The New Pope in town never misses a chance to show the world how he’s the most ‘progressive’ Pope in history. But has he crossed a line with this warning?
The Vatican has recently seen almost as significant a shift to the left from the course it had been taking under Pope John Paul II as the Cultural shift the West more generally has taken.
We might have expected the news that China’s Communist Government has more say than the Church does as to who the Vatican can install as bishops within the borders of China would have been the most controversial story we’d write about the Pope for at least a couple of months.
Perhaps the welcoming reaction of the Synod to actual pagan idols… [related stories: Literal Pagan Idols Were Removed From Catholic Church And Chucked Into The Tiber (It was later rescued from the Tiber!) // Say WHAT? Pope Opens Amazon Synod With A REALLY Weird Ritual] … ought to have prepared us for this story, but even for an open environmental zealot… Pope Francis May Codify A New Kind Of ‘Environmental Sin’ … like the current Bishop of Rome, this seems pretty extreme.
Here’s what Pope Francis said.
Speaking to Italian writer and chaplain Marco Pozza, the pope warned that just as God in the Bible unleashed a massive flood for 40 days and 40 nights due to a desire to cleanse the Earth, He could very well do so again.
Just as the biblical flood was sparked by mankind’s apathy and sinful nature, so too would this new flood, specifically due to man’s sinfulness and apathy towards the planet leading to the ongoing climate change crisis.
Humanity, the pope said, is going to face another “great deluge, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of glaciers. [That is] what will happen now if we continue on the same path,” according to an excerpt of Pozza’s book, Of Vice and Virtues, which was published Sunday by Corriere della Serra. –JPost
I know you’re the Pope and all, and we’re supposed to think of you as an expert on, you know, the Christian faith, but — and how might I say this in a way that’s respectful to my Roman Catholic friends…?
[Deep breath. In through the nose, out through the mouth. We will NOT write this out longhand and nail my objections to a church door. Relax. And… good. We can continue.]
You see, there is ANOTHER book that many of us find quite a lot more compelling than the book this quote will be found in. It’s quite popular in Christian circles. The section I’m thinking of is also well respected in Jewish circles.
That book had ALSO something to say about a second Great Flood, and a sworn promise made by God himself. Do you remember? Genesis 9:8-17
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
I know he’s the Pontiff and all, and respected by many devout Catholics, but I’m on pretty solid ground when I say most devout Catholics wouldn’t dream of claiming he’s better than the Apostle Paul, right?
Because here’s how the Bible speaks of people who heard St. Paul preach the gospel the first time, in Acts 17.
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
Hearing a claim by Paul, they checked the scriptures to see if it was true. They believed him AFTER they found out it didn’t conflict with God’s word, and they were held up as an example for other believers to follow.
There’s an implied corollary there. When there is an explicit conflict between the Word of God and the preacher, however elevated that preacher’s station might be, we have a choice to make.
Paul took this point seriously, even explicitly holding himself to this standard in Galatians:
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
So, what will YOU do with the Pope’s claim? That’s your call. But who will this writer believe when faced with a conflict between a preacher’s words and the Verbum Dei?
When I, like Paul, am called to decide between pleasing God and pleasing Men, it isn’t a hard decision.
The name, social status, various accomplishments, and yes, the education of the preacher whose words conflicted with God’s don’t even enter into it.
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