commentary: Catholic Church is Changing Direction
From Right to Left
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 01-Feb-14; Sermon #1196c; 10 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that the Roman Catholic Church, historically a formidable political, religious, and economic power, now comprising over 1.2 billion members, having for centuries played a major role in the political intrigues' world (as mirrored in major literary works, such as The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Miserables), observes that its heretofore historical defense of conservative principles, capitalism, and traditional Biblical morality is about to change dramatically. When Pope Benedict assumed power, he sought to rid the clergy of pedophiles and adherents to Marxist-based liberation theology, firing 500 priests who followed this leftist doctrine. With the rise to power of Pope Francis, the Catholic Church appears to be taking a dangerous leftward swing, making it a militant advocate for the 'poor and downtrodden,' and an enemy of capitalism, advocating a strident brand of liberation theology. We live in interesting times.
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