Pope Francis does not mince words in his daily homilies: calling the attempt to tame the Holy Spirit in the work of the Second Vatican Council, stubbornness and foolishness; and then several days latter saying that “ideologues,” from whatever side they come, “falsify the gospel.”
And these ideologues, as we have seen in the history of the Church, end up being intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness – and let us not so much as mention beauty, of which they understand nothing.
Pope Francis says that the solution is the humility by which one welcomes the Word of God, not only into one’s head, but also into one’s heart. He says that the doctors of the law in our Lord’s time were too heady: they knew the law, but they were unconverted:
They are the ones who walk only ‘on the path of duty,’” theirs is the moralistic (outlook) of those who pretend to understand the Gospel with their heads alone.
Today he speaks of “lukewarm Christians,” “Christian satellites” who want to have a small Church, and “walk only in the presence of common sense,” building a Church according their specifications for their little group.
Hard words about hard words (Jn 6:60).
I have written much on this blog about ideology on the left and right in the Church. Ideologies are unhelpful, whether they have to do with turning sex into mysticism or a crisis into the apocalypse. Thank God, once again, for Pope Francis.