Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters
Yet in the Vatican itself, all is not well. Ever since his election in 2013, Francis‚Äôs efforts at reform have made him deeply unpopular with conservative Catholics, some in positions of influence within the Vatican itself. They have balked at his efforts to change the way the Vatican is run, including its bank, and to rethink the manner in which the church deals with failed marriages, including welcoming remarried divorcees to receive holy communion. Now the rumblings of discontent have spread to liberals who support Francis but are deeply upset by recent remarks he has made on child abuse....
@JohnY...if we take a bag of chips and split them up into two different bags, do the chips change? If I take the same bucket of water and pour it into a vase and a spittoon, doe the water change? Graham and the Pope are brothers in many ways. They both preach universalism. They both side-step hot potatoes. They both embrace Islam. They both believe there are many ways to God. What more evidence do you need? Step away from your personal opinions and look at the facts. Too many people allow their emotions and opinions to cloud their judgement and it ends up deceiving them.
Watcher wrote: Graham and the Pope are cut from the same cloth though. How can you be so judgmental? All the fruit the Pope has...he's got to be a Christian, right?
Francis is not a Christian because he never received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. But Graham did receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Graham preached the Baptist doctrine of salvation which is the biblical doctrine of salvation.
Just a guy wrote: Time sure does fly! We moved to the country two years ago and it seems like two months! It should make all of very aware of how short our lives really are. We only have a short time to bring glory to Christ. We must press on!
My Own 2 cents wrote: @John UK, I know! Time has gone by fast. I thought it was more recent than 2013 that he was elected. Incredible.
I'm glad I'm not the only one.
Yes, short lives really. And we only get one hit at it. We don't come back and do a second circuit. What we have to do needs to be done right away, every day.
John 9:4 KJV (4)¬† I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV (58)¬† Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Sad to say, my grandmother (who is raising my cousin) is a committed Roman Catholic. While at her house, I noticed a stack of children's booklets all about the RC religion. Stuff like "Praying the rosary", "All about angels", something about being a good Catholic, all the stuff you would expect. One title I couldn't resist reading was "Pope Francis". It made no bones about glorifying the wretch to a God-like state. Included in the booklet was his life story. One thing I found not so surprising was Franky's "kindness and heart" for children and the fact that he got started in life by bartending. It's interesting (and often aggravating) to come across material from the opposite side.
You got it, IE, but only the tip as you know...so much more to this diabolical system of Religion, and their fluffy creed is only to deceive. The Mass alone, and it's true purpose should make any true believer, run, and run fast. So many fatalistic lies to choose from, but the lone fact that the sole purpose of the Mass is to continually re-sacrifice Christ because His once and for all sacrifice on the cross wasn't sufficient to cover all future sin is more than enough, without anything else, to label the system as being spawned from the pit of Hell.
Catholic Sacraments: A Ruthless Trafficking in Human Souls Rebuke to "brazen claim of the Pope: ‚ÄúThe Sacraments express and realize an effective and profound communion among us.‚ÄĚ
The truth is that ‚Äúeffective and profound communion‚ÄĚ comes only through Jesus Christ alone. Communion with Christ does not come through any ritual or Sacrament! Scripture states, ‚ÄúBy whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.‚ÄĚ True believers believe on Jesus Christ alone; ‚Äúthe only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.‚ÄĚTrue believers ‚Äúof his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.‚ÄĚ Such fullness of grace derives from Jesus Christ alone, not from any Church or any mechanical ceremony of any Church!
Do not miss the point: Rome teaches that sacraments are ‚Äúnecessary for salvation‚ÄĚ. Francis continues Rome‚Äôs historical dogma: Whoever does not partake of Rome‚Äôs sacraments in a Catholic Church is damned forever! Official Catholic Teaching; Rebirth by Baptism Rome teaches baptism as ‚Äúthe basis of the whole Christian life‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúthe door which gives access to the other sacraments
Wow, Catholics in name only have many of the same problems as Christians in name only--usually many White Evangelicals.
Anna Momigliano wrote: Practicing Catholics can hardly embrace xenophobia, and Catholics in name only don‚Äôt care about religious issues at all,‚ÄĚ said Jacopo Tondelli, a political analyst who edits the popular blog Stati Generali. ‚ÄúIn between, there‚Äôs a large group of people who feel strongly about their Catholic identity but don‚Äôt feel obliged to listen to everything that the pope says, especially if it doesn‚Äôt suit them. [ ] You know, people who fight to keep the crucifix in every classroom, but don‚Äôt attend Mass.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs among these Catholics that anti-immigrant sentiment can spread, Tondelli argues.
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One of the things I really missed because of Ian Paisley's death was the removal of his website, the European Institute of Protestant Studies. So many excellent articles vanished‚Ěó ūüĎé There were several excellent articles on left-wing and right-wing popesūüĎć