Pope Francis Calls Ten Commandments Too Rigid

November 22, 2016 by  
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[News Brief]

Pope Francis on Monday warned against the excessive rigidity of the Ten Commandments and said “God gives us the freedom to search our own conscience for commandments.”

“I always try to understand what’s behind people who are too young to have seen Moses walk down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, and yet still they want to obey them,” Francis said. “Sometimes I find myself confronted with a very legalistic person who follows the Commandments and I ask myself, ‘Why so much rigidity?’ This rigidity in following the Commandments always hides something, insecurity or even something else.”

Pope Francis went on to say that, “Behind an attitude of always feeling like you must follow the rigidity of the Commandments there is something else in the life of a person. The Commandments are not a gift of God. The Beatitudes are because they are not a list of rules that stiffen us and make us rigid; they make us feel good.”

  • Casper

    Those rigid Ten Commandments, they didn’t even include anything about the environment! And don’t forget, you can always make up your own New Beatitudes.

  • Maggie Sullivan

    Dear Eye of the Tiber, where is the satire in this piece? These are the thoughts of the current Pope.

    • If you believe that, i’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you…

      • Maggie Sullivan

        A.J. You are insulting the Pope, Francis has for a long time mocked and ridiculed all faithful Catholics, Francis burs any and all bridges to faithful Catholics (in Brooklyn or anywhere) – he calls them ridged, fundamentalists, “Fomenter of coprophagia!”

        “Specialist of the Logos!”

        “Rosary counter!”


        “Self-absorbed, Promethean neo-Pelagian!”


        “Ideological Christians!”


        “Mr and Mrs Whiner!”


        “Rigid Christians!”

        “Modern gnostics!”

        “Liquid Christian!”

        “Superficial Christians!”

        “Slaves of superficiality!”

        “Museum mummy!”

        “Renaissance prince!”

        “Airport Bishop!”

        “Leprous courtier!”


        “Long-faced, mournful funeral Christian!”


        “Careerist Bishop!”




        “Querulous and disillusioned pessimist!”

        “Sad Christian!”

        “Pickled pepper-faced Christian!”

        “Children! Afraid to dance! To cry! Afraid of everything!”

        “Asker for certainty in all things!”

        “Christians allergic to preaching!”

        “Closed, sad, trapped Christian who is not a free Christian!”

        “Pagan Christian!”

        “Little monster!”

        “Defeated Christian!”

        “Creed-reciting, parrot Christian!”

        “Watered-down faith, weak-hoped Christian!”

        “Inquisitorial beater!”

        “Seminarians who grit their teeth and wait to finish,
        follow rules and smile [who] reveal the hypocrisy of clericalism – one of the worst evils!”

        “Abstract ideologue!”


        “Smarmy, idolator priest!”

        “Worshiper of the god Narcissus!”

        “Vain, butterfly-priest!”

        “Priest-wheeler dealer!”


        “Religious who have a heart as sour as vinegar!”

        “Promoter of the poison of immanence!”

        “Those closed in the formality of a prayer that is cold, stingy [who]
        might end up as Michal, in the sterility of her formality.”

        “Older people nostalgic for structures and customs which are no longer life-giving in today’s world!”

        “Young people addicted to fashion!”

        “Pastry-Shop Christians!”

        “Luscious cakes, sweet dainties. Delectable, but not real Christians!”

        “Existential tourist!”

        Anesthetised Christian!

        “Christian hypocrites only interested in their formalities!”

        “They disguise themselves, they disguise themselves as good people: they make themselves up like little holy cards, looking up at heaven as they pray, making sure they are seen—they believe they are more righteous than others, they despise others!”

        ‘Mah,’ they say, “I’m very Catholic, because my uncle was a great benefactor, my family is this, I’m that… I’ve learned… I know this bishop, this Cardinal, this priest… I am this or that…’ They think they are better than others. This is hypocrisy!”

