Sunday, 19 November 2017

Is the Pope Catholic? Or a liberal Protestant?

A clever, wise, well-known and nice English priest speaking of Pope Francis told me
Don't let him rent space in your head
and I have followed this advice in order not to find myself disagreeing with the successor to St. Peter. 

It hasn't always been possible. I disagree with him passionately when he instructed
Catholics in Europe to support what he himself called an 'Arab invasion’. 

I also disagreed with his views on climate change. 

I didn't like him praising Abraham Lincoln, a man who could have avoided fighting the civil war that led to up to 700,000 deaths. 

I cannot forget that the Pope said
Loneliness and youth unemployment are the two worst things in the world.
Worse than sin?

I failed to avoid knowing that he told a practising homosexual

Who am I to judge you?
To which the answer for Catholics is:
Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
I hate to write in this way about the Pope and have avoided writing about him on this blog or thinking or talking about him in real life. 

I write about him now because I just read and wanted to share with my readers this short, cogent, elegant article by an Anglican theologian that fills me with utter sadness. 

This is the excerpt that astonished and horrified me.

In 2014, the midterm report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family recommended that pastors emphasize the “positive aspects” of cohabitation and civil remarriage after divorce. He said that Jesus’s multiplication of bread and fish was really a miracle of sharing, not of multiplying (2013); told a woman in an invalid marriage that she could take Holy Communion (2014); claimed that lost souls do not go to hell (2015); and said that Jesus had begged his parents for forgiveness (2015). In 2016, he said that God had been “unjust with his son,” announced his prayer intention to build a society “that places the human person at the center,” and declared that inequality is “the greatest evil that exists.” In 2017, he joked that “inside the Holy Trinity they’re all arguing behind closed doors, but on the outside they give the picture of unity.” Jesus Christ, he said, “made himself the devil.” “No war is just,” he pronounced. At the end of history, “everything will be saved. Everything.”

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