The ever-controversial Pope Francis is making headlines for taking shots at fellow Christians again, this time saying that ideological Christians have an illness. The most liberal Pope this side of history, perhaps ever, goes on record saying, from Raw Story, courtesy of Radio Vatican:
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. 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?
The Pope went on to say that ideology is a result of a lack of true prayer. Personally, I love what he said, and I like and respect this Pope as much as an atheist can like and respect the leader of any child abusing religious group such as the Roman Catholic Church, but I have to disagree with his reasoning here. This sick ideology is not the result of a lack of “true prayer.” It is a result of arrogance, a need for control, and a dangerous delusion about knowledge of an afterlife that no one can have any knowledge of.
However, despite his misguidance in his reasoning, Pope Francis is correct. Christian ideologues are sick. They are in need of healing. The question is how to do that. If he, or anyone, has that answer, I am all ears.
Watch Pope Francis in all his wisdom here:
Author / Shannon Barber
Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 3 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.