        “Sloth-diseased, acedic Christians!”

        “I think of many Christians, of many Catholics: yes, they are Catholics, but without enthusiasm, even embittered!”

        “They are people without light – real downers!”

        “And how many Christians are like this?” he asked, “selfish, out for themselves.”

        “Christians who do not leave space for the grace of God – and the Christian life, the life of these people, consists in having all the paperwork, all the certificates, in order!”

        “The theologian satisfied that his thought is complete and conclusive is mediocre.”

        “The theologian who does not pray and does not adore God ends up drowning in
        the most disgusting narcissism.”

        “This is an ecclesiastical sickness.
        The narcissism of theologians and thinkers does such harm; it’s disgusting.”

        “Your institutions are not machines for producing theologians and philosophers.”

        “There are Christian bats who prefer the shadows to the light of the presence of the Lord!”

        “Starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea!”

        We have heard of so many good Catholics, good Christians, friends and benefactors of the Church that – it has been revealed – acted for personal profit. They presented themselves as benefactors of the Church and made money on the side…”

        And in the Church there are climbers, people driven by ambition! There are many of them! But if you like climbing go to the mountains and climb them: it is healthier! Do not come to Church to climb!

        A simple numerary in this sect!

        Weathervanes! All of them!

        Rotting in the heart, weak, weak to the point of rottenness! Gloomy in the heart!

        Weak-hearted Christians!

        So much sterility within our Mother Church: when because of the weight of the hope in the Commandments, that pelagianism that all of us carry within our bones, she becomes sterile. She believes she is capable of giving birth… no, she can’t!

        Many times I think that in some places the Church is more like an entrepreneur than a mother.

        A discouraged, anxious, sad Church; a Church who is more spinster than mother; and this Church isn’t useful”, such a Church is no more than a museum.

        Christians in appearance! Made-up Christians, because when the rain comes, the make-up runs off!

        “So many ‘apparent Christians,’ collapse at the first temptation,”

        Appearances! Christians of appearance … they are dead!

        “Band of the chosen” in that “ecclesiastical microclimate!”

        I think about how many Christians prefer a spectacle to the silence of the Kingdom of God.

        “Have these people come to receive a Sacrament, to have a feast like at Cana in Galilee, or have they come to have a pageant, to be seen, for vanity?”

        A Christian without strength, without fertility”. “A Christian out for himself, to serve himself.” His is a “sad life”, “the many great things of the Lord” are “wasted”.

        Christians enemies of the Cross of Christ!

        “Pagans with two strokes of Christian paint, so as to appear like Christians, but pagans nonetheless!”

        “A pastor who opens the doors of the Church and stays there, waiting, is sad”.

        “There are bright Christians, full of light – noted the Pope – who seek to serve the Lord in this light” and ” there are dark Christians” who lead “a life of sin, a life distant from the Lord” and who use those four types of words that “belong to the evil one”.

        “But there is a third group of Christians”, who are not “neither light nor dark

        “”They are the Christians of gray areas. And these Christians of gray areas are on one side first and then the other. People say of these: ‘Is this person with God or the devil?’ Huh? Always in the grey area. They are lukewarm. They are neither light nor dark. And God does not love these.”

        Christians who live that way,” he continued, “for appearances, for vanity, seem like peacocks, they strut about like peacocks.”

        How many Christians live for appearances? Their life seems like a soap bubble. The soap bubble is beautiful, with all its colours!

        “Moralistic quibbler!”

        “Faraway contemplative!”

        Corrupt politicians, corrupt businessmen and corrupt clergymen everywhere!

        The “uniformists”, whose manner is to “‘uniformize’ everything: everyone as equals!

        “They call themselves Christians, they call themselves Catholics, but their rigid attitude distances them from the Church!”

        “Uniformists, alternativists and advantagists!”

        “Swindlers! We’ve seen many of them, he said, essentially “parading about as benefactors and in the end, under the table, running their scams!”

