Pope Francis: Back to our roots

Asks Church to undergo renewal

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BACK TO GOSPEL ROOTS Pope Francis (center) leads a Mass at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican on Thursday with the cardinals who made him the first Latin American leader of the Roman Catholic Church. In his message, he urged Catholics to focus on the Gospel. AFP

VATICAN CITY—In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just “a compassionate NGO” if it forgot its true mission.

The 76-year-old Argentinian Pope, addressing cardinals in the Sistine Chapel where he was elected Pontiff on Wednesday, said the Church should be more focused on the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

He warned the cardinals against “the worldliness of the devil.”

“Walking, building and confessing are not so easy. Sometimes there are tremors,” the Pope said, in a homily that will be scrutinized for clues to the style of his leadership.

The new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, who was formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had begun his reign by meeting people in Rome and laying a bouquet of flowers in homage to the Virgin Mary in a basilica.

The Pope also prayed at the altar of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order to which he belongs.

The election of the son of an Italian emigrant railway worker, who was considered a rank outsider, was met with widespread surprise and expressions of hope for change in a Church riven by scandal and internal conflict.

His elevation was also seen as recognition of the Church’s power in Latin America, which now accounts for 40 percent of the world’s Catholics, while it is in decline in Europe.

Projecting an image as a simple man of the people, the Pope chose a name himself after St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century saint who shunned the riches of his family to devote himself to God and the poor.

It was in keeping with his image as a man who as archbishop of Buenos Aires chose to live in a modest apartment rather than the official residence and took buses to work.

Strife and intrigue

Francis took the helm of the Roman Catholic Church at a time of strife and intrigue, with the Vatican rocked by a string of sex abuse scandals, by accusations of infighting within its central government and by allegations of financial wrongdoing.

“We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong,” he said in his first Mass on Thursday amid the splendors of the Sistine Chapel.

“We would become a compassionate NGO and not a Church which is the bride of Christ,” he said, speaking in Italian without notes.

“He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon,” he said in a heartfelt homily of a parish priest, loaded with biblical references and simple imagery.

“We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way,” he said.

Without the cross

“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly,” he said.

“We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord,” he said.

He said those who build on worldly values instead of spiritual values were like children building sand castles on a beach. “Then everything comes crashing down,” he said.

His sermon was a stark contrast to that of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who read out his first homily in Latin in 2005, establishing his broad vision for the Church.

Benedict, 85, abdicated last month, saying he no longer had the strength to lead the world’s largest organization.

Francis and Benedict are to meet within days, the Vatican said.

One lung

The Vatican confirmed that Francis had part of a lung removed as a boy, but its spokesperson, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted: “This is not a handicap in his life. Those who know him have always seen him in good health.”

Francis is also the first non-European Pontiff in nearly 1,300 years and the first from the Society of Jesus order, or the Jesuits, known for their work in education and promotion of social justice.

World leaders greeted his election, while the Organization for the Islamic Conference said Muslim nations hoped “the relationship between Islam and Christianity will regain its cordiality and sincere friendship” during his papacy.

The pointed message reflected a rocky relationship between the two faiths that reached a low in 2006, when Benedict sparked fury across the Muslim world with remarks seen as linking Islam with violence.

Smear drive

Francis is himself not without controversy.

He was only 36 when he was named to lead Argentina’s Jesuits, a job he held for six years under the country’s 1976-83 military dictatorship.

The future Pope and other Catholic clergy were lambasted by leftist critics for failing to act against Argentina’s “Dirty War” during which 30,000 people died or disappeared.

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric spoke out on Friday on the issue of Francis’ role under the junta, saying the controversy was based on “a smear and lie.”

Sydney Archbishop George Pell, one of the men who took part in the conclave to elect the new Pope, told Australian radio that “those stories have been dismissed years and years ago.”

More recently, the new Pontiff’s opposition to gay marriage and contraception has brought him into conflict with the Argentine government of President Cristina Kirchner.

The Argentinian of Italian descent, who is the Church’s 266th Pope, faces the immediate challenges of stamping his authority on the Vatican machinery and trying to coax back worshippers who are deserting congregations across the West.

Defrock abusers

The sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests stretching back decades cast a dark shadow over this week’s conclave, which included several cardinals implicated in the scandals.

A US man who has just won a $1-million settlement for abuse at the hands of a Californian priest called for Francis to excise the “cancer” in the Church and defrock one of those cardinals, former Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony, for allegedly hushing up the abuse.

Francis’ inaugural Mass will take place on Tuesday, a significant date in the Catholic calendar because it is the Feast of St. Joseph, who is patron saint of the universal church.

First posted 12:20 am | Saturday, March 16th, 2013

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  • Noel

    Let’s hope back to the roots means going back to the basic genuine God’s teachings taught by Christ and His Apostles. Not those man-made teachings and human traditions of pagan origins.

    • GKLer

      Here is one example.

