Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words…

Dogma

49 – To look for doctrinal clarity is outdated?
118 –
Differences between the true Faith and Lutheran beliefs are only a question of interpretations?
119 – Grace is the quantity of light in the soul?
121 Faith is built by us? It is not received

Christology

9 – Absolute truth does not exist?
10 – Can anyone interpret God as he wishes?
80 – Did Jesus rebel against the Father’s will on the Cross?
95 – The care of men is the most important thing in the Church?
101 – The holy anger of Jesus is only pretense?
107 The Incarnation came about for God to learn to be a man?
111 – Jesus is only mercy?
122 – Our Lord Jesus Christ needed to beg for forgiveness?
135 – Jesus was stained by sin?

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God

8 – Is there a Catholic God?
22 – Is there a spark of God in every human being?
65 – Good vibes, positive energies, prayers – all the same thing?
87 Ecumenism justifies leaving out Jesus Christ in order to pray with Jews and Muslims?
99 –
Do Catholics and muslims worship the same God?

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Theology

77 – A good theologian should ‘have the odor of the people and the street’?

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Ecclesiology

27 – Is salvation guaranteed to all who belong to God’s people?
34 – Did the Church stop looking to Jesus Christ?
38 – Are we all equal? Does it no longer signify anything to be the Pope?
39 – The Roman Curia: Flattering Courtiers or Aides to the Pope?
57 – Can the Holy Spirit counsel good with evil?
63 – The Church learns about God’s will from the people? Her teachings on the family must be adapted to the times?
72 The Church and the Papacy can be transformed into something democratic, horizontal?
73 – The evangelization of the Americas did not benefit the indigenous peoples?
78 – Must Christians always humble themselves before all the rest?
79 – ‘Outstanding in solid faith’, primary requirement of the Code of Canon Law for Episcopal nominations has now passed on to a secondary place?
86 – Is it possible to be anti-clerical and Catholic at the same time?
91 – The Church must be poor?
98 – Sects no longer exist, and now everyone is the ‘church’?
106 – Lay people assuming the role of priests?
115 – The Church spent two thousand years without knowing how to proclaim the Gospel in the most accessible way?
138 – In the Church are women more important than Bishops and Priests?
140 – The Church has defects?
150 – Can the doctrinal unity of the Church be denied in individual circumstances?
152 – The Church fulfilled her role by solving human problems?

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Sacraments

132 – To forgive sins, the priest does not occupy the place of Jesus Christ?
137 – It is no longer necessary to declare one’s sins to a confessor to be pardoned?

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Papacy

59 “Who am I to judge him?” Is homosexuality a sin?
83
The Pope and the people: who should invoke the divine blessing for whom?

134 – The Papacy as an institution needs a conversion? It does not perfectly reflect what Jesus wished?

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Ecumenism

12 Ecumenism of Blood is a Priceless Contribution toward Christian Unity?
31 – All religions lead to God?
33 – Does healthy plurality of religions mean that all religions are equal?
40 – The Church should promote the laicity of the State?
58 – Why does Francis ask blessings from heretics and schismatics?
81 – Why does Francis ask everyone – atheists, communists, muslims, schismatics – to pray for him?
87 Ecumenism justifies leaving out Jesus Christ in order to pray with Jews and Muslims?
123 – The Church no longer teaches fully the entirely truth?
128 – Ecumenism with other confessions does not aim at attracting all to the Church?
142 – Is God’s mercy aimed at religious syncretism? Or sincere conversion?
157 – Is unity and peace possible (without Christ) in a world steeped in sin?
158 – Is it time to learn fidelity to the Gospel from those who haven’t achieved it?

Islam

99 – Do Catholics and muslims worship the same God?
104 The Christian faith is the same as the Muslims’?
108 The Quran is a prophetic book of peace?
124 Is it possible to obtain spiritual fruit and to give glory to God in other religions?
127 - Christians and muslims share common points in their holy books?

