(The following contribution is from a fellow Crusader from a document entitled “Raising Awareness”)
Pope Francis’ statements in his papacy reveal a person who embraces humanism and places a person’s earthly life, wants and needs above that of a soul’s salvation.
As Christ’s vicar, he has issued a number of statements that raise eyebrows and contradict the Holy Bible and Church teachings. Whether the reader is Catholic or non-Catholic, your personal beliefs are not in question here. As Christ’s representative on earth, the pope’s statements should correspond with the teachings of the Church whose founder he represents.
Here is a sampling of Pope Francis’ statements compared to Catholic Church teachings:
- Pope Francis: “I don’t proselytize.” [Proselytize: verb, convert or attempt to convert someone.]
Holy Bible: Mark 16: 15And he said to them: Go into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believes and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believes not shall be condemned.
- Pope Francis: …”The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”… May 21, 2013
Holy Bible: John 14: 6 – Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me.
- Pope Francis: …”When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us.”… -June 15, 2013
Holy Bible: 1 John 3: 5And you know that He appeared to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
- Pope Francis: …“the Last Judgement. We need not be afraid.”…- Dec 11, 2013
Holy Bible: Matthew 7:21: Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- Pope Francis: “The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers, both of them; what is said of the Church can be said also of Our Lady and what is said of Our Lady can also be said of the Church! All mothers have defects…”
Pope Pius IX, Dec 8, 1854, exCathedra: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. [exCathedra: an infallible Church statement]
- Pope Francis: “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life.” – Oct 28, 2014
Cathechism of the Catholic Church: 52: God wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only begotten Son.
Pope Francis continues to utter questionable statements that need to be scrutinized. Always be on the lookout of what Pope Francis says and check its validity against the Holy Bible.