Pope Francis on Ideology

"In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost his faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought."


  1. I had to look for the context of this. It turns out that the Pope is speaking of the Woes to the Pharisees part of Luke. When a fellow coreligionist gets surprised that Jesús does not wash before a meal, and Jesús rebukes him for worrying more about conforming with religious laws than love of God.

    Is this passage (and the Pope's speech) a reference to religious fundamentalists and their excessive strictness? Or do you think it could apply to ideologies of any kind?

  2. I really, really like this Pope, Gene. He seems to be an exemplary example of the Catholic mind.