Pope Francis to Italian bishops: Don’t be obsessed with power

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Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives to celebrate a mass at the Artemio Franchi stadium during his pastoral visit in Florence on November 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives to celebrate a mass at the Artemio Franchi stadium during his pastoral visit in Florence on November 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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ROME (RNS) “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets,” Francis tells Italian bishops during a whirlwind tour of Florence.

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  • Bernardo

    Too late Francis, the RCC is beyond saving. The pedophilia scandals and coverups have forced the pew peasants to delve into the theology and history of said church. And what have they found?

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a mamzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). Analyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related documents have concluded that only about 10-30% of Jesus’ sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

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  • Bernardo

    The 10-30% of the NT that is “authentic Jesus” like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus’ case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    For added “pizzazz”, Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the “pew people” to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the “filicider”.

    Other RCC problems:

    An all-male, mostly white hierarchy, male-only priesthood, celibacy (unless you are an ex-Episcopalian priest), the resurrection, the ascension, the assumption, limbo and original sin!!!!

  • That is exactly what I heard people said about you and all your Masonic-Jewish Freemasonry of the NWO. How do you answer them? You supposed to be vicar for Christ not of this Satanic-Luciferian wicked world. What’s wrong with you? You are not Catholic but Jew. Why you infiltrated the Catholic Church? Do you think you can outsmart Christ? REPENT POPE. I PRAY FOR YOU. REPENT AND DO THE CONSECRATION THAT GOD HAD ORDERED FOR 98 YEARS NOW. Please Pope, save the world and save yourself too. Don’t ever think that you can mock God.

  • Bernardo

    GLight,

    What god? Might want to prove your god exists before your next comment.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Bernardo

    “John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton—was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet[1] and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet.[2][3] He is perhaps best known for the remark, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

    Give us a break said Abe Lincoln, G. Washington, Gandhi et al !!!