Pope: “Hypocrites Dont Have the Intelligence to Find God”

Pope: “Hypocrites Dont Have the Intelligence to Find God”

Pontiff Speaks on the Nature of Hypocrisy During Morning Mass

By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY, June 19, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Pope Francis strongly condemned hypocrisy during his homily at Mass this morning in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Holy Father concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.

Also concelebrating were Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Bishop Jean Lafitte, the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council of the Family. Members of the Congregation of Bishops and of the Pontifical Council of the Family were also in attendance at the Mass.

Reflecting on Christ’s words in the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Holy Father compared the behavior of the scribes and Pharisees with the Jesus’ instruction on the proper manner to behave when giving alms and praying. In their hypocrisy, the Pope said, the Pharisees “don’t have the intelligence to find God, to explain God with understanding, and so prevent themselves and others from entering into the Kingdom of God.”

“Jesus says: ‘You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to others.’ They are ethicists without goodness, they do not know what goodness is. But they are ethicists, aren’t they? ‘You have to do this, and this, and this . . .’ They fill you with precepts, but without goodness.

Pope Francis also noted another form of hypocrisy: those who use Christian piety to elevate themselves. “The Lord speaks about fasting, about prayer, about almsgiving: the three pillars of Christian piety, of interior conversion, that the Church proposes to us all in Lent,” the Holy Father said.

“There are even hypocrites along this path, who make a show of fasting, of giving alms, of praying. I think that when hypocrisy reaches this point in the relation with God, we are coming very close to the sin against the Holy Spirit. These do not know beauty, they do not know love, these do not know the truth: they are small, cowardly.”

The 76 year old Pontiff also spoke candidly on hypocrisy within the Church and “ how bad it makes all of us.” Pope Francis told the faithful that it is important to look at the example of the publican mentioned in the Gospel who prayed: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, a sinner.”

“This is the prayer we should say every day, knowing that we are sinners but with concrete sins, not theoretical [sin],” the Holy Father concluded.

“But all of us also have grace, the grace that comes from Jesus Christ: the grace of joy; the grace of magnanimity, of largesse. Hypocrites do not know what joy is, what largesse is, what magnanimity is.”


4 comments on “Pope: “Hypocrites Dont Have the Intelligence to Find God”

  1. freeme says:

    Default Re: Ask a Pentecostal

    Originally Posted by lance4648 View Post
    I’ve always been curious about Catholicism and I also wanted to learn more about the faith. Growing up it always seemed so “mystical”. There were very few Catholics in my home town but I just happened to live next to a sweet elderly Catholic lady that always told me that I needed to pray to the baby Jesus. As a kid I thought that was nice but never understood what she meant since he had grown up and been cruxified.

    I also grew up with the image of Catholics always being drunk and/or seeing images of Mary and Jesus in their French toast, lint traps, grilled cheese, etc…

    I know it sounds crazy but when television is your only reference it’s easy to get that impression.
    Now that I’m older I’m trying to get in the habit of getting information about different people and groups from the source

    . I still have a lot to learn about Catholicism. I also have many questions but I’m trying to figure out the best way to ask (or who to ask) without sounding offensive or starting an argument.
    These links may help.

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    Old May 24, ’13, 3:50 pm


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    Default Re: Ask a Pentecostal
    Originally Posted by PJM View Post

    Thanks for the explaination.

    i pray my response isn’t taken wrong:

    I AGREE with Archbishop Sheens Comment:

    “The truth remains the truth even if no one believes it & a lie remains a lie even if everyone believes it.”

    I FULLY understand that God alone controls conversions.


    the following is a theme — that i see in most of your posts-

    – when you are pointing out that the person you are talking to is wrong–

    because only the catholic church can be the interpreter of scripture

    “””That said; I am still amazed that so many fail to grasp this very simple; very logical concept:

    There is One God [we agree] (the christian community dosen”t know this?)

    One God CAN have only One set of Faith beliefs

    (the christian community dosen’t know this either)

    [logically; theologically and Morally]

    have only One set of Faith beliefs (generally contained in the TORAH ?)

    Christ founded Only One Church, (really — and which church do you belong to?)

    with One set of faith beliefs founded on our One God (it has to be based in the TORAH)

    now normally-PJM- you end this theme with

    and that is today’s CC–



    Thanks again!

