Pope Francis warns Church could end up just an NGO

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In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013. AP PHOTO/CTV

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Thursday warned cardinals at his first Mass since being elected that the Catholic Church risked being reduced to a non-governmental organization unless it undergoes spiritual renewal.

Warning of the dangers of inaction, Francis told the cardinals that the Church could “end up a compassionate NGO,” using a word in Italian that can also mean “pitiful.”

“If we do not confess, if we do not pray to the Lord, we are praying to the Devil. When you do not confess to Jesus Christ, you are confessing to the worldliness of the Devil,” he said.

“Walking, building and confessing are not so easy. Sometimes there are tremors,” he said.

“I would like all of us after these days of grace to have the courage to walk in the presence of the Lord,” he said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    …i agree with Pope Francis.. biblically, for spiritual cleansing, the church should confess all it sins!!!! and He is just to forgive you…

  • superpilipinas

    Yes. Every Catholic should confess regularly.

    the meaning of church in this context is the Catholic people. 

    many Catholics are forgetting to receive or putting low priority to the sacrament of confession. badddd.

    • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

      WOW

      SINISI MO PA ANG MGA KAPWA MO KATOLIKO

      AND IT DIDN’T OCCUR TO YOU THAT YOUR POPE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE 

      PRIESTS?

      YOUR PRIESTS HAVE MUCH MORE TO CONFESS THAN THE REGULAR CATHOLIC

      PERO SINCE IPINAPAKITA MO AT NG MGA KABARO MO ANG TUNAY NA

      UGALI NG MGA KATOLIKO

      THEN YES, YOU TOO HAVE A LOT TO CONFESS

      MAINLY HUBRIS

      AND INTOLERANCE

      PITIFUL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

      every sin should be confessed! if one has no sin, he can be a saint! 

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Pope Francis warns Church could end up just an NGO<<<

    MATAGAL ng NGO yan!  Sa Pilipinas nga ang tasa ng mga TNL na yan ay para silang additonal Branch ng government kung umasta.  Executive, Legislative, Judicial…..at sila Sancti….RELIGIOUS.  Pati nga sa Batasan, e, gusto pa atang maka-kuha ng upuan na kasama ang mga mangbabatas.  PSHAW!!

  • UrHONOR

    I agree and TAMA yang sinabing yan tungkol sa CONFESS!  The church and churchmen MUST confess all its SINS, past and present, to all and sundry they have hoodwinked all these long years!  Fess up and lighten thy burden.

  • JunPyo123

    Spiritual renewal, discernment, spiritual exercises. Ignatian spirituality now looming over the Vatican. Sana sa Intramuros din!

  • mavtan

    I would love to see Pope Francis berating CBCP’s hypocrisy. I bet only the local jesuit priest and bishop will follow the new popes humble works, the rest will be greedy as before. 

  • JOHNCeneza

    Hindi mangyayari yan unless the new pope will repeal the doctrine of the infallibility of the church.

  • GKLer

    Take note priests and Catholics….your POPE has ordered “spiritual renewal”.
    So go back to the God and Christ, you can find his commands and words in the Bible. Start there. Start ridding yourself of practices you unknowingly and ignorantly sacrifice to demons.

    1 Corinthians 10
    18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    I hope the pope will visit first the Bacolod church as it is the church now of the devil!!!
    The pope should exorcise the whole bacolod clergy!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNAP5D3NBE2CWWANOR7PXU5MPY Michael

     Compassionate NGO. What did Pope Francis mean? The Catholic Church is one of the largest charitable organization in the world. CARITAS comes to mind. But if the spiritual foundation is not there, if the charitable work is not motivated by commitment to Christ, then it will just be an NGO.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      to bad they dont help the poor in the rural areas i know because i live there. these people have never heard of caritas. they only help when they are in the limelight.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        hahaha…catholics charities are everywhere…protestants charities are in the pocket!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        my wifes relatives in the mountains are now protestant and carrying bibles because they are the only ones to help.there is know catholic. an american friend tried to give the local priest money for the poor the priest refused it because he said we dont help the poor. i was shocked he didnt take the money anyway. i live hundreds of kilometers from manila do you know what is going on here come south and show me a charity in the mountains good luck because you will be looking a long time. this is many kilometers from any city. and if you learn how to read a paper you notice its the protestants from other countries who help in disasters

