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Pope Francis: the Church needs prophets, not critics

April 23, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The Pope made his remarks as he preached at a recent weekday Mass on the martyrdom of St. Stephen.

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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Apr. 25, 2018 4:19 PM ET USA

    Re: "The Church needs prophets...not critics". Another example that Pope Francis not only doesn't follow Jesus' rules, he doesn't even follow his own rules. I can't think of a more active and ascerbic critic than the current occupant of the Chair of Peter.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 25, 2018 1:20 AM ET USA

    If Pope Francis would stop creating and encouraging mas confusion in the church there would be no need for critics.

  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 23, 2018 9:58 PM ET USA

    Calling to conversion, which includes criticizing in truth, is an essential part of the mission of each prophet, that is why prophets got killed: "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone those sent to you" [Luke 13:34]. "Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; proclaim to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins" [Isaiah 58:1]