio’s father was a communist. I had never heard that before. I wonder if that’s true.


6 posted on 09/07/2017 3:38:17 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (The devil is in the details.)
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To: ebb tide

Uhhhhhh..........

..........howsabout “leftwing Argentine Commie jerk”.

That sums it up about right.


7 posted on 09/07/2017 3:54:40 PM PDT by Flintlock (The ballot box STOLEN, our soapbox taken away--the BULLET BOX is left to us.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

The article ends by saying that Jorge Bergoglio’s father was a communist. I had never heard that before. I wonder if that’s true.

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I had heard that before but don’t doubt it. I’ll check some more.


8 posted on 09/07/2017 3:56:47 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I looked but couldn’t find anything about his father being a communist. I did see one liberal Catholic site that had nothing but praise for Francis.

I did notice that many see Francis as sympathetic to socialism and communism.


9 posted on 09/07/2017 5:03:42 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: laplata

That’s unfortunately true. He practices -— in his personal friendships as well as his diplomacy-— practical alliances with socialists and communists.

Papal diplomacy isn’t, of course, part of the teaching authority of the church, and has zero claim to indefectibility.

Pope Francis is doing enormous long-range damage. His program seems to be “Repeal and Replace...Catholicism”.

The best thing we can do, really, is: be Catholic.


10 posted on 09/07/2017 5:17:36 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Pray for the &@$#%.... It's the only to help him, or you, be a bit worthier as a human being.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This article is excellent and demonstrates very well where he is coming from and where he is trying to steer the Church.


11 posted on 09/07/2017 5:25:37 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: laplata

>>I had heard that before but don’t doubt it. I’ll check some more.

I had a priest tell me estimates are that fully a third of the members of the world’s male and female religious orders are sexual perverts.


12 posted on 09/07/2017 6:10:07 PM PDT by fortes fortuna juvat
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To: Mrs. Don-o

You are correct ... the best we can do is be Catholic.


13 posted on 09/07/2017 6:35:11 PM PDT by victim soul (victim soul)
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To: ebb tide

When the Pope has lost the New Oxford Review ... it’s over.


14 posted on 09/07/2017 6:54:23 PM PDT by Campion (Halten Sie sich unbedingt an die Lehre!)
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To: fortes fortuna juvat

I wouldn’t have believed that thirty years ago but today I don’t doubt it.


15 posted on 09/07/2017 6:58:13 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: ebb tide

Where in the church is it written the pope has to have an enduring love of western civilization?


16 posted on 09/07/2017 7:00:56 PM PDT by morphing libertarian (Imprison Obama, Clintons, Holder, lynch now.)
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To: morphing libertarian

Depends what you mean by Western Civilization.


17 posted on 09/08/2017 9:04:36 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (They said what's down is up, they said what isn't is, they put ideas in his head he thought were his)
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