Christianity is not a philosophy, or a self-help programme, or education or a peace movement, says Pope Francis

Christianity is not a philosophy, or a self-help programme, or education or a peace movement, says Pope Francis

“Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine; it’s not a programme for life survival or education, or for peace-making.  These are consequences.  Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin.”

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/santa-marta-33330/

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8 comments to Christianity is not a philosophy, or a self-help programme, or education or a peace movement, says Pope Francis

  • Joanne

    You could have fooled me since that’s what Vatican II has reduced it to. Bring back the ancient liturgy and you will see how quickly people will take Christianity seriously again.

    • Michael B Rooke

      Col 2: 8 See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world 3 and not according to Christ.

      1 Cor 1:17 Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.

      http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__PZ6.HTM

  • Chrysostom

    One does not want to correct the Holy Father, but….He is wrong in his use of the English language. Christianity is not a person. Christianity is the following of a person, Jesus Christ.

    Let us make it clear: a Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ.

    I wish the Holy Father would reiterate and emphasise the truth rather than [ending up] confusing Catholics.

    Let us not forget the persecuted Christians in China.

  • Andrzej

    “a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin.”

    Am I the bad theologian to worry about this phrasing of words, or is Francis the bad theologian for using them?

    • Joseph

      With reference to Andrzej, seems to me the Pope is only saying what St Paul said to the Galatians (5: 21): “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

  • Michael B Rooke

    Pope Francis is in accord with the Bible and the Apostolic Tradition of the Church.

    BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    “Fathers of the Church saw a prefiguration of Christ who from the very top of the Cross was truly before God, not only as a friend but as Son. And not only did he offer himself — “blot me out” — but with his pierced heart he had himself blotted out, he himself became sin, as St Paul himself says, he took upon himself our sins to ensure our salvation. His intercession was not only solidarity but identification with us: he bears all of us in his Body. And thus his whole life as a man and as Son is a cry to God’s heart, it is forgiveness, but forgiveness that transforms and renews.”

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_aud_20110601_en.html

    APOSTOLIC LETTER. ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE
    OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II
    TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL
    ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY

    “Each of these mysteries is a revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very person of Jesus. The Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a mystery of light. Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became “sin” for our sake (cf. 2Cor 5:21), the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out. ”
    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html

    APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY
    The Grand Pardon or the Jubilé du Puy 2005
    Pilgrimage to the Diocese of Le Puy
    “Those who wish to know how to confess their sins should gaze upon Christ crucified. His attitude before the Father is the archetype of the disciples’ confession. Jesus became sin for us. On Calvary in the Spring of 30 AD, the shame, nakedness and suffering of Jesus Crucified before God and the world revealed the nature of sin and of forgiveness. He thereby disclosed to the Father sin taken as a whole and individually.”

    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20050523_grand-pardon_en.html

    NINTH STATION
    Jesus falls the third time

    “The real reason why Christ fell repeatedly was not simply his physical sufferings, or human betrayal, but the will of the Father. That mysterious will, humanly incomprehensible, yet infinitely good and generous, whereby Jesus became “sin for us”. All the sins of humanity were placed upon him and that mysterious exchange took place whereby we sinners became “the righteousness of God”.”

    http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/20

  • John M

    If there had been a comma after the word ‘person’ then it would have been wrong, but punctuated as it is, it makes sense. We became sin, Christ died to save us.

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