Pope Francis

2013's Rock Star of the Year!  "The Church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity."  "Because the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures."  "Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities."  "In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don't baptize the children of single mothers because they weren't conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today's hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation."  "I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person's life. God is in everyone's life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else - God is in this person's life. You can - you must - try to seek God in every human life."  "Proselytism (teaching with a view to conversion) is solemn nonsense; it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us."  "There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. This would nevertheless require a courageous change of attitude on the part of political leaders."  "I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God. God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator."  "The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor."
 
 
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