Pope Francis leapt for joy when he read what this Jesuit article said about communism and Christianity

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Pope Francis’s Vatican has been advocating Leftist politics from day one, much to the chagrin of Catholics everywhere.

From calling for open borders to bashing President Trump, the Pope has made his Leftist views known, and has received a tidal wave of backlash over it.

That’s why he was ecstatic when he read what this Jesuit article said about communism and Christianity.

An article in the Jesuit magazine, America, just defended communism outright, calling capitalism, “a global political order responsible for the ongoing suffering of millions”.

It responds to a 1933 editorial in the same publication that (rightly) argued communism is antithetical to the Catholic Church and causes insufferable human atrocities.

The article makes the typical arguments that capitalism is an evil force of oppression.

Then it says true Christianity has zero private property rights.

The article says:

“From each according to ability, to each according to need,” Marx summarizes in “Critique of the Gotha Program,” a near echo of Luke’s description of the early church in Acts 4:35 and 11:29. Perhaps it was Day, not her young communist neighbor, who misunderstood communism.

It is true that Marx, Engels, Lenin and a number of other major communists were committed Enlightenment thinkers, atheists who sometimes assumed religion would fade away in the bright light of scientific reason, and at other times advocated propagandizing against it (though not, as Lenin argued, in a way that would divide the movement against capitalism, the actual opponent). That should not be so scandalous in itself. They are hardly alone as modern atheists, and their atheism is understandable, when Christianity has so often been a force allied to the ruling powers that exploit the poor. Catholics have found plenty of philosophical resources in non-Christian sources in the past; why not moderns?

This article goes beyond the pale.

Communist countries throughout history are replete with poor and suffering masses.

There ruling elite control the wealth while the people are left fighting for table scraps.

By contrast, Capitalism has lifted over 700 million people worldwide out of poverty according to Pew Research.

If capitalism is such an oppressive force of the rich, then how come it made more people rich and improved the standard of living across the board than any other economic system?

Do you think Christianity is communist?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

95 COMMENTS

  1. This has got to be one of the stupidest questions asked of us. Do I think Christianity and communism are the same? Other than they both start with the letter C , that is only thing they have in common. So the answer is NO!!! Pope Francis is so far left he has been staring at his own butt since he became the Pope! And we are supposed to believe and accept his view and and this radical Jesuit magazine ??
    The Democratic party are the true communist party. Not Christianity….. I follow GOD and the bible. And please people, continue to pray for our great country and our President….

    • I think that this pope is a communist, pervert who has done nothing to Advance real christianity. If he was picked by most of the cardinals, the Catholic Church is in really big trouble. Most of the cardinals who voted for this POPE?? Are true commies. God save us. TRUMP 2020.

        • If you read scripture you will note that the Catholic Church will be up against the anti christ. This pope is the anti christ. We are being tested in our faith to God. We are not doing to well right now. We need to praise God in our loudest voices. We must fight sins and wrongs to his teachings. We must attack sin in all areas. We cannot accept gay marriages, we cannot allow transgenders to e considered normal, we cannot accept allowing drag queens in our libraries. Churches all over the world are saying this is okay. God said it’s wrong. It is not only the Catholic Churches, it s all churches. It’s time to shut these sins down and obey God, pray to God, give God respect again. One little voice at a time, God hears us, but if we stay silent, we are saying it’s okay. Fight back for our souls. Hate and sin are winning right now. Protest with prayer, sing the songs of God and let our voices be heard not the devils.

          • Granny, thank you! You say it well! You understand the truth, continue in faith in Our God and Christ.
            When anyone elevates themselves above Jesus who IS The Head of the Church, then we must understand that this same evil is the spirit of anti Christ. These also are servants of Anti Christ.
            May The LORD bless you.

          • I am Catholic, but this Pope is not my Pope. He has done more to hurt the church than help it. Many of the Bishops are also trying to get people to accept homosexuality and women priests. These truly are the end times where the church is being infiltrated from within. There are true and holy priests, but the leadership in the church has been compromised and it started slowly with Vatican II and has gotten worse every subsequent year. This has been evil’s plan all along.

          • In total agreement! Instead of letting our voices be heard, too many Catholics, Christians, and the population in general are scared of political correctness and refuse to speak the truth!
            This is critical in the Church just as it is critical to the survival of our country! All that is needed to lose our country, or our souls, are good men to do nothing!
            We MUST speak out and fight the political and cultural horrors being hoist upon us!

          • This pope needs a lot of prayers,
            As a Catholic, I will never live my church, but I will stay with the true teachings of our faith.
            Pray, Hope, and Don’t worry, God will take care of everything! Trust ????
            Trump 2020 !

        • The current Pope is absolutely the biggest hypocrite and worst that has ever put a robe on. He is exactly what the bible describes as a false prophet and wolf in sheep’s clothing.

        • Communism is a murderous ideology. Under its rule, over 100 million people were murdered by its rulers in the former Soviet Union and other countries like China, North Korea, etc., leaving people poor, afraid nd destitute (with the exception of their rulers).

