Pope Francis has burst onto the Catholic landscape as a voice of humility and a true adherent to the words of Jesus in the Bible, and ***his latest target involves rigid Christian “ideology” that bears little resemblance to the direction of the Christian messiah.
While Pope Francis has made waves in many ways, a recent Mass, during which*** he struck out at ideological caucuses falling back on Christ,*** became the newest instance of His Holiness disrupting a lot of mainstream Christian doctrine.
The Bible’s New Testament offers up a lot of words from Jesus on how we should live, with many about caring for the sick, needy and poor, and zero about gay marriage and other Evangelical right cause célèbres.
Pope Francis sees you moralizing on the street corner, and he wants you to know he does not approve. His Holiness said:
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology***… And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.”
The Pope continued:
“… when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
Pope Francis adds that not only is the embrace of ideology counterproductive, it’s also possibly driving people away from faith. He explains:
“The f***aith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people***, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people… But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
I am humbly, sincerely, asking for some help here. What is the Pope saying here? isn’t Christianity, by and large, an ideology? Isn’t the Catechism essentially a Re-statement/ declaration of ideology?
Seems to me to be a rather broad brush he has wielded.
Any clarification would be duly appreciated.
^^^just to be clear–I didn’t mean to reduce Christianity to merely an ideology—I fully understand the relationship aspect…but institutionalized Christianity–the Church–how it’s structured…why we believe what we believe…how we apply that to our personal lives…how we view the outside world…imo, these things fall within the ideological aspect of the Church…
…and the Pope refers to it as an illness?
I can’t seem to wrap my mind around it. Again, any light would be very much appreciated.