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Pope renews criticism of ‘rigid’ believers

April 24, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis once again condemned “rigidity” in his homily at a weekday Mass on April 24. The Pontiff said that some Catholics are “incapable of leaving their closed world; they are prisoners of ideas.” While these people see any new development as a threat, the Pope said, the Church actually is like a bicycle: unstable except when it is moving forward.

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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Apr. 25, 2018 4:34 PM ET USA

    Jesus would've ranked worst on the Francis Rigidity Index. It's Francis who places himself at the center by sweeping aside the already-established Church Magisterium & even the teaching of Jesus Himself. The notion that "discernment" can overturn God's wisdom is ideology, for sure. People like Francis who get a case of hives at the thought of "The Law" should meditate on John 14:21 - "He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me". Authentic love expresses itself in obedience.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 25, 2018 1:24 AM ET USA

    What Pope Francis calls "rigidity" is called "faith in the words of Jesus" among faithful Catholics.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 24, 2018 9:45 PM ET USA

    Once again the Pope creates confusion with a lack of specificity. Why is he not clear on where most devout Catholics are being rigid. Tell us what is it we should change. All he does is create chaos in the Church. Chaos is the work of Satan. If he is so sure of change and the Holy Spirit is encouraging us then get some backbone and tell us.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 24, 2018 8:38 PM ET USA

    That poor man must be immersed in a sea of "doctors of the law," of those among us who are most rigid. He must have to battle them every day. What else can explain his obsession with these most vile enemies of his? It would seem that if these "doctors of the law" are everywhere within his circle of responsibility, he would once and for all weed them out. He seems to have fired just about everyone else, or had them fired by delegation. Is it that difficult to find any "unrigid" in the Vatican?

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Apr. 24, 2018 6:08 PM ET USA

    So, on 24 April this pope warned against an illness he suffers from himself: "the 'rigidity', which leads to placing oneself at the center and untouched by the works of the Holy Spirit and insensitive to new things" like clarity and truth, which are novelties for this pope.