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Pope raps Christians who do not want change

January 17, 2017

In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.”

Such Christians “have found in the Chuch a good place to park,” the Pontiff said. “And when I say Christians, I’m takling about laity, priests, bishops...” Such “stationary” Christians, he said, are a danger, like still water: “It is the first to go bad.”


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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jan. 19, 2017 2:38 AM ET USA

    Given that Jesus insisted on the changelessness of truth, there is a universe of phoniness in the insistence that change is an end in itself.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jan. 18, 2017 10:31 AM ET USA

    Committed sinners are the real ones who don't want to change. Grousing about those who do not accept the nonsense in AL should cause an ordinary person to wonder about the real problem. I think most believers in what the Church teaches have pretty much figured this out. For the last 50 years the dissenters have been rising in the ranks of the clergy - higher and higher.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 17, 2017 10:00 PM ET USA

    Will to go forward where? Don't fight to make what changes? Are we talking about sticking with the Doctrines of the Church or the progressive left who want to drop what they see as too difficult to follow. Therefore just let anyone pretty much do what they want as long as they think they are good with God. So adultery is ok as long as we feel good about it.

  • Posted by: MWCooney - Jan. 17, 2017 8:17 PM ET USA

    I urge everyone not to be lazy Christians in our efforts and prayers to save the Eternal truths, taught consistently through the ages, and despite the brutal hostility of the world. Pope Francis apparently holds nothing but contempt for those great saints of the past who died rather than compromise Truth. God have mercy on us, despite the clear fact that we don't deserve any.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jan. 17, 2017 4:10 PM ET USA

    He is rigidly stuck in the late 60s/early 70s "change era" that sought to bring about a great new flourishing of Christendom by destabilizing everything.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 17, 2017 2:54 PM ET USA

    This is actually very inspiring homily. Although, without including a single example, it can be interpreted as attack against those who object to the confusion caused by different ways of understanding Amoris Leatitia. I hope that's not the case.