      Plato, 427BC, a pagan who does not know Christ or the God of Israel, taught (Plato’s Phaedo) that the soul is immortal. Socrates, 469BC, offered 4 arguments to support to this pagan teaching. Likewise, Aristotle’s teachings, 384BC, found their way to Catholic Doctrine, and has been embedded for thousands of years. Galileo was almost executed by the Church if it were not for his friendship with the Pope for proving Aristotle was wrong.

      Plato, Socrates, Aristotle are all pagans whose non-Christian teachings are in Church Doctrines today.

      The Bible clearly says this:

      Ezekiel 18 (KJV)
      Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

      • Noel

        Define “pagan”. Does it not mean “not Christian”.

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

    Pope Francis, please remember your fellow latin american priest-Father Oscar Romero, a true servant of the poor…

  • JOSE RIZAL

    does this deserve headline? there are so many issues regarding the philippines that must be given attention to make the public aware and empower them to be part of the solutions. it seems the election of new pope will work miracle on our society. that it will address the poverty and instill patriotism of our corrupt politicians and leaders. that it will propel us towards progress. how many generations have died waiting for that miracle? i don’t think it will happen till religion becomes irrelevant.

    • tagasugod

      Yes, the news deserves headline. What we need now is a leadership based on morals, be it in public, private or religion. What we need is something to inspire, something that would remind us that we are humans,not ordinary animals that live in the dictum of “survival of the fittest”.

  • Jarred Pulido

    goodluck pope francis!

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Back to the roots. PUT THEM TO THE “QUESTION”!!! GET THE RACK OUT. BY GOD WE WILL GET THEM TO JOIN AGAIN.

  • LucianoChing

    Many of our Catholic priests/bishops are like senior/junior executives of private companies earning so much that many filipino catholics abhor…Plus put it in there also that many of them are in the business of religious articles and even candles run by them and their close relatives and even their “boyfriends”.what a shame….

    • boldyak

      why don’t you invistigate your pastors…you are not a catholic…it is not your concern…or is it your mission in your sect to discredit RCC?…your pastor is spending all your ikapo…you feed his family, and your ikapo are being used as your pastor’s capitl in his business…even used for their campaign in their candidacy..isn’t it more shameful?…isn’t more shameful that there are people who follow their pastors for material gains, i usually hear you pastors saying…”the more you give the more you receive..” it is a real shame that people still believe in these kind of pastors…

      • Ronald Waab

        Catholic priests ang nagsabi nyan

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Pope Francis: Back to our roots<<<

    WOW, that's a tall order for the CBCP taipans! Hindi ako magtataka o magugulat kung mag-a-alsa-balutan ang CBCP at mag-protesta sa sinabing ito ni Francis. "Ano, babalik sa pinaggalingan at magiging POOR na naman? No way! E, di nasayang lang ang lahat ng pinagpaguran namin! Tell that to the Marines!" :)

    • batangsulpok

      Tama ka kabayan na mahirap mangyari yan dahil namihasa ang mga Obispo at mga Pari sa Pilipinas na sinasamba ng husto ng mga tao, na hindi nila pasasakayin sa public transportation gaya ng ginagawa ni Pope Francis, ano sila, pobre? Isa pa, ang mga Obispo at Pari sa atin ay parang pulitiko na maraming alalay, maraming katulong , may driver/bodyguard pa at karamihan ay may babae o pag nag-retire ay may Rosario na nagtitimpla ng kape sa umaga.

      • UrHONOR

        KINUMPLETO mo, Kabayan, ang nais kong ipalahad ng lubusan……lalo na ang parteng “SINASAMBA”. Sa katunayan, kabayan, may pinsan akong pari na kahit na anong gawing kalokohan sa harap na mismo ng mga parishioners niya, SINASAMBA pa din siya at binibigyan ng RATIONALIZATION ang pahat ng pagkakamaling ginawa nya…intentionally or otherwise. Kaya ganun, kabayan, kasi naaaaaaapakalalim ng masyado ang pagka-lublub ng mga kabayan sa sistema ng simbahang yan na naging second-nature na sa kanila at parang TATOO, mahirap ng tanggalin, kahit na iharap mo pa sa kanila ang katunayan na yong batayan ng paniniwala nila ay malambot pa sa Ice Cream na bilad sa araw, tatawanan ka lang at pag-iisipan ka pa ng masama. Isa na ding dahilan yan kung kaya maraming uma-alis sa simabahang yan at lumilipat sa iba….naliwanagan sila sa mga panlilinlang sa kaisipan at gawain ng mga pari sa kanila.

        At yan retinue na nabanggit mo, kulang pa yan….may PRO, sec, ingat-yaman, go-fers, at isang katutak na staff na walang sawa sa pagsasabi ng.”father, father…..ahahayy, father”….kaya hayun, si father nagiging tatay tuloy. Pulitiko? Kung nalalaman mo lang ang nalalaman ko, palagay ko hindi ka matatapos sa kasusulat ng mga kabulasgtugan at kakengkoyang pinaggagawa ng mga TNL na yan sa pamumulitiko. Hinihingan pa ng advice yan ng mga tatakbo sa, halimbawa, isang distrito at ipa-a-assess ang pag-asa nilang manalo sa TULONG ng pari na may hawak ng distrito. Bakit? Nabubulungan ng pari ang mga lider-lider ng parish na siyang kakampanya sa nahirang na kandidato. Op kors, pag nanalo, palit ng lahat na bago ang mga luma sa simbahan….sasakyan, mwebles, vestments, etc.

