Pope Francis' letter and outreach to a poor misguided atheist as instructions to obey the diabolical influence of sin upon your intellect.
What a hoot.
Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths.
Stop lying to one another
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.
From tomorrow...read the entire thing.
The caricature of what the Pope said is the same old skulduggery of the Jesuits and polyester pantied nuns: If you can convince yourself to contradict Church teaching with some good excuses, if you don't roll like thunder under the covers with that eye candy, you are sinning against your own conscience.
This concept could be used to validate the mass murders of Christians, the bombing at Hiroshima, Hitler's mass murder of the Jews and ethnic cleansing all over the world. It could be used to rape women. Pedophile priests could use it. So on and so forth.
I don't think that is what he is saying.
I think he's saying Catholics have a right to speak freely in the public square. That dialogue shouldn't be approached nor received as a contest for moral superiority - it is an invitation to something profoundly beautiful, a humble relationship with God and if you approach Him without preconceptions, and a sincere and contrite heart, God will judge us with His tender Mercy that knows extenuating circumstances involved - and there can be forgiveness. He said truth is neither variable nor subjective, nor arrogant. Truth is only given to us as the path to life.
Kinda like this.
Much like a dog whistle, there are many who can't hear what Pope Francis is saying as he is softening hearts. Maybe some do see it but it's never been about the conversion of hearts to them.
I don't really care what way Pope Francis breaks through the diabolical disorientation to call the masses unto Christ. I'm not crazy about it by any means but what do I know in this dangerous time in our history. I continue to pray for its efficacy and play the ground game every chance I get.