Pope Francis is a ray of hope for struggling Catholics (COMMENTARY)

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Pope Francis laughs with a baby during a special audience with parish cells for the evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis laughs with a baby during a special audience with parish cells for the evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-QUOTES, originally transmitted on Sept. 15, 2015.

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At times, I have been a struggling Catholic, a joyful Catholic, a conflicted Catholic. But a few months ago, I cut ties with my longtime parish.

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  • Ted

    The Roman church hierarchy holds almost no moral authority any longer, due to its hypocrisies, and its unwillingness to respect God’s creation. I pray that American Bishops change their hearts and realize that beating people with judgments and condemnations is not a pastoral response to God’s creation.

  • Susan,

    One more thing:

    “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets…” – Pope Francis

    Remember this is a man who is against gay marriage, against a woman’s right to choose what is best for her body and against contraception. He forbids examining the Authority of the church. He forbids questioning of doctrine. For him, these are all settled and must be enforced.

    In addition Pope Francis has pedophile priests still working in the church – there has been no transparency or surrendering of documents to the local police.

    Pope Francis protects Cardinal Bernard Law – kingpin of the Boston Pedophile Priest Network – in a suite of fancy rooms in Vatican City ( a separate country according to international law) and 30,000 cases of child rape happened and were hidden by a philosophy which wrongly forgives every crime.

    If a god exists, he isn’t catholic.

  • Bernardo

    As another ex-Catholic, this should help anyone needing an extra boost in their new life of reality and wisdom:

    The Apostles’ Creed 2015 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Continued below:

  • Bernardo

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (References used are available upon request.)

  • Fran

    The only ray of hope is Christ Jesus, the son of God, the Messiah, and the King of God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Isaiah 11:1-9; Matthew 4:17).

    His upcoming millennial rule as the Prince of Peace, after the end of all human governments (Daniel 2:44), will bring such grand blessings to man worldwide on the earth that we cannot even imagine now! (Psalm 37:10,11; Revelation 21:3-4)

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    Once again said passages are historically nil. And once again the Book of Revelation as per T. Jefferson:

    “Thomas Jefferson omitted Revelation along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he “considered it as merely the ravings of a m-aniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.”

  • Fran

    Then let’s see whether or not anything mentioned in Revelation as prophecy, or anywhere else in the Bible actually takes place.

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    Still waiting. And still waiting for the second coming predicted by Paul as occurring in Paul’s lifetime.

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