        Ang pagkakape’t rosario naman ay napaka-ordinaryo na sa kanila yan…pangkaraniniwan na lang, ‘ika nga. Ang labanan pa nga, e, kung nakakailang rosario si pader tapos mag-kape!

  • batangsulpok

    Yan ang dapat matutunan ng karamihang katolikong Pilipino, ang maging mapagkumbaba, di yun masyadong manghusga o manglait ng kapwa kahit nakikita mong palasimba. Isa pa, kailangang ipakita ng CBCP na ang kanilang mga Cardinal at mga pari ay kayang tularan si Pope Francis na sumasakay sa public transportation, tumitira sa mumrahing apartment, nagluluto, walang katulong o mga driver.

    • lazy_dawg

      asa ka pa sa CBCP ?, mahihirapan ang mga ‘yan, mga nakatikim na eh ..

      • ricomambo

        duda rin ako.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Francis and Benedict are to meet within days, the Vatican said.<<<

    SABi sa huling ulat, si Benedict aka Ratzy ay magmomo-"mongha" na at hindi na magpapakita pa sa iba pagpasok nya sa kanyang kastilyo en grande. Ano ito at magkikita pala ang dating magbarkada sa Vatican. Anong pag-uusapan nila….kung sino ITALIA ulit ang magiging world champion…o kung team patay o team tatay ang mananalo? :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P46VEAWAZYDQTLUAROVWJ6IVRM iamwhoiam

    May the Holy Spirit guide & strengthen him always. It is very clear from the start that Pope Francis is doing the right thing our Lord Jesus Christ desire us all to be. “Be the man for each other.”

    • Sultan Kirat

      The reports on the start of Pope Francis’s reign are very encouraging. He looks like a Pope who intends to focus on evangelization, service, humility and simplicity. May God bless him and guide his hand in these troublesome times. AMDG!

    • bright

      Amen.

  • GKLer

    Take note CBCP/priests/Catholics…Pope said the Church should be more focused on the Gospels of Jesus Christ….that is found in the BIBLE….NOT the affairs of Caesar, NOT RH Law, NOT elections, NOT mining…etc…

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      The future Pope and other Catholic clergy were lambasted by leftist critics for failing to act against Argentina’s “Dirty War” during which 30,000 people died or disappeared.

      and you said:

      NOT the affairs of Caesar, NOT RH Law, NOT elections, NOT mining…

      ———————-

      kapag hindi nakikialam ang simbahan, tutuligsain ninyo…kapag nakikialam naman hindi ninyo tinatantanan…ano na kayo mga satanista…at mga INC and born again…

      • GKLer

        Ayan ha… sinabi na nga ng POPE ninyo… go back to your roots…. FOCUS on the Gospels of Christ… ang gusto ninyo focus on Caesar, RH Law, Elections, Mining. Tigas ng ulo!! Kaya pala pati si Kristo hindi ninyo sinusunod.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        ganun ba…sige, hayaan natin na magkadayaan…hayaan natin na lumaganap ang social injustices…hayaan natin lumaganap ang kalibigan sa buhay….

        kasi an pagkakaalam ko sa turo ng DIOS ay you should be HONEST…hindi ba yan pwede i-apply sa election???sa pagkakaalam ko rin ay nagturo ang Dios ng tinatawag na JUSTICE…kung linalapastangan na ang KAPALIBUTAN due to mine tailings at may namamatay…HINDI BA YUN JUSTICE???

        at tinuro rin ng DIOS that you should not be l ustful…ok lang ba na maging malibog kasi meron rh…that, u can have sex to anyone as long as u have condom…

      • GKLer

        That’s right. Let go of all that and FOCUS on Christ.

        1 John 2:15
        Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

        Colossians 2
        8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        so pwede man pala magcomento ang simbahan sa election to make it honest..pwede rin pala mag komento ang simbahan about sa mine tailings kasi it talks about justice…etc…

      • GKLer

        Q. Did Jesus Christ comment on the way the Romans treated the Jews?
        A. No – in fact some Jews believed he was there to restore the Kingdom to Israel – and lead them in a rebellion against Rome. He avoided (fled to the mountains) such people when they tried to make him King. Read John 6:15 as a start

        Jesus clearly stayed away from politics, affairs of Rome/Caesar.

        If you appreciate why Jesus came, and what he was saying about the gospel of the Kingdom and the end times (read Matthew 24:14), the Church wouldn’t waste their time on Earthly/Caesar’s matters too…since all of that will be -ended- and replaced by God’s Kingdom as Christ prophesied and promised.