          • there is nothing wrong with communism , capitalism , or democracy but when you put your faith in that instead of God is where it becomes evil .

      • Study Church History starting with the first century church and you will learn that there is a great difference between The Catholic Church and The Roman Catholic Church.
        The Catholic church is Christian based. The Roman Catholic church is not.
        Look at governing structure, and follow history. If you love the one who said to Pontius Pilate ” I AM THE TRUTH” you will find the truth.

      • Oh but don’t we all know the Pope is infallible, as the Catholic Church teaches? If the Pope is infallible, why does each successive Pope make changes to the other Pope’s teaching, some in total contrast to the previous Pope. The Bible teaches that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is infallible. The Papacy is a sham. And this Pope is by far the worst we ever had. Pope John Paul, a far better Pope than this one stated that after he died we would have what he refers to as the “Antipope.” This is what we have now.

    • From another perspective, just looking at the guy gives me the impression that he’s too lazy to work for himself so he promotes this commie nonsense so he can at least have his basic needs met at the expense of others.

      • Tom, that is exactly what happened with the Pilgrims when they came here. They first tried it that way…that everyone would benefit from the fruits of their labors. But it did not work. There were those who did nothing and still got what they needed. What if everyone did that??? So they stopped doing it that way and said that everyone must work for what they get. That is what this country is all about and those who are foolish enough to want communism should read the story of the Pilgrims, but they are too ignorant to understand the truth.

        • My family is communist we try to give each other what they need The husband used to do most of the work now maybe the wife and mother do most of the work . If we are hungry we will all share till we die . Communist governments are usually less productive because too much decision making is done by too few people . In true capitalism the man making the decision looses the money or makes the money . In communism and crony capitalism . The politicians make the decisions and the politicians get the money or the tax payers suffer the losses . So nobody really cares .

    • I wonder if his family fled Germany after the war to keep the goods they might have stolen or to avoid war crimes. Maybe that’s where he got his wrong thinking.

    • Wow, is this Pope dillusional regarding capitalism bringing misery etc. As a practicing Catholic i’ll give him the respect he’s due in church matters but regarding politics and especially politics in America, he needs to keep his nose out of our business period. He needs to deal with the many issues facing the Catholic church, the clerical abuse being one fro instance.

    • Good for you Linda M., I just posted my comments on Facebook as to what Pope Francis has just come up with, along with something he said a little while back. I made sure to keep a copy for reference so I would not forget what he said about a One World Religion.

  2. Of course Christianity is not Communist! In fact it is the total opposite . But obviously Pope Francis is! The very existence of Communism brings Poverty to the masses . It always has and always will . Anywhere on this Earth where Communism rules there is Poverty and Oppression . I guess this indeed should line up with Pope Francis beliefs because he and all the Bishops and priests and Nuns in the Catholic Church all take a vow of Poverty and Celibacy . A Vow of Poverty and the fact that they cannot marry is all part of the failed Catholic Doctrine . Man was not made to be alone Genesis 2:18 , and Man was also not made to be poor . Living in wealth is not a sin , It is the love of money that is a sin 1 Timothy 6:10 . Christianity allows men to choose , Where Catholicism requires men and women to surrender themselves and their money to the Catholic Church!

  3. This pope is destroying ont only the Catholic Church but also the world by spouting his “satanic” radical and misleadings concepts.

  4. If our capitalism is causing such oppression on the world maybe we should quit sending so much money to the countries of the world. That was we can quit causing such pain! I wonder how much money the Vatican has stockpiled in its bank or how much of that money is spent helping poor countries?????

  5. My Pope, and I have said this since he became our spiritual leader, needs to go F himself, one day this Communist will burn in Hell where he belongs. I ignore anything this pompous asshole says.

  6. Pure communism has the ability to be all things to all people in a good way. But, it is dependent upon people who will ensure they and their close friends will have better. Thus communism will not work. Read animal farm, it explains both communism and the current political environment. Oh, for those that are interested the very early Jews had a communal society. They also lost it.

  7. This impersonator to the Papacy has to be kicked out of the Vatican by his dumb libturd ass all the way to San Francisco the slum city of the world.

  8. In the Christian tradition, a communal association is voluntary. Political communism by its very nature is coercive and anything but voluntary! Individual acts of charity are part of the Christian tradition. When a government takes your assets to distribute as it sees fit. It becomes more like coercion and theft!

    • Amen. Early Christians shared in religious comMUNism; not political COMmunism of today. It is the greed that is sinful, not capitalism itself. Jesus said: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” He came for all. “Love one another as I love you.”

  9. In a word: NO. Christianity is not communist. Private property is assumed otherwise why the commandments Thou Shalt Not Steal and Thou Shalt Not Covet?

    • …and thou shalt not murder – which presumes person & personal property right of the self & body. Exception: the murderer’s themselves.

