Is it really more important to ‘fix’ the Lord’s Prayer than it is to ‘fix’ the enormous problem of sexual abuse among upper-level clergy?
What’s REALLY driving this change? Is it because he thinks he’s wiser than a combined 2000 years of tradition who have prayed this same prayer?
Is he trying to appease the ‘woke’ wing of the church?
Is he just distracting from other systemic problems that he either lacks the ability or the will to fix?
Here’s the change Francis is making to the Lord’s Prayer:
Pope Francis has approved a revision third edition of the Italian Missal, including changes to the Lord’s Prayer and Gloria.
On May 22nd during the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy, President Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti announced the approval of a third edition of the Messale Romano. The revised translation will include changes to the Lord’s Prayer and Gloria.
The Lord’s Prayer will change from “and lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation.”
Why would he change a tradition with 2000 years of history? He says it ‘misrepresents’ God.
Pope Francis suggested during a television interview on Wednesday an update to the Lord’s Prayer, the “Our Father” given by Christ to his Apostles. The pontiff rejects the common translation of the final verse, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” as a poor translation because it implies that God rather than Satan leads people into temptation.
“A father doesn’t do that,” insists Pope Francis. “He helps you get up right away. What induces into temptation is Satan.” Francis suggests rewriting the final verse to read, “Do not let us fall into temptation” to better explain the role of Satan as tempter. But as Spencer Klavan, lecturer in Ancient Greek at Oxford University, points out, this translation neglects the original text.
While peirasmos, the word for “temptation” in Ancient Greek, may be open to alternate interpretations, who precisely does the leading is not. Peirasmos connotes not only “temptation” but also “trial” and “testing,” as in “to test one’s mettle.” It is in all of these senses, two paragraphs before St. Matthew relates the prayer, that Jesus is “led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be [tempted/tested] by the Devil.” In both cases, while the Devil does the tempting, God leads the way to the trial.
Just why God might lead his faithful into temptation or testing poses a difficult theology question if not an outright mystery. Klavan suggests that perhaps God leads men into the opportunity for sin to discover who they truly are, thereby recognizing their sinfulness and utter dependence on God.
You know, like the time that Jesus was LED by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan in the opening lines of Luke 4:
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.
It’s repeated in Matthew 4, as well, in case it was unclear.
Similarly, Jesus told Peter that he would be ‘sifted like wheat’ by Satan. God didn’t say ‘No. You can’t do that to Peter.’ He didn’t even protect Peter from his failure (the denial). But that denial and restoration became the springboard for something important to come afterward:
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” — Luke 22:31,32
You would expect someone elevated to such a high position would have at least SOME modicum of insight into the vocation he apparently devoted his life to.
But these days, he seems far more interested in playing politics and preaching a ‘Social gospel’ about the greatness of Socialism (which Pope John Paul II wisely helped to topple) and is striking deals with the Chinese Communists.
As noted by the Register, “Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the elite seven-man Politburo Standing Committee and chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told members of the open church community “to ensure that the leadership of the Chinese Catholic Church is held firmly in the hands of those who love the nation and the religion,” reported ucanews.com.”
The Vatican has tried taking steps to normalize relations with China, but the Chinese government wants to continue appointing their own bishops. Rather than allow the official Catholic Church to operate freely in the country, the Communist government created their own “Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.” It is controlled by the Communist Party.
Maybe instead of wagging his finger at America …
… or looking for ways to change things that had been tested and established for more than a thousand years — he could put his own house in order.
Communism’s secularization of the Church in China, and restoring the public trust after the renewed sex scandals would be a couple of obvious places to start.
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