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On Thursday, September 19, Jesuit publications worldwide published an extensive interview with Pope Francis. The interview is being widely discussed in news outlets and blogs, with special focus being given to his statements on papal reform (in both ...

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audrey ruth

September 29, 2013  3:56am

Trevor, I haven't seen anyone here put much emphasis on differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and IMHO, that's not the real issue anyway. The real issue re: this pope and this article is the difference between what the Word of God proclaims and what the RC believes, teaches, and does. The RC system elevates their Tradition, the Magestrium, and papal bulls (popes' pronouncements) above the Word of God. This is the foundation of the RC problem, and the present pope has not corrected this issue. Instead he has gone even farther from God's Word in some (maybe all) of his pronouncements. In order to compare RC beliefs to what the Lord teaches in His Word, I encourage you (and anyone) to read the clear comparisons and contrasts at this website which was created by a former RC priest of several decades, Richard Bennett: www.bereanbeacon.org

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John Stefanyszyn

September 28, 2013  8:39pm

Jorge Bergoglio said that he is a sinner. To be a sinner is one who continues to disobey the Will of the One God and who continues to live according to the freedom to do his own will. Jorge Bergoglio has confessed and continues to confess that it is RIGHT TO BE FREE to worship any 'god', any 'religion'. BUT there is Only One Creator God whose identity is clearly define by His Son Jesus Christ...and it is Only Christ that will rule according to the Will of His Father and NOT according to the 'freedom will' of man. Jorge Bergoglio is a sinner and continues to be a sinner.

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TImothy Boyce

September 26, 2013  8:37am

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be hamartian who knew no hamartian, so that in him we might be the righteousness of God.

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William Halverson

September 25, 2013  4:08am

Always remember the First and Greatest Commandment, and then the second commandment which is similar to the first. Everything else falls under these two commandments. Jesus taught this. Christians should teach just the same. John 16:13 However,when He,the Spirit of truth,has come,He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority,but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Psalm 51:11 Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me. 2Ch 16:9 For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro in all the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

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Konstantine Michailidis

September 24, 2013  7:40pm

Mark, I can guess what you are trying to say about the role of faith as one of the differences between Protestants and Catholics with regards to salvation; but can you, a 'saint', say that you are a sinner, and accept that as a reality of your life that necessitates you living in humility and in the constant knowledge and dependence on the mercy and love of God? If not, what does the mercy and love of God mean to you in your everyday life and how you 'witness' to others? I think we Protestants have something to learn from this man.

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Trevor P

September 24, 2013  9:48am

Nancy, I agree with you wholeheartedly: "Truly this man is the right man for the job at this time." I praise God for bringing this man into such an influential role. I think we need to stop putting so much emphasis on the differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and start to emphasize instead the common hope that we share, grounded in Jesus. Yes, there are many nominal Catholics who claim the faith but don't understand it even marginally...ditto for Protestants. A little humility will go a long way. "May they be brought into complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:23

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audrey ruth

September 24, 2013  4:52am

Anyone who is a head of a church cannot put his head in the sand and ignore crucial issues, ignore what the Lord says about them, or he is not a faithful leader. The issues of abortion and acceptance/normalization of perversion are indeed crucial issues today. I noticed that the pope speaks of himself as "a child of the church", not a child of God. There IS a difference, although the RCC does not make that known. One of its cardinal teachings is that if one is not a child of "the mother church", then he is not a child of God. Richard Bennett was a Catholic priest for 20 years, then the reality of the Christian life was revealed to him. I encourage everyone to visit his website for Biblical answers: www.bereanbeacon.org

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Nancy Lee

September 23, 2013  9:31am

"But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems the opposite order is prevailing." Yes! I am weary of hearing my fellow Christians shout at those outside Christ's family, instead of listening to them, loving them, and sharing the Gospel with them. Why do we keep insisting that non-Christians should behave like Christians? Better to spend our time loving them into the fold. And I appreciate his reference to the church as a "field hospital" where wounds can be healed. Truly, this is the right man for the job at this time.

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roy firus

September 21, 2013  10:22pm

1.The Pope's mention of "female machismo"is an insult to women everywhere- who have been always and still are suffering from the very opposite! 2."because they have a different make-up then men" What in the world does this mean? 3.I pray that this Pope will live up to his lofty words but he must address two critical issues that he has yet to do: -the past molestation and rape of children by Catholic priests- which according to many victims groups has not been adequately addressed nor adequately compensated for and which this church often contests in court making the victims feel like they are once again being raped. -this Pope's wholehearted and totally non-critical support for the murderous junta when they were in power in Argentina that was responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 people and countless numbers of torture victims. Argentinian human rights groups have angrily denounced this Pope over this -for during this time he was the most influential Catholic priest in Argentina.

