Pope Francis bemoans the “tyranny of the markets”; the opportunity for the Catholic Church

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Pope Francis expresses clear, identifiably Christian messages, setting an example of self-effacement and humility while robbing critics of the charge of hypocrisy one might level at a pontiff more taken with the gilt trappings of Vatican privilege.

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”

The pope said renewal of the Church could not be put off and said the Vatican and its entrenched hierarchy “also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion”.

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he wrote.

People are going to seek a way to connect to this Pope’s energy. Parish churches have to be ready to reflect that energy to newcomers if they have any hope of converting this Pope’s evangelical zeal into a new generation of Catholic converts. Inasmuch as economics represent the key metric of the age –condemnation of which underpins this latest document– you can expect to hear Francis frame his message in explicitly economic terms.

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5 thoughts on “Pope Francis bemoans the “tyranny of the markets”; the opportunity for the Catholic Church

    spookchristian said:
    November 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Hypocrisy is always the order of the day for the Vatican. They are the wealthiest organization the planet.

      wes responded:
      November 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Francis has only two hands and one mouth, and is using them to lead by example. Much as we both might like to entertain ideas of him throwing wide the gates of the Vatican and liquidating the Church’s holdings for the benefit of the poor, I think one has to consider whether the institution is or can be more valuable than the sum of its assets. The Church has as Francis suggests allowed itself to become vague and self-perpetuating, but you, I, and Jesus know you can’t serve God and Mammon both. Francis IMO is doing all he can for reform with every moment available to him; shouldn’t be judged harshly for the prior sins of the very organization he’s trying to restore to a state of social value.

      I honestly believe he’s the Church’s best bet to propagate into younger generations; to save itself from history.

        spookchristian said:
        November 30, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        save itself from history, but not repent of its false and demonic dogmas.teachings..??

        😀

        wes responded:
        November 30, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Any talk of false & demonic is between you and them, hoss.

        spookchristian said:
        November 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        OK..
        Not sure what hoss means though ? 😀

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