      • Crazy_horse101010

        meant to say there is no catholic help .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        anyway, facts here are distorted. I can’t even imagine the church murdered millions. as in the church was their killing the million. only in the mind of the pastor! got much hate on catholics eh?

        whatelse, he founded a church trying to be the true church! claiming to be the true church! holy camote! a religion founded by man, how can that be a true church if they even don t claim infallibility! errors in teaching are everywhere! see their denominations growing in disagreement!

        Indeed, religion founded by man sponsored by satan! devil inspired!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you dont get out much do you or read your own history if you would ever learn how to use the internet you wouldnt look so stupid. even the vatican admits to the killings no pastor church historians state this but if god came down from heaven and said you was wrong you would throw rocks at him. fanatics are blind. if a priest was raping your child you would hold his clothes for him

      • Crazy_horse101010

        where is the church at where the pablo typhoon victims are how many bishpops have gone there. haw haw haw dont even know what is going on in your country but try to sound like and expert. ive been to 6 islands among the poor and no where have i seen the church anyone in the rural villages maybe the cities but i dont go there. i live among the poor. .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDNBJXO442D6L4B54ZD6UT3DRM ELMERG

        sorry, catholic charities are there in the mountains in the rebels…not anywhere….

  • UrHONOR

    Beware of false messengers toting and quoting the bible who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are savage wolves.  

    Mag-ingat kayo ng mabuti at huwag ninyo lalapitan ang aso at baka kayo makagat at sakmalin!

    • tamaraw2020

      ..korek.. tulad ng mga Manalo..

      • UrHONOR

        TAMA….tulad mo.

  • regd

    It wouldn’t, because IT ALREADY IS!

  • shots_fired

    ang population ng catholic believers dito sa pilipinas ay napaka rami, and the comments on this article talks about how twisted the catholic faith and doctrine, yet catholics never had the urge or have the Guts to face it, why? Because they do not and would never read the bible. Pity

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      wrong…the mere fact na marami ang katoliko kasi tama ang tinuturo…

      kung tama ang tinuturo ninyo mga BORN AGAINS and INC, dapat majority na kayo…

      haha…it only means, hindi lahat pwede ninyo mauto!!!

      • carlorocci

        Maluwag ang daan patungong impyerno kaya marami ang doon ay lumalakad. Mapa-katoliko, Born-Again at INC sa maluwang na daan tumatakbo.

      • shots_fired

        hahah ows, ALam mo ba ung Fly-Trap principle, may isang langaw na dumapo sa isang fly trap na puno ng langaw, doon daw siya kasi marami daw langaw?.saftey is not guaranteed in numbers, even on jesus time many were flocking but few remain. Pero if i ask you anu bang teaching ng catholic ang nasa bible?? sige nga? hala ohh nag hahanap pas siya ng bible . .research ka muna

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shirley-Emz/100002942795402 Shirley Emz

        haha nagtanong kapa, ei wla ka rin palang alam. kaw di nagaaral ng bible

      • shots_fired

        kaya ng a nagtatanong kasi halos wala akong makita kahit isang doctrina ninyo sa biblia, so saan naka base ang paniniwala ninyo? sa Pope na isang tao? ahh sa Santo Nino at Rosaryo at sandamakmak na memorized prayers.

    • Acute_Angle

      MGA “BORN AGAIN AT INC” MGA BULOK, hindi kayo pwedeng maging mga Apostoliko mga TANGA! pag-unawa niyo kasi sa bibliya napaka LITERAL! tinuturuan niyo pa ang mga kabataan na maging katulad niyong maging bobo!
      at kung ang rason niyo ay iyong mga PARING WALANG KWENTA DITO SA KATOLISISMO, NAPAKALITERAL TALAGA NG UTAK NIYO!!!! hindi lahat ng pari ay katulad ng mga paring nakikita niyo mga TANGA!!!!!!!!!!

