[quote=Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all]The first group, he said, believe that everyone in the church should be just like them. “They are rigid! They do not have that freedom the Holy Spirit gives,” and they confuse what Jesus preached with their “own doctrine of uniformity.”
“Jesus never wanted the church to be so rigid,” Pope Francis said. Such people “call themselves Catholics, but their rigid attitude distances them from the church.”
[quote=Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all]The second group, those with alternative teachings and doctrines, “has a partial belonging to the church. These, too, have one foot outside the church,” he said. “They rent the church,” not recognizing that its teaching is based on the preaching of Jesus and the apostolic tradition.
These first two groups are related.
Group 1 individuals think they are attacking what they perceive are Group 2 individuals when in fact they are not.
Group 2 individuals think they are free to ignore what they perceive are Group 1 individuals when in fact they are not.
[quote=Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all]Members of the third group “call themselves Christians but don’t enter into the heart of the church,” they use the church “for personal profit,” the pope said. “We have all seen them in parish or diocesan communities and religious congregations; they are some of the benefactors of the church.”
Not exactly sure what is meant here, but the way I see it, there are individuals in parishes I have been involved with that do so much for the parish that they think they are truly above all those other people who don’t do nearly as much as they do. There is this attitude of ‘I do so much for this parish and others just don’t do as much as I do’. They are involved in parish life for the sake of personal profit (i.e. ‘Look at me, I’m a good Christian’) as the Pope suggests instead of the purpose furthering the Kingdom of God.