Pope Francis describes 'ideological Christians' as a 'serious illness'
"The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology," he said, according to Radio Vatican. "And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.
"And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought... For this reason Jesus said to them: 'You have taken away the key of knowledge.' The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements."
"The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people," Francis added. "But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?"
He said Christian ideology was the result of a lack of true prayer.
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QOTD: Pope Francis by digby I think he just threw down the gauntlet at certain Catholics who seem to have confused religion and politics. "The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon people . In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness.
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DarkHeart wrote October 24, 2013 12:49:15 AM CEST
Shitola redeye religion is a a tool of politics, always has been, always will be.
CIA pumpin' plenti a money into mooneys & fundies
properREDeye wrote October 23, 2013 2:16:09 PM CEST
Religion is the most serious condition on the planet. It causes more war, hunger, death, separation and disease than any government. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
-irrational belief despite no proof offered over thousands of years,
-idolisation of man made deities and objects,
-taking literal meaning from books edited by priests and monks hundreds of years after the events and hundreds of years ago,
-fantastical belief of creation,
-total hostility and total disregard for groups of people outside their beliefs,
-starting wars and claiming it was for gods glory,
-accrediting anything good in your life to your god,
-blaming everything bad in your life on not worshipping your god more,
-thoughtless monetary contribution to a non physical entity that should either have no use for money or be able to just create it.
I could continue but i have probably upset enough religious nuts as it is