How To Respond To Pope Francis’ “Fundamentalism Is A Sickness”

How To Respond To Pope Francis’ “Fundamentalism Is A Sickness” December 3, 2015

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By now, I’m sure most of you have seen the following quote from our Holy Father, delivered on his return trip from Africa:

“Fundamentalism is a sickness that exists in all religions. We Catholics have some, not just some, so many, who believe they have the absolute truth and they move forward with calumnies, with defamation and they hurt (people), they hurt. And, I say this because it’s my Church, also us, all of us. It must be combatted. Religious fundamentalism isn’t religious. Why? Because God is lacking. It’s idolatrous, as money is idolatrous. Making politics in the sense of convincing these people who have this tendency is a politics that we religious leaders must make, but fundamentalism that ends up always in tragedy or in crime, in a bad thing comes about in all religions a little bit. “

It’s been blowing up certain quarters of the Catholic Innerwebz, and I thought I’d toss in my two cents.

If his words offend you, then maybe you need to sit down – or better yet, kneel before a tabernacle or in an Adoration chapel – and humbly beg Christ to inflame your charity, to have mercy on your soul, and to increase your wisdom and understanding.

On the other hand, if his words convict you, then maybe you need to sit down – or better yet, kneel before a tabernacle or in an Adoration chapel – and humbly beg Christ to inflame your charity, to have mercy on your soul, and to increase your wisdom and understanding.

Similarly, if his words confuse you, then maybe you need to sit down – or better yet, kneel before a tabernacle or in an Adoration chapel – and humbly beg Christ to inflame your charity, to have mercy on your soul, and to increase your wisdom and understanding.

Conversely, if his words prick your conscience ever so slightly, perhaps uncovering a mere corner of a blind spot, then maybe you need to sit down – or better yet, kneel before a tabernacle or in an Adoration chapel – and humbly beg Christ to inflame your charity, to have mercy on your soul, and to increase your wisdom and understanding.

That’s what I’m gonna do.

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