It is so easy to cry “calumny, detraction, rash judgement…’, but Francis has been Pope for two and a half years now, and his pontificate has been less than stellar in the teaching end of it. Celebritywise…he hasn’t done poorly. Perhaps Mullarkey should be more guilty of crying”
“The emperor has no clothes!”
And she is right that he hardly mentioned Jesus at all. Even in his “green” encyclical (I highly doubt he even wrote being that there are at least four styles of writing in it and the terms mentioned I doubt he even knows what they mean) he barely mentions Jesus (23 times) but he mentions “creation” 67 times and “poor(est) 64 times. And follow the footnotes. They lead directly to the UN’s Agenda 21 demagoguery. Educate yourself.
Francis knows that adult Christians don’t need to be repeatedly reminded that Christianity is entirely about Christ, the Alpha and Omega. His flock also know that his reported speeches will not be about ice-hockey or chess or cookery.
Incidentally, there is much about the environment and our role as its custodians in the Old Testament, both explicit and implicit. As regards the latter, David refers to the ‘wee beasties’ of the field, the fish in the sea, the birds of heaven, lions, etc, over which God maintains a loving eye. It is implicitly incumbent on us to do the same. They were told not to muzzle the ox when it was toiling hard, to leave land fallow at certain regular intervals. While there are dire prophecies of our destruction of the land and the sea.
I agree about the Mass. In Christ’s own words, it is a memorial. Christ died once for us all. The priests mime his actions; they do not sacrifice their lives at every Mass, ‘in the person of Christ’ or not.
That is actually used as a ‘weasel’ term, since none of us can be ‘other Christs’ in God’s own nature, but solely partaking of his nature by his own extraordinarily gracious and generous adoption.
There is no longer a two-tier priesthood, Jesus having been our definitive high priest offering that perfect and sufficient sacrifice. In calling Christians by virtue of their baptism, a royal priesthood, he wasn’t implying that there was a higher, ‘imperial’ one, to which the elders/ministers/pastors belong.
 October 3, 2015 at 12:58am
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls, and all the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in peace.
 October 3, 2015 at 12:56am
Come on Barry, give it up already. Go to bed. Don’t you get enough attention?
September 25, 2015 at 12:16pm
My gosh, are you that uniformed?
September 25, 2015 at 12:06pm
This is the M/O of the Blaze, unfortunately. Anti-Catholicism is alive and well here. You don’t see many, if at all…articles about other Christian religions, being criticized like the Catholic faith is criticized. Also, Catholics in general do not learn and study their own faith. They rely on the milk-toast “teachings” they get from their priests and bishops. We have Vatican II to thank for that. Catholics don’t know their own Church history, doctrines, teachings. Catholics have to learn their Faith and history on their own. Be the Church Militant! We have more spiritual ammunition to fight the battle of satan and his minions than are known, taught or appreciated. The Church has been attacked for centuries from within and out…. evil and corrupt men within and out. But it hasn’t fallen, yet! The Faith is pure. But the Church has its Juduses, as does every organization.
 September 25, 2015 at 11:49am
The Blaze religion editor is at it again…stirring up more trouble and division as if there wasn’t enough already. Ex-Catholics are the worst.
I'm by no means anti-Catholic, but I do have issues with this MAN, the Pope. I believe there are many, many Christians within the Catholic church, but being Catholic does not make you Christian, no more than being Baptist does.
[-1] September 25, 2015 at 11:48am
Your being a baptist preacher, has zero impact on me. And apparently, your
e-bay certification doesn’t cover even the basics of theology. Self taught? Ah, it explains it.
 September 22, 2015 at 12:52pm
Actually, if a person likes both the ‘ducks’ and the ‘beavers’, then you’re a
 September 9, 2015 at 12:41pm
By your comment, we all know what your belief system is…or not. Bitterness and contempt.
my belief system is not important, as I'm not trying to force it on you or anyone else.
oompa, I may be wrong but I don't think quovadis' comment was directed at you but at Tesseract1. I think it's just a quirk in the order of posts.
July 27, 2015 at 5:50pm
Why do black pastors always seem to politicize their sermons. Why does everything seem to refer to slavery and race? Do they ever speak about sin and offenses to God, or is just slavery the only sin in their vocabulary. Borish……won’t get you to heaven, sorry.
What about all those aborted black babies the black culture seems to accept as OK. Do these pastors ever preach about about the sin of abortion?
 June 22, 2015 at 2:17pm
The Pope is only infallible in faith and morals. And this is rare, and must be done in a solemn way, a definitive manner.
Infallibility is a complicated and much argued topic within the Church.