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  10. I think this Pope needs too be removed , he is so far left just like the demonrats in this country . He has not been the Pope that people expected him too be. Christianity and communism are miles apart in being the same thing ..He is a fake and represents the devil , not the Catholic religion or the Catholic people.

  11. This pope may be the last pope. Who knows because there is so much corruption in the church now. It saddens me everyday to see how this pope is not representing Christianity but the Communist ideology. I stand with Christ

  12. Is the Pope still considered infallible? Perhaps it depends on whether St. Peter (who denied Jesus at least three times) was infallible! This Pope Francis is definitely fallible!

    • Pete, Don’t you remember your early elementary education. The Pope is infallible in matters of Faith and Morals ONLY. He is just another voice of opinion in matters of economics, politics, agriculture, transportation and anything else on which he may have an opinion.

  13. He hates whites and Westerners. He’s one of the most stupid, ineducable dunces in the world. He’s also mean-spirited and anti-Christian. I have never been more appreciative of the Protestant Reformation in my LIFE.

  14. Throw out the bath water. Keep the baby:
    CATHOLIC REPUBLIC: Why America Will Perish Without Rome, TIMOTHY GORDON.

    Rome means the Catholic (universal) philosophical-intellectual tradition) mainly St. Thomas Aqiunas. You’ll have to dust off your reason, logic (logos-word) & evidence faculties but it will be worth it & you will then be equipped to discard the dirty water (even that of popes) revive your faith in Christ-logos & your soul & keep the faith. You are the news. WWG1WGA.

  15. this is from the largest-most guilty of all of the OPRESSIVE-MURDEROUS GROUP OF PARACITES IN WORLD HISTORY. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS KILLED MANY TIMES MORE PEOPLE THAN THE REST OF THE {RELIGONS} OF THE WORLD. during the dark ages, the church did more killing in the world than any invasion or take-overs by gengis kahn. this idiot pope is pushing the enveloped of crazy. THE CHURCH IN ITS SELF HAS AQUIRRED MORE TRUE WEALTH THAN ANY ENTITY ON EARTH … they BROW-BEAT THE POOR INTO “DONATING” ANY THING OF REAL VALUE TO THE “CHURCH” either donate it or be called a herritic and get burned at the stake.. SUPERSTITION OVERRIDES COMMON SENSE EVERY TIME UNDER THIS KIND OF CHOICE…..

  16. I knew there was a reason I didn’t like this pope!! He has problems in his own church with all of the pedophiles and he still finds time for this BS??? When is he going to start tending to Church business and stay the hell out of politics??? That is NOT his responsibility!! He has been a miserable failure both as head of the church and as a human being…I lost all respect or regard for him a long time ago!!

  17. I think, in an ideal world, one where all men have learned to love and respect one another there would be no need for laws and little need for government. Men would view property differently, there would be enough for all to live in comfort, hoarding would be a meaningless exercise in futility.

    All of that said, this is not that world. Perhaps one day but not in the immediately foreseeable future.

    Communism in its purest form might be as a microcosm of that world and would not exclude in any way a belief in God.

    Communism as practiced in this reality bears little or no resemblance to that pure communistic society.

    No, the Christian Church is not Communistic. It does, however encourage holding material wealth in less high regard with relation to spiritual values. One does indeed tend, for most of us, tend to impede the other.

  18. This so-called “pope” has been sucking up to islam all along, complete opposite to a real Pope , Urban II , that started the Crusades AGAINST islam . If the brainwashed catholics listen to THIS “pope’s” advice , he will get them raped , tortured , & murdered by muslims ! & the NWO S.O.B. is totally against America but will gladly suck up the money anyway from the brainwashed American people that can’t afford it !

  19. the roman catholic church is the mother of harlots in rev 17
    there is no such thing as a pope please show me inthe
    bible you riman cathoilc people have been deceived
    repent of your idoalatry and turn to the real jesus
    of the bible. you must be born again or hell awaits you
    all your rightousness is as filthy rags. 1st tim1- 2-5
    there is only one mediator between GOD AND MAN
    THE MAN CHRIST JESUS. CO.
    ME OUT OF THE HARLOT SYSTEM
    SYSTEM AND EMBRACE THE BIBLICAL JESUS
    OF THE BIBLE NOT YOUR FALSE TRADITON
    OF MAN. ACTS 4-12

    • If the Pope resigns, as did Benedict, he will no longer be pope. If he dies, he will no longer be pope. Those are the only reasons that I know of as to how and why a pope can be removed from his position..

