Pope Francis has warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology that betrays the gospel's transformative love.
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” Radio Vatican reports him saying. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every occasion: rigid."
The pontiff, who is proving to be both a reformer and an upholder of tradition, continued: “When a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought.
"For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.
“The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this [disposition] of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new,” Pope Francis continued.
The pope added that ideological Christianity was the result of a lack of true prayer.
* More from Rome Reports (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvMpUgSAVcM