I had to smile. You have to smile.
You do not have to go all the way back to the Galileo trial. Gregory XVI (1831 — 1846) banned railways from the Papal States calling them calling them chemins d’enfer (road to hell), a play on the French for railroad, chemin de fer (iron road).
Yes, popes have a storied history of being very perturbed by all things new and modern.
So, this should not come as a surprise.
But, it still made me smile.
I was, as ever, thinking of YOU.
You might want to check this out. From what I can garner the pope says ‘go ahead and sin; it is going to be “A-OK” as long as you confess and ask forgiveness‘. WOW. What a deal. How can you go wrong?
If I was still sinning I would consider becoming Catholic just for this. Sin and be absolved. How can you go wrong?
Not for the first time Pope Francis has said ‘God speaks through children’ and received applause from an ever docile audience.
Pope continues to do very little. Basically nothing.
Yesterday, was a good case in point.
‘Cardinal’ George Pell’s lost his appeal for being a convicted pedophile. He, a cardinal elector, has now been in prison for 6-months and faces at least another 3+ years. Pope does nothing. Pope claims that HE THINKS he is innocent. Children have spoken. But, he ignores them.
Pope Francis talks out of all side of his mouth.
They are just exploiting a VALID technicality.
The official prayers for all languages are contained in a Vatican-approved, language-specific missal.
The NEW Lord’s Prayer, as yet, will ONLY appear in the Italian missal. That, obviously, is not what is used in the U.K.
It takes years, if not decades, for the vernacular versions to be translated (from the Latin) and approved by the Vatican. Hence, why there will be a long, long delay before English speaking Catholics will have to re-learn the Lord’s Prayer.
But, rest assured, the pope has the right & authority to change the Lord’s Prayer.
HUGE change, but it will not be instantaneous.
It will first appear in the Italian Missal — which has yet to be published.
It will then take years before it percolates into the other Missals — especially English.
What is bothering many is that the Pope’s change will ONLY apply to the Catholic version. So, we will now have two versions of the Lord’s Prayer; the Catholic version and the non-Catholic version.
However, as I said in my December 2018 post, I do AGREE with the pope (for a rare change).
So, Pope Francis may have committed heresy, a papal equivalent of ‘obstructing justice’, but who on Earth is going to depose the pope? And he, as headstrong as any dumb Argentinian bull will only resign when he wants to — not because there was a public outcry.
Yes, way back a number of popes (and quite a few anti-popes) were deposed, legitimately or otherwise; e.g. John XII in 964 and Gregory VII in 1080. But, both those deposings were conducted by a powerful Emperor in cahoots with a synod. These days we don’t have such powerful European emperors or synods capable of doing anything without papal approval.
So, we can forget Pope Francis getting deposed.
So, he can continue indulging in heresy.