Pope Francis called for a more open-minded Church on Thursday, suggesting that when a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.”
Francis said because ideology is rigid and non-inclusive, it pushes people away and leaves out the grace of God.
“And, even worse, the Lord cannot be close to the people,” Francis said.
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.”
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It is judgmental and without exception, which Francis says is not the Lord’s message.
“The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people,” he said. “But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians.”
He said the Church does not want to keep the door shut and the key in its pocket.
He also claimed Christians who lose faith and prefer the ideologies are “rigid, moralistic, ethical, but without kindness.”
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“The key that opens the door to the faith is prayer,” he said. “If there is no prayer, you always close the door.”
A person who does not pray is “arrogant, is proud, is sure of himself. He is not humble. He seeks his own advancement.”
That being said, he also warned, “It is one thing to pray, and another thing to say prayers.” He said people who are obsessed with Christian ideology don’t pray; they simply recite the same prayers they’ve memorized years ago.