Pope Francis has delivered a powerful message aimed squarely at conservatives within the U.S. Catholic Church as he argued they put their ideologies over their faith.
Faith vs. Ideology
The Pope minced no words, asserting that US catholic conservatives have veered off course, prioritizing ideology over genuine faith.
A New Perspective on Catholics
Francis went even further, arguing that being a Catholic means allowing your views to change over time, referring to subjects such as abortion and gay rights.
U.S. Catholic Church’s Internal Struggles Revealed
The Pope’s comments brought to light the deep-seated divisions within the U.S. Catholic Church, calling them “backward.”
A Pope’s Pivot
Francis’ pivot towards social justice matters, such as the environment and poverty, left many conservatives angered.
Breaking Away From Tradition
The Pope even suggested allowing those who are divorced to allow sacraments, which further angered traditionalists.
A Strong Discussion Behind Closed Doors
During a meeting, a Portuguese Jesuit told of his challenging experience during a year in the United States because many of the Catholics didn’t agree with Pope Francis’ ideas.
Francis’ Reaction to Critics
Francis took note of the Jesuit’s struggles, acknowledging that he encountered many angry Catholics, including U.S. bishops, who were vocal critics of his views.
A Strong Reaction in the U.S. Church
In a stark description, the Pope referred to the resistance within the U.S. church as “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude.”
Calling Out “Backwardness”
The Pope’s criticism did not stop there. He branded this conservative stance as “backward,” and that people should stop putting their ideologies over their faith.
A Warning of Consequences
Francis issued a grave warning, “Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support. In other words, ideologies replace faith.”
A Call for Understanding
The Pope advocated for a balanced view, “I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, and they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals.”
Francis’ “Attacked By Americans” Claim
This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has acknowledged criticism from U.S. conservatives, even humorously referring to being “attacked by Americans.”
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Source: AP News