Pope Francis has a new book, or rather a book length interview with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli: The Name of God is Mercy. In the book the Pope bashes a favorite whipping boy of his:
In the book, Francis condemns what he calls the “scholars of law” — the doctrinaire-minded rigorists who throughout the history of the church have challenged Jesus’ message of unconditional love and mercy for even the most wretched of sinners. He says often these self-righteous Christians are hypocrites themselves, using the law to hide their own “deep wounds.”
“These are men who live attached to the letter of the law but who neglect love; men who only know how to close doors and draw boundaries,” Francis is quoted as saying.
Francis has rankled many conservatives with his frequent dismissals of theological and legalistic arguments stressing doctrine over his more pastoral message of welcome and mercy for society’s most marginal. The clash in approaches has been particularly evident in recent church debates over marriage and divorce.
“We must avoid the attitude of someone who judges and condemns from the lofty heights of his own certainty, looking for the splinter in his brother’s eye while remaining unaware of the beam in his own,” Francis says. “Let us always remember that God rejoices more when one sinner returns to the fold than when 99 righteous people have no need of repentance.”
Go here to read the rest. How fortunate we are to have a Pope so unlike a harsh Pharisee who condemns people who have the temerity to disagree with him. PopeWatch cannot wait for him to tackle the judgmental fellow who said this:
 I say then, walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would.  But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,  Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,
 Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,  Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’ s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.