- May 26, 2020
Two ancient heresies, which Pope Francis has often pointed to as “enemies of holiness,” were at the center of a Roman conference on Tuesday, which attempted to explain the Argentinian pontiff’s “upside-down theology.”
Pope Francis issued a new document on sainthood now because he believes it’s time for a new emphasis on God’s grace.
A document published March 1 by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expands on Pope Francis’s criticism of modern forms of two ancient heresies.
The Pope’s “El Pais” interview was about many things yet mainly about one: the need for the Church to be close to people, and concrete. Francis is convinced that the greatest threat to the contemporary age is gnosticism, which shows itself in the Church as fundamentalism and legalism.
The Jesus of “Last Days in the Desert” is a wandering ascetic, not unlike the Essenes or some of John’s disciples, seeking God in solitude and self-denial, but its promise goes unfulfilled.
Pope Francis offered a sweeping summary of his vision for the Catholic Church on Tuesday, telling a gathering of Italian Catholics in Florence that the Church must be open to change while rejecting a “controlling, hard, and prescriptive” style. “… It is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism