The unprecedented gesture came as his incoming number two, the Vatican´s newly-nominated secretary of state, said that the rule that priests should be celibate was not "a dogma of the Church" and could be open for discussion. Francis, who has won praise for spontaneous and unusual moves during his six month papacy, wrote a lengthy letter to a newspaper, La Repubblica, which the Italian daily printed over four pages, including page one, under the simple byline "Francesco". "God forgives those who obey their conscience," he wrote in the unprecedented letter, the latest example of the markedly different tone and style from his
If you want to spend eternity with God, He will be happy to introduce you to His only son, Jesus Christ and you´re in!
If you don´t want to spend eternity with God, He is certainly not going to impose Himself on you. God will live in His heaven, you will just have to live somewhere else. As to where that somewhere else is, well, that is left as an exercise for the unbeliever.
I was devastated and angry when I read what the Pope said (I´m Catholic). At a time when we need MORE rules and guidance to get us back on a moral, safe path, he spouts off that it is a "whatever goes" game now. Argh. I will bet we have church attendance drop off, more mental illness or anguish, a faster slide into depravity and other bad things as a result. If the leader of the Catholics can´t give clear guidance, how are the billions of Christians in the world supposed to lead a well-defined life of Christ?
Sorry guys, you can be as indignant as you want, but all you´re doing is displaying your lack of knowledge of the Catholic Church. I had 12 years of Catholic education and was an altar boy. What the Pope said has always been the Churches teaching. Catholics don´t condemn non-Catholics to Hell for not being Catholic like some Protestant denominations do. We were always taught that faith was a gift from God. Some recongnized that and some didn´t. If you lived a rightious life and practiced the same thing Jesus taught, which were universal truths and not necessarily just Catholic truths, even though you were not a believer, you would achieve salvation.
As I recall from my 12 years of Catholic school, the Church recognizes three forms of Baptism: water, fire and desire. I don´t know what happens to us when we die and or soul departs our bodies. I don´t know who meets us and what revelations are made to us. We are taught that God created us to be with Him in heaven. That is His desire. It is good to reach out to agnostics and atheists, yes? Some of our greatest believers have started out that way. Think Saul and his horse.
This is terribly embarrassing for my Catholic friends. Someone said earlier that we musn´t take this seriously as the media has surely twisted and misquoted the Pope. Alright then, if true, we should expect a firm rebuke from the Vatican and a swift correction.
Saul (later Paul) was neither an agnostic or atheist. He was a Jewish zealot that persecuted Christians until he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Jesus changed his name to Paul and he became a Christ-follower and one of the greatest messenger´s of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Galatians 1: 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 22 and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judæa which were in Christ: 23 but they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 24 And they glorified God in me.
How can the conscience know truth unless it is trained to know truth?
Act 17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
If you want to quote St. Paul on this topic, don´t forget Romans 2:14ff: "For when Gentiles (all non-Jews) who do not have the law by nature do what the law requires, they are a law unto themselves ... and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on (the Day of Judgment)." The pope was just quoting Paul.
And regarding clerical marriage, it is indeed a rule and not a doctrine, as noted in Timothy 3: "Therefore a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife..." and later the same is said of deacons. Do not think anyone is saying anything new here.
Read John 3:16 and many other verses in the Bible. We are saved through Faith in Jesus.
Pope Francis seems to be discounting the death of Jesus for our sins. Was His death in vain or unnecessary? Pray for God´s Word to touch this man´s heart for he is misleading many, not declaring God´s Word as true.
God´s plan of salvation has always been through the shed blood, first of animals, then God Himself (Jesus), paying the full price for our redemption and one to day to be welcomed into His eternal Kingdom, all because we believed and lived accordingly (first being saved and then sanctified)!
God´s instruction for the ancient Gentiles - about whom Paul was speaking in Romans 2:14 - was obviously different from that for the Hebrews, who had a written revelation from God (the law of Moses and eventually the complete Old Testament Scriptures), and for the Christian dispensation, but all are religiously and morally culpable before our Creator. Remember that God sent Jonah to the Gentile nation of Nineveh, and there are other evidences that knowledge of God was available to them.
There has always been a way for man to be right with his Creator Acts 17:26"and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:"
The gospel of Christ, our written instructions containing sharply defined moral precepts, is available to the enire world today. We will be judged by Jesus Christ according to His Word contained in the New Testament. (Romans 2:16)(John 12:48)
“Not everyone that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
That scripture indicates that it is possible to know God´s will, that we must know it in order to do it, and that we must do it in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said to Martha in John 11: 25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Jesus says in John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but through me".
Acts 4:12 says "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved".
There is only ONE path to God and that is through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This Pope is way out of line and guilty of heinously distorting Scripture. He isn´t the first one to do so, and won´t be the last one either.
I have been harshly critical of Francis for his nonsensical statements on war. Now I´m reading increasingly divergent statements on doctrinal issues that are more properly the concern of Catholics. Catholics, understandably, are reluctant to throw him under the pope mobile. However, mark my words: This guy is trouble.
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7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
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