        “Our Father in heaven….. LET YOUR KINGDOM COME…..” – Matthew 6

        Q. Do you know why the faith of the early Christians were so strong that they were willing to die at the hands of Rome ?
        A. They saw the miracles, they knew what the Kingdom of God was offering them if they endured to the very end.

        A snapshot of the Kingdom:

        Isaiah 11:6 (prophecy)
        The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

        Revelation 21 (prophecy)
        21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

        Matthew 24:13
        but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

        Q. Knowing these, really, why would anyone spend more time on Caesar’s worldly matters and affairs when all that will be DESTROYED by God, when you, the Church, can focus on the little time that remains on what is God’s? Read Matthew 24 in full (The End Times)

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        No – in fact some Jews believed he was there to restore the Kingdom to Israel – and lead them in a rebellion against Rome. He avoided…

        r u sure???

        what are your sources??the 4 gospels? have you also read other gospels aside from the 4???and those early writings by the fathers of the church…

      • GKLer

        Source: Bible.

        1. Regarding proclaimed as King.

        Proclaiming to be a King is a rebellion against Caesar’s Laws -read Acts 17:7, Luke 19:28-40, John 19:15, John 6:15

        **You need to appreciate how the Romans treated the Jews in those days. It was only natural for them (or any human) to want to be free or go on rebellion. What they needed was a King or a Leader or even the awaited Messiah. Refer to item 3 below.

        History tells us the Romans eventually did destroy Jerusalem in 70AD with 1M killed, 100K captured – as Christ prophesied in Matthew 24 (The destruction of Jerusalem and the Signs of the End Times).

        2. Regarding freedom from Rome, kingdom of Israel restored.

        Acts 1:6 (NLT version)
        So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

        You can read Jesus’ answer starting in Acts 1:7

        3. Regarding Jewish rebellion accounts

        Here is one biblical account post-Jesus’s resurrection: Acts 5:17-41. You can read all of that or start at v29.

        4. —Just a little more info you may want to look at.

        The Jews first lost control over Israel around 600BC. In 70AD they lost Jerusalem. So for ~2500 years there has been no nation/kingdom of Israel. However, as prophesied in the Bible (Jeremiah 23:3, 32:37, Ezekiel 20:34, etc…etc…) , God will gather his people again – and in May 1948 Israel was reborn as a nation fulfilling these many ancient prophecies. One other amazing thing here is that even with no country, the Jews retained their identity, they didn’t vanish into the nations. That said, compare with this:

        Luke 21:24
        “They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.”

        Also, see wiki on “Jerusalem”. You will see which Nation has been controlling Israel/Jerusalem for several thousand years.

        So…

        That only means one thing… the Times of the Gentiles (Times of the Nations) are most likely over because Jerusalem is now under the control of Israel (since the 6-Day War in 1967).

        Therefore …….

        The KINGDOM OF GOD and the coming of Christ is almost here… that said, the Church shouldn’t waste their time with “earthly” matters, because the hour is late, and the appointed time is almost upon us.

        5. Regarding “r u sure?”

        YES. – Just look at the nature of Jesus’ teachings. It was always about “his Father’s business”, God’s Kingdom, the Law (Law of Moses), forgiveness of sins, how to live a Christian life…etc… It was never about Caesar’s affairs.

        When it came to Caesar (paying taxes)…. here is what Jesus said:

        Mark 12:17
        “Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.”

        When it came to “authority”…read all these teachings.

        1 Peter 2:13
        Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,

        Romans 13:1
        Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

        Romans 13:5
        Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

        1 Peter 2:17
        Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

      • dominicD

        hayy, you are out of your mind again. If you really are reading the posts, those anti-bishops here are not really anti-church. See, they love Pope Francis for his humility and open-mindedness. And mind you, just because somebody said something against the bishop, di na katoliko kaagad? Kung doctrines siguro ang pinag-uusapan, yes, may point ka. Pero hindi naman doctrinal karamihan sa itinatapon sa simbahan e. Baka naman sa tingin mo e church doctrine and tradition na ang mang-rape, ang makisalo sa kurapsyon, or ang katangahan?

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        it’s not political issue. it is a human rights issue. francis connived with the military rulers to hide the victims of the human rights abuses from a team of UN human rights investigators. it is more shameful when the human right victims include a very vocal catholic ultra-traditionalist and two french nuns who were thrown alive from an aircraft into the south atlantic ocean.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        when someone is killed in mine talings is a human rights issue…when a fetus is being aborted is a human rights issue…when someone wants divorce is a human rights issue…anything that involves human, THERE YOU CAN FIND THE CHURCH…you cannot separate man’s body with his soul…tatagalugin ko…kung ano ang ginagawa ng katawan, un din ang ginagawa ng kaluluwa, and vice versa….so, kung hayaan ng simbahan na macorrupt ang katawan with these WORLDLY pleasures, what do you think will happen???