 June 22, 2015 at 1:54pm
You have this right! Just like Obama, he was touted as a new personality that would bring a fresh approach to the Church and how the world viewed her. Just like Obama, the world is finding out how wacked out he is. There are back door politics in the Church just like what happens in the rest of the world. Deals were made, promises given if only this Pope was elected. He was supposed to be elected by men who had prayed to the Holy Ghost for guidance, but I think something else was evoked that day and it wasn’t the Holy Ghost. At any rate, it is what it is. And Catholics need to wake up and learn their Faith. They need to call out corruption and condemn error.
It is not wrong to stand up to a wayward pope and corrupt bishops/priests. If the bishops won’t do it, then it is up to the layman to do it. It is our duty and responsibility as the Church Militant.
We have to respect the office, but call out the man.
St. Athanasius, pray for us!!
 June 22, 2015 at 1:34pm
This encyclical is not a dogmatic pronouncement. Catholics are not mandated to believe it. Only to study and think upon it. Nothing more.
Catholics who have been paying attention to what has been happening in the Church the last 50+ years, are aware that the Church has been hijacked by Communists.
Check out the following link: http://www.churchpop.com/2015/05/01/former-soviet-spy-we-created-liberation-theology/
For those who doubt the Church’s teaching on self defense, read what it actually teaches: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church
Go to: CHAPTER TWO “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF”
Read paragraphs 2238 – 2243 carefully. The Church supports ARMED RESISTANCE in certain conditions.
And it supports civil disobedience when the citizen is forced to choose between obeying God laws or man’s. God’s laws always come first.
The Catholic Church must be the true Church if every political hack, heretic, and despot want to destroy her. These kind of attacks only come from the devil. We don’t see this type of hate being directed towards other Christian faiths or other religions.
The Pope is being mislead and used by others. Men can be corrupted, their weaknesses taken advantaged upon. But it doesn’t mean the Catholic Faith is wrong. The gates of hell will not prevail against it, even if there are evil people on the inside of the Church trying to open them.
 June 21, 2015 at 12:22pm
I honored the lives of those killed in Charleston, by taking my sons shooting and teaching them the rules on handling a firearm. I also explained that racism is wrong. Someday, they may have
to defend their life and their families, and owning and knowing how to use a gun would help
in that defense. By the way, I’m a mom and have a concealed carry license.
December 9, 2014 at 7:00pm
I guess by their fruits you shall know them.
 December 9, 2014 at 6:47pm
The rosary beads are not a necklace. It is a sacramental, used for praying and keeping track of the prayers said during the praying of the Rosary. Apparently, this young man was not taught how to treat the rosary. The policeman should have asked him to say the prayers of the rosary and its history, also to what Catholic parish be belonged. And….priests in areas where there is a lot of gang activity should be telling their congregations not to wear the rosary…they should be praying it instead. Teach their parishioners something about their faith. But, the ones wearing the rosary probably aren’t going to church.
If the teen really wanted to honor his brother, then he should be acting respectfully towards the police, living a virtuous life, and praying the rosary everyday, especially for the soul of his brother. He should be and exceptional student, have excellent grades, humble, respectful towards his superiors/parents and elders.
The policeman shouldn’t assume that because the rosary is being worn around the neck, the person is a gang member. It is terrible that the gangbanger types have highjacked the rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe picture as some sort of “identity”. Sorry, Hispanics, if you really want to hang on to your “Catholic identity”, then learn your faith first.
 November 5, 2014 at 12:38am
Gee, I see ole Billy H. is stirring up the anti-Catholic hate again.
And the article is from the Deseret press, a Mormon publication.
Ex-Catholics are the worst haters…..
Don’t you haters have anything else better to do than attack Catholics?
July 22, 2014 at 11:52am
He is growing old….and needs some “controversial comment” to bring him back
in the public eye again…..thanks to the Blaze.
 July 22, 2014 at 11:50am
Yes, church leaders will answer to God someday for their abuses….but these abuses does
not mean that the FAITH is false. Stop making judgements based on feelings and do
learn your faith. Stand up for it and confront the bad bishops, priests and others who
warp the truth. Fight for the Church…don’t let corrupt people ruin it. We are the Church
Militant. We are supposed to stand up to the evil in the world in and out of the Church.
Don’t wait for the Pope to act….we’ve had strong popes and weak popes. They are human just like you and make mistakes, become tempted to abuse power….just like the rest of humanity. Stop listening to the nay sayers and learn your FAITH….and not from the
liberal, pablum gorged social justice milktoasts either. Being a Catholic means a lifetime
of educating yourself and growing your Faith and knowledge. Don’t give up on her.
 July 22, 2014 at 11:40am
You spend way to much time in your Friday night Masonic/Demonic meetings…it has warped your mind and your ability to think rationally. Get out more.
The Catholic Faith is the true Faith. Unfortunately, there has been rotten leaders and priests….just like every other human run institution on earth. But the Faith is true and doesn’t tell Catholics to molest children.
In regards to Mr. Petty, I think he is suffering from severe hair dye poisoning…too much
substance abuse over the years.