  20. Just proves what I have been saying: he is a NWO-implant and the False Prophet the Bible has prophesized! The other NWO-implant was our former “Dick-taker-N-Thief”, Muslim-Marxist jihadist Insane Hussein Obaa-baa-ma, the pied piper of his/it’s suicidal useful idiots that voted for him. I believe that this devil’s disciple that lies just as cleverly as his mentor and has just as much false pride as Satan is the front runner to be the Anti-Christ! The tag-team of evil is upon “US” as they spew their anti-Christian theology amongst the dumb-(m)asses! Regrettably, this is hard to say since I am of the Catholic faith but I have to call them as I see them and the Bible also prophesizes about this happening to the one true faith so all is well as “TRANSFORMED & TRANSGENDERED AMERIKA, – per Barry O. – ” Babylon II goes to hell as well as the rest of the world as the Godless, Satan worshiping, power-mad NWO-elitist ghouls posing as Democ-RATS and RINOS continue their Satanic, totalitarian wet dream of making life a living nightmare for every one on this planet BUT THEM! WTFU, REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION, evil must be ERADICATED, not PLACATED as it is now being!

  21. Christianity is NOT Communism . . . never has been and NEVER WILL BE. Communism is a GODLESS HEATHEN system which ROBS people of what is theirs and give it to the “needy” (mainly to high positioned beaurocrat) who give NOTHING back in return except for the “table scraps”. It is FILLED with murder, thefts, and is run by atheists who DENY GOD in all that they do. COMMUNISM MUST BE ERADICATED and if this pope advocates it then HE IS A THIEF, LIAR and a DENIER of GOD and Must abdicate the throne immediately!

  22. I know that this conversation is in reference to something else but I ask everyone on this sight to take a look at something …..

    TAPS Act H.R.838

    Call your Congress and tell them to stop sitting on this and get this to the floor! Very important!!

    It is a Bill that has large bipartisan support…was introduced in Jan. 2019 and gained approval and support in March 2019

  23. I was taught that one MUST follow what the pope says as he is infallible and represents god so obey I shall and must even if it goes against my wished. I am not crazy about the pope’s ideas but we are to be obedient no matter what.
    Communism has been practiced in the Catholic church for ages under the guise of religious life. Nothing in the convents and monasteries are owned by the subjects. It belongs to the community even the very undershirt a monk, nun or sister wears. If one enters with a black sweater, that garment it taken away and given to the poor and the entrant gets a beat up moth eaten sweater in exchange which belongs to the community.

    • Hey Rose:
      Wrong: Only when he speaks excathdra (from the chair): meaning only when he is
      making a solemn dogmatic pronouncement, with all the bishops present at a special mass.
      Such as Pius XII did when he Pronounced : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven,
      in the last century. This had always been believed by Catholics, but never de fide’ meaning (MUST) be believed by all Catholics in order to be saved as all Dogma of the Church must be believed.
      Three most important beliefs and necessary for all Catholics to believe in order to be saved: Revelation: revealed truths (The Catholic Bible) Apostolic Tradition (truths passed down through the Magisterium) and Dogma which must be believed. Example: the seven sacraments.1. Baptism. 2. Confession 3. Holy Communion (The Eucharist, Transubstantiation ) 4. Confirmation 5.the Sacred Priesthood (Holy Orders)
      6. Matrimony 7. Extreme Unction (last rites) Viaticum (with communion)

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    This section authorizes to be appropriated $25,000,000 for each fiscal years 2020-2024

      • In total agreement! Instead of letting our voices be heard, too many Catholics, Christians, and the population in general are scared of political correctness and refuse to speak the truth!
        This is critical in the Church just as it is critical to the survival of our country! All that is needed to lose our country, or our souls, are good men to do nothing!
        We MUST speak out and fight the political and cultural horrors being hoist upon us!

  25. Pope Francis should be doing enough for animals! In her 2004 book, Vegetarian Christian Saints: Mystics, Ascetics & Monks, Jewish scholar Dr. Holly Roberts (she has a Master’s degree in Christian theology) documents the lives and teachings of over 150 canonized vegetarian saints:

