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Pope Says: Don’t Be Obsessed By Possessions

From Reuters:

Don’t be obsessed by possessions, Pope says in starting Lent

By Philip Pullella | March 5, 2014

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading the world’s Roman Catholics into the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, urged them not to be obsessed with possessions and to shun a culture where everything can be bought and sold.

Did Pope Francis see that Cadillac ad?

Ash Wednesday is the day Christians are reminded of mortality and hear the phrase ‘from dust you came and to dust you shall return’ as ashes are smudged onto their foreheads…

Meaning, we’re all recyclable.

"We live in a world that is always more artificial, in a culture of ‘making,’ of ‘profit,’ where without realizing it, we exclude God from our horizon," he said in his homily at a Mass concluding the service.

But Obama has reminded us that "the future must not belong to those who slander the profit." — No, wait. That was a different ‘Prophet.’

"Often today, giving freely is not part of daily life, where everything can be bought and sold, where everything is calculated and measured," he said…

Actually, commercial/capitalistic societies give a lot more to charity than any other society. Besides, capitalism has fed more mouths and lifted more people out of poverty than charity ever has or ever will.

Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, said the best way to give was to not expect anything in return…

Especially when it comes to foreign aid.

It is the latest example of Pope Francis instilling more simplicity in the Vatican. He has already given up the spacious papal apartments for a suite in a guest house and uses a Ford Focus instead of the papal limousine…

Is it a hybrid?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Pope Says: Don’t Be Obsessed By Possessions”

  1. dasher says:

    LOL. Me and the missus went to Italy this past October/November. We did the Vatican tour. We think Papa Francesco is doing just fine financially.

    “Fine, just fine…”


    • canary says:

      Just think, all that gold could be melted down and replaced with infracture and job creation

  2. Mithrandir says:

    UPDATE: Pope reveals he took his late confessor’s cross

    *Ahem* If I didn’t know any better that would be a violation of the 8th Commandment:
    “Thou shalt not steal.”

    …and 10th Commandment:
    “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

    “We live in a world that is always more artificial, in a culture of ‘making,’ of ‘profit,’ where without realizing it, we exclude God from our horizon,” he said in his homily at a Mass concluding the service.

    This coming from an organization that never has to work for ANY of its fantastic wealth, as it pressures the congregation to tithe 10% of their income to the church. (and forces German citizens to pay taxes whether they attend church or not).
    And I have NO FLIPPING IDEA how the church would think Jesus would approve of the Vatican, it’s wealth, and the nerve to stand with a solid silver crucifix, fine linen clothes, and gold-laced Bibles, while claiming to care about poverty, and representing the true Messiah who didn’t even own his own pillow.

    When I think about a few things the Catholic church has done in its history, it reminds me of why I am no longer Catholic:
    1. The Catholic Inquisition (not exclusive to Spain) –which is perhaps the most demonic assortment of legal reasoning and punishment to humankind.
    2. Selling of Indulgences.
    3. Praying to a HUMAN for forgiveness, (only God can forgive sin).
    4. Converting unleavened bread and wine into the BODY AND BLOOD of Jesus Christ! –Uh, that would be cannibalism, and the Last Supper was conducted as a REMINDER of his coming sacrifice, not that the apostles were to take it literally that they were eating Jesus’s body and drinking his blood! –weird!
    5. Catholics role in ushering Nazis out of Europe.
    6. Placing BONES in an alter of saints or apostles does not make the alter holy. God his holy, not the bones of some dead humans the church decided to canonize.
    7. The deliberate placement of homosexuals in the church as outline in the book, “Good Bye Good Men.” http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Good-Men-Liberals-Corruption/dp/0895261448
    8. The Catholic church covering up the homosexual rape of children by gay priests.
    9. And lastly, the FLAT OUT ANNOYING way the clergy refuses to answer Biblical questions from inquiring members. “Where in the Bible does it say we need to perform the Stations of the Cross, or the prayers of the rosary–or the vast amounts of treasures we build up in heaven when we constantly repeat the rosary (even though Jesus said never repeat prayers that have no meaning), or even MASS for gosh sakes!”

    No, I dare say the Pope’s lecture about morality and anti-capitalism will ring hollow.

    There is a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE between believing in God, and being religious.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’m glad you decided to disassociate yourself from the Catholic faith when you did. You are neither a poor nor a good example of what one should be. The best I can say of your posted rants is that they eloquently define you for what you are.

