Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness'

The new pope continues to shake up the church.

Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis continues to shake up the Catholic Church. As Raw Storynoted, he criticized what he called “ideological Christians” at mass last Thursday.

Francis said that ideologies are “rigid.” “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,” Francis said, according to Radio Vatican.

Francis added: “The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new.”

Francis’ comments on “ideological Christians” come a month after he criticized the Catholic Church’s obsession with gays, abortion and birth control.

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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