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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pope Francis: Spirit Above Legality

By: Michael Brown
There's concern in some circles that Pope Francis is taking aim at Church traditionalism (scoring those who obsessively count prayers, reminding pre-Cana instructors not to be overly harsh, accenting the poor, and warning the rich), but as basically traditional types ourselves, we see nothing to fear. The Pope is not taking aim at traditionalists but at legalism. That's when we put man-made laws ahead of spiritual ones and operate religion in a way that's mechanical, oriented toward technicalities, and judgmental. An example: marching through a litany of rituals and prayers and genuflections while looking upon others with superiority instead of  love. Living the faith by technicalities instead of its Spirit contradicts Christianity. It's what the Sadducees and Pharisees were about ("you can't heal on Sundays!"). Though they have a place, the fact is that canonical strictures are mentioned nowhere by Jesus, not in the way we know them today,   READ MORE:  Spirit Daily

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