        “Proud, self-sufficient, detached from the people, intellectual aristocrats, who closed their doors and resist the Holy Spirit!”

        “A Europe which is now a “grandmother”, no longer fertile and vibrant.”

        Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable. “A Curia that doesn’t criticise itself, that doesn’t update itself, that doesn’t seek to improve itself is a sick body.”

        Working too hard. “Rest for those who have done their work is necessary, good and should be taken seriously.”

        Becoming spiritually and mentally hardened. “It’s dangerous to lose that human sensibility that lets you cry with those who are crying, and celebrate those who are joyful.”

        Planning too much. “Preparing things well is necessary, but don’t fall into the temptation of trying to close or direct the freedom of the Holy Spirit, which is bigger and more generous than any human plan.”

        Working without coordination, like an orchestra that produces noise. “When the foot tells the hand, ‘I don’t need you’ or the hand tells the head ‘I’m in charge.’”

        Having “spiritual Alzheimer’s”. “We see it in the people who have forgotten their encounter with the Lord … in those who depend completely on their here and now, on their passions, whims and manias, in those who build walls around themselves and become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands.”

        Being rivals or boastful. “When one’s appearance, the colour of one’s vestments or honorific titles become the primary objective of life.”

        Suffering from “existential schizophrenia”. “It’s the sickness of those who live a double life, fruit of hypocrisy that is typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that academic degrees cannot fill. It’s a sickness that often affects those who, abandoning pastoral service, limit themselves to bureaucratic work, losing contact with reality and concrete people.”

        Committing the “terrorism of gossip”. “It’s the sickness of cowardly people who, not having the courage to speak directly, talk behind people’s backs.”

        Glorifying one’s bosses. “It’s the sickness of those who court their superiors, hoping for their benevolence. They are victims of careerism and opportunism, they honour people who aren’t God.”

        Being indifferent to others. “When, out of jealousy or cunning, one finds joy in seeing another fall rather than helping him up and encouraging him.”

        Having a “funereal face”. “In reality, theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity. The apostle must be polite, serene, enthusiastic and happy and transmit joy wherever he goes.”

        Wanting more. “When the apostle tries to fill an existential emptiness in his heart by accumulating material goods, not because he needs them but because he’ll feel more secure.”

        Forming closed circles that seek to be stronger than the whole. “This sickness always starts with good intentions but as time goes by, it enslaves its members by becoming a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body and causes so much bad scandals especially to our younger brothers.”

        Seeking worldly profit and showing off. “It’s the sickness of those who insatiably try to multiply their powers and to do so are capable of calumny, defamation and discrediting others, even in newspapers and magazines, naturally to show themselves as being more capable than others.”

        • Michael Leggett

          One more: Francis will add on:
          “Trump Sipporter.”

          • Disqus_disqus

            Yeah, remember, he dislikes capitalism you know.

          • davidgary1

            I think Pope Francis and Trump agree on many things. Both are pro life, both want to protect Christians and defeat ISIS.

          • Adrian Johnson

            i think of Francis as a Papal Trump. They are both loose canons and shoot from the lip.

          • davidgary1

            True they do speak with less prudence than others before them but I would not call Trump a loose cannon. Of course if someone is watching MSNBC, CNN, BBC etc they could be forgiven for thinking so but the reality is Trump is totally on the ball. He is taking on the globalists and the entire establishment so don’t believe what you read or watch on TV about him. Listen to him directly and look at his policies.

          • Adrian Johnson

            Trump’s got the right priorities and he’s efficient; but his impulsive tweeting is a gift to his enemies, especially when he expresses opinions which are unproven assumptions which could, if he weren’t POTUS land him in court for libel. I’m on his side, but he needs to keep his thoughts to himself so’s not to provide enemies material they will try to use to impeach him.