    St. Anthony of Egypt; St. Hilarion; St. Macarius the Elder; St. Palaemon; St. Pachomius; St. Paul the Hermit; St. Marcian; St. Macarius the Younger; St. Aphraates; St. James of Nisibis; St. Ammon; St. Julian Sabas; St. Apollo; St. John of Egypt; St. Porphyry of Gaza; St. Dorotheus the Theban; St. Theodosius the Cenobiarch; St. Sabas; St. Fugentius of Ruspe; St. Gerasimus; St. Mary of Egypt; St. Dositheus; St. Abraham Kidunaja; St. John the Silent; St. Theodore of Sykeon; St. Lups of Troyes; St. Lupicinus; St. Romanus; St. Gudelinis; St. Liphardus; St. Maurus of Glanfeuil; St. Urbicius; St. Senoch; St. Hospitius; St. Winwaloe; St. Kertigan; St. Fintan; St. Molua; St. Amatus; St. Guthlac; St. Joannicus; St. Theodore the Studite; St. Lioba; St. Euthymius the Younger; St. Luke the Younger; St. Paul of Latros; St. Antony of the Caves of Kiev; St. Theodosius Pechersky; St. Fantinus; St. Wulfstan; St. Gregory of Makar; St. Elphege; St. Theobald of Provins; St. Stephen of Grandmont; St. Henry of Coquet; St. William of Malavalle; St. Godric; St. Stephen of Obazine; St. William of Bourges; St. Humility of Florence; St. Simon Stock; St. Agnes of Montepulciano; St. Laurence Justinian; St. Herculanus of Piegaro; St. Francis of Assisi; St. Clare of Assisi; St. Aventine of Troyes; st. Felix of Cantalice; St. Joseph of Cupertino; St. Benedict; St. Bruno; St. Alberic; St. Robert of Molesme; St. Stephen Harding; St. Gilbert of Sempringham; St. Dominic; St. John of Matha; St. Albert of Jerusalem; St. Angela Merici; St. Paula; St. Genevieve; St. David; St. Leonard of Noblac; St. Kevin; St. Anskar; St. Ulrich; St. Yvo; St. Laurence O’Toole; St. Hedwig; St. Mary of Onigines; St. Elizabeth of Hungary; St. Ivo Helory; St. Philip Benizi; St. Albert of Trapani; St. Nicholas of Tolentino; St. Rita of Cascia; St. Francis of Paola; St. John Capistrano; St. John of Kanti; St. Peter of Alcantara; St. Francis Xavier; St. Philip Neri; St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi; St. Jean-Marie Vianney; St. Basil the Great; St. Jerome; St. Ephraem; St. Peter Damian; St. Bernard; St. Catherine of Siena; St. Robert Bellarmine; St. Peter Celestine; St. Olympias; St. Publius; St. Malchus; St. Asella; St. Sulpicius Severus; St. Maxentius; St. Monegundis; St. Paul Aurelian; St. Coleman of Kilmacduagh; St. Bavo; St. Amandus; St. Giles; St. Silvin; St. Benedict of Aniane; St. Aybert; St. Dominic Loricatus; St. Richard of Wyche; St. Margaret of Cortona; St. Clare of Rimini; St. Frances of Rome; St. James de la Marca; St. Michael of Giedroyc; St. Mariana of Quito; St. John de Britto; St. Callistratus; St. Marianus; St. Brendon of Clonfert; St. Kieran (Carian); St. Stephen of Mar Saba; St. Anselm; St. Martin de Porres; St. Procpius; St. Boniface of Tarsus; St. Serenus.

    In the (updated) 1986 edition of A Vegetarian Sourcebook, Keith Akers similarly observes: “But many others, both orthodox and heterodox, testified to the vegetarian origins of Christianity. Both Athanasius and his opponent Arius were strict vegetarians. Many early church fathers were vegetarian, including Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Heironymus, Boniface, and John Chrysostom.

    “Many of the monasteries both in ancient times and at the present day practiced vegetarianism… The requirement to be vegetarian has been diluted considerably since the earliest days, but the practice of vegetarianism was continued by many saints, monks, and laymen. Vegetarianism is at the heart of Christianity.”

    According to Father Ambrose Agius:

    “Many of the saints understood God’s creatures, and together they shared the pattern of obedience to law and praise of God that still leaves us wondering. The quickest way to understand is surely to bring our own lives as closely as possible into line with the intention of the Giver of all life, animate and inanimate.”

    The Reverend Alvin Hart, an Episcopal priest in New York, says:

    “Many Georgian saints were distinguished by their love for animals. St. John Zedazneli made friends with bears near his hermitage; St. Shio befriended a wolf; St. David of Garesja protected deer and birds from hunters, proclaiming, ‘He whom I believe in and worship looks after and feds all these creatures, to whom He has given birth.’ Early Celtic saints, too, favored compassion for animals. Saints Wales, Cornwall and Brittany of Ireland in the 5th and 6th centuries AD went to great pains for their animal friends, healing them and praying for them as well.”

    It is said that St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) bought two lambs from a butcher and gave them the coat on his back to keep them warm; and that he bought two fish from a fishwoman and threw them back into the water. He even paid to ransom lambs that were being taken to their death, recalling the gentle Lamb who willingly went to slaughter (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29) to pay the ransom of sinners.

    “Be conscious, O man, of the wondrous state in which the Lord God has placed you,” instructed Francis in his Admonitions (4), “for He created and formed you to the image of His beloved Son–and (yet) all the creatures under heaven, each according to its nature, serve, know, and obey their Creator better than you.” St. Francis felt a deep kinship with all creatures. He called them “brother” and “sister,” knowing they came from the same Source as himself.

    Francis revealed his fraternal love for the animal world during Christmas time 1223: “If I ever have the opportunity to talk with the emperor,” he explained, “I’ll beg him, for the love of God and me, to enact a special law: no one is to capture or kill our sisters the larks or do them any harm. Furthermore, all mayors and lords of castles and towns are required to scatter wheat and other grain on the roads outside the walls so that our sisters the larks and other birds might have something to eat on so festive a day.

    “And on Christmas Eve, out of reverence for the Son of God, whom on that night the Virgin Mary placed in a manger before the ox and the ass, anyone having an ox or an ass is to feed it a generous portion of choice fodder. And, on Christmas Day, the rich are to give the poor the finest food in abundance.”

