Pope Francis, the new recognized leader of the Roman Catholic Church, is bringing with him the edict to return to our peace and justice roots, with the preferential option for the poor, and the primacy of conscience. He calls us back to the original teachings of Jesus. Below are just a few of the things that the new pontiff has spoken out on.
"One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses."
In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. .... And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought...
We don’t want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money… The world has become an idolator of this god called money… To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed. We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to his throwaway culture. We want a just system that helps everyone.
A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.