Pope Francis Criticizes U.S. Catholic Conservatives, Urging Faith Over Ideology

Pope Francis has delivered a powerful message aimed squarely at conservatives within the U.S. Catholic Church as he argued they put their ideologies over their faith.

Faith vs. Ideology

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The Pope minced no words, asserting that US catholic conservatives have veered off course, prioritizing ideology over genuine faith.

A New Perspective on Catholics

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Francis went even further, arguing that being a Catholic means allowing your views to change over time, referring to subjects such as abortion and gay rights.

U.S. Catholic Church’s Internal Struggles Revealed

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The Pope’s comments brought to light the deep-seated divisions within the U.S. Catholic Church, calling them “backward.”

A Pope’s Pivot

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Francis’ pivot towards social justice matters, such as the environment and poverty, left many conservatives angered.

Breaking Away From Tradition

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The Pope even suggested allowing those who are divorced to allow sacraments, which further angered traditionalists.

A Strong Discussion Behind Closed Doors

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During a meeting, a Portuguese Jesuit told of his challenging experience during a year in the United States because many of the Catholics didn’t agree with Pope Francis’ ideas.

Francis’ Reaction to Critics

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Francis took note of the Jesuit’s struggles, acknowledging that he encountered many angry Catholics, including U.S. bishops, who were vocal critics of his views.

A Strong Reaction in the U.S. Church

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In a stark description, the Pope referred to the resistance within the U.S. church as “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude.”

Calling Out “Backwardness”

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The Pope’s criticism did not stop there. He branded this conservative stance as “backward,” and that people should stop putting their ideologies over their faith.

A Warning of Consequences

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Francis issued a grave warning, “Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support. In other words, ideologies replace faith.”

A Call for Understanding

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The Pope advocated for a balanced view, “I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, and they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals.”

Francis’ “Attacked by Americans” Claim

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This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has acknowledged criticism from U.S. conservatives, even humorously referring to being “attacked by Americans.”

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  1. To beging He is the one that is puttting ideology above faith,he is no doubt a leftist. He has a dark history of behavior in his life.I din`t know how he became a pope, that tells me the how screw is the Catholic Church base is.He critizise the Us Catholics because we are different from others, we live under a real democracy.We can think,an avoid to be brain washed.Can`t wait for the Lord call him in due time.Sorry but he is the worse pope we ever had.MY OPINION.

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