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        two jesuit priests, who were being harassed by the military rulers
        appealed to francis to declare that he endorsed their working in the
        slums of argentina. instead, francis advised them to stop working in the
        slums. the two jesuit priests refused to give up their work because the
        people were neglected and they were badly needed. when the military
        arrested the two jesuits, francis denied them. in his defense, francis
        said that he made some secret dealings with the military rulers to have
        the two priests released. the two priests were dumped in a slum area
        after being tortured. one of the priests died in uruguay where he stated that francis denial is like to having them handed to argentina’s death squad.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        mali yata ang information mo…narinig mo lang yan sa balita na napaka bias…wag ka naman maniwala sa balita kasi sanitized and edited na yan…

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        no, it’s probably true… the very fact that francis gave his side to accusation gave more credibility to the story. actually this is the only issue against him that continues to haunt him. the other jesuit priest (google fr. yorio and fr. jalics) is still alive but he refused to give any comment on the issue except that he is now reconciled with francis. the source of the story is an argentinian journalist horacio verbitsky

        after the military rulers were overthrown, francis was made to testify to shed light on the arrest (disappearance) of the two jesuit priests, where the persecutor describes his testimony as “evasive”. francis was never judicially investigated.

        to be fair, there are testimonies of some human rights victims who claimed that francis helped them escape… there are also human rights victims who claimed that he cooperated with the military rulers and didn’t bother to speak out…. chances are, he is both.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        PROBABLY?…where you havent read and asked the other side…that’s dangerous…you are making injustice to the person…that is not justice…remeber, the lady justice is always holding a libra…

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        i said ‘probably’ in the sense that i cannot be 100% certain. i was not there when it happened and i was not trained as a judge. i was not even judging, i’m just stating the accusations against francis, which i believe is true.

        “where you havent read and asked the other side”

        you seem to ignore that i mentioned his side twice to you. they were excerpts of francis defense through his authorized biographer sergio rubin where francis indirectly acknowledged abandoning the two jesuits but ACCORDING TO FRANCIS, HE WORKED SECRETLY TO HAVE THE TWO JESUIT PRIEST RELEASED. (THAT WAS HIS SIDE) the fact still remain… he denied his fellow jesuits during their hour of need.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        READ THIS! from a noble prize winner…and a defender of human rights…

        BERLIN—A Jesuit priest kidnapped and tortured during Argentina’s military dictatorship said he and a fellow abductee priest were not denounced to the rightwing junta by Pope Francis.
        After the new pope came under intense scrutiny for allegedly playing a role in the arrest of Francisco Jalics and the late Orlando Yorio, Germany-based Jalics issued a statement Wednesday saying: “These are now the facts.
        “Orlando Yorio and I were not reported by Father Bergoglio,” Jalics said, referring to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis and formerly the head of the Jesuit order in Argentina.
        The first pope to hail from Latin America has been criticized by leftists for his actions during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” in which 30,000 people died or disappeared from 1976 to 1983.
        The two young Jesuits were taken in March 1976 to the notorious Naval School of Mechanics, a torture centre run by the military junta. They were freed after five months.
        “I myself formerly tended to believe that we were reported. At the end of the ’90s, however, it became clear to me after numerous conversations that this assumption was baseless,” Jalics said.
        “It is false to claim that our arrest was provoked by Father Bergoglio,” he added in the statement published on the German Jesuits’ website.
        Jalics, who called himself Franz in the statement, said that after his arrest, the officer questioning him had asked for his identification papers and taken him for a Russian spy on seeing he had been born in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
        The Vatican has rejected claims that Pope Francis failed to do enough to protect the two priests and says he in fact helped save lives.
        Bergoglio himself has always denied any involvement in the case, and says he even intervened with the head of the junta, Jorge Videla, to beg for the Jesuits to be freed.

        THE PROBLEM WITH YOU BORN AGAIN, IGLESIA NI CRISTO AT MGA AGNOSTIC…ANG HILIG HILIG NINYO SA TSISMIS…

        AND YOU ALSO HAVE A VERSION OF HISTORY….PATHETIC!!!

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        i am an agnostic and i based my statement on reports of reputable news organization…i have reported claims of a sister of father yorio which does not jive with father jalic’s statement.

        “Ms Yorio accuses the then-Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio of effectively delivering her brother and fellow priest Francisco Jalics into the hands of the military authorities by declining to endorse publicly their social work in the slums of Buenos Aires, which infuriated the junta at the time.” … BBC

        Francis may have not denounced them. he just didn’t endorse.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        people are seeing the same thing, but looks at it differently….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      Pakialaman mo nalang pera ni Pacqiao para masaya ka, at lumamon para tumaba. Wag na ang relihiyon namin.

      • GKLer

        You’re wasting your time and breath on people like me.
        We follow and take our orders from Christ, whose words are in the Bible.

        Matthew 28
        19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

        Matthew 24
        14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

        Mark 16:15
        He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

      • boldyak

        you follow your pastor, what ever he says you follow him, we follow our spiritual leader whose wisdom are far more greater than you…catholicsm is really hard for you to understand, we understand our religion and who are you to say that only you understand the bible, read the bible and it is written, “don’t judge, or you will be judged.”…you keep on saying you follow orders from Christ, then don’t judge…

      • GKLer

        We follow Christ, he is our Pastor. His words are in the Bible. Many of us are former Catholics who have come to learn about God and Christ through their words found in the Bible.