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Judaísm

37Does the Old Covenant still exist and is Judaism a valid way of salvation?

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Orthodox Church

143 – The Orthodox are no longer schismatics?
146 – What does Francis have against the faithful Ukrainian people?

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Protestantism

11 – Is Ecumenism the harmony of all Christian Faiths?
46 – How should the other Christian churches be considered? Are their priestly ordinations valid?
98 – Sects no longer exist, and now everyone is the ‘church’?
103 Can good-will replace theology?
118 – Differences between the true Faith and Lutheran beliefs are only a question of interpretations?

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Anglicanism

126 The Church is responsible for the Anglican schism?

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Mariology

62 – Did the Virgin Mary rebel against God?

Moral

130 - To follow the Church’s moral teaching is to be pharisaical?
136 - The Vatican protocol regarding public sinners must be changed?

Family

7 – Youth who live together shouldn’t be encouraged to marry?
13 – The Church has no solution for the crisis of the family?
48 – Having a large family is a sign of irresponsibility?
59 – “Who am I to judge him?” Is homosexuality a sin?
90 The divorced and remarried are not excommunicated…but, do they enjoy God’s friendship?
92 – Can the matrimonial bond suffer a rupture?
102 What is the family for the Church? Any type of union?
105 – Adulterine unions are no longer considered irregular?
145 – Family morality has ‘overly rigid classifications’ that should not be obeyed?
148 Christian marriage is realized in a partial and analogous way by adultery?
149 – Interpersonal relationships no longer need to seek purity and perfection?
151 – Families receive great aid in educating their children from the mass-media?

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Law

32 – Is it necessary to reform the Church and to reduce the precepts?
66 – The Eucharistic fast…a dictatorial burden?

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Liberty of Conscience

6 – Is conscience totally free? Can one do evil so that good may result from it?
30 – The Church should not attempt to form the consciences of people?

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Piety

45 – Is it impossible to know where to encounter God?
51 Holy Communion is no longer the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord?
54 – It is impossible to find God with entire certainty?
71 – To offer thousands of rosaries is a bad thing?

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Sin

5 – Is conscience the last word on what is good and evil?
56 – Mercy takes away the gravity of sin?
61 – What did Saint Paul really say about boasting of our sins?
117 God loves obstinate sinners with tenderness?
139 – Preaching the Gospel does not entail doctrinal and moral principles?

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Sacraments

4 – Does everyone have a right to receive the Sacraments?
15 – The Church no longer excludes the divorced in second union from the Eucharist?
25God never condemns, and always pardons?
84 – Can anybody be chosen as godparents? What does the Church think of divorce?
118 – Differences between the true Faith and Lutheran beliefs are only a question of interpretations?
145 - Family morality has ‘overly rigid classifications’ that should not be obeyed?
156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium

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Life

3 Capital punishment is opposed to the Law of God?

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Pastoral


18Should the teaching of Morals be silenced?
20 – Christ is only in the poor?
26 – Is material charity the most important thing in the Church?
42Is Fraternal Correction Good or an Evil?
44Is Catholic Education indifferent today?
50 – Alms-giving is preferable to divine worship?
53 – The Church’s concern has ceased to be primarily about spiritual problems?
70 – Christians are revolutionaries?
85 – Can Catechesis be compared with yoga or zen?
113 To see Christ in the marginalized means leaving them where they are or raising them up to Christ?
114 To be a good shepherd it is necessary to never condemn anyone and to get ‘dirty’?
125 – The Church should adapt her evangelizing labor to the world?

Education

96 – Can youth be formed with neither God nor religion?

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Encounter

2 – Should the Gospel be adapted to contemporary culture?
19 – Caution with evil is no longer necessary?
21 – Is peace possible without Christ?
55 – Society has nothing to profit from the Church’s teachings? What is the much touted ‘culture of encounter’?
129 We need to renounce our own culture to receive the refugees?
159 – Do the faithful attain reconciliation within the Church, or elsewhere?

