Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SHOCK! Pope Francis IS Catholic!





“Who am I to judge?”

With this provocative question, Pope Francis fueled the passions of liberals who long for a Catholic Church that embraces human abortion, contraception, and (so-called) gay marriage.

They thought the new Pope was suggesting that these sins don’t matter. Even more, they believed he was leading us on the path toward embracing and normalizing sins that the Church has opposed for two thousand years.

They were wrong.

The Pope was trying to tell us that Christ meets us where we’re at: in our sin. He came to rescue us from it. His love, His mercy is stronger than sin.
But he doesn’t want us to remain in our sin. He calls us to grow in our faith, to repent, and strive mightily to avoid falling back into all the sins that separate us from Christ.

If Christ is all about mercy, so is His bride, the Church. Pope Francis relentlessly invokes Christ’s Divine Mercy:

“The Church is a mother: she has to go out to heal those who are hurting, with mercy … She must travel this path of mercy. And find a form of mercy for all.”

Pope Francis refers to the beautiful parable of the Prodigal Son as the model for the Church:
“I believe that this is a kairos [ie. opportune moment]: this time is a kairos of mercy.”

Although the Pope is a role model of mercy and humility for us all, he still demands adherence to the tenets of the faith. This was demonstrated in his decision to excommunicate Australian Catholic priest, Greg Reynolds, who was an advocate for gay marriage and ordination of women as priests.

Is Pope Francis merciful? Yes.


Is he Catholic? Absolutely.

By Tom Quiner

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this.
The point is that as Christians, as Salvationists, we are called to be merciful and meet people where they are while still holding to the tenets of our faith.

Pope Francis is indeed doing that.

I just wish that our leaders would learn from that lesson and deal with those who are trying to change God's Word with new and wonderfully off the wall concepts(sarcasm). One must hold to the basic tenets of Christianity and one must hold to the Doctrines and R and R of Salvation Army. There are too many who want to change the ethos of TSA and some of them need to be excommunicated(SA version) and made examples so that others will rethink their stance and either conform or leave. It is possible to be a Christian and not a Salvationist or not a Catholic or not a ?????.

There is much that differs between Catholicism and Salvationism but there is commonality that makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks for this blog.

J Stephenson
Canada and Bermuda

Anonymous said...

"There are too many who want to change the ethos of TSA and some of them need to be excommunicated (SA version) and made examples so that others will rethink their stance and either conform or leave."

It strikes me as uncomfortable to read the above commenters words. In the not too distant past TSA wasn't keen on blacks within the officer ranks. I suppose there were those within the rank in file who also espoused "confirm or leave" towards those wanting to diversify.

"The Salvation Army is looking more and more like America!" The high ranking officer who spoke those words was referring to the racial diversity of the Cadet body. No more Lilly white faces was the take away and everyone knew it!

Anonymous said...

To the person who wrote 'It strikes me as uncomfortable to read the above commenters words. In the not too distant past TSA wasn't keen on blacks within the officer ranks'.
This comment strikes me as uncomfortable, too. The description 'blacks' is disrespectful, and suggests a superior attitude to those whose skin colour is different. Shameful. People are people, whatever their skin colour. God loves us all equally.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm - the word 'black' is disrespectful? So what are our word choices ensuring respect? Negro? NO! Coloured? NO WAY! African-American? NOT IF THE PERSON IS FROM THE CARIBBEAN! The N word? NOT EVER! None-White? ABSOLUTELY NOT- DISCRIMINATORY! Black? YEAH, THAT WORKS!

Yellow, red and black and white they are precious in His sight, and should be in ours as well.

An old former turned sage

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous commenter # 3,
Please do not begin to suggest or project what you think I meant by using the term blacks. I see that you didn't refute that at one time in TSA black people were not accepted within the ranks under the 'dear old flag; the yellow, red and the blue."

Gay Salvationist are expericing and feeling what some of those early day black soldiers and officers felt and continue to feel (on some fronts) withing the ranks today. Inequality! LIGHTEN UP!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous commenter @5: I am not suggesting or projecting anything - I merely thought you should have written 'black people' instead of 'blacks'. And what's it all got to do with gay salvationists? I note you didn't write 'gays' for them - far too disrespectful. Inequality has many hues. Words fail me.