Pope Francis not boosting U.S. Catholic attendance

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Nov. 26, 2013 3:25 p.m.


    “....the mainstream of Liberation Theology was/is definitely Marxist...."

    The mainstream of Liberation theology regards the charge of being Marxist as an attempt to discredit them and their social justice view which they trace back to Jesus himself. What we have here is a dispute over Biblical interpretation with an entrenched Church establishment standing its spiritual and intellectual ground against dissenting views.

    Pope Francis happens to come from a part of the world where Liberation theology wields influence among impoverished Catholics. But if Francis himself openly espoused LT, he never would have even come close to being elected Pope.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Nov. 26, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Catholic reformers weren’t always pleased with John Paul II and Benedict XVI for how they reaffirmed Church dogma. Now that a new Pope is articulating his vision for the Church, some traditionalists don’t like what they’re hearing. No Pope will ever be free of critics within the Church.

    So far, Pope Francis’ ideas represent traditional teachings but with a different emphasis. It reminds me of Jesus on one occasion feeling constrained to remind the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    "More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving."

    I think all religions could take heed of this message.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    John XXIII ruffled some feathers too when he convened Vatican II.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 5:19 a.m.

    If your only motivator is the number of people you attract with your message…

    then you are not focusing on being an example, of the message.

  • Buddyroe Sherwood, OR
    Nov. 25, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    Within the previous 2 generations Catholic Christendom has been in an outrageous turmoil.
    The era of John Paul I & II (remember the September pope?) were a continuous conflict on the scale of war between traditional Catholics and the Latin American (liberation theology) Jesuits.
    The most recent battles seems to have been won by the Latin American Jesuits.
    Don't revert into a medieval/Renaissance understanding, modern Catholicism is far too complex.
    Pope Francis seems to embrace the language of Liberation Theology; this does not mean he is a Marxist however the mainstream of Liberation Theology was/is definitely Marxist.
    The Vatican politics seems to have taken a severe turn to the Left. Please carefully consider the exact wording of any statements made by Pope Francis; it will have a significant impact on political decisions made especially in the western world.