Pope Francis has accused many Christians of living a fake life. This is coming just a few days after he questioned the faith of US Presidential aspirant Donald Trump. The papal declaration was made during a Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.
Radio Vatican reported that the Pope said that Christians treat their faith as window dressing and in a superficial way instead of seeing it as an opportunity for service.
Speaking on the issue of hypocrisy and the difference between saying something and doing it‚ he admonished his disciples to do as they say‚ and not as others do.
“The Lord teaches us the way of doing: and how many times we find people – ourselves included – so often in the Church‚ who say‚ ‘Oh‚ we are very Catholic.’ ‘But what do you do?’ How many parents say they are Catholics‚ but never have time to talk to their children‚ to play with their children‚ to listen to their children‚” the Pope said.
“Perhaps they have their parents in a nursing home‚ but always are busy and cannot go and visit them and so leave them there‚ abandoned. ‘But I am very Catholic: I belong to that association‚’ [they say]. This is the religion of saying: I say it is so‚ but I do according to the ways of the world.”
The Pope emphasised: “Cease to do evil‚ learn to do good‚” and‚ “relieve the oppressed‚ do right by the orphan‚ plead for the widow.”
The Papal speech further noted that the real Christian life should involve service to the sick‚ the hungry‚ the thirsty‚ the imprisoned and the stranger. A Christians should not just talk about doing these things, they should do them.
“mere talk leads to vanity‚ to that empty pretence of being Christian – but no‚ that way one is not a Christian at all”.
The Papal sermon was concluded with a prayer for the Lord’s wisdom to understand the difference between saying and doing.
“May the Lord give us this wisdom to understand well where lies the difference between saying and doing‚ and teach us the way of doing and help us to go down that way‚ because the way of saying brings us to the place where were these teachers of the law‚ these clerics‚ who liked dressing up and acting just like if they were so many Majesties – and this is not the reality of the Gospel. May the Lord teach us this way.”