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Pope Francis Issues Strong Warning Against the Christian Right

The pope states the obvious, but will it make a lasting difference?

via PolicyMic

Pope Francis has made yet another enemy today with his new statement on faith and ideology. During Wednesday’s mass, the Pope took serious issue with Christians who turn their religion into an ideology. He explained that Christianity becomes ideology when there is a lack of prayer. The Pope said that the “Christian ideology” is a sickness within the Church. He claims ideology makes people “hostile and arrogant,” frightens followers, and scares people away from the Church.

Undoubtedly, such words will anger many conservative Americans who are already feeling shunned by the Pope’s statements last month on contraception and abortion. Many fundamental Christians in America equate Christianity to their political ideology.

Political candidates often form their platforms based on their faith’s perspective on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and sex. Look no further than the race for governor in Virginia, where two Republican candidates are running faith-based campaigns.

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Pope on Gays: ‘Who Am I To Judge?’

Pope Francis at Varginha (2)Bringing a new look to the age old rhetorical question “Is the Pope Catholic?”, the new boss at the Vatican seems to be single handedly wrenching the Catholic Church into the 21st Century. From National Catholic Reporter:

…He took questions from reporters traveling aboard the papal plane for a full hour and twenty-one minutes, with no filters or limits and nothing off the record. Francis stood for the entire time, answering without notes, and never refusing to take a question. The final query was a especially delicate one, about charges of homosexual conduct against his recently appointed delegate to reform the Vatican bank, and not only did Francis answer but he actually thanked reporters for the question.

On background, officials said the decision to hold the news conference aboard the 12-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome was a personal decision by Francis, and that aides at one point had actually counseled him against it.

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Angry Crowds In Brazil Protest Cost Of Pope’s Visit

Perhaps not the reception the new pope was hoping for. Via PressTV:

Brazilian police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Rio de Janeiro rallying against the vast amount of public funds spent on Pope Francis’ visit to the country.

The demonstration was held on Monday near the Rio state governor’s palace after a meeting there between the pope and President Dilma Rousseff. One photographer suffered a head injury after being clubbed by a riot police officer and at least five protesters were arrested.

The Brazilian government has spent $53 million in public funds for the
Pope’s week-long visit to the country, which is his first trip abroad after becoming head of the Catholic Church in March. The protesters argued that the government should instead spend public funds on health, education and other public services.

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Pope Admits There’s A ‘Gay Lobby’ At The Vatican

Pope Francis in March 2013I’m sure you’re all shocked, shocked.  From BBC News:

Pope Francis is reported to have acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican.

He also said there was a “stream of corruption”, according to reports in Catholic media.

He is said to have made the remarks during a private meeting with a group of Latin American Catholic clerics.

The clerics wrote up a report of the conversation that then appeared on the Chilean website Reflection and Liberation.

Previous rumours

According to the report, the Pope was extremely open as he discussed problems at the Vatican.

He is said to have told the Latin American delegation that there were good, holy men in the administration, but that there was also corruption.

The Vatican would have to “see what we can do” about the “gay lobby” operating in the bureaucracy, he said. “It is true, it is there,” the report quotes him as saying.

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Pope Francis Allegedly Performs Exorcism During Sunday Mass In Rome

pope francisHigh-ranking Vatican exorcist Gabriele Amorth, featured in the Disinformation film Exorcist in the 21st Century, proudly declares that the new pope’s use of prayer to expel demons from a visiting Mexican man constitutes a proper exorcism, ABC News reports:

Pope Francis’ fascination with the devil took on remarkable new twists Tuesday, with a well-known exorcist insisting Francis helped “liberate” a Mexican man possessed by four different demons despite the Vatican’s insistence that no such papal exorcism took place.

The case concerns a 43-year-old husband and father who traveled to Rome from Mexico to attend Francis’ Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. Francis blessed several wheelchair-bound faithful as he always does, including the man, [who was] possessed by the devil. Francis laid his hands on the man’s head and recited a prayer. The man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, then slumped in his wheelchair.

The images, broadcast worldwide, prompted the television station of the Italian bishops’ conference to declare that according to several exorcists, there was “no doubt” that Francis either performed an exorcism or a simpler prayer to free the man from the devil.

