October 7, 2013

A Quakerish Pope?  Or merely a very spiritually attuned one?Pope Francis

Worth reading is a recent interview with Pope Francis conducted by Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica.  Scalfari, an atheist, had written to request an interview, and was floored when the Pope himself called to schedule a time. 

 The whole interview is worth reading and pondering. I was especially struck by one interchange in which Pope Francis says something very akin to something George Fox said.   Said Pope Francis,

“From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us. In the letter I wrote to you, you will remember I said that our species will end but the light of God will not end and at that point it will invade all souls and it will all be in everyone."

Scalfari then asks whether this isn’t more an image of immanence than of transcendence. And Pope Francis responds:

“Transcendence remains because that light, all in everything, transcends the universe and the species it inhabits at that stage.”

For comparison, here is George Fox, in Chapter One of his Journal:

“I saw, also, that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. In that also I saw the infinite love of God, and I had great openings.”

also posted on River View Friend

Views: 447

Comment by Randy Oftedahl on 10th mo. 7, 2013 at 6:16pm

I am so impressed with this pope and his example of graciousness and openness.  

Comment by Julie DeMarchi Heiland on 10th mo. 8, 2013 at 2:13am

Well, I hate to break it to you, but the Pope is actually Catholic. It's all true.

Comment by Doug Bennett on 10th mo. 8, 2013 at 8:49am

A reader comment on a post on The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan's blog, voices the same thought:

"I read your selections from the Pope’s interview, and something struck me very, very deeply about many of the passages.  Pope Francis seems rather like a Quaker.  First of all, he talks about God’s light being everything, in everyone, and that goodness is universal.  This concept is at the core of Quaker theology.  In addition, his mystical experience before accepting the papal seat seems rather like what Quakers seek, often in vain, every single Sunday.  He cleared his head, calmed himself, and listened for God.  In return, God filled him with a sense of purpose and holy light."

Comment by Julie DeMarchi Heiland on 10th mo. 22, 2013 at 1:19am

Mr. Bennett, I have to say, it's a little insulting. This happens to be Catholic theology from a Catholic pope. Just because you like what he's saying and perhaps see some overlap doesn't make him "Quakerish." Do you know what I mean?

Comment

You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Susan Elizabeth Davis shared Sarah Spencer's group on Facebook
yesterday
Jim Wilson liked Keith Saylor's blog post The Impulse of Immanent Being
10th month 12
Mike Shell posted a discussion

QUF October 2019 Newsletter | Sharing Quaker Worship Online

Friends,Here is a link to the online version of our October 2019 newsletter, just sent out today:…See More
10th month 10
Mackenzie replied to Olivia's discussion 'Hungry for more of the Jesus of the Quaker tradition?'
"Up in Frederick, the Friends Church that meets at Friends School of Baltimore might be a good one…"
10th month 8
Dave Bishop replied to Olivia's discussion 'Hungry for more of the Jesus of the Quaker tradition?'
"That's a wonderful idea.  I have a friend from Kenya who fits that description (i.e. she…"
10th month 8
Olivia replied to Olivia's discussion 'Hungry for more of the Jesus of the Quaker tradition?'
"AS AN  UPDATE:  We are meeting on First Day/Sunday afternoons.   Our upcoming…"
10th month 4
Olivia replied to Olivia's discussion 'Hungry for more of the Jesus of the Quaker tradition?'
"Thanks, Mackenzie.  I've contacted you privately about details.  This sounds great,…"
10th month 4
Mackenzie replied to Olivia's discussion 'Hungry for more of the Jesus of the Quaker tradition?'
"Hi! I live in Maryland and currently am a member of Adelphi Friends. Let's connect, because I…"
10th month 4

© 2019   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service