        We don’t judge. We do correct, teach, warn.

        2 Timothy 3:16-17
        16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, rebuking, CORRECTING and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

        Galatians 5
        19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I WARN you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

        So stop wasting your time fighting the Laws of Caesar. God’s Kingdom is near and will replace the Nations of Man.

        Matthew 24
        14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Will CBCP forgo its stock holdings in Philex Mining, Meralco, Petron, Ayala Land and many more? Oh, and the gold that the Catholic Church in the Philippines has amassed for centuries? Baka pwedeng mag-share naman.

    • Cecilio Sedenio

      He he he ano ka sinus swerte?..

    • http://www.alamat.com.ph/ Daniel Andrei R. Garcia

      Would you be kind enough to show links that prove this, for research purposes? Thank you.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        You’ll need someone inside CBCP or PSE to provide you hard copies of that.

      • http://www.alamat.com.ph/ Daniel Andrei R. Garcia

        So in short, you have no access to the copies yourself or to the article links?

        Ok, thanks.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Sorry, can’t help you with links. There are none. If you’re in the media, you should have your own connections and sources.

  • farmerpo

    I kiss the feet of Francis. He shows wisdom uncommon to the clergy. ‘Compassionate NGO’, seems to describe our CBCP to the t. Additionally, what he said in his homily, really hits the spot… “When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and
    when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the
    Lord. We are worldly,” he said. I hope less pajeros will be on the road.

  • GKLer

    -

  • GKLer

    CBCP – if you want to follow the POPE who said: Church should focus on the Gospels of Christ, and you still are hard-headed and want to fight the divorce bill…THIS is how you do it – FEED THE SHEEP – tell the sheep what Paul and Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 7 (a husband must not divorce his wife), Matthew 5:31-32, Luke 16:15-18, Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-9, Romans 7:1-3. USE your bibles…FEED THE SHEEP. it’s all there.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      Like Pacqiuao feed you???? and feed you with his Money???

      • GKLer

        If Pacquiao found God, what’s that to you?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Pacquiao found Demon pastors not God!!!!

      • GKLer

        I doubt you know what he found. Either way, that was his choice to make, not yours or anyone else.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Not his Choice but the demon choose him. You’re with him.

      • GKLer

        And you know this because you know demons quite well right?

  • brunogiordano

    ““We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord,” he said.
    He said those who build on worldly values instead of spiritual values were like children building sand castles on a beach. “Then everything comes crashing down,” he said.”

    Sa mga nakikita natin lifestyle ng mga OBISPO ng CBCP, ilan sa kanila ang alam itong sinabi ng bagong POPE.

    TAMA lang na kamuhian ng mga tao ang mga impostor na discipulo ng panginoon(OBISPO ng CBCP). Ang CBCP ay MISTULANG castle on the beach na nag crashed.

  • batmanlaijai

    puro POPE laman ng inquirer!… nakakasawa…

  • InChristAlone_75

    The RCC should teach the TRUE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) OF JESUS CHRIST, the POWER OF GOD for the SALVATION OF EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.

    WE ARE SAVED BY GOD THROUGH THE GIFT OF FAITH, NOT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS, SO THAT NO ONE CAN BOAST -Ephesias 2:8-9

    Yes God did all the saving, there is absolutely nothing needed from or can be added by us to obtain eternal life. It was entirely completed by God, as he said before he breathed his last “it is finished.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/renester.suralta Renester Suralta

    I hope he will share the riches and wealth of Vatican to the poor people in the Third World and Under Developed countries .besides sharing or spreading the gospel.

    • ricomambo

      now, that would be a miracle i would like to see.

  • valsore

    He is the most Biblical Pope I’ve ever heard. When a mass of people examine their lives in the light of the Scriptures, there might yet still be hope for the Catholic Church, not by the power of men, but by the power of God.

    • Ari Putan

      Or maybe power from Taning. Right?

  • daniboy2012

    Catholics when will your circus show will end….CRAPPPPP!!! ITS BORING!!!! I wonder whats inside your brains?….maggots???

    • UrHONOR

      MAYBE when spectators like you stopped buying tickets to watch the circus.

  • D_BystandeR

    Pope Francis I is, by all interpretation, a modest example of how a “man of God” should be.
    In an unusual show of blazing frankness, he recited a litany of eye-opening greatness of a holy man who fearlessly expresses what he personally considers men of the Church ought to do and should be. And he said, “When we walk without the cross, when we build without
    the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord.
    We are worldly,” he said.

  • joerizal

    “Compassionate NGO” is one thing…”Pain in the butt” is another. The Church and its leaders should go back to being spiritual leaders and refrain from throwing their hats (or is that a mitre or biretta) into the political arena. They’ve focused too much on what is Ceasar’s and have forgotten all about God.