          • davidgary1

            I disagree. Trump is smarter than people give him credit for. His enemies and their minions in the MSM keep pushing the “Russian” lie which is also an assumption – which is now clearly false so his tweet regarding wiretapping played them at their own game and changed the narrative. Plus the fact there is evidence of wiretapping and surveillance at Trump tower so there is little or no chance of him being impeached for making these claims.

          • Adrian Johnson

            I know he’s smart; but do not underestimate how evil the “deep state” is. They will do their best over the next 4 years to thwart him at every turn, and this is apart from Obama’s cheap efforts to discredit and manipulate public opinion against him.

          • davidgary1

            I agree but I believe God will protect Trump. All we can do is hope and pray.

          • Adrian Johnson

            Trump is God’s wild card. If we we can repent of our national sins, he can stop the slide of the American Dream into the American Nightmare.

        • samton909

          And that was when he was in a good mood.

        • Maggie, i don’t see how I’m insulting the pope, when you’re the one maligning His Holiness.

          Faithful Catholics are not fundamentalist or rigid; this is the pope’s point. Rigidity is not to be mistaken for holiness, nor ideology (culture-warrior attitude) for faith.

          Great list though. Do you have citations?

          • Maggie Sullivan

            Hi A.J, At this website jut click on the Pope Francis insult and it gives the source and context.

            I don’t think the Pope would agree with you….he has made it clear that Catholics who believe in fundamental truth, Catholic who see doctrine and dogma as a beautiful gift from God are ridged, fundamentalists, an a lot of other nasty names all you have to do is follow the link above to see.

            In you point above you seem to say (I don’t want to put words in your mouth) that fighting against a culture that has murdered countless millions of babies, allows thousands of children to die of hunger related health issues every day, a culture that glorifies violence, accepts sexual perversion, and mocks Jesus Christ – that fighting against this culture would be a bad thing?

        • davidgary1

          I have to say I agree with a lot of the Popes statements here. Many modern Catholics have become nothing but modern day judgmental Pharisees.

          • Maggie Sullivan

            In the last 50 years close to a billion children have been murdered by abortion…..homosexual Priests have abused countless children……..sodomy is sending souls to hell….divorce and contraception have destroyed millions of families……and your concerned that a tiny number of people might publicly say this demonic destruction of life is wrong.

          • davidgary1

            I have no idea what you are talking about there. Was this for me? I am opposed to abortion as is the Pope and the Church. This will never change. Yes priests have abused children as have doctors teachers politicians Protestant clergy etc. It’s a disgrace I agree. I’m glad the church is doing something to prevent this happening again. But again I must ask….what’s your point?

        • pat

          and that’s just before breakfast.

    • The original/actual quote from the Pope referred to youth interest in the Latin mass, not to the Ten Commandments. That’s the joke.

      • Beth Van

        And you really think people don’t get that?

    • TFB
  • Kathy Fischer

    You forgot, “Dig, dig.”

    • Casper

      I wonder if he actually meant “scratch, scratch”. Like scratch to see what’s under the surface. That’s a good quote too.

      • Adrian Johnson

        –Another name for the devil: “Old Scratch”

  • Disqus_disqus

    Ohmygosh, this is hilarious! However, it doesn’t seem satirical, given the recent statements of the Pope 🙂

  • ChizGon

    Hello Eye of the Tiber. Probably you started your trade in the era of public discourse and decent forums. But now everything has changed. Your satire trade does not help anymore. You will be ruining the faith. Gone are the days of intelligent netizens intelligently laughing out loud trivial issues. We have a serious problem with facts and truth on articles being share din the internet. This time, only dumb netizens will read this and will consider it true. Your disclaimer cannot curtail the damage. Please, you may close down your site because it is not in conformity anymore with the need of the times. – A Concerned Catholic Netizen.

    • samton909

      Sorry, this site will go on and on and on, forever, quite possibly. It may even be cryogenically frozen so that it can be resuscitated in the future.

