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Time Magazine´s Man of the Year
is Pope Francis. Alas, it´s not
the real Pope Francis

Telegraph (U.K.), by Tim Stanley

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Posted By:drive, 12/12/2013 8:38:34 AM

There are two Popes. One is Francis as he actually is: spiritual shepherd of the Catholic faithful, the man chosen to defend and articulate the beliefs of the Church. The other is Francis as the liberal establishment would have him be: a crusading humanist on the verge of making the Catholic Church socially acceptable at Manhattan dinner parties. Guess which Pope Francis Time Magazine just made Man of the Year? The Catholic writer Billy Newton has done a great run down of why Time´s Pope is not the real Pope, with two killer observations. First, the magazine calls him The

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/12/2013 8:49:33 AM     (No. 9650716)

The Time piece misunderstands Francis and his job description. It trawls through the details of his biography and mines every little ambiguous thing he´s ever said because it presumes that the Church is an extension of the will of one man. It is not. It is, according to Catholic doctrine, the mystical body of Christ. It is the Way, the Truth and the Life as discovered through revelation, scripture and tradition. It is not guided exclusively by a man but by the Holy Spirit. It cannot err, change its mind or bend according to fashion because it is a divine instrument and God doesn´t change his mind.

For those who won´t bother to read original article ... important excerpt above.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 12/12/2013 10:11:48 AM     (No. 9650868)

Well said, Dr Tim, especially the part about the media´s sex obsession.

I would argue, however, that God DOES change His mind - otherwise prayer wouldn´t work

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/12/2013 10:27:34 AM     (No. 9650899)

#2 - you did just what the MSM does! You take a phrase out of context and disagree.

Read the entire sentence!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 12/12/2013 12:20:24 PM     (No. 9651054)

For once Time seems to have gotten it right. Now maybe a prize from those old whackos in Oslo?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/12/2013 12:30:56 PM     (No. 9651068)

I must compliment "Holy Mother the Church" for establishing a system of education which dared to teach the skills and the habits of clear rational thinking. However, she may have over-played her hand as many of my fellow "Catholic School Kids", while disproportionately over represented in the halls of power and industry
have often become agnostic.

Myself included.

The Catholics are my tribe and my culture but
who really buys into that whole burning in hell BS ?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/12/2013 1:11:11 PM     (No. 9651129)

#5 - many Catholics were badly catechized after Vatican II. More and more are "coming home."

Re Hell ... read (1) the last book of the Bible (2) The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven by O.S.F.C. Fr. Martin von Cochem, and (3) be sure to stand far away from the rest of us at the day of Final Judgment.

Also - google "stories of hell in the lives of the saints" in the meantime.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/12/2013 7:51:43 PM     (No. 9651645)

Perhaps, #6, we seem to have many posts instructing others what to read. At your behest I have read the entire EVANGELLII GAUDIUM exhortation in which Francis lays out his socialist socio-economic views. More recently, I am being told I must read Catholic blogs to understand what Francis really meant when he equated free market economics with murder, called upon the state and political leadership for a vigorous change in approach to redress economic inequality, and informed us that to withhold our property from the poor is to steal from them.

Now I have a request for you: Please read paragraphs 52-60 and paragraphs 186-216 of Francis´s written exhortation and help me understand what they mean to you. I´m not being arch. I really am interested in your thoughts. And I will read them, as always.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/12/2013 8:21:29 PM     (No. 9651676)

#7 - I´ll re-read write something and get back to you.

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