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MARK HENNINGER

September 21, 2013  8:54pm

The Pope says that he's a sinner. Can he say that because of Jesus that he's a saint?

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len sunukjian

September 21, 2013  8:16pm

Like the rest of us followers of Christ the Pope has his limitations. But Jesus said in Matthew 11:29 "LEARN FROM ME FOR I AM GENTLE (MEEK) AND HUMBLE IN HEART." It seems that Pope Francis has done/is continually doing this. Would that all who name the name of Christ, whether, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox or Messianic, would learn this from our Lord. Perhaps then, unbelievers would give greater consideration to the Gospel- which is Good News - but perceived by many of them as bad news because of judgmentalism, arrogance, self righteousness, and haughtiness on the part of some Christians. Sometimes we want people to "behave" before they can "belong" or " believe." Our Lord invites people to come and "follow me" before they have cleaned up ''their act." when folks encounter the holy grace of Christ and his merciful truth they will start believing the Good News. In his own (Catholic) way seems to understand this, Pray for him; he needs our prayers, not our criticism.

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Dwight Moller

September 21, 2013  6:27pm

As much as Christians must take a stand on moral issues, if the primacy of the message of salvation is subordinated, there is really nothing left to stand for. To not take a stand on moral issues is to render the message of salvation meaningless. The balance is found in truth with love.

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William Goldman

September 21, 2013  2:56pm

This seems great. We have to hope that he will show himself to be a sinner who walks obediently with his God.

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Mel Evans

September 21, 2013  2:49pm

I purchased the electronic book form of the entire interview. It was beautiful. I was highlighting left and right. Example....... "'I see clearly,' the pope continues, 'that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else... The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all... The ministers of the Gospel must be people who can warm the hearts of the people, who walk through the dark night with them, who know how to dialogue and to descend themselves into their people's night...'"

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JOHN

September 21, 2013  8:36am

I appreciate the thoughtful comments above. The whole church, the invisible one too, benefits by having a Pope who is a Christian first and pope second; it wasn't always thisaway of course. So, we Protestants have to figure out our DOCTRINE. Why are we Protestants? Go back to Martin Luther and John Calvin and such confessions as Heidelberg or Westminster and see why we are not Roman Catholic-some pretty good reasons. And then read David Wells and Ross Douthat about present state of American religiosity-summed up in Douthat's two word title: BAD RELIGION: A NATION OF HERETICS.

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gordon payne

September 21, 2013  8:13am

Who can deny that Ct is extolling the Pope? Is this the new Christianity today? His frown for taking a stand against disorder is almost a repudiation of the Prophets in their admonition, rebuke and encouragement. And, it would do well to remember what Christ thru Paul said about Christians and prophecy. Sometimes the Church has to make a stand. In the face of sin and error, the stand is not Jesuitical accommodation, but an order that extols the correcting of it, as our Lord and Savior did, and those who followed Him not so long ago, in their words and actions, mostly, but not always, verbal, and where verbal, 'it is written'.

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Maranatha Kim

September 20, 2013  11:42pm

Abortion is the killing of an unborn child which is sin which is a matter of morality (or immorality). This isn't to belittle it. I don't think there is a greater advocate for life today than the Catholic Church. The point is if all people ever hear from Christians is debate about abortion, marriage, or even apologetics and theology, they might never hear the main message of God and his relationship with humanity.

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Gabrielle LeBlanc

September 20, 2013  7:03pm

why is it strange that pope should call himself a sinner, even though he believes baptism washes away original sin? Baptism doesn't prevent post-baptismal sins - that's why we have the Holy Spirit, grace and the sacrament of confession. And yes, the Catholic Church teaches the priesthood of believers; this is nothing new. The Catechism clearly states: "The baptized have become "living stones" to be "built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood."74 By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission. They are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light."75 Baptism gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers." #1268

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J G

September 20, 2013  6:49pm

A worthy challenge to the Church: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ "

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Marilyn Melzian

September 20, 2013  5:46pm

Thank you for a much more balanced summary than has appeared in the press!

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