A pope who afflicts the comfortable

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  • Updated: December 1, 2013 - 5:04 PM

(With the goal of comforting the afflicted. And it’s not just talk.)

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gutshotDec. 1, 13 5:32 PM

Certainly some food for thought!!!

okaybruceerDec. 1, 13 5:36 PM

I do not consider him dangerous at all. He said same sex "marriage" is from Satan and he has strongly affirmed the intrinsic evil of abortion and contraception. The liberal stuff Dionne loves...well, that is him just being Catholic. The stuff Dionne hates...well, that is just him being Catholic too. No worries from us real Catholics. Nothing has changed, nor will it.

sek2undrstndDec. 1, 13 7:16 PM

I love Pope Francis and ALL of his message.

sek2undrstndDec. 1, 13 7:21 PM

Pope Francis is neither liberal nor conservative. He is first and foremost Catholic. It's us that separate his teachings so we can say we don't like this but yet we do like this to rationalize our thoughts, behaviors, and actions.

okaybruceerDec. 1, 13 7:33 PM

He also publicly excommunicated Greg Reynolds, an Australian former-priest who was a huge proponent of women's "ordination" and same sex "marriage." These are two things that His Holiness has shut the door on. If liberals were hoping for change on those things (hopey changey), that is just too bad.

Tuy1929Dec. 1, 13 7:40 PM

I am a conservative orthodox CAtholic, if I were pressed to label myself. I have seen or read nothing about Pope Francis that troubles me. He is a gift for the Church and the people. Conservative Catholics need to expand their insight into the message and the delivery. Liberal Catholics need to understand the real needs for the Church and for the world is not about women priests or marrying priests. It is about charity for our fellow man, and it is about the message of salvation for all mankind. I'm pretty sure that was Jesus' main message, too.

bomborDec. 1, 13 8:06 PM

Its blindingly obvious but people don't want to talk about it - our economic system should serve us instead of us serving it. And no, its not communism or socialism or anything-ism, its realism.

pumiceDec. 1, 1310:03 PM

Re: "the real needs for the Church and for the world is not about women priests or marrying priests." The Church needs priests. Fully half of our "fellow men" are women. Gender doesn't make men more capable than women of spreading the message of salvation or of performing acts of charity. For millennia, cultural imperatives have limited women's role in religion and in society; it is time and past time to change those cultural imperatives.

pumiceDec. 1, 1310:13 PM

Furthermore, if the title of the piece is more than a clever play on words and Pope Francis is truly prodding the comfortable to comfort the afflicted, I submit that it is men who have historically occupied the niche of "comfortable" and women who have historically occupied the niche of "afflicted."

honeybooDec. 1, 1311:30 PM

Who has helped the poor more: Mother Theresa or Bill Gates? Case closed.


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