Pope Francis criticises ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics


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ABSTRACTCatholicHerald.co.uk » Pope Francis criticises ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News Pope Francis criticises ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics by Catholic News Service posted Monday, 30 Nov 2015 Pope Francis greets a journalist aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome on Monday (CNS) The Pope discussed a number of issues with reporters during an in-flight press conference, including condoms and the Vatican leaks trial During an inflight press conference on the way back to Rome at the end of his three-country tour of Africa, Pope Francis criticised “fundamentalists” within the Church. When asked a question about religious fundamentalism, in the light of the attacks by ISIS terrorists on Paris, the Pope responded by saying that “we are all God’s children, we all have the same Father… we need to live peacefully alongside one another, develop friendships.” He then went on to discuss fundamentalism within the Church. “Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions,” said the Pontiff. “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. “You cannot cancel a whole religion because there is a group or many groups of fundamentalists at certain moments of history,” the Pope said. When asked about the so-called Vatileaks trial, the Pope said he “hasn’t lost any sleep” over the trial investigating leaks that revealed alleged financial mismanagement in the Church. The leaks led to the arrest of a monsignor, his assistant, a woman who served on a former Vatican commission and the two authors who wrote books allegedly based on the material. The trial, due to resume at the Vatican today, has been adjourned until next week . However, he said, he had hoped the trial would be over before the opening of December 8 of the Year of Mercy, but he does not think that will be possible because the defendants’ lawyers need adequate time to defend their clients properly. Francis also said his predecessor, Benedict XVI, began the process of dealing with problems to do with the Vatican’s handling of its finances. “He was the first one to speak against corruption,” Francis said. Given his visits to Uganda and Kenya, where new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths continue, Pope Francis was asked if he thought the Church “should change its teaching” about the use of condoms. Pope Francis responded that an ongoing question for Catholic moral theology is whether condoms in that case are an instrument to prevent death or a contraceptive — in which case they would violate church teaching on openness to life. But, he said, the question is too narrow. People are dying because of a lack of clean water and adequate food. Once the world takes serious steps to solve those problems, then it would be “legitimate to ask whether it is licit” to use condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Pope Francis also told reporters he is well aware that God is a god of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be. Obviously tired, but equally content, Pope Francis told reporters he prayed in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, and rode around a Muslim neighbourhood with the imam seated with him in the popemobile. Both were spontaneous initiatives of the Pope on Monday, his last day in Africa. Returning to Rome from Bangui later that day, the Pope spent more than 60 minutes with reporters.......