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https://plus.google.com/109860074190846554188 Christian Answers for the New Age : THE COSMIC CHRIST: A FALSE JESUS I was motivated by a discussion on the thread on Richard Rohr to post...
THE COSMIC CHRIST: A FALSE JESUS
I was motivated by a discussion on the thread on Richard Rohr to post on Matthew Fox, an Episcopal priest whose book on the "Cosmic Christ" has had a big influence (and I have read this book). Like Rohr, Fox is admired by many of the Emergents, and like Rohr, Fox makes a Jesus-Christ distinction.

QUOTES AND TEACHINGS FROM MATTHEW FOX’S THE COMING OF THE COSMIC CHRIST:
This is on page 5 of the article. The page numbers are where I found these statements in Fox's The Coming of the Cosmic Christ but I will also give some quotes below this:

Fox’s Cosmic Christ dwells in every person and in all creatures with a purpose to change us so that we live fuller, richer lives, including having a "deep ecumenism and interaction among all religions of the planet" [Fox, 7-8]. A major sin has been man’s war on creation, which Jesus came to heal [Fox, 13-17, 93, 143-149]. Aside from awakening us to the goddess within, to our war on Mother Earth, and to our connection with all humanity, Jesus also came to awaken us to our own divinity, to be "other Christs" ourselves [Fox, 118, 121, 138, 139].

Fox believes that the historical Jesus merely incarnated as the Cosmic Christ, which is a pattern that many can take on.
On page 69: "Jesus as presented in the synoptic Gospels is panentheistic." [This is the belief that God is part of creation -- God/Christ is contained in the world. For Fox, this makes the earth holy].

Fox teaches something he calls "creation spirituality" which involves a belief that the earth is sacred and God/Christ is present in the earth.
Here he separates Jesus from the "Cosmic Christ." Jesus took on the "cosmic Christ." Page 133: "...the Colossians hymn ends with the price this human, Jesus, had to pay for incarnating the Cosmic Christ."

P. 139: "We are called to be other Christs ourselves."

P. 7: "The coming together of the historical Jesus and the Cosmic Christ will make Christianity whole at last."

P. 7: "...what is needed if there is to be a twenty-first century for Mother Earth and her children is a spiritual vision that prays, celebrates, and lives out the reality of the Cosmic Christ who lives and breathes in Jesus and in all God's children, in all the prophets of religions everywhere, in all creatures of the universe."

Fox’s Cosmic Christ dwells in every person and in all creatures with a purpose to change us so that we live fuller, richer lives, including having a "deep ecumenism and interaction among all religions of the planet" [Fox, 7-8]. A major sin has been man’s war on creation, which Jesus came to heal [Fox, 13-17, 93, 143-149]. Aside from awakening us to the goddess within, to our war on Mother Earth, and to our connection with all humanity, Jesus also came to awaken us to our own divinity, to be "other Christs" ourselves [Fox, 118, 121, 138, 139].

P. 138 of Fox's book: "We are divine and human, animal and demon. We are Cosmic Christs."

Then Fox says further down on the same page:

[Fox's words] "Because we are Cosmic Christs and because we are called to birth the yet unborn Cosmic Christ we are, like Jesus, prophets of order (justice) over chaos (disorder and injustice)."
http://www.amazon.com/The-Coming-Cosmic-Chris…/…/ref=sr_1_1…
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JESUS AND THE CHRIST: ONE AND THE SAME OR NOT?
Quote==The Gospels are about the historical Jesus. Paul, however, whose writings make up a third of the New Testament, never talks about that Jesus. He is talking about the Christ. Jesus is the microcosm; Christ is the macrocosm.==Fr. Richard Rohr

Watch out for the separation between the historical Jesus and the Christ as seen in the quote above. This is a New Age belief, (derived from New Thought), and also held by some of the Progressive Christians (formerly called Emergent).

In this view, the historical Jesus born in Bethlehem is acknowledged, but he is not truly what is called the Christ. Here are some of the most common views:

*Jesus was a man who achieved Christ Consciousness, the realization of his divine nature (which all men possess).

*Jesus was a man enlightened enough upon whom the “Christ spirit” fell.

*There is the Cosmic Christ who exists apart from the historical Jesus. This Cosmic Christ is not a person but is a divine consciousness to which those who are at a particular spiritual point have access.
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This belief has made its way into the church via various people who have a platform or standing in the church.

Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce, once a Sunday School teacher, started going into trances and channeling advice and spiritual information, all of which was written down. Cayce taught that Jesus was a man who reincarnated many times and during the life as Jesus of Bethlehem, the “Christ Spirit” descended on him. The Christ Spirit, according to Cayce, is a spirit of “universal consciousness” that would descend on a man when ready, such as Jesus. Cayce's teachings deceived many in the church.

Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox, an Episcopalian priest, and Richard Rohr, a Catholic Franciscan priest who runs the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in New Mexico, are two other examples.

Fox wrote a book, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. Fox believes that the historical Jesus merely incarnated as the Cosmic Christ, which is a pattern that many can take on. Fox teaches something he calls "creation spirituality" which involves a belief that the earth is sacred and God/Christ is present in the earth. He separates Jesus from the "Cosmic Christ." In this statement on p. 133, he states that Jesus took on the Cosmic Christ:

Quote== ...the Colossians hymn ends with the price this human, Jesus, had to pay for incarnating the Cosmic Christ."==End quote

Richard Rohr
Rohr teaches a form of the Cosmic Christ on this video:
https://goo.gl/B0zDgk

Here are statements Rohr makes on this video:

“Jesus has existed for 2,000 years” but “The Christ is eternal.”

“Jesus became the Christ.”

“The Big Bang is the birth of the Christ” about 14 billion years ago.

“The first body of Christ is creation itself.” This statement promotes Panentheism, the heretical belief that God is contained in creation and creation is in God. Panentheism is also promoted by Episcopal priest Matthew Fox. Panentheism intermingles God’s nature with creation.

Rohr has invited New Agers Marianne Williamson and Dr. Oz to speak at his Conspire conferences. Rob Bell has also spoke at these. (I found in several online interviews, that Bell uses the term “Cosmic Christ”). Rohr believes we should see “nondualistically;” that is, recognize a reality with no distinctions

An example of how this idea of the Jesus/Christ distinction can be couched is in this excerpt from an interview of Rohr:

Excerpts==“Jesus died, Christ arose”

“The Jesus we now have, the Jesus we participate in, are graced by, are redeemed by, is the risen Christ, the eternal Christ. The word ‘Christ’ means ‘the anointed one,’ and that anointment by God includes us and all of creation. The Gospels are about the historical Jesus. Paul, however….never talks about that Jesus. He is talking about the Christ. Jesus is the microcosm; Christ is the macrocosm.”

“This movement from Jesus to the Christ means that the same anointing that was given to Jesus is given to all of us. That’s why he didn’t say, ‘Worship me.’ He said, ‘Follow me.’ We’ve projected more onto Jesus than he ever asked for. Also Jesus didn’t move from Jesus to the Christ without death and resurrection. And we ourselves don’t move from our independent, historical body to the Christ consciousness without dying to our false self.”==Richard Rohr, interview in Evolutionary Catholicism, “The Eternal Christ in the Cosmic Story,” 2009, link at http://goo.gl/8vwm1F

COMMENTS
Note these key phrases from the excerpt:

“Jesus died, Christ arose.”

“The Gospels are about the historical Jesus. Paul, however…never talks about that Jesus.”

“Jesus is the microcosm; Christ is the macrocosm.”

“We’ve projected more onto Jesus than he ever asked for.”

“Jesus didn’t move from Jesus to the Christ without death and resurrection.”

Rohr admits that God sent Jesus and that Jesus is in the Trinity. However, Rohr also seems to make a distinction between who Jesus was before the resurrection and who he became afterwards. He minimizes Jesus and talks as though Jesus had to become something else in order to be the Christ.

Rohr, in fact, gives confused statements on Jesus:

Quote== To say Jesus is God is heresy and almost all Christians say it. The trinity is God. When you pull Jesus out of the trinity, which most of Protestantism did, then you have to push Jesus back on top of the throne, because we didn’t have a dynamic notion of God as a trinitarian God. Most Catholics too will say Jesus is God. Strictly speaking that’s not correct, the trinity is God.

