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Wednesday’s Gospel speaks to us about the disciples who prevented a person from outside their group from doing good. “They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of ​​possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”:

"The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God. That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”

Pope at Mass: Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace

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notebuyer
May. 27th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Mark 9:40 doesn't talk about doing good: it talks about casting out demons in Jesus' name. And Jesus responds by saying that if he's doing it in my name, "there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me."

Eliding this into something vague like "doing good" without reference to Christ means that he sets up a contradiction in scripture, from Romans 3: 9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
ccord
May. 30th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
For my own part, I try not to argue theology with Jesuits nor Popes. Jesuit Popes are far above my pay-grade. :-)
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