Recently Pope Francis was quoted as saying that God is not Catholic. He is right in the fact that the essence of God, transcendent and holy, is above even the fullest description of the way of moving toward Him. Yet, though this is not his intent, it is misleading in the fact that the Eternal Word of God, the only begotten Son of God, 'God from God, Light from Light,' the very Way to heaven, is the Head of the Catholic Body--His Body--and the Groom of His Precious Catholic Bride--the Church.
Sorry dear Francis, but the Lord IS Catholicism!
"And the Levites quieted all the people, saying, 'Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened.' Then all the people went to eat and drink, to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy, for they understood the words that had been expounded to them." Nehemiah 8:1-12
Much has been made lately of Pope Francis' views on a Catholic imbalance, in a moral Pharisaism, which is all too much about shouting out Church precepts about abortion and issues concerning homosexuality and marriage, and all too little about compassion toward sinners--of which we all are. And this is so very true. This is, however, fertile ground for progressives and those antagonistic to Catholicism--for purely ideological reasons--because they can misquote the often quoting Pope. But Truth be told. The compassion that Francis seeks can only come from the Word of God, Jesus Christ. And the Word of God, Jesus Christ, can only be found in His gospel and in those that Love Him to the point of preaching Him--even to the point of risking their lives. But prior to them is Him!
And He is truly present in the Eucharist. And He can't be more Catholic than that!
"The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye; The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; The ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just." Psalm 19:8-11
The Pope wants to open the world to the 'gold' and 'honey' of the fullness of the Catholic Truth. His way, however, is not with finger pointing and stern attitudes, but with open arms and hymns of faith from our heart. But the enemy of the Lord, the father of lies, distorts the Pope's message, and advertises a Catholicism without dogma or morality. But Catholicism without the dogma of the Crucified Christ is not Catholicism, but just another 'ism.' And Catholicism without morality is just another cult aiming to please men rather than God.
And that is not Catholic.
"...behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves." Luke 10:1-12
Francis the lamb calls Catholics to be accountable to not only the letter of the gospel, but the very Holy Spirit which animates it with Love--Love which manifests itself as compassion, forgiveness, joy, peace, truth, and Justice. But the wolves pervert the holy lambs bleating. When the lamb admonishes us for judging too much, the wolves condemn Catholic morality. When the lamb calls us to love the sinner, the wolves announce that sin is no more. Let's get one thing straight. Francis the lamb is Catholic; and he is ever faithful to the Lamb of God. But the wolves want to hinder the Way marked by the Blood of the One True Lamb.
The Way to heaven--in its fullness--in the Catholic faith of the apostles, and disciples, and saints of Jesus Christ.
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