…..He [Jesus] didn’t know Greek. It settles it right there. We don’t have the original words of Jesus. Except the few aramaic [phrases]….…so it shouldn’t even be an argument. We don’t have the original words of Jesus. And that’s not the point-the point is the spirit that was released in the risen Christ in history is guiding our hearing of the word of God so the key is to be a spirit led person==From an interview of Rohr by Rob Bell at http://goo.gl/p8ktlt

COMMENTS
Jesus is, of course, God. He is not God the Father, but that is not the point Rohr appears to be making. He seems to be saying that Jesus apart from the Trinity does not have deity. Of course, Jesus was never apart from the Trinity. So it is difficult to get how Rohr really views Jesus, but this is not a biblical statement.

To say we don’t have the original words of Jesus because the New Testament is mostly Greek is ludicrous. Yes, Jesus probably spoke Aramaic most of the time but Rohr either is forgetting or does not believe that the words of Jesus (and the other words in the New Testament) are inspired by the Holy Spirit, meaning they are from God, which includes Jesus. If we can be led by the spirit (I assume Rohr means the Holy Spirit though the way he puts it is not really clear), then certainly God's written word can be inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit certainly knows what Jesus said.

More from Rohr
Quote==Jesus died, Christ arose. That’s precisely what the transformation is -- Christ’s consciousness untied from a specific place and time.

When I was studying systematic theology back in the 1960s, my professor put it this way: If a video camera had been present at the moment of Jesus’ resurrection, we would not have seen a body leaving the tomb but probably a vast flash of light as that limited human body that contained Jesus became identified with something beyond space and time.==From same link as above

COMMENTS
The bodily resurrection is the big deal in the resurrection story! Jesus Christ is not a “flash of light.” His body being raised was a real human body but renewed as a resurrected body, but still with physicality. Jesus’ identity did not change. Yes, undoubtedly in full glorified resurrected form, Jesus is probably something like what the 3 disciples saw on the Mount of Transfiguration. But Rohr’s statement goes beyond appearance, implying above (and elsewhere) that Jesus changed or altered identity to “become” the Christ (although Jesus was already the Christ).

RESPONSE:
What can be said to shed light on the Cosmic Christ/Christ Spirit/Christ Consciousness?

“Christ” is a title, a Greek word for the Hebrew “Messiah,” which means the “Anointed One.” Since the prophecies are for only one Messiah, there is only one Christ. Contrary to Matthew Fox, we cannot all be “christs.”

Contrary to Rohr, there is no Cosmic Christ consciousness. “Christ” is the Greek word to refer to the Messiah prophesied in over 300 Old Testament passages.

Jesus was called Christ before his birth and well before his crucifixion and resurrection.

==Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Luke 2:26 (This was 8 days after the birth of Jesus)

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” Luke 23:39===
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MORE INFORMATION
Previous CANA post on the Cosmic Christ
https://goo.gl/z6Rwxt

Marcia’s Note on Richard Rohr and “the True Self”
https://goo.gl/c2NO0W

CANA article on Edgar Cayce
http://goo.gl/Gi6Hmu

CANA article, “Who Is Jesus?”
http://goo.gl/wPLJ78

Previous CANA posts on Richard Rohr
Jesus-Christ distinction
https://goo.gl/R6x8bY

Rohr & Tolle
https://goo.gl/8nGsP9
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An Open Letter to Paul Ryan from Rev.Dr.Matthew Fox
In this letter a prominent priest advises Paul Ryan to follow the Gospel and listen also to the words of Pope Francis! Matthew Fox is responding to Speaker and Congressman Paul Ryan claiming that h…
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A Priestly Letter to Speaker Paul Ryan From Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox

Dear Speaker and Congressman Paul Ryan,


As a priest who commemorates his 50th year in the priesthood this year (28 as a Roman Catholic and 22 as an Episcopalian), and as your elder, I am writing you this letter because I am worried about your soul.


We all know you take good care of your body, working out frequently in the congressional gym we taxpayers provide for those in Congress, and that is a good thing. But I am concerned that you are neglecting your soul. It too requires work-outs and practice to stay healthy.


You claim to be a good and a practicing Catholic Christian but I have serious doubts that you are. Our Christian beliefs include these words of Jesus after all: “What does it profit a person if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” These powerful words are surely important for anyone serving in public office or any other places of responsibility, whether in government or business or church or wherever. Yes, they even apply to your close buddies the Koch brothers, upon whom you depend so fully for your income and ideas and campaigns and job.


