The Catholic Herald reports that when asked on his return flight from his visit to Africa, a question about religious fundamentalism, Pope Francis had this to say:-
“Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions,” “We Catholics have some — and not some, many — who believe they possess the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil. They do evil. I say this because it is my Church.”
He said that “religious fundamentalism isn’t religion, it’s idolatry,” adding that ideas and false certainties take the place of faith, love of God and love of others.
I believe in absolute Truth as the Angels and God’s servants in heaven do also, as they give glory to our Father in Heaven
Pope Francis says we need be a Church of mercy and so we do, but more importantly we need to be a humble Church, a Church driven by Humility, as Gods Mercy received in humility guarantees spiritual growth, which wells up into eternal life.
The inviolate Word of God which emanates from The mind/heart of Jesus Christ can only be absorbed by serving the Truth within the heart, His direct teaching in the gospels are not open for debate, His expounding of The Ten commandments are inviting — challenging — our sinful hearts into a confrontation with the Truth, The inviolate Word of God, His teaching on The Commandments end in these words Matthew 5:48
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”
This teaching can only be achieved in humility (St. Bernard-Humility a virtue by which a man knowing himself as he truly is abases himself)) to abase oneself before Our Father is to serve the absolute Truth as our conciseness at that moment in time, becomes one with our Father Will, as the absolute Truth embraces Itself. We can only walk in humility before our Father in heaven as we are All continually dependent upon HIS mercy.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS”
The peace of Christ is received by serving the Truth in humility, if not, His Word becomes a stumbling block (in self-justification we injure our own souls) but those who purport self-righteousness in their pride His Word will be crushed them like dust.
Man’s mercy better defined as compassion cannot remove the guilty of sin, we can only accept our brothers and sisters in compassion (None judgemental) as we and they encounter the cross roads (Difficulties) of life whatever they may be.
Divine mercy “the grace that transforms all” can only be received by standing before God in humility and the path that leads to this humility is the absolute Truth, the living Word of God as defined by Jesus Christ living within the heart.
Is this meant as a self parody?