A kind of theological narcissism…

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis issued a strong critique of the church before the College of Cardinals just hours before it selected him as the new pontiff, according to comments published Tuesday by a Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba.

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  1. What is going on? Whar Direction is Pope Francis going? Bewidered beyond belief….this revelation did not comfort me!

    • Cathy, consider the sourcing here: a “Catholic” publication in Cuba and the AP, cited on a Yahoo “news” web page. Has Pope Francis confirmed any of this?

  2. I think Pope Francis is showing himself to be a very brave man by raising the question of “Theological Narcissism” within the Roman Catholic Church. Problem is, I doubt if many people realize what he is really “flagging down”, and the reforms that it will call for from Clergy and Laity. It is time to accept that psychological and theological perspectives both shape and are shaped by the larger culture……. and it is official, the 21st Century has brought with it a relentless Narcissistic Epidemic causing a rise in unhealthy narcissistic traits into our culture. This is seen both within and outside the Church, with horrible consequences.

    Pope Francis is not the first to have these concerns. Theological Narcissism is addressed in the Bible in Paul’s second pastoral epistle to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1-7) in the fall of A.D.67. Paul seems to be concerned about the character and behavior of leaders within the church, so he warns Timothy to beware of those who act out of a “self love attitude”. He says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.” Here St. Paul names many of the attributes associated (in psychology) to-day with the destructive narcissistic personality we are all becoming so familiar with.

    Here is a link to an article which contrasts and compares what St.Paul says to Timothy two thousand years ago with today’s psychological understanding of what narcissism is:-

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