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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 10:31 AM

Pope denounces 'rigidity' as he warns of Christian decline

Source: Associated Press

Pope denounces ‘rigidity’ as he warns of Christian decline

By NICOLE WINFIELD
December 21, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that “rigidity” in living out the Christian faith is creating a “minefield” of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasing irrelevant.

Francis called for Vatican bureaucrats to embrace change during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who work in the Holy See.

Francis’ message appeared aimed at conservative and traditionalist Catholics, including within the Vatican Curia, who have voiced increasing opposition to his progressive-minded papacy. Their criticisms have accelerated over the past year, amid Vatican financial and sex abuse scandals that may have predated Francis’ papacy but are nevertheless coming to light now.

Francis issued a stark reality check to the men in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, acknowledging that Christianity no longer holds the commanding presence in society that it once did.

“Today we are no longer the only ones that produce culture, no longer the first nor the most listened to,” he told them. “The faith in Europe and in much of the West is no longer an obvious presumption but is often denied, derided, marginalized and ridiculed.”

As a result, he urged the Catholic hierarchy to embrace the necessary pastoral reforms and outlook that will make the church attractive so that it can fulfill its mission to spread the faith.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/6acc18ccaa58f7629007fb9a70c43aef

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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 10:46 AM

1. is William Barr listening?

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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 12:03 PM

2. This post reminds me of a quote I saw this morning by William Blake - 'If your mind is like

standing water, it breeds reptiles of the mind.'

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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 12:07 PM

3. Worried

That the new generation is on to them and wont give them any money.

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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 12:48 PM

4. That was a fun read

I'm glad Frank sees the problem. Too bad there's no cure. Truth is a poison pill for religion, and they can't hide it anymore.

“Today we are no longer the only ones that produce culture"
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You never were the only one.

The four D's: Denied, Derided, marginalizeD and ridiculeD

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