I recently had the opportunity to defend the Faith & the Pope on a Facebook post about the Pope, on a page that would lean on the more conservative side, but does have the ‘click-bait’ headlines, and stories written to ‘fire people up’. The stories often tell a side that isn’t out there in the mainstream media, but it has also ‘twisted’ stories to fit agendas. I’m sharing this and some of the defenses, perhaps because at times it was frustrating, and perhaps for encouragement, and even, perhaps, a heads-up to people like me, who are in middle age, who have apparently lived in a bubble having never encountered people with these feelings, or at least, never bold enough to say it to my face. I’m sure I know people who would agree with the comments against the Faith and the Pope.
I initiated one comment defending the Pope, denouncing the ‘half story’ that the page was putting out there. Throughout the comments, every time I was asked (that I could see) I added facts, relevance, and defense of Pope Francis as a person and as our Pope, and of the Faith. These are often conservatives, including many ‘Catholics’, who follow this page. I was blessed to be able to dialogue with them, and perhaps, make a little difference. I’m pretty new at defending the Faith and Apologetics, but I think I did the best that I could do, at the time, with what I had. God led me to some good answers, and I probably led myself to some not-so-good ones. Hopefully, not many of those! For some, once I stood up and said I had the references and scripture, they changed their point.
He is, according to some, including some who said they were Catholic, a Socialist, Marxist, Communist, Servant of Satan. Catholics are pagans; guilty of making the Pope their master/God. The usual about not using a priest for confession; that the Church isn’t even Christian. We removed books from the Bible (Mary and Judas……yes, the same Mary that they claim is nothing but a mere woman and sinner); we go against Leviticus by believing we are eating the actual body and blood of Christ. The pope supports gays and their lifestyle; that he wants population control; we put the earth and creation above God; of course, there was the usual worshipping of Mary and false idols.
Let me share some of what I encountered, & defended (with love, and absolutely no anger or hatred; the peace within came from God). I used Scripture as much as possible, as well as the Catechism with its references to Scripture. I linked to the Vatican, the Catechism, Scripture, and a page that was able to explain the ‘myths’ that many believe about the Church.
*]Catholics aren’t Christians. Different beliefs, different backgrounds, different Mary, everything.
*]no, he’s not a good Catholic and Christian. He’s a social justice ideologue, and he’s an embarrassment to his faith.
*]God says don’t have idols. Mary would be an idol. Do you have statues of her? Yes you do. You are worshipping a false idol. You also don’t need a middle man to talk to God. And no matter how many Hail Marys (see idols) a priest gives you he can not forgive your sin. Oh and you can’t pray anyone into heaven. Jesus tells you the only way.
*]Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life let no man come to the Father but by me. JOHN 14:6 NO MAN. You can’t get to god through your priest. Matthew 9: 1-8 clearly delineates on who has the only authority to forgive. Your practice is a counterfeit. It does not align with the word of Jesus Christ.
*]Do you not have a pope?!! I’m looking at em. Romans 3:10 no man is holy, no not one.
*]Your pope has already come against the by going against 1st Corinthians with the gays. Also by doing that he is cursed from revelations 22
*]The pope is a false prophet, with a false gospel. Pushing communist agenda.
*]All Catholic/Christians should be very leery of this Pope. Some things he says don’t match up with our bible. He doesn’t know abt preaching the Bible either
*]You need to understand the difference between Catholicism and Christianity. The blood on hands is not on the Christians.
*] He is an apostate, the general consensus among fellow Catholics like myself have already written him off since he offers no guidance or moral clarity. During Mass he is not quoted, it’s always Benedict or John Paul
*]Pope is a false prophet no matter; the pope is a false prophet as described in scripture. I’ve followed articles and statements from the Vatican as well as this pope regarding many key issues. He is absolutely a false prophet.
*]the Pope does not follow Jesus. You can’t serve 2 masters. The “agendas” are not the same. If you serve the pope, you are not serving the Faith, or Jesus. Catholicism is not Christianity. We are to subdue the land and care for it. To be fruitful and multiply.
*]Pushing climate control doctrine. Population control. And putting the earth and animals above man is a spirit of sacrifice that is an abomination. If you were a follower of Christ, led by The Holy Spirit and not self or man. You would be given the gift of discernment. The knowledge to search the scriptures. And testing the spirits. You idolize a system of man, above God. Repent, and call upon Jesus.
*]Catholicism “fornicates” with other pagan religious idolatry practice. The pope prays with other religions and worshipped in a mosque. That’s an abomination. Harlotry. He removes the knowledge of God, fear of , and judgements of God via weather judgements. (Climate change) He is telling people to seek men , not repentance. He is setting up a one world religion, and encouraging global government. (BEAST)
*]EARTH WORSHIP. Worshiping the creation and not the Creator.
*]Catholics believe the “Eucharist” is the “body and blood of Jesus Christ”, a.k.a. “transsubstantiation”. Jesus often spoke in metaphors - do you really think he was asking disciples to literally drink his blood and eat his flesh in violation of Leviticus 3:17?