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Pope Francis gets evangelical on World Youth Day

28 July 2013

10:59 AM

28 July 2013

10:59 AM

Copacabana Beach dazzled last night as many, many thousands of worshippers (perhaps as many as 3 million according) celebrated mass and a vigil with Pope Francis on World Youth Day, the final day of his tour to South America, the first such trip of his pontificate.

His Holiness certainly has the common touch. Watch here for him donning a sombrero while on the way to say mass.


The faithful were treated to a blast of this Pope’s muscular message. He is trying to renew the Church after its recent travails, which many believe to have led to the reported revival of protestant churches around the world and particularly in South America. Pope Francis speaks plainly. He said:

‘At times we lose people because they don’t understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people. Without the grammar of simplicity, the church loses the very conditions which make it possible to fish for God in the deep waters of his mystery.’

Contained in those two simple sentences is the essence of what Damian Thompson described in this recent cover piece on the evangelical revival in the Catholic and Anglican churches.  Liberation theory and economic justice are out; God and Satan are in.

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  • the viceroy’s gin

    Nobody, anywhere else, is describing this alleged-to-exist “evangelical revival” that you Speccie teenagers continue to smash into print.

    What is going on here? What political forces are driving you kids to push this line so hard? And blindly, I might add. You smash it into print blindly, and against all odds and evidence to the contrary.

    The CoE and Church of Rome are historically the least evangelical religions of all. What is it that’s driving you Speccie kids to fantasize that somehow they’ve changed, instantaneously? Do you seriously buy into cults of personality, that a single man is somehow going to change what we’ve all been watching all our lives, and what we can read in the history of both of these organizations? Seriously, do you believe that? Perhaps that’s why this publication is blindly supportive of Dave and his merry bad of lackeys.

    Kids, lemme quote Pete Townshend for you, as regards the 2 men and organizations about whom you’re fantasizing here: “Meet the new boss… same as the… etc”.

  • Frank P

    A bit OT, but not entirely unconnected (second thoughts, in view of Noa’s comment – probably apropos) The Boot is kicking up a bit of a fire–storm on Cranmer’s blog – what a gay (2) days!


    Once again, thanks be to Andy Car Park for the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Noa

    Tardy it may be, but Christianity is now responding to the twin threats of a re-emergant, fundamentalist Islam and the long term effects of Marxiist ideology, the cultural time bomb thrust with devastating long term effect into the West’s centre’s of learning and intellectual core in the mid 20th century.

  • Daniel Maris

    Oh yipee.