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UFO Spotted Over The Vatican During Celebration Of Pope Francis?

The Vatican has been the site of UFO sightings, and now it is claimed that one was caught on tape by the BBC during their pope coverage. Did extraterrestrials drop by for a congratulatory handshake with the new head of the Catholic church?

Possible static UFO seen over St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Recorded live by the BBC who where covering the announcement of the new Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina.

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How Pope Francis Collaborated With Argentina’s Brutal Military Dictatorship

Is it really so difficult to find someone qualified to be pope who isn’t connected with mass murderers? Digital Journal writes:

From 1976 until 1983, Argentina was governed by a series of U.S.-backed military dictators who ruled with iron fists and crushed the regime’s opponents. As many as 30,000 people were killed or disappeared during this horrific era, and many children and babies were stolen from parents imprisoned in concentration camps or murdered by the regime.

During this harrowing period, the Argentine Catholic church was shamefully silent in the face of atrocities. Worse, leading church figures were complicit in the regime’s abuses. One priest, Father Christian von Wernich, was a former police chaplain later sentenced to life in prison for involvement in seven murders, 42 kidnappings and 31 cases of torture during the ‘Dirty War.’

So exactly what role did Jorge Bergoglio play in his country’s brutal seven-year military dictatorship?
A 1995 lawsuit filed by a human rights lawyer alleges that Bergoglio, who was leading the local Jesuit community by the time the military junta seized power, was involved in the kidnapping of two of his fellow Jesuit priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, who were tortured by navy personnel before being dumped in a field, drugged and semi-naked, five months later.

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Angel-Shaped Cloud Appears On Florida Coast Following Announcement Of Pope Francis

Many residents of the West Palm Beach area snapped photos of this vivid specter in the sky on Wednesday. This makes it official that God loves Florida above all other U.S. states. Local news WPTV reported:

A message from above? That’s what several South Florida residents thought after looking toward the sky on the day a new pope was named.

Most saw an angel in the clouds and grabbed their cameras to document the vision. Although most felt the cloud resembled an angel, and was a beautiful sign from above, others saw in the cloud something less angelic. Cristina Pina thought the cloud resembled a sea monkey. While Steve Massie opined that “seeing shapes and faces in non-human objects is called “pareidolia.” Nick Stanley even saw the dark lord – Lucifer, in the cloud.

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The First Jesuit Pope: Criminal? Bringer of End Times?

You just knew that the first Jesuit to become pope had to have some juicy scandals somewhere in his past. To start with, Salem-News.com reports:

Former Cardinal and Pope-elect “Francis I”, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is accused of helping kidnap opponents of Argentina’s military junta during the 1970′s “Dirty War”, and of baby trafficking, by lawyers and members of the Plaza de Mayo human rights group. (Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2005, “Argentine Cardinal Named in Kidnapping Lawsuit.”

Then there are the “Black Pope” end times theories, rounded up by IBTimes.com:

The 2013 papal conclave may have escaped the precise election of a black-skinned pope, but conspiracy theorists among netizens remain adamant the selection of Pope Francis has indeed heralded the end of days for the people on planet Earth.

…The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the leader of the Jesuits, who traditionally wear black cassocks. When he got elected to become spiritual leader of the Catholic church, he became the first Jesuit Pope.

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Obama, Biden Welcome Pope Francis / FEMEN Protests

In 2012, POUS said “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married” on “Good Morning America.” Then in the 2013 State of the Union, “restore the basic bargain that built this country… get ahead… no matter who you love.”

In February a Vatican Archbishop defined marriage “only between a man and a woman” and likened same sex marriage to a “sick egalitarianism.”

NARAL had endorsed Obama’s 2012 reelection, describing him as “pro-choice” on NARAL.org. On Nov 7th, Reuters reported on a statement to the president-elect about promoting “a culture of life” from the Vatican.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that activist group, FEMEN–which identifies as an “international women’s movement” based in Ukraine–protested in Vatican City on Tuesday (from RT.com). A video shows a protester shouting “Pope No More!”

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