Dear Pope Francis, End the Religious Ritual that Devalues Human Life

I so, so agree with this.  I also have problems with the constant begging and groveling language such as “Lord, have mercy!”.  If we truly trust in God, then we do not need to beg for mercy.  I think God worked via evolution for an awfully long time to get us up on two feet to expect us to then grovel and kneel begging God for mercy.  I think God would rather see us jumping for joy and shouting out our gratefulness.  But then again, I have never been a very meek person….reyanna

By Christine Homer                     July 14, 2016               Huffington Post on-line

Dear Pope Francis,

Every single day before communion, millions of Christians verbally declare one of the most destructive phrases in human history. On Sunday, it’s tens of millions if not a half billion of the over one billion Catholic Christians worldwide—and not without repercussions.

In the Bible, a Centurion soldier relates, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…” (Matthew 8:8) before recounting the inner workings of the blindness of patriarchal hierarchies and slavery that exists to this day.

Applying religious context, what’s important for Christians to note is that the soldier uttered the phrase pre-salvation. An unsaved (ignorant) man sharing his feelings and a religion demanding a billion saved Christians repeat the phrase daily post-salvation are entirely two different matters.

Dialogue and constructs that perpetuate “I am not worthy” are the root of all evil.

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