      NAPUNTA NA KO SA KAPILYA NG MGA BORN AGAIN…
      HAYYY NAKO!!! KUNG MAGPALIWANAG NAPAKABOBO!!!!
      PARANG GUSTO KO NANG PALITAN YUNG NAGSASALITA!!!!

      • shots_fired

        nice one, but i’m not a born again neither am i INC, mga daughter Churches lang yan ng catholic, Literal ba ang pagunawa namin sa biblia? sige nga san banda sa bible nakalagay na merong POPE? hmm wala noh, saan banda sa bible na nkalagay ang pagsimba sa unang araw insstead sa ikapito? hhmm wala noh, saan sa biblia ang christmas,easter,halloween, at kung anu pang iba? hhm wala noh, at saan sa bible merong nakalagay na ang kaluluwa ay immortal? at may purgatoryo? hmmmm wala noh, eh kung wala saan ninyo pinagkukuha mga doctrina ninyo? sa Comics? sa Tissue na ginamit ng PAPA sa pag punas ng pwet?? hay nako .kung nasa harap kita ngayon, alam mo magmumukha kalang kawawa kasi unang una wala kang alam sa bibliya kaya tumahimik ka.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shirley-Emz/100002942795402 Shirley Emz

        totoo nga napaka literal magunawa sa bible ng mga hindi katoliko, ahy naku naku

      • shots_fired

        ang mga katoliko naman hindi marunong umunawa sa bible. .

      • Acute_Angle

        alipin ng bibliya ang tawag sa inyo gunggong!!! bobo!!! wala ngang tinatawag na santo papa sa bibliya pero hindi namin sinasamba ang santo papa bobo!, ito ang aming lider kung saan siya ang aming guro’t lider, at hindi ko maintindihan yang kasunod mong tanong! wala ngang tinatawag na pasko sa bibliya, pero kagaya ng kaarawan mong hinayupak ka, ipinagdiriwang din namin ang kapanganakan ni Hesus, yang kasunod mong tanong, nagpapakita lang ito na napakaliteral talaga ng pag-unawa niyong mga bobo kayo!!!!

      • shots_fired

        Sige nga pano mo nalaman na kaarawan niya sa 25? isa ka lang tanga na walang alam, kulang ka lang ng History, di mo alam pano nagsimula ang lahat, kasi ano? palagi nalang naka rely sa PedoPare at PedoPope ninyo. Masakit? haha katangahan lang noh, 25 daw ang kaarawan ni Jesus, ows sure ka? Look into history BOBONG aso at wag kang maging sunud sunuran lamang.

      • shots_fired

        At kung sasabihin mo alipin ng Biblia, TAMA Ka, kasi yan lang ang ibinigay sa atin na besehan kung paano natin siya sisimbahin, unlike sa inyo kung saan saan niyo pinag kukuha ang paniniwala ninyo. .sige nga sabihin mo saakin ang mga apostoles ni Jesus nung namatay na siya gumawa ba sila nang statwa ni jesus at lumuhod ng Hail Mary at Mysteries of ROsary? ha ha sige nga? AT bakit kay Mary kayo nagdadasal na isang taong patay? kahit nga si Jesus nung nasa krus “Babae” lang tawag niya kay Mary pero sainyo, anung tawag ninyo? Virgin MARY? ha? talga? Virgin? sure kayo virgin pa siya? tanga mag basa at mag analyse ka.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noelsantos37 Noel Santos

    sana pangaralan ni popeFrancis ang CBCP na wag ng makialam sa Politika..wag ng manghimasok sa mga desisyon ng gobyerno..

