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Francis Believes: Liturgy Is "Meaningless" Without Subjective Cognition

“Unless we realise that faith is a gift of God, even the prayers which the Church raises to God are meaningless,” writes Francis in his May 21 message to the Pontifical Mission Societies.

The statement suffers from a confusion between private prayer and the public liturgy of the Church. The liturgy does, fortunately, not depend on the weakness of human understanding and on our realising "that faith is a gift of God."

Liturgy is the participation in Christ’s prayer addressed to the Father (CCC 1071, 1073). Therefore the understanding that "faith is a gift of God" is always part of the liturgy.

As a whole, the prolix 6600-words-text suffers from sentimentalism, insisting a too much on lower passions like "joy" (17x), heart (11x), attract/attraction (9x), fervour (5x), pleasure (2x) a sentimental understanding of the Holy Spirit (35x), moralism (gratitude: 11x; humble/humility: 6x) which Francis polemically opposes against truth and reason.

Francis' mantras are inevitable: "people" (26x), "poor" (10x), "real"/"reality" (10x) as opposed to "abstract"/"abstraction" (5x), "self-absorbtion" (6x),"elitist"/"elitism," (5x), "surprise" (3x), "proselytism" (2x), "rigid"/"rigidity" (2x), "peripheries" (1x), "creativity" (1x).

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Deacon Waugh
Does anybody even listen to this jackass anymore?
Novella Nurney
Wait, wait,...Are you reporting that the pontiff has made nonsensical statements in his , always anticipated, orthodox ,heart warming and soul stirring homilies? How rigid. How nit-picking. Clearly, gtv lacks the joyous, embrace of the spirit- of- surprises. You must go out to the streets!( unless your still under lockdown) you must become poor! ( unless you already are because you haven't …More
Wait, wait,...Are you reporting that the pontiff has made nonsensical statements in his , always anticipated, orthodox ,heart warming and soul stirring homilies? How rigid. How nit-picking. Clearly, gtv lacks the joyous, embrace of the spirit- of- surprises. You must go out to the streets!( unless your still under lockdown) you must become poor! ( unless you already are because you haven't worked in 8weeks) You must pray with a poverty of spirit! (just not in my churches!) Give, give of yourselves to those around you! ( but dont you DARE PREACH THE GOSPEL) Always know we pray to the same holy father in heaven, catholic,jew,muslim, hindu, atheist, pagan, wiccan, WE ARE ONE ( the U.N. even said so!) But most of all, dont use plastics, they hurt Our mother! ( mother earth, dont you read my encyclicals????) No blessing for you and No, obviously I'm not kneeling for anything, dont ask.( unless you have a transgender, non- binary, native Zunilie tribe member that is a Christian to Sunni convert that needs thier feet washed). Happy feast of something or other, Bono is waiting . Blessed be.