A Spiritual Anti-venin for Catholic Battlers

Oh, boy. I’m still trying to put some thoughts together concerning Pope Francis’ profoundly good, profoundly Catholic, profoundly touching interview, released yesterday. But as I do that, here’s something for all of us to chew on, particularly those who are fretting that “this is the end of everything Catholic!” and those who are sneering that weird “nyahnyahnyah…” that I don’t even understand. This is for all who are convinced that the church can’t be righted until “those people” that other faction in the church is defeated and expelled.

Call it spiritual antivenin to keep at the ready as the poisonous arrows fly:

“We must walk united in our differences, there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.” — Pope Francis

Ingest as needed.

And if you need more, here’s a booster shot via Benedict:

. . .we are obliged to move towards unity, and moving towards unity is already a form of unity.


“The one and only Gospel waits to be proclaimed by everyone together, in love and reciprocal esteem.”
- Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City, October 2, 2007

If you haven’t yet read read “the interview”, please read it — it doesn’t take long — and read it for yourself, without taking into account what anyone else is saying. Humbly ask the Holy Spirit to inform your reading. It is so much more than anything the talking heads are talking about. Yes it’s radical, you know why? Because it is absolutely, fundamentally Catholic.

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  • echarles1

    In truth I was able to ignore the challenges of Benedict’s teaching beause I was more comfortable with his scholarly approach and more comfortable “thinking”.the faith than living it. Francis’s “scent of the flock” stuff is not possible for me to ignore (well, not intellectually anyway, in practice I can make no promises!).

  • Barbara Mathews

    Pope Francis’ message is one of inclusion and love. He smiles and is full of joy. The world is responding to God’s love that they see in this man. However, he never says anything that is against the teachings of the Church. Pope Francis said very plainly he was a son of the Church. I just wish the conservatives wouldn’t freak out so much when he speaks.

  • Adam Frey

    I could use some spiritual anti-venin. I just spent the better part of the day getting yelled at by a guy who all but said that Pope Francis the anti-Christ. I feel like I need to bathe in holy water after that. What kind of assaults must our poor new Papa get on his soul?

  • Adam Frey

    I think Pope Francis needs to carry two pieces of scripture at all times:
    “See, I am doing something new!” — Isaiah 43:19
    “Nothing is new under the sun!” — Ecclesiastes 1:9

  • http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ CT Catholic Corner

    quote: “this is the end of everything Catholic”…

    If the Church survived Pope Stephen VI and Pope Urban VI, She will survive Pope Francis, not matter how much confusion he doles out week to week. The Church is stronger than any man sitting at the Vatican, no worries there.

  • Adam Frey

    Huh. I could have sworn I posted this under the other post about Francis confounding the press. Oh well–same sentiment.

  • Gordis85

    All the best as you try. We are all in the same boat!

  • Gordis85

    He is well aware of the many assaults that have been and will continue to be hurled at him whenever he speaks. Much like our Lord Jesus Christ, he presses on for the sake of the Kingdom and the glory that awaits him as he strives to carry his cross with joy and love of neighbor.

    That’s how I want to live my life.

  • gwvanderleun

    “Yes it’s radical, you know why? Because it is absolutely, fundamentally Catholic.” And, I note, with the Jesuit spice.

  • Tony

    As I’ve let the interview digest, it does concern me a little, here’s my thoughts, there’s a lot of great Catholic folks working on the front lines of abortion, gay marriage, and the pill, and I just feel bad for them, as the message comes from central command, no reinforcements are coming. The tragedy of Abortion and Homosexaulity marriage are one thing, because in truth, they involve real people, and those people need a road home, and I welcome Pope Francis offering that road when a person is ready , but contraception is a cultural mentality, that is really terrible for our culture, from how it causes Cancer , to hurting the environment all the way to how young people see themselves, I’ve always thought, that as the smoke clears, and more gets known about how the pill causes cancer, the Church will be seen as the brilliant mother it is for opposing it from the beginning