Pope Tries to Lead Catholics Away from Ideological Politics

Pope Francis

After decades of the increasingly radical "Christian right", Pope Francis appears to be trying to lead Catholics away from ideological politics.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis said:
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”

I still can't claim to be a fan of the Church but if the Pope's stand helps to lead Christians away from radical ideologies, homophobia, sexism and anti-choice politics it can only be good news for those of us who choose to live in the 21st century instead of the 19th.
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