the Catholic Church has been “thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertarianism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so on. Every day new sects arise.”
The greatest evil of our time is the dictatorship of moral relativism. I recall the gospel story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man has no name-he has been forgotten but not Lazarus.Notice that when Jesus told this story He did not condemn the rich man for being rich.He was condemned for not sharing what he had been given with a man in desperate need.Nor did Jesus call for a government program.He called upon each of us not to ignore the poor. The Church-by which i mean Catholic-has as her call to feed the poor both spiritually and materially.Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom,the power to bind and loose and the directive to take care of the sheep. It is HIS Church. Not Peter's,not Benedict's,John Paul II's or Pope Francis'.The role of of the Pope is a caretaker-that is, they are vicars of Christ-until Christ returns.
The greatest evil of our time is not unemployment-it is moral relativism.Mother Therese knew this.She wrote,
"“The poor are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family planning and said: “You people who have practiced chastity, you are the best people to teach us natural family planning because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other.” And what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people when they are spiritually rich. When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society – that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome.”A comment from FR Z's blog helps:
“Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. and if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola
We are going to be discussing Pope Francis recent interviews for some time.I am not sure how some are taking them. I read both negative (more of those)and positive statements. I wanted to remind people here of the real danger of our times.In the meantime I hope that Pope Francis statements will be clarified. Until then I will keep in mind the quote from St. Ignatius. Also keep in mind what Fr Z has pointed out since these interviews:abortion is still murder, gay marriage is still no marriage, we’re going to jaw-jaw with nonbelievers, we’re still going to be a minority, Former-Fr. – Mister Reynolds is still excommunicated!