Christians can’t lead ‘double life,’ pope says in homily

Pope Francis is seen as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis is seen as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A “double life” that honors both worldly values and the teachings of Jesus is not an option for Christians, even when obedience to God leads to persecution, Pope Francis said in a morning homily April 11.

The pope spoke at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican guesthouse where he has been living since his election in March.

Speaking to a congregation of employees of the Vatican newspaper, Pope Francis commented on the day’s reading from the Acts of Apostles (5:27-33), in which Peter refuses an order to stop preaching in Jesus’ name, saying: “We must obey God rather than men.”

“In our life, we also hear things that do not come from Jesus, that do not come from God,” said the pope, according to a report on Vatican Radio. Such “proposals of sin” lead us away from the Lord, he said, and “this will not make us happy.”

At times we try to lead a “double life,” nurtured by “what Jesus tells us” as well as “what the world shows us,” the pope said. But God the father “gives us the (Holy) Spirit, without limit, to listen to Jesus and go along Jesus’ road.”

Following that road requires the “grace of courage,” the pope said, not only because obedience to God often entails persecution and the anger of the world, but because it means admitting one’s weakness. Yet failure should not be cause for despair.

“The Lord forgives us,” the pope said, “because he is so good.”

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service 


  1. The U.S. government is making it difficult with the HHS mandate. Obey Caesar or obey Jesus and suffer enormous fines for not paying for someone’s contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs.

  2. The Pope is right. But in ‘The United States of America’ the ‘Catholic Bishops and priests’ first follow the 501(c)(3)tax code. Please someone prove to me I’m wrong. Peace amigos………….JO

  3. Did you know that Catholic Adoption Services in Boston, San Francisco, District of Columbia, and Illinois have closed because of government rules? Have you noticed how Catholic leadership is frightened to tell pro-abortion politicians they can’t receive communion? Have you noticed at Mass they won’t mention who the pro-abort politicians ARE so we won’t vote for them? Did you know that at Walter Reed Medical Center demanded “No religious items could be given away or used during a visit.”? Did you know that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs banned the mention of Jesus at Houston National Cemetery funerals? Did you know we are loading trillions of dollars of debt on our grand and great grand kids? What do we hear from the bishops? Crickets. Regarding the HHS, our Church and Catholic businesses are going to pay for the federal contraception mandate. Because we, the American Church can not beat the fed’s hostility with insurance companies, lawyers, 501(c)(3) laws, accountants, and other kinds of bureaucrats.


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