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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 3:40 p.m. MDT

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skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

A major step in the right direction. The Catholic leadership is establishing doctrinal precedent more inclusive of world thought and acceptance and good example for Mormon leadership to emulate.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

kind of unexpected, and welcome. but I highly doubt that if there is a God, he or she would only look favorably on those of a particular flavor of religion.

One can certainly see the need for religion to try to convince us that their brand is the only correct one. Just like Ford would try to have us believe that their cars are superior to GM.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

Adam was taught the true nature of God by his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. At that day, you didn't have religious "brands". Since then, Satan has promulgated many false concepts of deity.

It is natural that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will boldly testify of the true nature of God and His plan for us to return to Him. It is not a "brand"; it is the truth.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Well I believe in Catholic God...guess that makes me more papal than the Pope.

DonO
Draper, UT

I absolutely agree, Skeptic. The cult of personality has no place among the true followers of Jesus Christ. To paraphrase what He taught, "Let him who would be the leader be the servant."

djk
blue springs, MO

i just wonder why he agrees with the modern way of thinking in religion and has forgotten 'God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow'. i am glad he is working for those whom are catholic but he needs to be humble

hamaca
Baton Rouge, LA

I think it's a great comment and I respect that he is interested in believers becoming more united rather than divided simply due to theological differences.

I interpret his comment to be a statement that there is one God and regardless how the various world religions understand Him and worship Him, He is still the same God.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Religion is definitely put forth as a "brand". There are many different products out there. All vying for a slice of the people. They work to increase their customer base in a variety of ways.

And, yes, they all view themselves as "the truth" with a better "product" than their competitors.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

One of the things that impresses me the most about Pope Francis is his humility.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

@gmlewis

Your comment has a nice sentiment to it, but it is difficult to reconcile with Mormon theology being a henotheistic religion. Please explain how this would not imply more than one brand. Thank you.

J-TX
Allen, TX

The motivation behind Pope Francis' recent comments is the hemorrhage of members leaving the Catholic Church, looking for a more fulfilling religious experience.

The C Church has long been unable to find enough men to be in the clergy, so they have moved women into the role of Deacon.

Latin America, once a stronghold, has embraced the Truth Restored.

It is only by softening their message to appeal to the Great and Spacious Building that the Catholic Church will survive. They are in a fight for survival.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The Pope is moving into some pretty dangerous territory. The Jews were the "chosen people" and not the Babylonians. St. Patrick, after being a slave, went back to Ireland to take on the Druids. So, is baptism necessary for salvation or did John the Baptist (with his head intact) take the Christ into the river for something other than a media event? It is obvious that he is intent on "dismantling" the Catholic Church in order to lay the groundwork for the New World Order. As someone with a Jesuit degree in History as well as 4 years of shipboard service in the Navy, you can bet on the motives of a Jesuit pope who espouses Xavier and not Assisi. Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 issued a warning for just such a pope through the writings of Malachi Martin who was a Jesuit advisor at Vatican II.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

The Pope understands and lives as he administers to the least:

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

Re:J-TX

There is only one U.S. religious group, the Catholic Church, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century.

From 2000 to 2010, the Catholic Church experienced the largest gains among Christian groups in 11 states, including Georgia, Nevada and Oregon, the Religious Congregations & Membership Study said.

Nearly 9-in-10 Catholics said they were unlikely to leave the Catholic Church and at least 3-in-4 said the church is among the most important parts of their life and that it is important that younger generations of their family grow up Catholic.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

Pope Francis keeps putting his foot in his mouth. I happen to be Catholic and Jesuit educated, but never have I heard anyone refer to a Catholic God, but only to the God Of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from which all three major religions sprang; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Only Islam has their own Allah that many believe is not the God of Abraham.

r0cky74
Erda, UT

What a wonderful inclusionary attitude. I hope this wonderful Pope lives long enough to buck the system and put his beliefs and policies into action so that they will be the new standard for whomever follows him.

Tzadikim
Bakersfield, CA

An interesting Pope, for sure. Let's give him some space to lead in this new world of sorts. Being a Bible-only Christian, I personally reject all man-made additions, revelations, reversals, etc. But I appreciate the great contributions of spiritual leaders in trying to shape, protect, encourage our world culture amongst our many problems and challenges.

@skeptic-
1- For Bible-Only believers, only "man-made" religions seek world popularity and inclusiveness. Those who adhere to their founder's religious claims do not seek to alter the original premise and foundations. We are called to "defend the faith given to the saints" by 90 AD, not the myriad of subsequent alterations.

2- You should not be advising the "Mormon leadership" to emulate acquiescing to world acceptance. They did that very well in 1890 and 1978. I know you assume that all religions are man-made, but you miss the very essence of a God-inspired claim.

3- You can be a progressive/new/revised or restored religion. Just don't try to claim any part of the original when you seek to alter. Name your own new group and we'll all be fine.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

@Skeptic Well, I looked up your term 'henotheistic religion', and it said that "Variations on the term have been 'inclusive monotheism' and 'monarchical polytheism', designed to differentiate differing forms of the phenomenon. I would guess that LDS might be said to believe in 'patriarchal polytheism', in that there is a Father/Child relationship in the heavens.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@gmlewis – “It is natural that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will boldly testify of the true nature of God and His plan for us to return to Him. It is not a "brand"; it is the truth.”

Curious if you can name a major religion that believes it is just promoting a brand that does NOT correspond to ultimate truth.

CREATOR9
AHMEDABAD, INDIA, 00

See "theneilriver" channel in youtube to see 1082 videos of gods appearing in sky.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

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