Pope Francis: “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God”

THE whirlwind that is Pope Francis is again firing off bombshells. This time with the words:
“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation,” he said — phrases that are likely to further raise the ire of traditionalists who have been flummoxed and often infuriated by Francis’ willingness to upend the church’s long-standing customs.

“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good. … Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

Francis also made it clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders and the command-and-control way of operating from Rome, even calling the papal court a “leprosy of the papacy.”

You can read more here
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/10/01/pope-francis-fires-warning-shot-churchs-top-bureaucracy/

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10 thoughts on “Pope Francis: “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God”

  1. Pope Francis writes:
    “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good. … Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
    My brother in law who comes from China thinks beating dogs and then skinning them alive is a good thing. Dabbles thinks the practice is evil. Who do you believe?
    The Bible says in Judges 17:6 that when everyone did what he thought was good in their own eyes, the whole kingdom ended up in anarchy. Thus what is good to one person is evil to another and so on. Nice try Pope Francis. But the whole statement is meaningless drivel.

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    • But by what standards does Francis mean people believe in good and evil? The example of Dabbles and skinning dogs alive illustrates the point that unless you have absolute standards as to what constitutes good and evil, everyone does what seems right in their own eyes (such as my brother in law who believes skinning dogs is a good thing). Long may Pope Francis talk about “command and control” by the church bureacracy. When Pope Francis talks about good and evil, he talks about standards of good and evil that are defined by the Catholic Church.

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      • “None so stupid as he who has no brain with which to comprehend” ~ Anonymous.

        Dabbles does NOT take a position on “good and evil”; he’s convinced they’re inventions of the more fkucwitted of ‘religionists’.

        But dabbles does have a strong sense of what’s acceptable and what isn’t, and that nothing is absolute. For example, he thinks a case can be made for skinning the odd two-legged animal ~ alive.
        And he notes that the stupid (see definition above) davinci has neither expressed any inclination to fulfil his threat to send his mongrel-bred brother-in-law around here to skin BillyBob nor offered to take up the invitation to do so himself….

        Typical of the breed, I expect.
        On might suspect that his brother-in-law is also his father.

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  2. Priests are members of an order, not a democracy, and religion is man made. So a democratic Pope seems like a contradiction in terms.

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  3. I’ve never thought of God in terms of Catholic, Protestant, or whatever lol

    I wonder other people actually do that.

    God is God

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