    • Guy McClung

      ChizGon-Have you judged us? Who are you to judge? Amoris Laetitia says that a. there is no everlasting fire, no matter what the Savior clearly said; and b. that mercy, which eradicates sin or morphs adulterous and homosexual sex into acts of virtue, applies to “all situations.” I saw no exclusion to this sin-trumping mercy anywhere in AL or in any transcript of any high-altitude mono-synod. Seems to me AL’s “get out of hell free card” applies to us here, to EOTT and all of us who read and comment. Not only do we not sin here, we are doing virtuous acts that will get us thru any non-eternal fire there may be. At least that is what my internal forum is saying.

      If your “ruining the faith” is a standard for silencing us, you have just implicitly demanded silence from Pope Bergolgio, all his minions, and almost all of the Vatican media apparat with its worldwide sychophant echoes in dioceses around the world.

      These folks have relied on and implemented Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals for decades-just check out Saul’s use of the CHD,Chicago Catholics, Bernardin, et al as his “tontos utiles.” His Rule No 5 states that there is no way to combat or deflate ridicule. Your Pope Bergoglio himself has ridiculed me and countless other Catholics, even those ordained, for several years now. EOTT ridicule speaks truth to the Sant Gallen Mafia power.

      Especially now, when the Pope refuses to explain why he has not promulgated heresy, the truth in the ridicule hits home.

      I hope those of EOTT and the commenters here breed like rabbits, at least ideologically.

      ChizGon-I strongly suggest you read the actual writings of St Irenaeus, St Athanasius, and St Cyril on the “needs of the times” when heretics promulgated their heresies, to see how these saints publicly described these sinners, – which goes way beyond satire – and discussed and condemned their teachings, yes condemning them based on the true “logic of the gospel”, everlasting fire.

      Happy Thanksgiving to all. Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

    • DAR

      The problem with satire is people might take one seriously while trying to be funny. Also people might think one is being funny while trying to be serious. Sometimes, I can only guess.

    • Kim Bo

      Really long Bronx cheer.

    • Heinz

      Probably the bible was written in the era of public discourse and decent forums. But now everything has changed. It’s metaphoric trade does not help anymore. It is ruining the faith. Gone are the days of intelligent clerics intelligently interpreting fundamental truths. We have a serious problem with facts and truth on books readable by anybody. This time, only dumb protestants will read it and will consider it literal. Any disclaimer cannot curtail the damage. Please, stop publishing the bible because it is not in conformity anymore with the need of the times. – A Concerned Catholic Bookreader

  • VeilOfTiers

    I didn’t see this website listed as a BogusNewsWebsite™ so what gives?

  • Michael Leggett

    Actually, he did denounce young people who prefer the Tridentine Latin Mass & substituded when Moses came down from the Mount.
    Deliciously Satirical!

    • Monk

      Now Michael, we all speak fluent satire here. There’s no need for an interpreter.

  • samton909

    And here is Pope Francis and the Pelagians with their smash hit, “The Ten Commandments”


  • antoncheckout

    It’s the disrespectful tone of censure that is so off-putting. Surely at the very least they should each begin ‘Users are kindly requested to refrain from…’

  • Thomas Zabiega

    Little late in this discussion, but thank goodness for this satirical website. It is the only place I can still find sanity and laugh a little during this sad time in the Church.

  • Beth Van

    Pope Francis would most likely add exceptions, such as Thou shalt not commit adultery, except in those situations where you have been accompanied by a priest and are able to follow your conscience (because, you know, that is what Catholicism is all about).

  • Tom W

    …The Ten Suggestions

  • LX5000

    What is on EOT today will be on L’Osservatore Romano tomorrow.

  • Brendan Quinn

    They can’t really be the Ten Commandments because their is nothing in them about global warming and stuff !

    • pat

      no, they just have to be updated. Take out all that stuff about adultery and replace it with air-conditioning and building walls.