Since I wrote this yesterday, I have been bothered by a couple of things that I wrote. I should not have called the pope an outright heretic. He may be spouting heresy, but I should have given him the benefit of the doubt that, in being himself, he was just trying to be “nice” to the children. I also should not have said that people should not bring their children near him or let them touch him. Perhaps, the simplicity of a child of truly orthodox and loving parents are what he needs around and with him. He is not evil and I said as much with my harsh words. I should not have called him a blithering idiot. He’s not an idiot, although he is not a clear thinker or a good speaker off-the-cuff. I also should not have recommended that he drive off a cliff.
I apologize to Pope Francis for my angry words, and to everyone who read them.
Sometimes, I say stupid things, particularly in the heat of the moment. I reacted too quickly to what he said to these children and should not have lashed out as I did but instead allowed myself to cool down and give some time to mull my writing. I still think that his comment leads to the conclusion that we don’t need the Church or Her ministers or religion, so I don’t take that back.
Pope Francis is our pope, whether we agree with him or not, whether we are outraged by what he trots out there as Catholicism or not, and whether we think he is contributing to harm to the Church or not. We can criticize what he says and does, and we should when we see that he harms the Faith or the Church. I just went too far in my hasty anger in this post.
Thus spake Francis:
Later, in the church, he met with a group of children and young people, and answered their questions. The first was: if God forgives everything, why does Hell exist? The Pope replied that Hell is the desire to distance oneself from God and to reject God’s love. But”, he added, “if you were a terrible sinner, who had committed all the sins in the world, all of them, condemned to death, and even when you are there, you were to blaspheme, insults… and at the moment of death, when you were about to die, you were to look to Heaven and say, ‘Lord …!’, where do you go, to Heaven or to Hell? To Heaven! Only those who say, I have no need of You, I can get along by myself, as the devil did, are in Hell – and he is…
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