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Evangelization

1 – The Church no longer needs to convert anyone?
47 – The Church should be reduced to a small minority?
73 – The evangelization of the Americas did not benefit the indigenous peoples?
89 The Church is closed in on herself and ailing?
116 – Gentleness must be above truth?
131 The Church must be reformed according to the world?
141 – To have zeal for the liturgy, doctrine and prestige of the Church amounts to ‘insidious worldliness’?
153 – Does Christ’s mandate ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’ actually amount to fanatism?
154 – Is there a crisis in the Church currently? Or is this fantasy?
155 – Union among the faithful is brought about by caring for the marginalized?

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The Complete List of queries

1 – The Church no longer needs to convert anyone?
2 – Should the Gospel be adapted to contemporary culture?
3 Capital punishment is opposed to the Law of God?
4 – Does everyone have a right to receive the Sacraments?
5 – Is conscience the last word on what is good and evil?
6 – Is conscience totally free? Can one do evil so that good may result from it?
7 – Youth who live together shouldn’t be encouraged to marry?
8 – Is there a Catholic God?
9 – Absolute truth does not exist?
10 – Can anyone interpret God as he wishes?
11 – Is Ecumenism the harmony of all Christian Faiths?
12 Ecumenism of Blood is a Priceless Contribution toward Christian Unity?
13 – The Church has no solution for the crisis of the family?
14 – Does the Church still teach the existence of eternal condemnation?
15 – The Church no longer excludes the divorced in second union from the Eucharist?
16 – Are atheists also children of God, capable of doing good just like
Catholics?
17 – Christ will not judge anyone at the Final Judgment?
18Should the teaching of Morals be silenced?
19 – Caution with evil is no longer necessary?
20 – Christ is only in the poor?
21 – Is peace possible without Christ?
22 – Is there a spark of God in every human being?
23Are all, including atheists or those of any religion, children of God?
24In the end, do all go to Heaven?
25God never condemns, and always pardons?
26 – Is material charity the most important thing in the Church?
27 – Is salvation guaranteed to all who belong to God’s people?
28 – Are souls punished with annihilation?
29 – Contemplative communities are spiritually sick since they do not go out?
30 – The Church should not attempt to form the consciences of people?
31 – All religions lead to God?
32 – Is it necessary to reform the Church and to reduce the precepts?
33 – Does healthy plurality of religions mean that all religions are equal?
34 – Did the Church stop looking to Jesus Christ?
35 – God is not omnipotent?
36 – Can the admonitions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith be despised?
37 – Does the Old Covenant still exist and is Judaism a valid way of salvation?
38 – Are we all equal? Does it no longer signify anything to be the Pope?
39 – The Roman Curia: Flattering Courtiers or Aides to the Pope?
40 – The Church should promote the laicity of the State?
41 – Asceticism and silence in the Spiritual Exercises: deviations or a way to the true goal?
42Is Fraternal Correction Good or an Evil?
43 – Happiness…Where is it to be found?
44Is Catholic Education indifferent today?
45 – Is it impossible to know where to encounter God?
46 – How should the other Christian churches be considered? Are their priestly ordinations valid?
47 – The Church should be reduced to a small minority?
48 – Having a large family is a sign of irresponsibility?
49 – To look for doctrinal clarity is outdated?
50 – Alms-giving is preferable to divine worship?
51 Holy Communion is no longer the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord?
52 – How is God is present in sinners’ lives?
53 – The Church’s concern has ceased to be primarily about spiritual problems?
54 – It is impossible to find God with entire certainty?
55 – Society has nothing to profit from the Church’s teachings? What is the much touted ‘culture of encounter’?
56 – Mercy takes away the gravity of sin?
57 – Can the Holy Spirit counsel good with evil?
58 – Why does Francis ask blessings from heretics and schismatics?
59 – “Who am I to judge him?” Is homosexuality a sin?
60 – Do Catholics really pray Jewish prayers?
61 – What did Saint Paul really say about boasting of our sins?
62 – Did the Virgin Mary rebel against God?
63 – The Church learns about God’s will from the people? Her teachings on the family must be adapted to the times?
64 – Sins are a motive for joy and salvation?
65 – Good vibes, positive energies, prayers – all the same thing?
66 – The Eucharistic fast…a dictatorial burden?!
67 – Communism is good? It is concerned about the poor? It has similarities with the Church’s social doctrine?
68 – The multiplication of the loaves was only a symbol?
69 Equality is the source of justice and happiness?
70 – Christians are revolutionaries?
71 – To offer thousands of rosaries is a bad thing?
72 The Church and the Papacy can be transformed into something democratic, horizontal?
73 – The evangelization of the Americas did not benefit the indigenous peoples?
74 – What should a Catholic think about the Encyclical Laudato Si´?
75 – The order established by God in the created world has changed after the encyclical Laudato Si’?
76 Laudato si’ (III): “I would like to offer Christians a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality”
77 – A good theologian should ‘have the odor of the people and the street’?