    • Cecilio Sedenio

      I agree..

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    yeah, back to the roots! Pagan/Roman gods = badass!!!

  • Ari Putan

    Does the pope masterbate? curious lng….

    • UrHONOR

      HE’S a master debater….

      • Ari Putan

        Maybe master eggbeater ?

    • kokak

      What a silly question. Everyone does.

      • Ari Putan

        Then he sins too.

  • tarikan

    Since the time of St. Peter until now the pope is still caucasian. Colored, Asian next? Maybe in the next millennium or two.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DGYQPEJVAWF4N7DIHPD33DD7LY PHILLIP

    Why does the AFP keeps on demonizing the new Pope by always referencing the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priest? Does the AFP realize that the new Pope is just in the third day in office and the garbage/dirty laundry the AFP keeps on sensationalizing involves only a minority of the men in robes? Does the AFP even stopped and considered the reputation other priest who are keeping their vows, which are also being besmirched by AFP work? Do the AFP think its fair for them to be demonized too because of their association?

    We all know the AFP is in the business to selling news for profit, and bad news sells; but, is this the kind of legacy this news organization wants to be remembered for?

    • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

      Yesterday a senior South African RC cardinal who helped elect the new pope, proclaimed that pedophilia was “not a crime” and pedophiles do not deserve to be punished.

      There will be no new pope brooom to sweep away the crimes of the past, he will be used for sweeping under the carpet. They still think they can GET AWAY WITH IT.

  • sanjuan683

    Puro kayo pope, ano ba pakialam natin kay pope iba lahi at bansa sila. Atupagin ninyo yun issue sa Sabah natin. heheheheh Nakakasawa na puro pope wala naman magagawa sa takbo ng buhay ng Pinas yan. hehehehehe

  • UrHONOR

    A day in the life of a family of bibliophiles~

    Father: “Good Morning every one” John 3:2

    Mother and Children: “Good Morning, Dad!” Matt 7:12

    Father: “What’s for breakfast?” Lk 13:12

    Daughter: “Ham and eggs, Dad” Mrk 18:23

    Son: :Dad, are you coming to school for our elocution contest? I am one of the contestants and I need some support.” John 17: 31-36

    Mother: “Don’t worry son, we will all be there…Dad, Mom, and Sis to cheer for you!” Matt: 8:11

    Son: “Thanks Mom, I already feel I.m the winner with your assurance of your coming. I will do my best,” Lk 15: 18-22.

    Mother: “It’s getting late…you all should start going now” Mk 32: 35

    Father: ‘Bye, Hon!” John 3:4

    Mother: “Bye, Dear….and don’t you forget the grocery list when you come home tonight, Dear!” John 23: 12-14

    Father: “I won’t” Mrk 17: 24

    • GKLer

      LOL…you’re really stupid urHonor hahaha. No one cares what a FOOL thinks.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        So you’re fool too…

      • GKLer

        Psalm 14, Psalm 53
        1 The FOOL has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        So don’t believe in God! You’re fool!!!

      • GKLer

        Proverbs 29:25
        25 It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.

  • bogli_anakdami

    flip gung gongs bastardize the katolickdick religion/dogma… now it’s high time for the kaksucker padre dumbasso to repent their own sins… latiguhin at ipako sa krus this coming lenten season… then preach… di ba?

  • bisdakis

    The root of the faith is Jesus Christ, who lived with the needy! If the Pope wants to go back to their roots, sell all your zillions of assets and give it to the poor and live a simple life like Christ and not like an Emperor in a the Vatican castle while your flock is starving! That is the root of Christianity.

  • kokak

    Maybe the church can start paying taxes now. They cannot keep their mouth shuts on many a political issues anyway
    .

  • corey guiao _ yahoo.com

    The new Pope is very promising, I hope that we will all follow his examples. There are times that we question our church leaders because we do not see in them anymore the witnessing of their vows to Christ when they became priest and nuns. I got to work with nuns and priests and they would always have the latest gadgets, they will eat in the most expensive restaurants and they cannot even walk in the streets and commute with their parishioners. Their schools are the most expensive yet their founders built it for the poor, one good example the school built by St, Francis of Sales for the poor Italian boys.What we need is true witnessing from these church leaders.

    • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

      The last pope ownded several pairs of fancy red shoes especially made for him each costing more than some filipinos get paid in 1 year

  • freeview

    Makaya kaya nung mga cardinal na maging payak sa pamumuhay, magpakumbaba…Tumira away from Cardinal’s palace, ..Karamihan niya parang mga hari kung mamuhay..If Pope Francis sets the example like jesus did, his followers should follow suit..

    • Ralph de Bricassart

      It will be tough. It will take time. Hope springs eternal. Take it easy.

  • TheHappyAgnostic

    back to the roots? who wants to go back to ignorance, slavery, a misogynistic society and child labor?