    • Karabkatab

      Or di kaya the other way around? Na wag pa impluwensya ang mga kinatawan ng gobyerno sa unreasonable pressure ng anumang religious group.  Pero, malayong mangyari yan Sir, election period pa lang marami nang poliko halos magluhod sa leader ng kahit anong kulto.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DR2PAT3AO2DOH4IDYIGZQDM7CY thg

      check his record in argentina… he is likely to encourage the cbcp to intervene more and not the opposite… walang pag-asa talaga to.

      • Batang Altura

        balita nga na mahilig din daw syang mag-critisize ng gobyerno ng Argentina, buti kung positve critism di tulad ng CBCP negatibo lagi akala mo magagaling..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDNBJXO442D6L4B54ZD6UT3DRM ELMERG

      hindi naman church ang CBCP, isa na itong NGO….

    • Batang Altura

      dapat ding paalahanan ang kaparian na wala silang karapatan na makialam sa gobyerno HINDI sila nagbabayad ng buwis sa kabila ng matatagumpay nilang negosyo kabi kabila..RH bill di matanggap ng mga bugok na ito gayung naipasa na ito sa kongreso , kaya naglabas sila ng team patay at team buhay , dahil dito sa RH bill, di yata nagbabasa ng bibliya ang mga ito kaya di alam ang sinasabi sa bibliya na sinabi ni Kristo , ” ibigay kay Caesar ang kay Caesar “……….

      • Orly Lacerna

        Sa totoo lang kabayan, ang sa pagkakaalam ko ang sinasabi ni Kristo na ibigay kay Caesar ang kay Caesar ay ibigay natin ang para sa gobyerno, nagbibigay tayo ng para sa gobyerno sa pamamagitang ng buwis, nagbabayad tayo ng buwis sa gobyerno sa maraming paraan, sa ating mga binibili gaya ng produktong merong VAT or value added tax, yong iba ay sa taunang incometax return. Pero tayo?, nabibibgay ba tayo ng para naman sa Diyos? Sa konting limos natin sa simbahan ay umaasa ang pari pero di iyon sapat dahil sa dami ng pagkakagastusan ng simbahan, sa koryente na lang baka kulang pa yong limos. Sa mga nagpapari na kanilang pinag aaral ng halos sampung taon, pati na rin ang pagtulong sa mga nangangailangan, sa pagsulong ng misyon ng simbahan para sa kapayapaan. Sa dami ng simbahan sa buong mundo ay kulang pa rin sa mahigit na isang bilyong katoliko, pati na rin ang pananatiling maayos at matibay ang ating simbahan ay nangangailangan ng pondo para magamit.. Ang RH BILL naman ay maliwanag na paglabag sa kautusan ng Diyos dahil itoy isang maliwanag na pagkitil ng buhay sa sinapupunan pa lamang ng isang ina. Ang utos ng HARI ay hindi dapat na mabali, pero di lang siya isang hari kundi isa siyang Diyos na lumalang sa atin. Sa modernong panahon natin ngayon ay nalilimutan na natin ang mga kautusang iyan na sanay di dapat nating kalimutan. Ang susunod dyan sa RH BILL na yan maralhil ay ang pagkakasal naman ng parehong kasarian, BABAE SA BABAE at LALAKI sa kapwa LALAKI na mahigpit ding ipinagbabawal ng Diyos o ng
        simbahan. Ito ay isang malaking kasalanan , kung natatandaan natin ang kuwento sa Bibliya ng Sodom and Gomorah kaya ginunaw ay kabilang ang kasalanang iyan. Para sa akin …,Ang Team Buhay at Team Patay ay ginawa ng ilang mga pari para i guide nila tayo sa inaakala nilang tama para sa bayan at higit sa lahat sa mata ng LUMALANG. Pero ang lahat naman ay malaya para pumili.

  • Fulpol

    NGO.. just charity..

    Conrado de Quiroz, once said, the Church should focus on poor.. ignorant CDQ..

    now, the Catholic Church had a true and straight Pope…

    • tamaraw2020

      ikaw, hinde ignorante?? pwe! sige, read pa ng column ni cdq.