78 – Must Christians always humble themselves before all the rest?
79 – ‘Outstanding in solid faith’, primary requirement of the Code of Canon Law for Episcopal nominations has now passed on to a secondary place?
80 – Did Jesus rebel against the Father’s will on the Cross?
81 – Why does Francis ask everyone – atheists, communists, muslims, schismatics – to pray for him?
82 – The blasphemous crucifix of Evo Morales should not offend Catholics?
83 The Pope and the people: who should invoke the divine blessing for whom?
84 – Can anybody be chosen as godparents? What does the Church think of divorce?
85 – Can Catechesis be compared with yoga or zen?
86 – Is it possible to be anti-clerical and Catholic at the same time?
87 Ecumenism justifies leaving out Jesus Christ in order to pray with Jews and Muslims?
88 – Francis says that there is no explanation for suffering. Is that true?
89 The Church is closed in on herself and ailing?
90 The divorced and remarried are not excommunicated…but, do they enjoy God’s friendship?
91 – The Church must be poor?
92 – Can the matrimonial bond suffer a rupture?
93 – Francis at the World Meeting of Popular Movements?
94 Can a Pope defend communist ideas?
95 – The care of men is the most important thing in the Church?
96 – Can youth be formed with neither God nor religion?
97 – The Social Doctrine of the Church endorses the socialist reforms that Francis proposes?
98 – Sects no longer exist, and now everyone is the ‘church’?
99 – Do Catholics and muslims worship the same God?
100 – Is sin compatible with the religious life?
101 – The holy anger of Jesus is only pretense?
102 What is the family for the Church? Any type of union?
103 Can good-will replace theology?
104 The Christian faith is the same as the Muslims’?
105 – Adulterine unions are no longer considered irregular?
106 –
Lay people assuming the role of priests?
107 The Incarnation came about for God to learn to be a man?
108 The Quran is a prophetic book of peace?
109 – Is Christ no longer the center of the Gospel?
110 – Catholic doctrine on private property has changed?
111 – Jesus is only mercy?
112 – The ‘Bread of Life’ discourse is not about the Eucharist? It was better interpreted by the protestants?
113 To see Christ in the marginalized means leaving them where they are or raising them up to Christ?
114 To be a good shepherd it is necessary to never condemn anyone and to get ‘dirty’?
115 – The Church spent two thousand years without knowing how to proclaim the Gospel in the most accessible way?
116 – Gentleness must be above truth?
117 God loves obstinate sinners with tenderness?
118 – Differences between the true Faith and Lutheran beliefs are only a question of interpretations?
119 – Grace is the quantity of light in the soul?
120 – God’s only reply to evil is love, mercy, forgiveness in the Cross of Christ?
121 Faith is built by us? It is not received
122 – Our Lord Jesus Christ needed to beg for forgiveness?
123 – The Church no longer teaches fully the entirely truth?
124 Is it possible to obtain spiritual fruit and to give glory to God in other religions?
125 – The Church should adapt her evangelizing labor to the world?
126 The Church is responsible for the Anglican schism?
127 – Christians and muslims share common points in their holy books?
128 – Ecumenism with other confessions does not aim at attracting all to the Church?
129 We need to renounce our own culture to receive the refugees?
130 To follow the Church’s moral teaching is to be pharisaical?
131 The Church must be reformed according to the world?
132 – To forgive sins, the priest does not occupy the place of Jesus Christ?
133 – John the Baptist doubted that Jesus was the Messiah?
134 – The Papacy as an institution needs a conversion? It does not perfectly reflect what Jesus wished?
135 – Jesus was stained by sin?
136 – The Vatican protocol regarding public sinners must be changed?
137 – It is no longer necessary to declare one’s sins to a confessor to be pardoned?
138 – In the Church are women more important than Bishops and Priests?
139 – Preaching the Gospel does not entail doctrinal and moral principles?
140 – The Church has defects?
141 – To have zeal for the liturgy, doctrine and prestige of the Church amounts to ‘insidious worldliness’?
142 – Is God’s mercy aimed at religious syncretism? Or sincere conversion?
143 – The Orthodox are no longer schismatics?
144 – Judas was a poor, penitent man?
145 – Family morality has ‘overly rigid classifications’ that should not be obeyed?
146 – What does Francis have against the faithful Ukrainian people?
147 Does Francis have affinity with the Jovinian heresy?
148 Christian marriage is realized in a partial and analogous way by adultery?
149 – Interpersonal relationships no longer need to seek purity and perfection?
150 – Can the doctrinal unity of the Church be denied in individual circumstances?
151 – Families receive great aid in educating their children from the mass-media?
152 – The Church fulfilled her role by solving human problems?
153 – Does Christ’s mandate ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’ actually amount to fanatism?
154 – Is there a crisis in the Church currently? Or is this fantasy?
155 – Union among the faithful is brought about by caring for the marginalized?
156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium
157 – Is unity and peace possible (without Christ) in a world steeped in sin?
158 – Is it time to learn fidelity to the Gospel from those who haven’t achieved it?
159 – Do the faithful attain reconciliation within the Church, or elsewhere?
160 – Is sin an offense against God, or against the world?

