Pope Francis calls on Catholics and the church to ‘kneel before these poor families’

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Pope Francis speaks during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 3, 2015. Photo by Alessandro Di Meo, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 3, 2015. Photo by Alessandro Di Meo, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing crowds of followers undeterred by the hot summer weather, the pope urged them to “kneel before these poor families: They are a real school of humanity and they save society from barbarity,” he said.

  • “She too must be poor so as to become fruitful and to be able to respond to so much misery,” the pope said.

    THE LOVE OF POVERTY:
    One the most twisted, catastrophic and regressive preachments of Christianity is the endless fascination and worship of the “spiritual benefits” of poverty.

    It is so profoundly wrong-headed and primitive to wish poverty on humanity it is a wonder this drivel continues so unchecked in modern times.
    In primitive cultures where economics were not well understood, kingdoms were divided among the serfs and the owning classes – goods were limited.

    It was a brilliant bronze-age trick for property owners to elevate poverty as a virtue thereby reducing the competition for power and supplies.

    And so we get this hypocrisy!
    Poverty is nothing to celebrate and the Church knows it.

    POVERTY? The Vatican certainly has never once dared to attempt it!

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  • Betty Clermont

    A “poor Church for the poor”? The pope has never even suggested that the Vatican, the world’s bishops or superiors of religious orders divest themselves of their assets. The pope may criticize modern economies but the backgrounds of those he has appointed to guard and prosper his own treasure reveal men of, by and for the plutocracy.

  • JR

    The Pope is speaking to the world as its moral leader, and he personally lives in a manner that past Popes have not. Not that the trappings and treasures are anything to be ashamed of, for they belong to the Church, not the Pope.
    Cashing in the Vatican’s two millennia of art, books, artifacts, and relics would be like emptying the Louvre to feed the poor. The world would lose sight of its cultural history.
    The Pope asks the world to assist the poor,especially families, for they are the core of society’s structure. He could also be preparing for his definition of marriage and family in the upcoming Synod of Bishops.

  • Chaplain Martin

    JR
    A really nice and insightful comment. I have to write, however, many of the Bishops need to back way off on their lavish life style. Maybe they could live in some of the Catholic Church buildings they have closed and offer Mass for the congregations left behind.

  • JR

    Oh, I agree fully on that matter. Clerics of any rank should Iive as simply as necessary. Living like a Renaissance prince is brazenly hypocritical, and totally unnecessary in the spreading of God’s Word.

  • While I get what you’re saying as far as it goes,JR,your analogy is somewhat flawed While it’s agree that no one expects the Vatican to divest itself of the centuries-long accumulation of literally priceless treasures,by the same token the poor and destitute of the land cannot sleep in,be fed by,or wear ” cultural history”.-I don’t pretend to have the answers,but I do know this: As long as human beings possess the natures that they have,as Jesus said…”the poor you will always have with you”…