Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pope accuses Christians of cowardice for overfocus on following ‘all’ 10 Commandments

February 1, 2017 ( – In another in a long stream of apparent attacks on his critics, Pope Francis gave a homily last week accusing Christians who avoid taking risks out of concern for the Ten Commandments as suffering from “cowardliness,” warning that such people become “paralyzed” and unable to “go forward.”

“‘Not taking risks, please, no... prudence...Obeying all the commandments, all of them...,'” the pope said, characterizing the thinking of such Christians. “Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward.”

Such people become “confined souls” who suffer from the sin of “cowardice,” the pope added. “And the presen[ce] of a Christian, of such a Christian, is like when one goes along the street and an unexpected rain comes, and the garment is not so good and the fabric shrinks...Confined souls...This is cowardliness: this is the sin against memory, courage, patience, and hope.”

Read the rest here.


Unknown said...

I don't think he's mentally competent.

Matushka Anna said...

I keep having honest thoughts that maybe he's the antichrist, but then I realize he's probably just the opening act.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Nah. He is just a bad Pope. OK, a really bad Pope. Arguably a material heretic. It happens now and then. The Catholics have been very fortunate over the last 150+ years with a string of good or at least OK Popes (Paul VI being an exception). Their luck was bound to run out eventually. Unfortunately they have no mechanism for dealing with a Pope who is manifestly unfit for the job.

Matushka Anna said...

I actually watched the video a little while ago (instead of just reading the excerpt) and to be honest, it's just blather. Utter nonsense. One does wonder how competent he is.

DNY said...

The Latins have no concept of the balance between economia and akrevia are usually rigorists. When they try to correct the problems with their default stance, as Pope Francis seems to be trying to do, they inevitably overshoot.