Francis: If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete

Francis: If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete

By Carol Glatz on Monday, 13 October 2014

www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2014/10/13/francis-if-gods-laws-dont-lead-people-to-jesus-they-are-obsolete/

If laws do not lead people to Christ then they are obsolete, Pope Francis said in his morning homily.

In fact, the scholars of the law in Jesus’s day were so wrapped up in doctrine as an end in itself, they were unable to see that Jesus was leading people down a new and surprising path toward his glory, the Pope said during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae this morning.

Jesus did “strange things,” like “walk with sinners, eat with tax collectors” — things the scholars of the law “did not like; doctrine was in danger, that doctrine of the law” that they and the “theologians had created over the centuries,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

The scholars were safeguarding the law “out of love, to be faithful to God,” the Pope said, but “they were closed up right there,” and forgot all the ways God has acted in history.

“They forgot that God is the God of the law, but is also the God of surprises,” he said.

“God is always new; he never denies himself, he never says that what he had said is wrong, but he always surprises us,” the Pope added.

The scholars of the law had forgotten how many times God surprised his people, like when he freed them from slavery in Egypt, he said. They were too wrapped up in their perfect system of laws — “a masterpiece” where everyone knew exactly what he or she was supposed to do; “it was all settled. And they felt very secure there”.

They couldn’t see beyond “this system made with lots of good will,” and they could not read the “signs of the times,” the Pope said.

They couldn’t see that what Jesus was doing was a sign indicating “that the time was ripe,” he said. This is why in the day’s Gospel reading (Lk 11:29-32) Jesus said, “This generation is an evil generation,” because it sought the wrong kind of sign, the Pope continued.

The scholars of the law also forgot that the people of God are a people on a journey, “and when you journey, you always find new things, things you never knew before,” he said. But the journey, like the law, is not an end in itself; they are a path, “a pedagogy,” toward “the ultimate manifestation of the Lord. Life is a journey toward the fullness of Jesus Christ, when he will come again.”

The law teaches the way to Christ, and “if the law does not lead to Jesus Christ,” Francis said, “and if it doesn’t get us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead.”

Pope Francis asked people to reflect, “Am I attached to my things, my ideas. Am I closed?”

“Am I at a standstill or am I a person on a journey? Do I believe in Jesus Christ, in what Jesus did,” dying for humanity’s sins and rising again? he asked.

“Am I able to understand the signs of the times and be faithful to the voice of the Lord that is manifested in them?”

Pope Francis urged people to pray to be able to walk “toward maturity, toward the manifestation of the glory of the Lord” and to have a heart “that loves the law, because the law is God’s.”

But may people also be able to “love God’s surprises and to know that this holy law is not an end in itself,” he said.

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14 comments on “Francis: If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete

  1. Fascinating. A remarkable example of a retrograde pontificate.

  2. The wing nut contingent in charge of eliminating dogma is always going on about being “on a journey.”

    John Vennari said in a talk several years back, related to ecumenism and long before this latest repudiation of doctrinal precision bounced down the Motel 6 steps and into traffic, that even Benedict XVI’s enthusiasm for ecumania amounted to saying….

    “We have no idea where we’re going but we’re certainly on our way!”

    Now that Jorge has stamped over six billion passports to Shangri-La, where the laws of gravity, propulsion, aerodynamics, etc. “need not apply” if anyone doesn’t feel the right vibes, air traffic controllers jobs are going to become exponentially more challenging.

  3. I wonder what Mikey Lavoris’ take is on this diddy.
    Ahhhh, the sound of silence!!

  4. I expect the laws that Francis wants to overturn are mainly any remaining anti-homo laws.

  5. There’s no doubt that this guy is an imbecile; and he thinks the rest of us are imbeciles also, which sadly there are a lot of ignorant Catholics out there, but these statements really tell the story of Jorge’s bizarro and modernist mind:

    Jesus did “strange things,” like “walk with sinners, eat with tax collectors” — things the scholars of the law “did not like; doctrine was in danger, that doctrine of the law” that they and the “theologians had created over the centuries,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.”The scholars were safeguarding the law “out of love, to be faithful to God,” the Pope said, but “they were closed up right there,” and forgot all the ways God has acted in history”.

    Well Jorge, Our Lord “walked with sinners and ate with tax collectors” because He was trying to convert them to Himself, and He wanted them to renounce sin. Yes Jorge, Our Lord believes in sin, unlike you and your fellow modernists.

    “They couldn’t see beyond “this system made with lots of good will,” and they could not read the “signs of the times,” the Pope said. They couldn’t see that what Jesus was doing was a sign indicating “that the time was ripe,” he said. This is why in the day’s Gospel reading (Lk 11:29-32) Jesus said, “This generation is an evil generation,” because it sought the wrong kind of sign, the Pope continued”.

