Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pope Francis puts one over the fence


I've often criticized Pope Francis' careless statements in recent months, but this time I have to say he hit one out of the park:
During his homily at Mass on November 18, Pope Francis called the first chapter of the First Book of Maccabees “one of the saddest pages in the Bible” because “a great part of the people of God withdraw from the Lord in favor of worldly proposals.”
Well, that sure sounds like it could have been ripped from today's headlines.

He continues:
“We would do well to think about what happened in the Book of Maccabees, he continued, about what happened step by step, before we decide to follow an ‘adolescent progressivism’ and go along with what everyone is doing,” the L’Osservatore Romano report added. “We would also do well, he said, to ponder the consequences of their infidelity, to think about the ‘death sentences, the human sacrifices’ which followed thereafter. He then asked those present: ‘Do you think there are no human sacrifices today? There are many, many of them. And there are laws that protect them.’” 
The rest can be found here. H/t CatholicCulture.org.

1 comment:

Campaspe said...

When I read the first rough English translation of the Pope's answer to atheism in the Italian newspaper (don't have the citation) I suddendly understood why papal statements are usually so formal--they need to be worded very carefully to avoid ambiguities that can cause confusion to the faithful. And the not-so faithful. Bless him,when we hear the context, he is always spot on with Catholic teaching.