      Please do everyone here–but particularly yourself–a favor, and don’t refer to yourself as a Christian. Yet I will pray for you regardless, for hatred is as grievous a sin as any.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      John, if I may, Mith, your contempt for the imperfect for this world is more than a bit more than hypocritical; don’t you think? Certainly there’s enough sin to go around; even in the Catholic Church (btw – I’m Lutheran so no dog in this race here).

      In case you haven’t opened a Holy Bible lately, let me help; from the self proclaimed Chief of Sinners, the apostle formerly known as Saul of Tarsus; his first letter to the Corinthians (8h chapter):

      9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

      Chapter 9:

      Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

      So show a iittle grace. Sinners or Saints, all the Vatican’s gold is nothing compared to the souls who occupy it.

      One thing we may agree with: While the liberal power elite prophesies “What would Jesus do,” there is one fundamental difference between God & them:

      FREE WILL.

    • Chrispbass says:

      Refute the points, don’t just label the man. That is the liberal way, no?

  3. canary says:

    While I agree with much you say having read the Bible, I do appreciate my Catholic upraising because it is a religion that teaches a person to have a soul and not violate the ten commendments. It’s a strict religion and though the Vatican is over the top and of no value to Jesus or God, the church does teach about helping the poor, and not worshiping idols, not lying, stealing, etc. more than I believe other religions do that focus on their churches making people feel good and have a good time. And most all want your money, when Jesus said for the apostles to not ask for money as they spread the word but to work when they could as they traveled.
    I’ve been to so many churches and seen so much stuff, that my present church is the best church I’ve ever gone to.
    The one before that was really good too, but not as invovled in politics and active in the community.
    So, I can not condemn the Catholic church, and it appals me when I hear that all Catholics are going to hell, or Catholics aren’t Christians. Some people need that discipline and the pressure is enormous.
    Reading the Bible is good for people so they can be free from traditional institutions that make up doctrines and traditions. And some of the non-denomination churches just care about getting bigger and bigger and want more money. It’s best not to aruge about Christianity except when it’s to a point it that it salvation is in serous endanger.
    And church should comfort and give hope, but I hear more and more people everywhere and anywhere saying they feel things are really getting bad in God’s eyes.
    People seeking to have pleasure and partying all the time. cough. cough. Like a thief in the night though and know one will know.

    • Mithrandir says:

      “…..and not worshiping idols,” You mean like saints?

      Commandment #1: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
      ~Praying to saints sounds like circumventing God to me. Since when are your prayers to them, greater than prayers to God the father? Did Jesus say, “Pray to God, but if he’s busy there are special operators available to take your specific calls.” -no. All those saints that are supposed to be special envoys for intercession, have no business in religious practice. And it’s forbidden to try to contact with the dead by the way.

      Commandment #2: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
      ~Like making graven images of the virgin Mary, or other saints, to light a candle and say a prayer to? Did Jesus instruct anyone to do such things? Did Jesus say to pray to him, his mother, the apostles, –or pray to the father? (hint: The Lord’s Prayer)

      Anyone who gets comfort or hope from the Catholic church, then good for you. However, QUESTION the leadership once in a while, and watch them roll their eyeballs at you, cancel appointments, get testy, make excuses “It’s not in the Bible, but it’s TRADITION to do the things we do!” –yeah, tradition.

      How to be suspicious of a religion:
      1. They want your money either openly, or with subtle pressure. (or they shove a basket at the end of a long stick in your face during Mass. “Pay up deadbeat!)
      2. They want your attendance. The leader is under pressure to get bodies in the seats.
      3. Unwillingness to be challenged.
      4. No desire to meet with members unless shaking hands after church.
      5. The leaders or members don’t know your name.
      6. Members are unfriendly, stone-faced, cold, and uncaring.
      7. In times of need, no one returns your calls.
      8. Family emergencies, the leadership and congregation don’t show up to help.
      9. The members gossip and know all your dirty laundry.
      10. Church leadership’s failure to discipline and rid itself of poor members.

      ~that pretty much sums up my experiences with Catholics. It actually goes up to around 50, but 10 gets to the point clear enough.

    • canary says:

      Mithrandir, your last ten reminds me of many churches.

