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Pope raps Catholics who exploit Church

June 05, 2014

Pope Francis criticized Catholics who “rent the Church, but do not claim it as their home,” in a homily at Mass on June 5.

Reflecting on Christ’s prayer for unity among his followers, the Pope referred to three sorts of temptation against Christian unity; he called them “uniformism, alternativism, and exploitationism.”

Those who embrace “uniformism,” the Pope said, demand a rigid approach to the faith. “They do not have the freedom that the Holy Spirit gives,” he said, and “their attitude drives them away from the Church.”

“Alternativism,” the Pontiff continued, is found in those Catholics who offer their own preferred alternatives to the teachings of the Church, refusing to accept the guidance.

As for “exploitationism,” the Pope spoke of “those who seek benefits” from the Church. “They strut their stuff as benefactors,” the Pontiff said, rather than loving the Church as their mother.


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