Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’




The Pope told pilgrims that the sin Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy

Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.”

“This is not something I’ve read in books, but I see in the newspapers and on television every day,” Pope Francis said.

Answering questions from young people in the group this morning, the pope said, “the sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy,” which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ.

“You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,” he said. “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.” This is a reference to Christ’s injunction to help the needy by such works of mercy as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and welcoming the stranger.

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” he said. “If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”

Asked what he thought of the Reformation, Pope Francis said the Christian community is called to continual growth and maturity, and its entire history has been marked by reform movements “small and not so small,” some of which were healthy and holy, others which went awry because of human sin.

“The greatest reformers of the church are the saints, those men and women who follow the word of God and practice it,” he told the pilgrims, most of whom came from Martin Luther’s home region of Saxony-Anhalt.

In his formal talk to the group, Pope Francis said Christians must praise God that, in the past 50 years, Catholics and Lutherans have moved “from conflict to communion. We already have traveled an important part of the road together.”

Noting that he would go to Lund, Sweden, at the end of the month to participate with Lutheran leaders in opening commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Francis said an important part of the commemoration would be a joint commitment to working together in a world “thirsting for God and his mercy.”

The world needs Christians to witness God’s mercy “through service to the poorest, the sick (and) those who have abandoned their homelands in search of a better future for themselves and their families,” he said.

“In putting ourselves at the service of the neediest,” Pope Francis said, “we will experience that we already are united; it is God’s mercy that unites us.”





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3 comments

  1. Doug Reply

    First of all, “refugee” is not a religion. Simply claiming to be a refuge does not automatically mean that one has residential rights. I believe in helping the needy … That does NOT include shipping them across oceans and continents to house them in my land when there are other, more practical and more effective options.

    The so-called refuges that we’re discussing are surrounded by very wealthy nations in their same region, climate, cultural and religiou realm.
    Ask yourself, why do some political and religiou leaders insist upon relocating them to westernized, Christian nations? Seriously – ask yourself that question. Why have we not been putting pressure on Mideast nations to take tgeir neighbors in?

    Why do their neighboring countries not take in even one refuge? Are we THAT gullible? This is an international effort at flooding the west with Islam – period. If not, someobe please explain the issue that I presented. I am willing to fund shelter, food, education, even military protection to these “refuges.” Why is that option so fervently avoided? Is it because our church and politicians have been infiltrated at the highest levels?

    I welcome any plausible argument.

  2. Doug Reply

    In addition, I must add … the term “protestant reformation” is extremely innacurate. The heretic Luther and his followers did NOT reform the church; they abandoned her to incorporate a man-made, political religion.

  3. corey orgeron Reply

    As a practicing Catholic I need Pope Francis to help me understand his condemnation of current United States policy with the below Catechism. Please help me understand…

    Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241:

    “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”

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