    • Ralph de Bricassart

      Back to the roots of genuine love for the poor as Jesus has had

      • TheHappyAgnostic

        the very stance of francis on contraceptives is already anti-poor. benedict almost made it when he said they could permit the use of contraceptive for males as a mean to prevent the spread of HIV. however, the chruch backpedal and clarified that it was only intended for male prostitutes. mama mia

    • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

      feminism in the stone age, now that would be very succesful, NOT

  • kismaytami

    Naiisip ko tuloy ang mga padre damaso dito sa Pilipinas na napapa-“O Hinde! Paano na ang kita? Paano na ang SUV? Paano na ang sarap? Paano na ang mga sakristan?”

    • Ralph de Bricassart

      Can you be more specific? How many bishops? Which diocese? We can hold them accountable.

      • UrHONOR

        Statements are always made in general terms. If you want specifics, it behooves you to do the research, as the lead was already given. Just as when one says politicians are dirty, the statement is valid enough to warrant research if one has the yen to. No person in his proper mind will mention specifics in public for obvious reasons.

  • kokak

    All organized religions are money-making ventures. They tell you to donate your, well, “voluntary” shares. Then they tell you to pray to get blessed.

    If you did get blessed: “See, that’s what praying can do.”
    If nothing happened: “Pray again don’t lose hope. God appreciates patience.”
    If you get misfortune instead: “God has other plans for you.”

    If a good man died young, “God wants him by His side because he’s a good man”.
    If a good man died old, “God blessed him with long life because he’s a good man”.
    If a bad man died young, “God punished him because he is a bad”.
    If a bad man died old, “God gave him the chance to reform”.
    For other ‘unexplainable’ turn of events: “God works in mysterious ways.”

    See? All are just illusions. Meanwhile holy priests and eloquent pastors continue to collect and don’t pay tax. I must admit, some lessons they preach are truly valuable, but that’s about it.

    This is just my observation and philosophical opinion, sorry if i offended anyone.

    • UrHONOR

      GANYANG-ganyang sinasalamangka ng mga nakaka-alam at nakapag-aral ng mass psychology at psychotherapy ang mga pangkaraniwang manggagawa at kapwa…nara-rationalize ang lahat ng pangyayari para ma-ilagay ang tao sa matiwasay o kampanteng kalagayan ng makalamay ang kanilang damdamin at kalooban….kapalit noonay walang-hanggang pagtitiwala at walang katapusang abuloy….at ang lahat ng ito ay dahil sa diyos na siya nilang parating sinasalang samantalang ang katotohanan ay hindi dahil sa kung sinupaman kundi sa taong kumakausap sa kanila na naka-sayang puti. At sa ibang sekta naman, ay yong mga naka-kana o barong o kasuotang nagpapakilala na sila ay kaka-iba at nakakahigit sa pangkaraniwang mamamayan. El Shady, INK, JIL, BAC, ME, atmpb all for the love money. UrH 5:36-54

    • http://www.alamat.com.ph/ Daniel Andrei R. Garcia

      Totoo naman sinabi mo. I’ve long wanted to say this… Never apologize if it’s the truth.

      Pa quote ha, lagay ko sa blog ko. Ty.

  • virgoyap

    “When we walk without the cross, when we build
    without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are
    not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly,” he said.

    “We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord,” he said.

    What a message by Pope Francis which all of us Catholics including priests, bishops and even cardinals have to take heed.

    • Romance Soldier

      it’s ok to be catholic, in that church where there is a cross with no image of a Christ dying and bleeding. It’s ok to be catholic but not with the romans. Can you be with the very people who killed the Christ they are earning money from?

  • UrHONOR

    GIVE ‘em hell, Francis, so they learn! UrH 7:11-12

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Pope Francis: Back to our roots<<<

    HINDI na kakayanin pa ng marami dyan na dahil sa katandaan na at sa katigasan ng ulo ang mga UGAT ay natabunan na ng VARICOSE VEINS of COMPLACENCY at wala ng lakas, interes, at gana pang ito ay baguhin pa. Tulad ng mga sheeple ng mga ito na madiing-madiin ng nakapa-ilalim sa kanilang mga pundilyo, mistulang imposible ng mapagbago pa ang kanilang pananaw sa katotohanan. " You can take a horse to water but you can't force the horse to drink" ang kaisipang angkop-na-angkop sa pagkakataong ito. UrH6:24-72.

  • Romance Soldier

    in that sweet day…will lay with no delay.

  • becivilized

    Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be
    consoled, as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal
    Life.

    Amen.

  • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

    They have picked a man who they think will get away with sweeping all these heinous crimes aganst children, under the carpet.
    The last pope was a former Nazi, this one is suspected of collaborating with the dictators in the Argentine “dirty war”.
    he will act humble to counteract the last pope and his many pairs of red designer shoes costing hundreds of thousands of pesos. But it is all a PR exercise to detract from the pedophile priests and the church trying to cover it all up.
    they will never change, they know if there is change, people turn away from all the rituals, pomp and ceremony that seduces and brainwashes the hoi polloi.

  • boldyak

    sa lahat ng anti-catholics, manigas kayo sa inggit….

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