...By contrast, Jesus spoke repeatedly and eloquently about the obligation to care for those in need — “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,” he says in the book of Matthew, “you did for me.”
Yet the pope has somehow crossed a line when he speaks about the victimization of the vulnerable?
That’s the nonsensical judgment of those for whom “faith” evidently imposes no burden, demands no change, requires only a vague effort to become a better person. Yet you will find no such complacency in Jesus’ “new command.”
“Love one another,” he said. And love is not talk. Love is compassion in action.
It is intolerance of suffering. It is urgent empathy. And it is something 2 billion of us are told to give. Candidly, most of us don’t seem to take the command all that seriously. But this pope inspires you to wonder: What would the world be like if we did?
Sunday, July 19, 2015
So Pope Francis should stick to religion? - Asheville Citizen-Times: