Apparently the Pope has uncovered another problem in his church: nasty people attending services and behaving hatefully towards each other.
Speaking today at his general audience at the Vatican he condemned Catholics who go to church every day but “go on hating” their fellow men. He said: it “is better” that they stay away.
How many times have we witnessed the scandal of those who go to church and spend all day there or attend every day, and later go on hating others or speaking ill of people. This is a scandal.
It would be better to not go to church. Live like an atheist. If you go to church, then live like a son, like a brother, like an authentic witness, not a counter-witness.
Where has all this come from?
Seems he’s got a chip on his shoulder about “traditionally-minded” Catholics who “have failed to meet the mark”, according to LifeSiteNews.
In 2013, Catholic blogger Laurence English released The Pope Francis
Little Bumper Book of Insults which continues to document the naughty words used by the Pope to describe those whom he dislikes. These include: “superficial Christian”, “climbers … attached to money”, and “fomenters of coprophagia!”
The Pope has regularly referred to some traditionalist Catholics as “rigid.”
Some unkind critics would say that “rigid” is what happens in priests’ underwear whenever a pretty choirboy passes by.
Other derogatory phrases used by the Pope include “pepper-faced”, “liquid” and “weak-hoped” Christians; “museum mummies” and “old maids”; and priests and seminarians who qualify as “vain:, “wheeler-dealers”, “little monsters”, and “smarmy idolaters.”
During his regular Wednesday audience for pilgrims to the Vatican, the Pope issued a homily on the Gospel of Matthew which refers to the “hypocrites” who pray so that “they can be seen by people.”
This is repeated today, the pope said, by “atheists, without God, to be merely admired.”Referring to bad Catholics as “Pagans” he said:
They think they pray by talking, talking, and talking. I think that many Christians believe that praying is to talk to God, if you’ll forgive me, like a parrot. No, praying is done in the heart, from within.
Whenever I read reports about the Pope hammering traditionalists, I always hop across to Bill Donohue’s Catholic League to get his take on the pontiff’s latest outpourings. Either he hasn’t caught up on today’s report, or he’s ignoring it. Instead, he’s had a pop at the Broadway version of To Kill A Mockingbird, saying it “distorts” the book by Harper Lee.
It is not as though the play has evolved into a morally destitute version of the book – it has not – but it does contain a line … that insults Christians, and it appears at a seminal moment.
The alleged town drunk bellows ‘when horror comes to supper, it comes dressed exactly like a Christian.’
This line nowhere appears in the book or the movie. It was put there by playwright Aaron Sorkin, a left-wing secularist who has a history of offending Catholics, as well as traditionalists of all stripes.
Could it be that Pope Francis helped Sorkin writing the script?
Donohue’s outrage doesn’t stop there:
What makes this ugly saga even worse is the fact that the play is being offered to New York City public school students at a discount. That’s right, in cooperation with the city’s Department of Education, tickets are being made available to middle and high school students for $10.