    A major difference in the Pentecostal denomination– and the catholic — is the fact that they are defined by the pentecostal out pouring” of the Holy Spirit–

    where as — in the catholic– they continually are defined by the “real presence”( contained in this wafer because of the ordained “singular “priest hood)

    and apostolic– succession– that never went out side of the lines in the coloring book

    at least it seems to me–

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  2. gee i discovered a nother interesting post from pat miron

    “The Real Presence of Christ in Holy Communion,” NOT GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

    “The Real Presence of Christ in Holy Communion,” NOT GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

    the Protestant’s in Obstinate disbelief of the Real Presence

    give clear and indisputable evidence that they are NOT GUIDED BY THE HOLY

    Patrick Miron p-miron@hotmail.c

    the Protestant’s or any other group Obstinate disbelief of the Real

    give clear
    and indisputable evidence that they are NOT GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

    This was in reply to a Catholic who asked

    how is one to know “the truth” if we are both “inspired by the Holy

    *In that the Holy Spirit is God and therefore cannot lie, I offered the
    The fact is friends,

    that the Protestant’s in Obstinate disbelief of the Real Presence

    give clear and indisputable evidence that they are NOT GUIDED BY THE HOLY

    [in relation to understanding what the bible actually say’s. INDEED, there
    position on

    “The Real Presence of Christ in Holy Communion,”

    *may well be the GREATEST PARADOX in the history of the world!*

    They take from the bible what is literal and choose to translate it and
    then turn around and take one single verse [ Jn. 6:63] which requires
    PROPER translation literally

    . *Simply ASTOUNDING!*

    *This is the explanation from Haydock’s Catholic Commentary on v. 63*

    Points out that Our Lord say’s specifically, “My Flesh” NEVER does he say
    “The Flesh.”

    What we receive is the now Risen and Glorified Body, Blood, Soul and
    Divinity, of Jesus

    “The flesh profits nothing, not even the flesh of our Savior Christ if it
    were not connected to the Divinity of Jesus Christ.”

  3. fred says:

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    Default Re: For You; seeking opinions
    Originally Posted by PJM View Post
    We’d have to have specific information on a case by case basis to answer precisely.

    Please try to understand the dynamatics of the Priesthood and the Eucharist.

    First: IF a priest was known to do all that you suggest; he would be taken out oc circulation; counciled, and closely watched. IF he did not change it is extremely likely that his “Powers” and “authority” would be recinded [removed] Mt.16:19 and he could no-longer LICITLY say the Mass or participate in any other Sacrament in a “preistly role.”

    That said: Like Baptism and Confirmation; Ordination DOES leave God’s permnant mark on the Soul.

    The Eucharist is:

    FROM God the Father

    OF Jesus the Son

    BY God the Holy Spirit through His priest.**

    ** Theologically this means:

    That God “Cannot” do this without HIS Priest & The Priest certainly cannot do it without God’s direct and personal intervention each and every time. Which BTW, applies to every Sacrament

    It is this “God’s absoutley participation” in each and every sacrament that your missing.

    A year or so ago I was in a deep discusiion with a local Baptist Minister and his son. The Conversation was back and forth until the minister asked: DO YOU [ME] BELIEVE GOD USES SINFUL MEN.”

    I had never been asked that; or given it much though; so my answer was very [too quickly I might add]YES!… They shook thier heads and left. End of discussion.

    I puzzled and prayerd about this; trying to figure out what “hot button” I had hit or missed? I’m STILL not sure I have a FULL understanding of what happened.

    From a Catolic perspectice; we UNDERSTAND that man’s “BASE” nature is prone to sin.

    ALL MEN have; and ALL men do sin [except Mary; Chrisr Mother]
    1 Jn.1:8-10 ” If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    SO; Abram, Noe, Moses, Aaron. David; Soloman; the kings and Prophets ALL were sinners. As were Peter and ALL of the Apostles; EVERY Pope, priest and Religious and Saint. SO THEN WHY THE “air” of superiority


    Notablly: each of the men I specified REPENTED; CONVERTED and went on to live Exemplar lives so far as we know.

    It’s ignorant to deny men sin: Its what men do with their sins that God cares about. Amen? Amen!

    Luke 15:7
    I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance.

    2 Luke 15:10
    So I say to you, there shall be joy before the angels of God upon one sinner doing penance.

    3 John 9:25
    He said therefore to them: If he be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.

    I hope this, in small small manner will get you past this issue on which you seek to be “stuck?”

    God Bless you,
    Pat /PJM
    thanks PJM– it’s interesting to ponder the difference betwee the truth and a lie in the CC triditions

    Traditions can blind us from the truth and cause us to wander in the myopic fog of man-made religious systems for an entire lifetime.
    Joinus on a journey “out of Babylon” and away from its pagan traditions to uncover long lost truths preserved in the Biblical record.

    i do like the christion forum — it offers a greater understanding of what is the predominate questions that belivers are still trying to figure out–

    but you are right– the (Roman) catholic church has the more elaberate ceremonies that were created in “Jesus’s'” name– — a little bit different than what is in the TORAH–

    why would Jesus create a whole — new set of rules-??

    – which is what todays’ catholic church is all about–

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