Pope Francis: Beatitudes

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Pope Francis attempts to improve on Christ by suggesting six new beatitudes:

— Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.

— Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalised and show them their closeness.

— Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.

— Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.

— Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.

— Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

Go here to read the rest.  PopeWatch would like to play this game:  Blessed are those who do not attempt to hijack the Gospels for their pet political causes.

 

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26 Comments

  1. Blessed are they who know it is only Jesus who is the way, the truth and the light and that no one goes to the Father except through him.

  2. Just thinking about Biblical numerology, the number 6 is frequently associated with man and toil as man was created on the sixth day and called to work for six days. It also represents imperfection as Creation is not complete until God’s rest on the seventh day and so 6 reflects falling short of the fullness of God. The number of the Beast is also 666.
    8 on the other hand is a Divine number. It was on the eighth day after their birth that Jewish males were to be circumcised, entering them into the Covenant with God. It also reflects the day that Christ rose from the dead (the day after the seventh day.) It thus points to the new Covenant with man through the Death and Resurrection of Christ. It is the day of the New Creation achieved by Christ’s Redemption of man.

    So it is appropriate that Francis has a very human 6 while Christ has the Divine 8.

  3. Do you know what Protestants’ biggest fear about Catholics is? That the Pope makes stuff up to replace the Bible.

  4. I actually thought Don was making this up hyperbolically until I clicked on the link. Would someone show Pope Francis his airplane fuel tonnage per year. That is what reveals his hidden pride problem. He criticizes himself not at all on number four….but is watching others apparently.

  5. These are pious examples of what he has been doing as pope- each of these has been seen in his life, except perhaps #1 – which would be only known to himself probably.
    – As I read the Sermon on the Mount, it always seems to me that the people are being assured that God already has them covered- not to worry-
    they are already blessed if they are poor in spirit; if they are mourning they will be comforted‘; if they are meek, they will inherit the earth, if they hunger and thirst for righteousness they will be satisfied, they will receive mercy if they are merciful, and those who are pure in heart will see God. Peacemakers (whom I have heard referred to as policemen, soldiers and enforcers of law and order) will be called children of God. and if they have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake- theirs is the kingdom of heaven…and their reward will be great in heaven.
    It all comes down in trust in the Lord and acceptance. Later in that sermon Jesus goes into the moral teaching- “you have heard it said, but Isay to you”
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    The pope’s beatitudes are exemplary for sure but seem more “works” oriented – which reminds me again that I think he struggles against being pelagian !:) (in the same sense that liberation theology is grown our of Pelagius– we must by human effort make it all better- if we will will our way to being kinder and gentler. that has been called ” a secular man’s salvation”
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    I am bothered by all of this- and my sense of being bothered by the additions to the beatitudes and to spiritual works of mercy- is magnified by reading progressive bishop saying Jesus didn’t die for our sins– It all seems to fit together with secular solutions to life’s problems….the “ethical development of man…” to quote John Calvin about pelagic and semi-pelagic thinking.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/christ-did-not-die-for-the-sins-of-the-people-head-of-german-catholic-bisho

  6. I apologize in advance.
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    First achieve the impossible: the Gospel Beatitudes. Then take a stab at PF’s secular, progressive beauties.
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  7. “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home”

    I suppose if we could just hide all our God-given resources under a rock….as in the parable of the talents?

    Wise use honors the gift and the giver.

  8. “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home” – I think PF is simply parroting the fascists’ (until proved otherwise all liberals are totalitarians) simplistic, green-graft doggerel.
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    I don’t think he’s sufficient intelligent to realize he is closing in on the worship of creation instead of the Creator.

  9. A certain highly placed cleric needs to read 2nd Peter 3:1-13.
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    http://prognosticis.blogspot.com/2016/11/deus-igne-caelos-et-terram-consumet.html
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    This “Christian” embrace of the eco-wacko, enviro-nazi movement is non-Biblical. Yes, God gave Adam dominion, and that isn’t a right but a responsibility of stewardship. Yes, we are all required to treat animals with humanely (e.g., don’t torture, leave alone in peace, eat what you kill and do the killing painlessly), and to properly care for the land, water and air (don’t dump your trash into other people’s land, water or air). However, one day, God will burn the heavens and the Earth up with fire. It’ll all be gone and replaced with a new Heaven and a new Earth, and all the eco-wackism in the universe won’t have amounted to a hill of beans.
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    Truly I hate environmentalism as much as I do liberalism, progressivism and feminism. It’s all a worship of the creature instead of the creator. It is telling God, “Te non serviam, sed magis deam Gaiam.”
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    Post Scriptum: with all his eco-wackism, does the Pope support the ONLY thing which can obviate the need to use carbon-polluting fossil fuel – nuclear energy – given that wind and solar have capacity factors of < 30% and are useless, worthless con games in the energy business? Does he? Or is this all smoke and mirrors? Because if he really believes in this global warming crap, then he would demand that humanity go full tilt nuclear to replace fossil fuels (remember, every wind farm, every solar station is a carbon polluting gas turbine plant for spinning reserve for the 70% of the time that there's no wind, no sun). It's all a freaking joke, folks, and the Pope is part of it. Whether he is a dupe convinced to believe in such stupidity, or he is an architect does not matter. He is a heretic and he must be deposed and anathematized and exiled back to Argentina from whence he came.

  10. The words “green”, “gay”, “what difference does itmake”, have been hijacked; now so is “blessed”.

  11. Philip, the transcript on the link you provided looks the same as the one on the link I attached. It’s a sermon where he expounds on the beatitude “blessed are the meek”. He doesn’t appear to be proposing new beatitudes. It’s a regular homily.

  12. “The Beatitudes are in some sense the Christian’s identity card. They identify us as followers of Jesus. We are called to be blessed, to be followers of Jesus, to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus. Thus we ought to be able to recognize and respond to new situations with fresh spiritual energy. Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart. Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness. Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him. Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home. Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others. Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians. All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward.”

  13. Pinky,

    Exactly. And it is the same that the Catholic Herald quotes. So don’t know how you came up with your comment.

  14. What about pope Francis 10 commandments for a happy life? Additions to spiritual works of mercy .His beatitudes. His take on the Great Commission?

  15. “Suggesting” or “proposing” new beatitudes implies something much more substantial than giving a sermon on the beatitudes and listing ways to live them out. The Pope is not putting his sermon on par with Scripture. He’s not saying that these six things should replace those eight. He did not change the nature of Catholicism, nor did he intend to. He gave a sermon about the beatitudes, a stunningly uncontroversial one if you leave out the part about “our common home”, I mean, what’s the story here? That the Pope thinks we should pray for Christian unity? That he said that people are blessed for doing so? I read about twelve guys who heard the same thing over dinner. Is Francis saying that we should all feel free to make up our own beatitudes, commandments, Scripture? No, of course not. He’s setting the astounding precedent that a priest can talk about the faith between the Scripture reading and the Creed. Truly, the faith of our fathers is no more. Come on.

  16. This commandment stands, in both the OT. and NT Scriptures. We are not to add or omit the words in Scripture. There is a warning of severe consequence if you do. Who gave this man the authority to add to the words of Jesus, who is called , ” Wonderful Counselor,Mighty GOD. Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” ? I’ll stick to the authority of Scripture and the words of Almighty GOD.

  17. It’s the same CNS article. I’m sure the America gang would like there to be new Jesuit beatitudes, just like the gang here would hate the idea. There just doesn’t seem to be a story here. It’s all internet feedback.

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