  • kismaytami

    Indeed, a for-profit NGO who muddles with government’s job.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Indeed, we are sinners. Indeed while being on earth, its a struggle against good and evil. Evil has succeeded in its temptation even to the man of cloth. How much more to an ordinary faithful.

    But the goodness of the Lord is more far greater than these evil doings! Far is the truth and love that encompass the flock of the Lord!

    That is why, He created His Church for salvation to come to his people! It was very clear that He was the corner stone that the stone builder has rejected. He alone was the savior that the Jews failed to see. He protected His Church from error as even the gates of hell cannot stand against it! Its a triumph against evil. True indeed as Christ is infallible, His Church is just the same.

    For all of these saving power to come to His people, He commissioned Peter as the head of the apostles to continue preaching the good news. In the Church that He had established, He gave the apostles the power to forgive sins….Truly, I tell you, whatever you will bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Whatever you will loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

    Indeed this is the continuing salvific ministry of Christ through His disciples! Be in the Church the Lord has founded. Confess and repent for the sins committed! There is no other way than what the Lord had established for men to believe and be saved!

    Its the people who sinned not the Church. The Church is perfect just as Christ is perfect!

    Jesus had Judas with Him. But the disciples never doubt that He is the Son of God. His divinity was never tarnished because of Judas. The same and true to His Church! His Church is never tarnished because of the sinners in its flock. This is the purpose of His Church (through the apostles) to forgive the sinners so the people will be in communion with Him in heaven.

    It is a shallow reason not to be in the Lord’s house because there are gentiles in it. Indeed, He came for the sinners and for all to be saved. He had His house for all to come in and join Him in His Father!

    Who then will not come in the Lord’s house? Only the devil!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    pope words are infallible… but this time, i don’t want his words to be a prophesy…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    hahaha, this guy thinks he is amusing. : )

    Heretics are not amusing. They go to hell! Modern day heretics have the same faith too!

    (Isaiah 1:19-20) 19 “If you consent and obey,

    You will eat the best of the land;

    20“But if you refuse and rebel,

    You will be devoured by the sword.”

    Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    elpobre, marionics, crazy_horse urhonor etc. how did your religion, your faith came into being? how did it start?

    • Crazy_horse101010

      with god not satan like yours prove me wrong i think you are out numbered and nobody cares anyway just another raving fanatic.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        hahaha no answer…simple answer cannot question…este…un …hahaha again…cge chance…answer please.

      • UrHONOR

        THROW not pearls to swine, kabayan, esp to deranged ones.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    “Consequently, then, Mary the Virgin is found to
    be obedient, saying, “Behold, 0 Lord, your handmaid; be it done to me
    according to your word.” Eve…who was then still a virgin although she had
    Adam for a husband — for in paradise they were both naked but were not ashamed;
    for, having been created only a short time, they had no understanding of the
    procreation of children…having become disobedient [sin], was made the cause of
    death for herself and for the whole human race; so also Mary, betrothed to a
    man but nevertheless still a virgin, being obedient [no sin], was made the
    cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race….Thus, the knot of
    Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. What the virgin Eve had
    bound in unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosed through faith.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    “The very fact that God has elected her proves
    that none was ever holier than Mary, if any stain had disfigured her soul, if
    any other virgin had been purer and holier, God would have selected her and
    rejected Mary.” (A.D. 521).

  • at-large

    The gang in Vatican choosen him as the new SANTO daw , for the reason of just what he did in his native country Argentina during the dictatorship of Penochet….TAMIMI siya doon walang ginagawa hahahahahaha

  • jgl414567

    Mas nakakatulong pa nga ang mga NGO kaysa mga pajero bishops ng CBCP!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    They do act like an NGO in the Philippines, only worse. They influence the Philippine politics. They ask for gifts (infamous SUV). All in the name of god.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RVBCQ5HDQ7TM7QDRUSQVQ4L44E Shyguy

    Tama naman ang sinabi ni pope, dapat maging busy si father ibang gawain kesa naman mang molestya ang sakristan.

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