Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus . . . A Priest’s Response

Catholic Priest Instructs Religion Hater


Courageous Priest:  We hoped this video called “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” could be ignored, but it went viral.  Why?  Because Christians and Catholics are agreeing with this anti-bibical, anti-Catholic, anti-religion message and sharing it with their Facebook friends.   This attack on the Church must be addressed.  Note: the article is from a secular source.

by Billy Hallowell, The Blaze: As we’ve noted, not everyone is a fan of 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” In addition to going viral with over 15,000,000 views, the spoken word artist’s now infamous clip has spawned a plethora of responses. Among the flurry of videos offering rebuttal to Bethke’s anti-organized religion commentary comes one from Fr. Claude Burns, a Catholic priest at Holy Spirit Church in Evansville, Indiana. Burns, whose stage name is Fr. Pontifex, is a rapper who has taken the Catholic hip-hop world by storm (yes, there is, in fact, a Catholic hip-hop genre).

Fr. Pontifex’s response to Bethke is called “Why I love Religion, And Love Jesus,” as it delves into the reasons why holding reverence for both religious structures and the individual who is central to Christianity is, in his view, possible. Rather than opening with a frame that reads “Jesus > Religion,” as Bethke did, Fr. Pontifex’s video reads “Jesus <3 Religion.” (The “<3″ symbol is a text way of sying heart or love.)

“What if I told you, that Jesus loves religion?,” he says. “And that by his coming as a man, he brought his religion to fruition.”

Courageous Priest Note: Here is the video response.  I was very hestitant to use the video, until I watched it.  Father is addressing this serious attack on the Church using the New Evangelization.  It is clean, professional and accurate.  Well worth watching.  Email Subscribers must go to the site to watch it. 

Then he continues, responding to Bethke directly:

“See this had to be addressed, the use of illogical terms and definitions. You clearly have a heart for Jesus, but it’s fueling atheistic opinions. See, what makes religion great, is not errors of wars or inquisitions — it’s that broken men and women get to participate in his mission.”

Fr. Pontifex continues, addressing the original video‘s critique of religion’s handling of poverty and the other related elements. He defends what he calls the the church’s “oceans of compassion.” Then, he maintains that religion is needed to set parameters for those who worship Christ.

“And if I have the jersey and I’m playing for the Bulls, there’s gonna be some boundaries, regulations and some rules,” Fr. Pontifex raps. “You can’t have Christ without his church. You can’t have the king without his kingdom.”

This one should be forwarded via Facebook or email.  Sorry, but we will not link to the original video.

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14 comments to Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus . . . A Priest’s Response

  • gloria

    F Pontifex; ‘Rapprer with a deference’ with respect and regard,I like what i saw and heard.

    Professional and accurate. very nice!!

  • Colleen Compere

    God bless all of you for the great work you are doing in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for posting this video. Had not ever heard of the other one, but from what you said a lot of people have. Our society today (for the most part) do not believe in “religion” today. It’s “have your own personal relationship with God” and nothing more. Although this is better than nothing, it is a sad state of affairs. People don’t know what they are missing by not being involved with the Holy Church. It has changed my life. I can no longer sit on the side lines and remain quite…I must speak out. That is what Jesus asks me to do. I pray for all your work and will do everything possible to make sure as many see this as possible.

    Yours In Christ

  • Myriam

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video. Thanks to all courageous priests who live and say what has to be lived and said. God bless them all.

  • Joan Boulio

    We need more priests that speak the TRUTH!!

  • […] call this “Spoken Word.”  Father Claude Burns’ previous video “Why I Love The Church and Religion”  received a half million views. Father addressed a young adult whose video went viral with 19 […]

  • Joe

    I am a Catholic Youth Music artist responding to that “Why I hate religion but love Jesus video” by releasing my debut album in a couple days. Its not what you may think so please give it 1 listen. Youtube.com/321pots or Joepots.com. God Bless You

  • Donna &Tony Crist

    Awesome job Father! I so enjoyed your video. I’ll be shaing.Yes thank you to all the courageous priests who love Jesus & His Church. We are praying for you all at our Eucharistic Adoration Rosary Cenacle for Priests every Thurs, 7 -7:30pm. Keep up the great work you are doing. Jesus please bless every step your Priest’s take in Your Catholic Church. So happy, grateful & proud to be Catholic! Thank you Father God.

  • Daisy

    AMEN. Thank you to all the courageous priests for standing up for Christ, the Church and His teachings. God bless and watch over our priests and the church.

  • David

    Great Job!! Someone needs to be able to speak on the Facebook, u tube types of media. Continue the good work Farther.

  • Mary Lou

    Thank you, Father Pontifex and Courageous Priests world-wide! Thank you for standing up and calmly, intelligently, and solidly defending the Catholic Church and her teachings! May Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother abundantly bless and protect you always. St. Michael the Archangel and St. Joseph: protect and defend our Catholic Church and our Courageous Priests always.

  • marieginette

    Your video gave me the goose bumps….and overfilled me with joy…..Thank you so much for that video….you do not know how much you have reaffirmed me as a catholic who loves the Church of our King…Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so very much….and what a witness for the others who have fallen prey to the lies of the Evil One….The Good News is that it is never to late…..I love you, Priests of Jesus-Christ….May He richly bless you, and your ministries!!!!!

  • thank you Fr. P. and courageous priests everywhere!
    we’re only broken human beings, but our Holy Mother Church is our salvation as it brings the worldwide community of sinners together to become a worldwide community of saints! thank you Lord for your promise that the “gates of hell shall not prevail” against her; may She reign to reach every corner of the earth and every heart with the message of Our Savior Jesus’ Divine Mercy!!

  • Andy

    Thank you for posting the article and the priest’s video to defend the Church and her teachings. God bless you for it.

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