    Francis removed worms from a busy road and placed them on the roadside so they would not be crushed under human traffic. Once when he was sick and almost blind, mice ran over his table as he took his meals and over him while he slept. He regarded their disturbance as a “diabolical temptation,” which he met with patience and restraint, indicating his compassion towards other living creatures.

    St. Francis was once given a wild pheasant to eat, but he chose instead to keep it as a companion. On another occasion, he was given a fish, and on yet another, a waterfowl to eat, but he was moved by the natural beauty of these creatures and chose to set them free.

    “Dearly beloved!” said Francis beginning a sermon after a severe illness, “I have to confess to God and you that…I have eaten cakes made with lard.”

    The Catholic Encyclopedia comments on this incident as follows: “St. Francis’ gift of sympathy seems to have been wider even than St. Paul’s, for we find no evidence in the great Apostle of a love for nature or for animals…

    “Francis’ love of creatures was not simply the offspring of a soft sentimental disposition. It arose from that deep and abiding sense of the presence of God. To him all are from one Father and all are real kin… hence, his deep sense of personal responsibility towards fellow creatures: the loving friend of all God’s creatures.”

    Francis taught: “All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man… God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.”

    According to Francis, a lack of mercy towards animals leads to a lack of mercy towards men: “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the ‘shelter’ of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

    One Franciscan monk, St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), who preached throughout France and Italy, is said to have attracted a group of fish that came to hear him preach. St. James of Venice, who lived during the 13th century, bought and released the birds sold in Italy as toys for children. It is said he “pitied the little birds of the Lord… his tender charity recoiled from all cruelty, even to the most diminutive of animals.”

    St. Bonaventure was a scholar and theologian who joined the Franciscan Order in 1243. He wrote The Soul’s Journey into God and The Life of St. Francis, the latter documenting St. Francis’ miracles with animals and love for all creation. Bonaventure taught that all creatures come from God and return to Him, and that the light of God shines through His different creatures in different ways:

    “…For every creature is by its nature a kind of effigy and likeness of the eternal Wisdom. Therefore, open your eyes, alert the ears of your spirit, open your lips and apply your heart so that in all creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and worship, glorify and honor your God.”

    St. Bridget (1303?-1373) of Sweden, founder of the Brigittine Order, wrote in her Revelations:

    “Let a man fear, above all, Me his God, and so much the gentler will he become towards My creatures and animals, on whom, on account of Me, their Creator, he ought to have compassion.”

    She raised pigs, and a wild boar is even said to have left its home in the forest to become her pet.

    “The reason why God’s servants love His creatures so deeply is that they realize how deeply Christ loves them,” explained St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). “And this is the very character of love to love what is loved by those we love.”

    “Here I saw a great unity between Christ and us…” wrote Julian of Norwich (1360-?), “for when he was in pain we were in pain, and all creatures able to suffer pain suffered with him.”

    Christian mystic, Thomas A’ Kempis (1380-1471) wrote in his devotional classic, The Imitation of Christ, that the soul desiring communion with God must be open to seeing, respecting and learning from all of God’s creatures, including the nonhumans:

    “…and if thy heart be straight with God,” he wrote, “then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine, for there is no creature so little or vile, but that showeth and representeth the goodness of God.”

    St. Filippo Neri spent his entire life protecting and rescuing other living creatures. Born in Florence in 1515, he went to Rome as a young man, and tried to live as an ascetic. He sold his books, giving away the money to the poor. He worked without pay in the city hospital, tending to the sick and the poor. He gave whatever he possessed to others.

    St. Filippo loved the animals and could not bear to see them suffer. He took the mice caught in traps away from people’s homes and set them free in the fields and stables. A vegetarian, he could not endure walking past a butcher shop. “Ah,” he exclaimed. “If everyone were like me, no one would kill animals!”

    The Trappist monks of the Catholic Church practiced vegetarianism from the founding of their Order until the Second Vatican Council in the late 1960s. According to the Trappist rules, as formulated by Armand Jean de Rance (1626-1700), “in the dining hall nothing is layed out except: pulse, roots, cabbages, or milk, but never any fish… I hope I will move you more and more rigorously, when you discover that the use of simple and rough food has its origin with the holy apostles (James, Peter, Matthew). We can assure you that we have written nothing about this subject which was not believed, observed, proved good through antiquity, proved by historians and tradition, preserved and kept up to us by the holy monks.”

    A contemporary Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast points out that the lives of the saints teach compassion towards all living beings. “Unfortunately,” says Brother David, “Christians have their share of the exploitation of our environment and in the mistreatment of animals. Sometimes they have even tried to justify their crimes by texts from the Bible, misquoted out of context. But the genuine flavor of a tradition can best be discerned in its saints…

    “All kinds of animals appear in Christian art to distinguish one saint from another. St. Menas has two camels; St. Ulrich has a rat; St. Brigid has ducks and geese; St. Benedict, a raven; the list goes on and on. St. Hubert’s attribute is a stag with a crucifix between its antlers. According to legend, this saint was a hunter but gave up his violent ways when he suddenly saw Christ in a stag he was about to shoot… Christ himself is called the Lamb of God.”

