Pope Francis’s Big Vision is Exactly What the Catholic Church Needs

September 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor


I was raised a catholic and taught to believe that the church’s #1 priority was to serve the poor and oppressed. Pope Francis is trying in an earnest and dauntless – perhaps defiant manner to arouse the world to not forget “I tell you the truth that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven … it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Just yesterday, the pope went further to declare that the church is obsessed with gays, abortion, and contraception and that his papacy is more interested in helping the poor and needy. The New York Times reported that this sent shock waves throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It is truly astounding that there were reverberations of discontent in July within the church when Pope Francis merely stated “Who am I to judge” about homosexuality when you consider how many appalling scandals have come out for not just homosexuality but pedophilia within the clergy.  The staggering hypocrisy!!!

I applaud Pope Francis for stating that the clergy is wrong for putting dogmatic orthodoxy before love and serving the poor and marginalized and enough with the fire and brimstone. There are so many friends and acquaintances of mine who have either 1. Walked away from any form of organized religion completely and have turned to other more tolerant worldviews i.e. eastern thought. 2. Still are Christian but have changed denominations or 3. Have embraced secularism and view science as the only real outlet for explaining and understanding who we are/why we are here/is there a purpose?, etc.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? It’s interesting to note that Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis’s predecessor was anything but liberal and open – minded to how the world has changed.

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10 Responses to “Pope Francis’s Big Vision is Exactly What the Catholic Church Needs”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

    Over the past several years, I’ve not only been very skeptical but fiercely critical of the Christian faith as well as all of the other monotheistic organized religions for that matter… but I have to admit, it is refreshing indeed to hear the words of the progressive Pope Francis.

    Below is from one of my favorite blogs – The Daily Kos:

    Pope Francis is really on a roll, even for this non-believer. Yesterday he rejected the Catholic Church’s longtime focus on women’s rights and homosexuality. Today, he says money is the root of all evil.

    From Rome Reports:
    (Source: Vatican Radio)
    Money sickens our minds, poisons our thoughts, even poisons our faith, leading us down the path of jealousy, quarrels, suspicion and conflict. It drives to idle words and pointless discussions. It also corrupts the mind of some people that see religion as a source of profit. ‘I am Catholic, I go to Mass, everyone thinks well of me… But underneath I have my businesses. I worship money’. And here we have the word we usually find in newspapers: ‘Men of corrupted minds’. Money corrupts us! There’s no way out.”
    “We can never serve God and money at the same time. It is not possible: either one or the other. This is not Communism. It is the true Gospel! They are the Lord’s words. While money begins by offering a sense of well being. Then you feel important and vanity comes. We read in the Psalm. This vanity is useless, but still you think you are important. And after vanity comes pride. Those are the three steps: wealth, vanity and pride.”
    “But, Father, I read the Ten Commandments and they say nothing about the evils of money. Against which Commandment do you sin when you do something for money? Against the first one! You worship a false idol. And this is the reason: because money becomes an idol and you worship it. And that’s why Jesus tells us that you cannot serve money and the living God: either one or the other. The early Fathers of the Church, in the 3rd Century, around the year 200 or 300, put it in a very blunt way, calling money ‘the dung of the devil’. An so it is. Because turns us into idolatrous, fills our thoughts with pride and leads us away from our faith.”
    Even for the non-religious, it is difficult not to like Pope Francis.

  2. magdalena Says:

    This is one Pope truly to be admired for putting everyone in their place. He never ceases to surprise. I love that he speaks with such candor. A look at yourself in the mirror approach to changing how we deal (or don’t deal) with what really matters, yet he’s not above pointing out his own faults. Refreshing, yes. He must be turning some heads amongst his associates. About time they got them screwed on right. LOL.

  3. Son of Walt Says:

    It’s about time they get a Pope with common sense

  4. Rick Says:

    If you stop listening to your liberal infesting hate mongers you notice most religions have programs for the poor. Its nothing new Mike

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Oh, Rick – agnostics, atheists, scientists, or whomever aren’t hate mongers, they’re just people searching for the truth, that’s all.

    BTW, I do know that the church has done amazing things for the poor & homeless – that is the absolute truth.

  6. magdalena Says:

    There was an issue concerning the last Pope who did not want the nuns focusing so much on the poor and needy but rather to fight the abortion issue which caused a huge rift between the Catholic nuns and the papacy. So in light of recent events, this is new in getting back to what should always have been the work of the religious order.

  7. Rick Says:

    Magdalena to christians its a commandment. Thou shall not kill. What do you expect? Its a creation of God not a blob of nothing like pro abortionists think

  8. magdalena Says:

    The issue of abortion should not take priority over people in dire need of food and the basic necessities of life. Is the person on the street any less important than the potential one developing in the womb? Who has the right to say? Not even the pope should command a person of religious order to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the destitute. Let the woman whose body bears the fetus be guided by her own conscience and suffer the guilt or not. Not some man, pope or otherwise. Freedom to choose what we do with ourselves, right or wrong.

  9. magdalena Says:

    Incidently, alluding to the blob, we allow ourselves to become blobs by conceding to others to make life changing decisions on our behalf. Where’s the assistance once the blob is born when a pope says they should attend to the unborn rather than the one in need of a meal whose mother can’t afford to feed it? The issue of abortion must be met ahead of the problem before it becomes a blob by educating the poor and oppressed, thus we have the vicious cycle of what came first, the chicken or the blob? So let’s attend to the chicken first.

  10. Rick Says:

    Freedom to choose what we do with ourselves? The problem with abortion is its affecting 2 people. Killing one and not the other. Its a sad thing. Its a terrible thing. Tough subject.

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