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Pope Francis criticized for getting the gospel wrong

Pope Francis stirred up a new controversy by saying the human heart is “fundamentally good” during a recent appearance on “60 Minutes.” Responding to interviewer Norah O’Donnell’s question regarding what gives him hope when he looks at the world, the pontiff said “everything” and then went on to list examples of people doing good things as evidence of humanity’s essential goodness. The statement, say critics, contradicts the gospel.

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“You see tragedies, but you also see so many beautiful things,” he said according to the video. “You see heroic mothers, heroic men, men who have hopes and dreams, women who look to the future. That gives me a lot of hope. People want to live. People forge ahead. And people are fundamentally good. We are all fundamentally good. Yes, there are some rogues and sinners, but the heart itself is good.”

Many commenters on Twitter criticized Francis for his remarks, with some accusing him of failing to grasp the basic teaching of the gospel. Others quoted portions of scripture that teach that God alone is good and that humanity has a sinful nature.

  • “This is contrary to basic Christian theology,” radio host Erick Erickson wrote. “We are all sinners. There aren’t just ‘some sinners.'”
  • “If this is true, we don’t need a savior to die on the Cross. So this pope is a heretic,” author Eric Metaxas wrote.
  • “Welp, this is a Satanic lie…” Babylon Bee editor Joel Berry wrote.

“I have said for decades the real issue with Rome is the gospel,” author James White wrote “Francis says ‘people are fundamentally good.’ ‘There are some sinners.’ ‘The heart itself is good.’ This is humanism. It is not Romans, it is not Galatians, it is not Jeremiah or Isaiah or Proverbs or Psalms or Genesis or Revelation. It is humanism.

“This man has no concept of the gospel itself. This may be some of the clearest evidence I have ever seen of the utterly apostate nature of the Roman hierarchy. And before you jump on me: the majority of so-called Protestants are just as much in error as Francis.”

Pope Francis also raised eyebrows for other comments he made during his interview, such as accusing conservative U.S. bishops of exhibiting “a suicidal attitude” by opposing his efforts to revisit teachings and traditions.

The pope also responded to the furor around the Vatican’s recent “Fiducia Supplicans” guidance, claiming it does not permit the blessing of a homosexual union itself but rather the two individual homosexuals engaging in the union.

“What I allowed was not to bless the union; that cannot be done, because that is not the sacrament,” he said. “I cannot. The Lord made it that way. But to bless each person? Yes. The blessing is for everyone.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice


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