uring his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis is going to feel a lot of love from hundreds of thousands of people, but he is well aware that a large number of Americans beyond the adoring crowds view him with angry disgust. To them, his teachings on climate change, indulgent consumerism, excessive wealth and capitalist exploitation of the poor are nothing short of socialism. Add to that his open embrace of the refugees from Syria who are flooding into Europe, and quite a few folks on the right are convinced that, far from being a good Christian, Francis is a dangerous charlatan…
However, the pope has a better theological understanding than most people. It is what he does for a living, after all. What conservative critics of Francis ignore is that Catholic social teaching has been consistent for more than a century, stretching back to the age of sweatshops, child labor and the robber barons. When Ronald Reagan’s partner in Cold War diplomacy, Pope John Paul II, came to the U.S., he too preached against the abuses of the capitalist system, though his fans on the right conveniently closed their ears to what he had to say. The concern Francis has for the environment grows out of that tradition.
I have to applaud the Germans for being so very welcoming, as a whole, to the refugees. It is natural for a citizen who is having a tough time to wonder if a flood of refugees might diminish his chances of improving his own station in life. I think that is the fear that many of us initially have during such times.
The reality is however, that these people are like swimmers from a sinking Titanic, hoping to make it to a life boat containing people with some sense of humanity. Overall Germany seems to follow the spirit of the Bible verse we all should embrace during such times:
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Sounds like a piece written by a bitter liberal trying to claim Pope Francis for his side. “Mine! He’s mine!”
Truth is that Catholic social teaching does have many “liberal” elements to it, but it also includes many many traditionally conservative values. Let’s not put Pope Francis in a box.
Caring about the earth, the poor, and the vulnerable makes Francis a…fake Christian?
Just goes to show how diseased conservativism in America has become sadly.
I pray for those who have evil thoughts of Pope Francis.
Why in the world would take the statements of a few right-leaning commentators and make such a vapid and false statement about an entire movement filled with plenty of wonderful people?
Its a shame that you look for and post articles that cause division.
Hello!!! Thank you! Just what I was thinking! Rather then pinning this on all conservatives in America though, I would simply rather say the detractors who have said this of the Holy Father.
[quote=David Horsey]In recent days, I’ve heard from a couple of these people. They disagreed with a column in which I said Francis sets a better example of Christianity than does Kim Davis, the devout county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
If David Horsey was actually able to ask the Pope about it, he would be probably end up being shocked to find out that Pope Francis would agree with Kim Davis and say that she did the right thing. I rather doubt that there is very much space between the Pope and Kim Davis on that particular issue. :rolleyes:
Pope Francis is teaching directly from Holy Scripture.
44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[a] to all, as any had need.
a.Acts 2:45 Gk them
34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). 37 He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Ananias and Sapphira
5 But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property; 2 with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us[a] but to God!” 5 Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it. 6 The young men came and wrapped up his body,** then carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you and your husband sold the land for such and such a price.” And she said, “Yes, that was the price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.
a.Acts 5:4 Gk to men
b.Acts 5:6 Meaning of Gk uncertain
13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
a.Matthew 19:21 Gk lacks the money
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;[a] do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
a.Romans 12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks
1 John 3:17-18
17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister[a] in need and yet refuses help?
18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
a.1 John 3:17 Gk brother
There are numerous passages in the Old Testament. Isaiah 58:6-12 is powerful.
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator[a] shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
a.Isaiah 58:8 Or vindication
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Conservative and liberals don’t get it.
He is a disciple of Christ.
He is not a player in their political agendas.
I agree, but they like to play like little kids. No he’s mine, no he’s mine
You are right. “little kids”, but I would also throw in the word, “bratty”