Can Pope Francis excite a religious revival in America?
Absolutely NOT. Pope Francis is a joke, let's pardon the people who had abortions and let them back into the grace of God. This is a man mind you, who has no power over GOD nor is he allowed to pass out "pardons" for killing unborn babies, who have no way to fight back. You honestly think a man can change the religiousness of people in America? It takes someone far beyond the Pope to make this happen.
I believe it takes the Holy Ghost and that Pope Francis is likely to understand that. If it is possible to affect a change in even one person, I hope he might accomplish that.
I see you have power over God to condemn people that he/she supposedly created and loves. Whew...hope the Pope can overcomes this hatred w the love of God. Good luck buddy--you're gonna need it here in America.We have a very skewered version of God.
In the Catholic church, if you confess your sin to God, you are absolved. The Pope is saying that if you've had an abortion, and confessed your sin, you should be embraced by your Catholic family. His is a loving, forgiving God. Obviously yours isn't
Not at all. I think the United States and most Western nations are becoming more agnostic and/or atheist; and that slide will continue permanently. As more second and third world nations expand their economies, they will also become more secular. Gene Roddenberry predicted religion would become an anachronism in 200 years and I think he is right. Technology is probably the driving force behind that change. Religious symbols will always be with us, but true faith is eroding for good.
"....true faith is_______for good" is the portion of this comment I can agree with. We are in a cyclical phase that goes like this: prosperity, loss of faith, crisis, heightened faith, prosperity." We can each ask what part of that cycle we are in.
CJ, According to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, 70.6% of the American population identified themselves as Christians including Catholics, Mormons, Protestants...etc
We also have a people who are Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist faiths.
Dashing...identifying with a faith, and actually being an active participant are 2 totally different things. I think many people struggle with acknowledging their atheism/agnosticism publically, and fall back on their traditional faith as an answer.
Of course he already has and not just among Catholics but also aming atheist skeptics,politicians and other religions.
I don't think so because we are not a Catholic nation. I like this Pope, as far as Popes go, but I don't see him as an inspiration to Protestants. I see them responding more to people like preacher-politician Mike Huckabee.
I certain hope not. I think it's time we stop relying on belief in a magical being and instead take responsibility for our own actions and the way they affect the world around us. We shouldn't need the threat of eternal damnation to make us behave like reasonable people.
It would seem strange if a man dedicated to our spiritual awakening on the inside sparked a revival of the masses. Yes I used the term masses for it's double meaning. If you would have asked if it may excite a spiritual revival in America I would have answered yes and that it already has. But that leap into religiosity is not one Americans have historically taken. No state religion is really more in the hearts of Americans than on paper.
If man can believe in another man then the Pope is a great example. My wife is a perfect example. She is not Catholic. But the Pope makes her all giddy with good feelings. And that translates into a little more time and oomph into her prayers and just keeping God a little more on the forefront of her mind and heart. And that leads to more conversation and places it closer to the front of my mind and heart. A revival? Sure why not? Is that same thing happening to millions of Americans? Absolutely. A national revival? For sure.
The fact you asked the question and got answers answers the question.
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