You see, another passage that grounds Catholicism and Christianity is found in Matthew 25: “Do it to the least and you do it to me.” Not to mention the Golden Rule which is found in Matthew 7:12 and is reflected in some form in every world religion since the time of Hammurabi: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”


Now I want to ask from a spiritual and theological perceptive how you can possibly reconcile these basic teachings of the Gospels with your continued efforts to create budgets for our entire nation that do the following:


1. Threaten to privatize and thereby destroy Social Security for elders and disabled people.


2. Destroy critical health support systems for the sick, handicapped, mentally disabled, and homeless by effectively scuttling Medicare and Medicaid.


3. Dismantle the EPA so that the rest of God’s sacred creation is imperiled by human narcissism (Pope Francis’ words). Have you not read Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si that teaches everyone—believer and non-believer alike—that we humans are not here to destroy but to support creation for the good of all beings on earth now and in the future? If you have studied this great document—as you must as a thinking believer—where is it to be found in your legislative agenda?


Another Biblical teaching is the warning that we are not to worship idols. But Wall Street is a purveyor of the idolatry of money. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer in that system. Pope Francis has spoken to that truth also when he speaks of the “savage capitalism” and the “god of money” that dominates so much of decision-making in western culture.


Your naked efforts to give more and more tax breaks to billionaires like your supporters the Koch brothers is proof that you have up to now chosen to be on the side of the savage capitalists and the gods of money. Have you no shame? Have you no conscience? Do your faith and Jesus’ teachings mean nothing to you because you are mesmerized by power and the powerful? Do you not know—or do you simply not care—that when the uber-rich do not pay their fair share, the struggling poor and middle class must pay from their meager resources to subsidize the rich? And when the uber-rich get still more tax breaks, the poor and middle class are forced to make up the difference?


I am worried about your soul. It is not too late to repent and start over. It is time to examine your commitment to the values that drive your heroes the Koch brothers, who want to worship the idols of Wall Street instead of caring for God’s sacred creation, and who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes to contribute to the common good. And who buy the loyalty of politicians like you to commit sins against the poor and creation itself to make their fat wallets even fatter. Shame on you!


Yours are not the values I learned growing up in Wisconsin (indeed, my godmother lived in your hometown of Janesville) and growing up in the Catholic Church. How have you wandered so far off track? Was it the ridiculous narcissistic writings of atheist Ayn Rand that enticed you to surrender Gospel morality for Mammon? (Let me add that I admire many atheists for their ethics and morality but Ayn Rand is not one of them. Not by a long shot. She has rendered selfishness a virtue.)


I wish through this letter to awaken your soul. Your sweet Wisconsin smile and gym-toned body notwithstanding, through your choices you are dancing with Evil.


The gospels teach such truths. So too does Pope Francis who, as a Roman Catholic, you supposedly respect and listen to. Have you listened to his warnings and his teachings lately? Allow me to remind you of some of them.


The Pope minces no words when speaking of the divergence of wealth and poverty today. He speaks to globalization this way: “The globalization that makes everything uniform is essentially imperialist...it is not human. In the end it is a way to enslave the nations.”[i] Is globalization enslaving the nations? It seems to me that much of Trump’s success as a candidate was built around this very idea—only his solutions seem to me to be dark indeed. What is your agenda, Mr. Speaker, about this “inhuman” globalization that is hurting so many citizens of our country and beyond?


Pope Francis says: “Christianity condemns both Communism and wild capitalism with the same vigor”[ii] and one needs to reject the “wild economic liberalism we see today” and “seek equal opportunities and rights and strive for social benefits, dignified retirement, vacation time, rest, and freedom of unions.” [iii] Are you on board with this set of values? Or are you in the camp of “savage capitalism?” Why do you want to destroy the dignified retirement of American people by diminishing Social Security instead of building it up? And to destroy social benefits for the very poor and working classes while giving tax gifts to the super rich and corporations? And to eliminate a current health insurance program that provides assistance for many millions of people instead of improving it?


The Pope praises St. Francis because “he contributed an entire concept of poverty to Christianity against the wealth, pride, and vanity of the civil and ecclesiastical powers of the time” and for this reason “he changed history.”[iv] Are you putting obstacles in the way of the wealth and vanity of the powerful in our day? Given your responsible position as Speaker of the House, why don’t you try to change history for the poor and neglected instead of for the 1% who are already over their heads in favoritism and success and (too much) power?


