I am glad that you and some of my other Catholic friends are willing to call the Pope out of these issues. I know other Catholics who feel they must defend each and every statement and action the Pope takes because he is the leader of the Church.
I know from you and from some of my other Catholic friends that some Catholics believe the Pope is only perfect on matters of Church doctrine, but he can error in other things as you have pointed out here.
But other Catholics believe that if he could error on anything(even political stances) then that would mean he is capable of error even on Church doctrine.
I am curious what my new Catholic friend Emily(who has recently visited the Vatican) will think of this post so that is why I am re-blogging it. Thanks again for you stand Kathy.
I am a life long Catholic, as were ALL of my Irish ancestors, and yet I hate the blatant, irrational, and unsubstantiated political correctness with which the new Pope views the world, and with which he asserts his “authority.”
The last time I checked, Popes were simply and solely, the much-needed authorities on Church doctrine.
This Pope, on the other hand, envisions himself as a political “expert” on everything BUT Church doctrine. And, to make matters worse, his ill-conceived political “expertise” is routinely promulgated at the expense of Church doctrine.
Incredibly, the Pope continues to routinely spew geopolitical hogwash, despite the fact that Our Lady of Fatima herself specifically warned against this type of political overreach by priests.
When Our Lady appeared to the three little shepherds in Portugal between 1916 and 1920, she said, “Priests must be pure, very pure. They should…
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Larry, thanks for showing me this article. Almost wish you didn’t, to be honest. These types of criticisms from Catholics really frustrate me because they go against our doctrine which is to follow the Church.
Of course, the Pope has met a lot of criticism for his encyclical. I’ve read a lot of these articles on sites like Catholic Vote. Almost exclusively from right wingers in America, of course.
Personally, I find it odd that some conservative Christians object to taking care of the earth, which is the TLDR version of what the Pope was saying in his encyclical.