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8 thoughts on “Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words…

  1. “we are now standing in the face of the greatest confrontation humanity has ever experienced….we are facing the final confrontation between the church and the antichurch, between the Gospel and the antiGospel, between Christ and the Antichrist , this confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence – it is in God’s plan but it is a trial which the church must face courageously” John Paul II, 1976, Eucharistic Congress, USA.

  2. Be ready for the great schism after the 2015 Synod. The Church approved Akita prophecy will occur – cardinal against cardinal, bishop against bishop.

  3. Pope francis recently referred to the Hammer and Sickle crucifix given to him by Evo Morales as “protest-art.” Could you elaborate on what the Fathers and Pope’s taught about either: (1) sacrilege and a proper response to symbolic offenses to Our Lord and (2) the relation between communism and Catholic doctrine. Grace and Peace, SW

  4. Hello, can you add your comment to this statement by pope Francis, that Jesus was a sinner? “When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us. ”
    http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-the-christian-life-proclaims-the-road-to-reco
    You are doing great work with your website, you need to continue. Regards O.G.K.

  5. Cf. Misericordiae Vultus [http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html]
    20. […] Paul’s understanding of justice changes radically. He now places faith first, not justice. Salvation comes not through the observance of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, who in his death and resurrection brings salvation together with a mercy that justifies. God’s justice now becomes the liberating force for those oppressed by slavery to sin and its consequences. God’s justice is his mercy (cf. Ps 51:11-16).

    “God’s justice is his mercy” does not make any sense whatsoever, from my understanding of the classical definitions of what Justice is and what Mercy is [e.g. http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1021.htm%5D

    “Denzinger-Bergoglio”: thank you and may God bless his work at your hands!

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