Christ Loved the Church: Francis Throws Down the Gauntlet to Religious


#1

Pope Francis has begun his assault against the secularization of religious life, attacking the late-20th century tendency to separate religious commitment from the Church in order to serve the spirit of the world.

catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=572


#2

Love this article :thumbsup:


#3

I watched as the Body of Christ on earth was poisoned, very gradually, over the last 40 years, and I would like to add that the liars and deceivers worked at all levels of society: as Hippies and anarchists on the streets, as infections in academic life, with Dr. and Ph.D. as part of their names. They spoke skillfully and lied with a smile on their faces, and deceived without conscience. Dissidents inside and outside the Church promised even the religious a kind of new freedom.

I was there, and I can tell you why they succeeded. As I saw things change, I began to realize that those of us who had been raised to be fully Catholic in our daily lives were constantly assaulted by new and old temptations all labeled "FREEDOM." Taught to welcome the stranger, we listened to the wolves and before long, some of us became drug addicts or porn addicts or sex addicts. Porn in the 1970s, and the high-priced lawyers retained to defend it from religious nuts. Strip clubs, topless bars. That's somebody's daughter up there, but no, they called themselves, to this day, "Gentlemen's Clubs" like brainless gangsters what got class: "We got tha finest broads here. Top drawer entertainment!" Try the bottom drawer.

The media joined in starting in the late 1960s but it was still mostly good. By the 1970s, even I thought, "It's not that bad." The Adult Bookstores could be avoided but it was now legal to see what should be hidden in great quantity. And abortion in 1973? Why?

catholicnewsagency.com/resources/abortion/articles-and-addresses/an-ex-abortionist-speaks/

It started in 1969.

The media which was called "a welcomed guest in our homes" turned more and more perverse. By the mid-1980s, what do you have? Porn on cable? And the movies? It was at the 50/50 point. By the time you got into the 90s, more and more sinful sexual garbage and dysfunctional living in general. The music on the radio had gone mostly bad.

Then the devil's finest achievement, the internet, where men and women are sexually exploited as no time before in history.

Popes John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict helped turn the ship around. Pope Francis is now putting the ship back on course. And I thank God that He allowed me to see it. The poison will quickly or gradually be removed from our systems and the true life that I lived is and will continue to flourish as we return to living out what God gave us.

To God be the glory. Jesus called us friends.

biblehub.com/1_samuel/3-10.htm

Lord, thank you for bringing us Pope Francis at this hour.

Ed


#4

[quote="edwest2, post:3, topic:326233"]
Lord, thank you for bringing us Pope Francis at this hour.

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Amen to that.

I find it disappointing that the liberal Catholics I know are praising him for other reasons but ignoring his orthodox statements. Hopefully they come around.


#5

They’ll be tripping over them soon, and realize, either with delight or horror, that the orthodox way is the way.

Peace,
Ed


#6

[quote="edwest2, post:3, topic:326233"]
I watched as the Body of Christ on earth was poisoned, very gradually, over the last 40 years, and I would like to add that the liars and deceivers worked at all levels of society: as Hippies and anarchists on the streets, as infections in academic life, with Dr. and Ph.D. as part of their names. They spoke skillfully and lied with a smile on their faces, and deceived without conscience. Dissidents inside and outside the Church promised even the religious a kind of new freedom.

I was there, and I can tell you why they succeeded. As I saw things change, I began to realize that those of us who had been raised to be fully Catholic in our daily lives were constantly assaulted by new and old temptations all labeled "FREEDOM." Taught to welcome the stranger, we listened to the wolves and before long, some of us became drug addicts or porn addicts or sex addicts. Porn in the 1970s, and the high-priced lawyers retained to defend it from religious nuts. Strip clubs, topless bars. That's somebody's daughter up there, but no, they called themselves, to this day, "Gentlemen's Clubs" like brainless gangsters what got class: "We got tha finest broads here. Top drawer entertainment!" Try the bottom drawer.

The media joined in starting in the late 1960s but it was still mostly good. By the 1970s, even I thought, "It's not that bad." The Adult Bookstores could be avoided but it was now legal to see what should be hidden in great quantity. And abortion in 1973? Why?

catholicnewsagency.com/resources/abortion/articles-and-addresses/an-ex-abortionist-speaks/

It started in 1969.

The media which was called "a welcomed guest in our homes" turned more and more perverse. By the mid-1980s, what do you have? Porn on cable? And the movies? It was at the 50/50 point. By the time you got into the 90s, more and more sinful sexual garbage and dysfunctional living in general. The music on the radio had gone mostly bad.

Then the devil's finest achievement, the internet, where men and women are sexually exploited as no time before in history.

Popes John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict helped turn the ship around. Pope Francis is now putting the ship back on course. And I thank God that He allowed me to see it. The poison will quickly or gradually be removed from our systems and the true life that I lived is and will continue to flourish as we return to living out what God gave us.

To God be the glory. Jesus called us friends.

biblehub.com/1_samuel/3-10.htm

Lord, thank you for bringing us Pope Francis at this hour.

Ed

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Thank you so much for this fine and cogent post.

I join my prayers to yours:

Lord, thank you for bringing us Pope Francis at this hour.

[quote="edwest2, post:5, topic:326233"]
They'll be tripping over them soon, and realize, either with delight or horror, that the orthodox way is the way.

Peace,
Ed

[/quote]

Yes, they will.


#7

You’re welcome.

God bless,
Ed


#8

I see it as a great grace- the fact that this Pope wants a Church of the poor-and yet coming from South America he has no time for Liberation theology. It is as if the Lord has given us a Pope who is restoring the original beauty of the faith in the same way that St Francis of Assisi did .It is the authentic service of the poor; a true evangelical Catholicism that he is promoting rather than the Marxist millenarian sell out promoted by some many liberals of the 1970’s and 80’s. Asking the Bishops of Portugal to Consecrate his Pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima yesterday was a great sign also.
www.divinemercypopes.com


#9

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