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Papal adviser sees Jesus as ‘rigid,’ needing conversion

August 30, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Father Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit journalist who advises Pope Francis, has written an essay for the Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano in which he argues that the Canaanite woman helped Jesus to overcome “the rigidity of the theological, political, and cultural elements dominant in his time.”

In his analysis of the Gospel story, Father Spadaro says that “Jesus appears as if he were blinded by nationalism and theological rigor.” But the woman’s faith, he says, shook Jesus out of his rigid attitude, “to ‘convert’ him to himself.”

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Sep. 02, 2023 2:34 AM ET USA

    You'd think amazement at the secular speak of churchmen who should know better would cease but they always come up with a take that, well, takes the breath away - and saddens the heart.

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Sep. 01, 2023 7:33 PM ET USA

    This pontificate is beyond sick. Francis not only tolerates such blasphemy -- he takes advice from the man who promotes it.

  • Posted by: IM4HIM - Aug. 30, 2023 11:39 AM ET USA

    It takes a lot of pride for someone to accuse Jesus of being blinded by nationalism and theological rigor. If Fr. Spadaro, Pope Francis and others think that they are smarter than Our Lord, then they are following Satan and not God.