    I find this statement from Bergoglio very bizarre, telling and very contradicting. Basically, IMO, Jorge is comparing traditional Catholics to the pharisees because we trads won’t go along with the worldly heretical ideology, theology, and philosophy he and his lieutenants like Kasper are promoting. Which is eliminating any form of sin echoed in Holy Scripture and natural law out of some modernist, perverted and worldly definition of “mercy, tolerance and forgiveness”. Then he says something totally blasphemous “They couldn’t see that what Jesus was doing was a sign indicating “that the time was ripe”. Ripe for what Jorge boy? To change the ACTUAL teachings of Christ on divorce, adultery and sodomy like you and your other mental midgets want to do? For a bishop of Rome to compare orthodox and traditional Catholics to the pharisees, then compare modernist apostates like himself and Kasper to Our Lord when he and his henchmen are literally trying to change the de-fide teachings of Christ is totally mind blowing! This guy gets more and more bizarre every day! They must be loving this clown in the bowels of Hell!

  6. If the traditional teaching of the Church is being equated to the doctrines of the Pharisees, then are we to understand that Francis is a new Christ come to throw out the New Law along with the Old? Is this some antinomian New New Law which is Anti-Law?

    Type and antitype, Christ and … ?

  7. Theophrastus,
    It is my opinion through his words and actions that Bergoglio believes that he was made pope to bring about a change, and the fulfillment of aggiornamento. To bring about a new catholicism for the times. I think that you could theoretically say in a round about way that would make him into a new “Christ” who throws out all of the dogmas of the “old Catholicism” and brings about the new law of the new Catholicism he and his cronies are trying to institute, which is HIS interpretation of love, mercy, forgiveness and sin. Of course I don’t believe that Bergoglio is a new “Christ”, but I think he might, and the world might.

  8. This is so bad and so blatant it might be part of God’s plan! To expose the Council!

    Man, I bet SSPX is looking so good to certain quarters right now. I expect to see new faces in our chapels. Don’t forget to invite people!

    Also, let’s not forget to say often and early, the Cardinals can declare Francis to be a Manifest Heretic. The surrounding discussion will possibly expel, expose, the sickness of the Council. Yes, yes, a lot of people are ‘far gone’ but if the parishes can get traditional replacements there’s this small chance we could turn it around. I think SSPX just sent me a mailing expressing satisfaction with the number of vocations they have, so there’s a chance there, too. Then, with good preaching, good teaching, administrative support from a new pope–that’s what we’ll get if Francis were declared a Manifest Heretic–many will ‘come around.’ I personally have seen people, including myself, change their minds on important issues and seemingly deeply held beliefs. It’s possible. It depends on how hard we work for the Truth. The people still want their Church. One can only attribute it to the beauty of Christ.

  9. I meant traditional replacements for their old hippy pastors as they retire.

  10. Send Your Concerns Immediately to the U.S. Apostolic Delegate

    WRITE TO United States Nuncio to demand NO CHANGE WHATSOVER on the Catholic teaching and practice on marriage, family life and perverse lifestyles, and to demand absolute fidelity to the received teaching of the Church, as found in Pius XI’s Casti Cannubii.

    Please let the Nuncio know you will not accept any alteration of Catholic Morals or Catholic practice related to morals.

    – John Vennari, Catholic Family News

    EMAIL, TELEPHONE, FAX OR WRITE TO

    His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Vicano
    Apostolic Nuncio
    3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington DC 20008

    Email: nuntiususa AT nuntiususa DOT org
    Please send copy of your email to Catholic Family News: cfnjjv AT gmail DOT com
    To help us keep track of how many emails the Nunciate receives

    Telephone: 202-333-7121
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    • I’ll venture this will have the same effect as the petition to the White House to restrict air travel from West Africa. It might be better to write Cardinal Burke. He can stand up and be heard.

      The pope, just like Obola, has chosen his support base and will not be deterred.

  11. A major concern remains: Not one “conservative” attending this burlesque show has yet to reverse himself and openly announce that the un-council wrote the script and produced this vaudeville act.

    The doctrinal imprecisions (ambiguity), dogmatic contradictions, errors, heresies and outright blasphemies contained in the un-council’s documents were enough, back in 1965, to sink the Revolution, right then and there.

    But it never happened.

    A pitifully small handful of clergy, men like DePauw, LeFebvre, de Castro-Mayer, etc. saw what the un-council represented – a massive, sudden break with the Church – but 99.999% of the episcopacy, clergy and laity sloughed that fact off and shuffled on, heading right for the camps to willingly sign on for re-indoctrination.

    While I would be delighted were Schneider or Burke to step forward and try to lead the good men remaining in the hierarchy (an Osborne from Portland, plus a few others), it isn’t even remotely possible if we look at their positions objectively.

    None of them have denounced the un-council but, instead, twist themselves into ecclesial pretzels trying to peer around the contradictions and “get past” them. It is good, very good indeed, that there are defenders of traditional Catholic dogma who are criticizing the egregious statements coming out of this synod. But their voices will not resonate anywhere beyond the choir.

    And, of us, there are but all too few. Practically speaking, that is.

    I don’t rule out the possibility of divine intervention, but nothing less will suffice.

  12. Loyalties can be quickly discerned by looking at who’s name appears on the signature line on paychecks.

    I do not mean to imply that ANY good priest (trad, neo or novus) is in it for the tiny pittance he makes but once you’re in a career, even a religious one, making a clean break and jumping into the abyss is no easy decision to make.

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