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Pope Francis Takes Aim At Ideologically Obsessed Christians, Says They Have Illness

Pope Francis has been very clear about how he feels about ideological purity in religion. He’s been particularly critical of right-wing Christian fundamentalism. Pope Francis has shifted the focus of the Catholic Church to issues facing the poor and the sick. He has railed against economic inequality and has criticized the anti-gay and anti-abortion strains that have come to dominate the Christian Right here in America. Such ideological extremism is dangerous, not only to Christianity, but to the world. And Pope Francis said as much last Thursday.

Pope Francis called right-wing Christian fundamentalism a sickness.

During a daily Mass last week, Pope Francis called ideological Christianity “an illness” that doesn’t serve Jesus Christ. Instead, it “frightens” people and pushes them away from religion.
Based on past statements, Pope Francis’ remarks were aimed mostly at the Christian Right.

While Pope Francis did not specifically mention Christian right-wing ideology during the Mass, his past remarks suggest he was talking about that ideology most of all.

In September, Pope Francis attacked “savage capitalism” and took up the plight of the unemployed against a system that worships money. Earlier that month, the Pope also criticized conservative Catholics for focusing so much on abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. And in July, Pope Francis put the brakes on hating gay people, saying that we shouldn’t judge or marginalize them.

Clearly, Pope Francis isn’t fond of the extreme ideals of the Christian Right. He supports helping the poor. He believes in economic fairness. He denounces hatred of gay people. He thinks the war against abortion and birth control has gone too far. Considering all of these things, it’s pretty obvious that Pope Francis was mostly talking to right-wing Christians on Thursday. Their ideological fanaticism has damaged religion. They have abandoned the true teachings of Jesus to pursue an extremist agenda. And Pope Francis just called them out for it. Cue right-wing rage in 3, 2, 1…


Added: Oct-22-2013 
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  • He is telling TeaBaggers that they are "savage capitalists" and they are "Christians with an illness".

    I like this guy.

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  • The man is right.

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  • His approach is much different from the last two popes.

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  • As an American of Argentine descent & a catholic of a previously declining faith; I can say-
    This is the best Pope we've ever had.

    Let's see what he does with his 20+ years in office.

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  • christians are dumb morons. this ain't news.

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  • He is simply trying to slowly evolve the church to fit with today's society. It will fail. It should have been done hundreds of years ago. The church is against science, so I am against the church. The church will lose.

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    • @Steve15425 How can you have a brain on this topic, but lack one when it comes to politics?

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    • @glivick Huh? What have I said about politics that is wrong? Odd that you agree on one and not the other. I'm against the Republicans and for the Democrats. The republicans are religious. It is basically the religious against the non-religious. Get an Atheist Republican in there who wants to do the things most helpful to me, and he or she has my vote. So far, it is only the Democrats that best serve my interests.

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    • @Steve15425 Eventually, your democrats are not going to be able to make the payments on the national debt. That's the issue here. It's just that simple.

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    • @glivick I agree on that. It is an issue I'm concerned about.

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    • @Steve15425 If it wasn't for that problem, everything that goes on would balance itself out through the natural checks and balances. Only being able to spend what was collected in taxes would force taxes to increase to cover new spending, which would eventually cause reduced revenue when the taxes hurt the economy (via foreign trade impacts, etc.), forcing taxes to be rolled back. The spending discipline enforced by having to work with a balanced budget is what cheats me out of a 52" pla More..

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  • If the religious would just ask themselves for real what they ask rhetorically, they'd be hard pressed to explain their attitudes about things: "What would Jesus do?"

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  • This is the only Pope I've liked and I've read about the papacy since Pope Pius I from the year 142.

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  • I dont know about this new guy, but I heard that the Polish pope performed miracles. He walked underwater, cured a ham and made a lame man blind.

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  • he also said that the mormons were much bigger pedophiles then the catholics.

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  • Finally a good Pope

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  • Seems he's missing 2/3rds or 66.6% (hmmmm...numerology puns anyone?) of the other Abrahamic religions in this *cough* "intellectual" sermon of his.

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  • The catholic church is the biggest joke ever. Growing up in a catholic family and seeing relatives tithe these child molesters makes you realize this is guy is just the head of the jesus mob regardless of what he says. Now that the world is more liberal and not tolerant of the churchs BS they are changing so they can continue their lavish life styles.

    IMO start making the catholic church pay taxes in the US and make it illegal for them to take 10 percent of an old womans social security che More..

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  • The gent needs to get his own house in order before he starts poking around in other people's houses.  The Catholic Church is a mess.

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    • @TheBBP He seemed to be speaking to his own church as well.You know,Catholics being Christians and the Roman Catholic Church being the Largest Christian church in the world.

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    • @jaydenfre Christians aren't Catholics and vice versa.  There are HUGE differences in faith there.

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    • @TheBBP You are a very clueless person about religion.There are many denominations of the Christian Religion. Can you not see the cross they are wearing?

      Just for entertainment purposes,Which one do you think is Christian?

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    • @jaydenfre Considering a Catholic to be Christian is correct in a technical sense.  But it is like calling a 400 pound couch potato an athlete because he wears Nikes and sweats.

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    • @TheBBP "it is like calling a 400 pound couch potato an athlete because he wears Nikes and sweats"

      No,A 400 lb coach potato wearing Nikes and sweats in a mobile home is Southern Baptist.

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  • God's like, "No fucktards, this shit's on you assholes alone, now". I'm liking this Pope, hopefully he hasn't raped too many boys

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  • Its obvious, that he is a mole.

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  • The Westboro Baptist Church....

    LOL perfect fit.

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