The Pope takes on the neocon preoccupation with “world terrorism” and the fear such language arouses when he declares that “human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.”[v] How important is that? He equates economic structures with terrorism. Yes, he is telling us that Wall Street terrorizes. Ask any Main Street citizen: we all feel the effects of this terror and that is why many in Main Street voted for Trump, out of fear of this terror from Wall Street. But your buddies the Koch brothers are those very terrorists the Pope is speaking of. Yes, how does it feel to be in bed with terrorists? And of course, Trump has turned his back on his promises to the working people and has appointed an unprecedented number of billionaires (terrorists) to head his cabinet positions.


The Pope also denounces the “flight of money to foreign countries” as a sin because it dishonors “the people that worked to generate” that wealth. [vi] He also condemns those who hide their wealth in off-shore accounts to avoid paying taxes that are so important for the common good. What are you doing to challenge those hiding their wealth in off-shore accounts to avoid taxes? Aren’t you in a powerful position to do something about that?


Pope Francis has said: “The option for the poor comes from the first centuries of Christianity. It is the Gospel itself.” And he has remarked that were he to preach sermons from the first fathers of the Church on the needs of the poor, he would be called a “Maoist or Trotskyite.”[vii] Are you leading legislation that puts an option for the poor in the forefront?


He says: “Human rights are violated by...unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.”[viii] Are you on the side of human rights and against economic structures that create huge inequalities? Or are you on board to actually increase those inequalities by passing legislation that gives tax breaks to the 1% who in fact need them the least? Pope Francis warns that “The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any human goal.”[ix] Where do you and your fat-cat donors stand on the subject of the “cult of money”?


We need, Pope Francis says, a “balanced social order that is more humane”[x] and that resists consumerism. Pope Francis says further that “Money has to serve and not rule.”[xi] It is a “savage capitalism” that teaches “the logic of profit at any cost” and exploitation of people.[xii] Where do you stand on the topic of “savage capitalism” and the cult of money? In your very responsible position as Speaker of the House what are you doing to address these important issues—issues that touch all the people in America, especially the downtrodden and left out? If you had addressed them before the 2016 election, maybe the strongman Trump would not have been able to tap into the frustration of as many blue-collar Americans as he did.


Finally, as a Catholic, where do you stand on the notion that corporations are people (see Citizens United and Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decisions)? Are you in bed with the neo-fascist Catholic members of the Supreme Court who, contrary to Catholic teachings, are telling us to believe that a corporation is a person? How could you possibly reconcile that with the teachings of the Church on the immortality of the individual soul and more? While we are on the subject of neo-fascist Catholics, where do you stand on Opus Dei?


Unfettered capitalism is, according to Pope Francis, a “new tyranny.” [xiii] Where do you stand on this new tyranny? What limits are you setting on unfettered capitalism by your legislative leadership? Are you keeping Dodd/Frank laws on the books? Says the Pope: “Today we are living in an unjust international system in which 'King Money' is at the center.” This “throwaway culture discards young people as well as its older people.....A whole generation of young people does not have the dignity that is brought by work.” A “diminishing of the joy of life” is the result of such idolatry. [xiv]


In his document entitled “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis speaks bluntly as all the prophets do. He says No—as all the prophets do. He denounces “trickle-down” economics as “never having been confirmed by the facts” and being built on a “crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power....Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”[xv] Where do you stand on trickle-down economics? Have you learned from its blatant failures? Are you aware how many Main Street citizens are “still waiting” for good wages and jobs to reach them?


Following are some of Pope Francis’ No's presented in his own words:


1. No to an economy of exclusion....An economy of exclusion and inequality kills....Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.[xvi]


2. No to the new idolatry of money....While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few.....Self-serving tax evasion has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits....Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a defied market, which becomes the only rule.[xvii]


3. No to a financial system which rules rather than serves. Ethics is seen as counterproductive, too human, because it makes money and power relative. It is felt to be a threat, since it condemns the manipulation and debasement of the person....Money must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor. I exhort you to generous solidarity and a return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favors human beings.[xviii]


