Pope Francis has delivered a powerful message aimed squarely at conservatives within the U.S. Catholic Church as he argued they put their ideologies over their faith.
“Backward” U.S Catholics
The Pope minced no words, asserting that U.S Catholic conservatives have veered off course, prioritizing ideology over genuine faith.
Francis went even further, arguing that being a Catholic means allowing your views to change over time, referring to subjects such as abortion and gay rights.
The Pope’s comments brought to light the deep-seated divisions within the U.S. Catholic Church, calling them “backward.”
Divorcees Receiving Sacraments
Francis’ pivot towards social justice matters, such as the environment and poverty, left many conservatives angered.
The Pope even suggested allowing those who are divorced to allow sacraments, which further angered traditionalists.
During a meeting, a Portuguese Jesuit told of his challenging experience during a year in the United States because many of the Catholics didn’t agree with Pope Francis’ ideas.
A “Reactionary Attitude”
Francis took note of the Jesuit’s struggles, acknowledging that he encountered many angry Catholics, including U.S. bishops, who were vocal critics of his views.
In a stark description, the Pope referred to the resistance within the U.S. church as “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude.”
The Pope’s criticism did not stop there. He branded this conservative stance as “backward,” and that people should stop putting their ideologies over their faith.
“Ideologies Replace Faith”
Francis issued a grave warning, “Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support. In other words, ideologies replace faith.”
The Pope advocated for a balanced view, “I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, and they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals.”
This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has acknowledged criticism from U.S. conservatives, even humorously referring to being “attacked by Americans.”
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