@Pontifex reminds you he is more Catholic than @RushLimbaugh

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First, I like it that the Pope questions God like some of us do:

On the subject of children’s suffering, Francis says: “When I come across a suffering child, the only prayer that comes to mind is the “why” prayer. Why Lord?”


In response to the criticism he received after the publication of the “Evangelii Gaudium” from ultraconservatives in the US who accused him of being a “Marxist”, the Pope remarks: “Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” But, he points out, “there is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”

via La Stampa – “Never be afraid of tenderness”.

As I posted today… Duh.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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5 thoughts on @Pontifex reminds you he is more Catholic than @RushLimbaugh

  1. This is another one of those things that leads me to ask … Can we be done with the “marriage” between the religious and political conservatives YET?

    I mean, the one is now actively attacking the other for openly holding to its beliefs. I called some of it in 2008 when National Review and the like were saying that they might be allies, but it was ridiculous to nominate an actual Baptist minister for President (ignoring that he was also a governor). But now … attacking the Pope for being the Pope?

    Can we be done with it now? It’s long been clear that the FisCons no more than tolerate Social Cons and true believers, so … can we just acknowledge that there is no alliance, much less marriage, and move on?

    Or are we seriously just going to write it off as that foreigner not knowing what real Christianity is … you know, since he’s from Latin America instead of Western Europe or the US?

    • it is interesting. Tom Wright says that while polygamy and other forms of marriage were allowed, monogamy is what God desires and goes on to prove it through progressive revelation. I’d say the line of thinking is what the Pope would follow as well.

      • Assuming the Wrightian assessment is correct and (having been married to my first wife for over 40 years) I have no reason to doubt it, could this mean that the current Pope would tolerate multiple cohabitation – essentially the present day equivalent of biblical concubines – since this is actually what the court’s ruling permits? After all, for example, he seems to have taken a more conciliatory approach toward Marxism – while, concurrently, claiming to not be Marxist. The link below offer a more detailed insight into the Pope’s thinking on Marxism.

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