      Of course one should not idolize Saints, but some have virtures to learn from.
      And though so much traditional praying and honoring other than the Lord himself, I imagine Lord knows their hearts and His grace his suffiecient and all knowing he hears what people are praying, and often people pray for the wrong things because no one is perfect.

      Catholics prayers don’t compare to those that worship the devil, animals, buddah, money, golden cows.

      And the tradition of Catholics that light candels is not going to anger God, but I think God appreciates any attention and thought man gives towards Him.

      It amazes me people who have gone to church every Sunday for years and years, and they don’t know one scripture. Or they don’t know the Lord’s Prayer.

      It is important for people to never put anyone, above the Lord, because no human is perfect and they will let you down. We are all sinners.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    A short story I wrote years ago has Aldo, the little addlepated monk running through the Vatican gardens to see the Pope. He barges past everyone until he is face to face with the Pontiff.

    “What is the trouble, my son?” il Papa asks.
    “He’s coming! He’s coming!”
    The Pope is silent for many minutes until Aldo can no longer contain himself. “What shall we do?” Aldo explodes at the Pope.
    The Holy Father turning away, says over his shoulder, “Look busy, I suppose.”

  5. BSDetector says:

    Is this the same pope who admitted to having stolen the cross from a rosary in a dead priest’s hands???

    • canary says:

      This would mean that Pope Francis must repent and make amends for these sins against the Ten Commandments, or he will be stumbling block. He absolutely can not keep the Cross and what is the best way to amend this.
      What would the Priest he stole it from want or what would God want? I’m not sure what would best. Should he auction and give the money to a Christian cause to fight abortion, or a charity for the poor? How can he give it back? Should he take from his own money and in bed it in stone and put it on the Priests grave? The Pope can replace it with a stone in his robe to remind him to have Mercy on sinners and remind himself not to steal again.
      This may take the blinders off the Pope’s eyes and show people to do the right thing.

      As I said in former posts. We are never to put worship a person as all are sinners and we are all sinners.

      And as far as the Catholic Church getting blasted for child molestation and hiding it, I can tell you it’s rampant it
      other churches to include trying to cover it up and do nothing. The Amish to the charismatic non-denominational
      mega-churches. It certainly not always make the news.

      It is a fact that pedophiles will be found in youth groups, especially church youth groups where they know they can deceive church members and leaders who just can’t possibly believe some perceived man who appears to be such a strong sacrificing Christian could do such a thing. And they will do everything to cover it up, because they don’t want people dissing their church. A good church does background checks on anyone in a position working with youth. It has to be this way because it’s a growing problem and we know more now that pedophiles don’t have good rehabilitative statistics in changing.

      How stunned when in a room they had Jimmy Swaggert on television doing his preaching. Suddenly out of the blue he hollered there were Catholics going to Hell and it was followed by all this long clapping and shouting amen from the audience. I was stunned that this giant church found this tearing up other Christians to be of the most importance.

      And I can speak from personal experience of a local church that turned mega church and started building in other states and what it took from parents with absolute proof via texts and internet of a youth group leader who even in spite of targeting the head Youth Group minister’s two young sons covered it up. It took a the wealthy family of one of the boys who was his prey to finally fire him and remove him from the church. And last I heard the church was standing up for gays.
      And this church did nothing but ask for money. It became so big, that no one returned calls just as the Head Youth Minister did not return parent’s calls over the sick homosexual pedophile who prayed on little boys. And the church is pro-gay.

      And it went a long with those churches who love to bad mouth other churches hoping the will switch and give their money to their church. And Jimmy Swaggert hollered the loudest when
      the disgusting Jim Baker was caught in adulterous and then money scandals. And then he was caught with a hooker in a whore house. He cried on television and was forgiven.

      And less we forget that more recent big named preacher that did drugs and had an adulterous
      affair with a gay man, and then he went to a Christian sex rehab where they concluded he was not a homosexual. At least the church the fired him, but low and behold he started his own church and in started coming the money. His wife who strongly stood by him just like Hillary was humiliated in front of the world and didn’t even throw Bill’s tie on White House lawn.

      It went to a private Catholic school followed up by other churches and the only scandal was a Priest who ran off with a married woman, and that happens in all churches too.

      So, my advice is there is no perfect church, but you can keep looking, because there are really good Catholic Churches as well as other Christian Churches out there.

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