The Internet, full of Inter-nuts, 'spins' the Pope like a whirling dervish!
Relying solely on the hearsay of television, popular magazines, or the Internet, one would think that Pope Francis had hoofs, horns, and a pitch-fork. But, if my recollection doesn't betray me, didn't people think the same of the Nazarene who wound up Crucified? Shouldn't all Christians befriend 'the tax collector and the sinner' in the Truth of God's Merciful Love?
Or should we be the Pharisee and point our distancing finger at them?
"Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel...If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river… Your descendants would be like the sand…" Isaiah 48:17-19
Correct me if I'm wrong. But, isn't God the Holy ONE? Now, if you answered yes, then aren't we all 'tax collectors and sinners?' That would include the Pope too…wouldn't it? Now, if a sinner didn't first embrace God's Mercy, and introduce it to their fellow sinner, wouldn't that be disobeying God's Greatest Commandment to Love God with all of our strength, and our neighbor as ourself? So why all the fuss over a Pope who simply seeks to obey God's Greatest Commandment in solidarity with sinners?
Could it be that (irreplaceable/unquestionable/rock solid, essential) dogma no longer serves Mercy?
"Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night." Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Discounting progressive lunatics, who seek to destroy Christianity, why do moderate, and conservative, Christians complain about the Pope's 'liberalism?' Could it be that he speaks a language which is somewhat archaic to the 21st century American? Could it be that American's no longer speak 'genuine Jesus?' For Jesus speaks dogma through compassion and Mercy; Pope Francis humbly does the same. Just because someone knows all the religious dance steps, and all the theological talking-points, doesn't mean that he, or she, isn't secretly 'following the counsel of the wicked' in sin, or sitting with 'scoffers' while loitering in their ways.
Dogmatic Truth is for Mercy, not self-justification!
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Matthew 11:16-19
Pope Benedict XVI 'came neither eating nor drinking.' Benedict was a very conservative, and dogmatic, Pope. But plenty of people scoffed at his compassion. Pope Francis befriends 'tax collectors and sinners,' and is branded a semi-heretic for his, often misinterpreted, open style of communication. Both Pope's are faithful Vicar's of Christ, both, in their own special way. Both, moreover, carry the Cross of Christ, realizing, as the popular saying goes in social circles, they're 'damned if they do, and damned if they don't.'
Yet, the social 'damning' of the Cross only saves!
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