    According to Brother David, “…the survival of our planet depends on our sense of belonging–to all other humans, to dolphins caught in dragnets, to pigs and chickens and calves raised in animal concentration camps, to redwoods and rainforests, to kelp beds in our oceans, and to the ozone layer.”

    “The livestock population of the United States today consumes enough grain and soybeans to feed over five times the entire human population of the country.

    “We feed these animals over 80% of the corn we grow, and over 95% of the oats. Less than half the harvested agricultural acreage in the United States is used to grow food for people. Most of it is used to grow livestock feed.

    “To supply one person with a meat habit food for a year requires three-and-a-quarter acres. To supply one lacto-ovo-vegetarian requires only one-half of an acre. To supply one pure vegetarian (vegan) requires only one-sixth of an acre. In other words, a given acreage can feed twenty times as many people eating a pure vegetarian (vegan) diet-style as it could people eating the standard American diet-style…

    “In a world in which a child dies of starvation every two seconds, an agricultural system designed to feed our meat habit is a blasphemy. Yet it continues, because we continue to support it. Those who profit from this system do not need us to condone what they are doing. The only support they need from us is our money. As long as enough people continue to purchase their products they will have the resources to fight reforms, pump millions of dollars of ‘educational’ propaganda into our schools, and defend themselves against medical and ethical truths.

    “A rapidly growing number of Americans are withdrawing support from this insane system by refusing to consume meat. For them, this new direction in diet-style is a way of joining hands with others and saying we will not support a system which wastes such vast amounts of food while people in this world do not have enough to eat.”

    –vegan author John Robbins, from his Pulitzer Prize nominated, Diet for a New America

    Raising animals for food, even raising animals for animal by-products like milk and eggs, means wasting valuable acreage, because the animals have to be fed plant food! If we eat lower on the food chain, fewer resources are required to feed everyone, which means less agricultural acreage, etc., which means fewer rodents and insects are killed when fields are ploughed for farming, etc.

    If you carry this argument to its logical conclusion, a vegan diet is the least violent, because it requires one-third less acreage than a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, and twenty times less acreage than a meat-centered diet.

    “One man’s meat is another man / woman / child’s hunger.”

    This slogan is part of the “Enough” campaign, with its aim of reducing meat consumption. The campaign highlights the waste of resources involved in feeding grain to animals:

    “Every minute eighteen children die from starvation, yet forty percent of the world’s grain is fed to animals for meat.”

    Vegetarianism for a trial period is advocated to “help the hungry, improve the environment” and “stop untold animal suffering.” Vegetarianism is also recommended on health grounds. This campaign actually has the support of organized religion.

    Ronald J. Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action, in his 1977 book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, pointed out that 220 million Americans were eating enough food (largely because of the high consumption of grain fed to livestock) to feed over one billion people in the poorer countries.

    The realization that meat is an unnecessary luxury, resulting in inequities in the world food supply has prompted religious leaders in different Christian denominations to call on their members to abstain from meat on certain days of the week. Paul Moore, Jr., the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New York, made such an appeal in a November, 1974 pastoral letter calling for the observance of “meatless Wednesdays.”

    A similar appeal had previously been issued by Cardinal Cooke, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York. The Reverend Eugene Carson Blake, former head of the World Council of Churches and founder of Bread for the World, has encouraged everyone in his anti-hunger organization to abstain from eating meat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    “Is this not the fast I have chosen? To loosen the chains of wickedness, to undo the bonds of oppression, and to let the oppressed go free? Is it not to share thy bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless? Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.”

    —Isaiah 58:6-8

    “Honourable men may disagree honourably about some details of human treatment of the non-human,” wrote Stephen Clark in his 1977 book, The Moral Status of Animals, “but vegetarianism is now as necessary a pledge of moral devotion as was the refusal of emperor-worship in the early church.”

    According to Clark, eating animal flesh is “gluttony,” and “Those who still eat flesh when they could do otherwise have no claim to be serious moralists.”

    “Clark’s conclusion has real force and its power has yet to be sufficiently appreciated by fellow Christians,” says the Reverend Andrew Linzey, author of Christianity and the Rights of Animals. “Far from seeing the possibility of widespread vegetarianism as a threat to Old Testament norms, Christians should rather welcome the fact that the Spirit is enabling us to make decisions so that we may more properly conform to the original Genesis picture of living in peace with creation.”

    Father Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest, author, and founder of the Riverdale Center of Religious Research in New York, wrote in 1987 that “Vegetarianism is a way of life that we should all move toward for economic survival, physical well-being, and spiritual integrity.”

    In 1992, members of Los Angeles’ First Unitarian Church agreed to serve vegetarian meals at the church’s weekly Sunday lunch. Their decision was made as a protest against animal cruelty and the environmental damage caused by the livestock industry.