4. No to the inequality which spawns violence. [Violence happens not] simply because inequality provokes a violent reaction from those excluded from the system, but because the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root. Just as goodness tends to spread, the toleration of evil, which is injustice, tends to expand its baneful influence and quietly to undermine any political and social system, no matter how solid it may appear.....Evil crystallized in unjust social structures...cannot be the basis of hope for a better future.[xix]


And “NO” to the despoiling of Mother Earth about whose peril Pope Francis has written an entire encyclical. Clearly you have turned your back on the sacredness of the Earth as well: you support for the head of EPA a man who has shouted that he wants to destroy it, while you make ridiculous mumbles about climate change that you are not a scientist. Well, sir, isn’t that all the more reason to listen to scientists who do tell us that humans are bringing about climate change and the destruction of many, many species as well as the rising of the oceans? How can one be a Christian and not recognize the sacredness of creation?


Where do you stand, Speaker Ryan, on these issues that the Pope raises? How are you using your position of power and responsibility to alleviate the ills he addresses? Isn’t what the Pope says true, that the violence the current system provokes is one reason why many victims of this system voted for Trump—and even admire his violence? Pope Francis speaks out against an “education that would tranquilize the poor, making them tame and harmless.” [xx] And he defines injustice as “evil.”


I pray that you may be converted and return to the teachings of Christ and the Church striving to teach in his name very soon. Time is running out for our species and you are in a position of trust and responsibility and leadership in our country at this time. Earn it!


Meanwhile, until you and your party pay attention at last to these basic issues, I as a Christian priest and theologian can only conclude that you are not at all a Catholic or a Christian but just one more hypocrite flaunting your bogus religion on your sleeve to garner more votes and stay in a cushy job while you sell your soul to the Koch brothers and other Wall Street misers. People who don’t have a clue about the “weightier matters of the Law—justice, compassion, good faith!” (Mt. 23:23) that Jesus preached, and who could not care less.


Jesus had something to say about that too, remember? It was strong stuff. He was speaking to you, Paul Ryan, and your fellow politicians when he said: “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of corruption. In the same way you appear to people from the outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness….You are the sons of those who murdered the prophets.” (Mt 23.27-28, 31).


I hope and pray that you and your fellow politicians, Mr. Ryan, so beholden to the rich and uber-rich, might heed Jesus’ words. And if not, at least do him the courtesy of not invoking his name to justify your lawlessness.


Sincerely in Christ’s name,


Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox






[i] Jorge Maria Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka, On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Image Books, 2010), 158


[ii] Jason Berry, “Pope decrying 'anesthesia of the heart' heads to Brazil,” PRI, Public Radio International. 19 July 2013


[iii] Bergoglio 172


[iv] Bergoglio 231


[v] Mark Rice-Oxley, “Pope Francis: the humble pontiff with practical approach to poverty” The Guardian, Guardian News & Media Limited. 13 March 2013


[vi] Bergoglio 160


[vii] Michael Warren, Jenny Barchfield, Marcos Aleman, John Rice, “Pope Francis: Liberation Theology Priest Sees New Hope for Catholic Church,” Huffington Post, The Huffington Post. 28 April 2013


[viii] Oxley, “Pope Francis.”


[ix] Pope Francis. "To new Ambassadors of Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana accredited to the Holy See (16 May 2013) | Francis." Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 16 May 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2017 <http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2013/may/documents/papa-francesco_20130516_nuovi-ambasciatori.html>


[x] Ibid.


[xi] Ibid.


[xii] Naomi O'Leary, reporter, and Michael Roddy, editor, “Pope criticizes ‘Savage Capitalism’ on visit to food kitchen,” Reuters. 21 May 2013


[xiii] Eamon Javers, “Pope Francis: Capitalism “New Tyranny,” CNBC. 26 November 2013


[xiv] Hugh Bronstein, Reuters, "Pope Francis: ‘King Money’ system has failed unemployed youth, older people." NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal News Group, 28 Nov. 2013.


[xv] Aaron Blake, “Pope Francis denounces 'trickle-down' economics, The Washington Post, Nov. 26, 2013.


[xvi] Pope Francis. The joy of the gospel (Evangelii gaudium): apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium of the Holy Father Francis to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world. New York: Image-Crown Publishing, 2014, Kindle edition, 43


[xvii] Ibid., 44


[xviii] Ibid., 45


[xix] Ibid., 46


[xx] Ibid., 47
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