    The Reverend Marc Wessels, Executive Director of the International Network for Religion and Animals (INRA) made this observation on Earth Day 1990:

    “It is a fact that no significant social reform has yet taken place in this country without the voice of the religious community being heard. The endeavors of the abolition of slavery; the women’s suffrage movement; the emergence of the pacifist tradition during World War I; the struggles to support civil rights, labor unions, and migrant farm workers; and the anti-nuclear and peace movements have all succeeded in part because of the power and support of organized religion. Such authority and energy is required by individual Christians and the institutional church today if the liberation of animals is to become a reality.”

    • Vasu…GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do NOT want you. You have no idea at all what you are even talking about. You have NO CONCEPT of who God is or what His Book means. WHO CARES about you stupid vegan stuff??????? EVERYONE has the freedom to eat what THEY want, NOT what YOU want!!!! There is NO WAY that I or anyone I know is going to stop eating meat, nor do we have to. If you bother to actually study the Bible, you would know that God not only permits us to eat meat, He gave us animals for food, clothing, etc. You would also know that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden they did not eat meat and animals did not eat each other. Everything was in harmony with God. But when satan brought sin into the world, God put a curse on it. Everything changed in that instant. satan is the cause of all evil and disharmony in nature. But when Jesus comes the curse will be lifted and all will be as it was.
      Isaiah 11… 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
      and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
      and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
      and a little child shall lead them.
      7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
      their young shall lie down together;
      and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
      8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
      and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
      9 They shall not hurt or destroy
      in all my holy mountain;
      for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
      as the waters cover the sea.

      Instead of preaching your vegan agenda, you should be praying for Jesus’ return.

    • Vasu…You know nothing at all of who Jesus is or His birth. You come on a Christian blog knowing nothing at all about Christianity. You are a fool. STUDY the New Testament and LEARN who Jesus is and why He came here.

  26. Poop Francis got promoted from within – from a red frock to a white frock – similar to (God forbid) America’s senators announcing who, from among them, would be our next president. Let me know when God announces who will be Pope and I’ll begin paying attention to what the His Vicar says.

  27. The Pope does not have his head screwed on correctly and hasn’t since becoming a Pope. Catholics need a new Pope. One wonders where he gets his ridiculous ideas?

  28. Everyday at church services, we pray for the wellbeing of the Pope in Rome, as the Head of the Catholic Church, Christians and all Human Beings created by God cannot condemn or Judge the Pope’s doings, only God is the Judge being the Pope is the Representative of God’s Himself on Earth!

    • Severa…YES, we can condemn what the Pope does. Jesus commands that we hate all sin. The pope is human like everyone else and is not without sin. ONLY God/Jesus is without sin. What the pope is doing is against the teachings of Jesus.

  29. Dear seeker of Truth and Wisdom,
    My goodness: The Church of Christ is in Her Great Passion, as is foretold in the Book of Revelation. ‘Apocalypse.’
    And revealed: Through the Queen of Heaven, at Quito, La Sallett, Fatima, and Akita. Preparing us for the Great Chastisement.
    It is called the “Great Apostasy.”
    Which came into full existence: with V2, (The Second Vatican Council) but has been brewing since the Great “Rebellion”, Protestant Reformation and with the Masonic Revolutions against God and collimating in the rise of Communism. AKA, Social Democracies. Which means the Nazis as well as the Soviets and so-called ‘Liberation Theology,’ of the (Society of Judas) aka Jesuits).
    The Jesuits were infiltrated by communist agents in the 1920’s later known as Stalin’s priests.
    Read Bella Dodd’s testimony before congress. Good place to start. Then Malachi Martin’s ‘The Jesuits,”. Also: for a complete history of these traitors to the Catholic Faith: Read: The Whole Truth About Fatima ” The Third Secret: by Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite’ of the Little brothers of the Sacred Heart.
    And by the way my dear separated brethren in Christ, the Bible came from the Catholic Church.
    Codified: in the 4th century, to remove error, (not divinely inspired) which arose during the great persecutions. But that is another History which must be studied. We Catholics by the way are used to being maligned and persecuted. As our Lord and God said : “Take up your cross and follow me.” So be it!
    Yours, in Christ,
    trish

  30. Big difference in the Pope advocating for Communism vs Free-market economics. The Church in its infancy was perhaps composed of a group of people living according to the mantra, “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.” Presumably, this was a voluntary action, and the Pope is not advocating violence to bring about his view. But people do not long remain in such a “voluntary” association. Soon there will be resentments, etc. The Pope is exhibiting his lack of wisdom.

  31. See… I don’t give a DAMN what some greedy, cowardly, LYING LITTLE COMMIE CLOWN has to say, or some LESSER LITTLE COMMIE JESUIT SUCK-UP has to say….

    I care what GOD says.

  32. There’s no hope in Pope cause he’s a Dope! The Catholic Church is a front religion for the Luciferians’ god of this world, the Devil. Read Revelation chapters 13 & 18 for the truth.

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