While there is much in that statement, the following paragraph is the most interesting one:
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept. . .So, diversity is not simply a symptom of a sinful and fallen world but God's secret plan after all?!? This is not simply a nod to the human rights of people but an admission that Christ is not an exclusive Savior in whom is found the true inclusivity of God's grace and mercy. It is God's wisdom that has not simply allowed but willed the existence of many religions as well as the other distinctives of race, ethnicity, language, and gender. Wow. Bet you never thought you would hear the leader of the majority of the world's Christians make that statement.
Rome is imploding under the weight of a pope who does not even understand his own faith or hear the voice of Scripture. He represents a rupture in Benedict's hermeneutic of continuity and he may well lead the Roman Catholic Church to becoming the true visible sect on earth -- unless there are those who are willing to challenge him and incur his substantive wrath to undo what he has done to Rome's faith and structures designed to preserve it.
Since, as the saying goes, when Rome sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold, it will be interesting to see how his concordat with the Imam, Islam, and a progressive world view sits with those outside of Rome. If we hear nothing, then we have heard all we need to hear. In my previous post on the lie of dialogue I posited a Peters' Law that suggested the best we could do in the world was to slow or hold the growth of the progressive movement but then, and only then, at a cost of constant vigilance. Friends, this is one such moment not to sit idly by while the exclusive claims of Christ to be Savior of all are undermined by the suggestion that our pluralistic and diverse religious world is God willed.
"Pope Frank and his buddy, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahamad al-Tayyib, signed a common statement"
Treatise.42: "On this account our consciences are sufficiently excused; for the errors of the kingdom of the Pope are manifest. And Scripture with its entire voice exclaims that these errors are a teaching of demons and of Antichrist."
Ap.XV(VIII).18: "For the kingdom of Antichrist is a new service of God, devised by human authority rejecting Christ, just as the kingdom of Mahomet [Muhammad] has services and works through which it wishes to be justified before God; nor does it hold that men are gratuitously justified before God by faith, for Christ's sake. Thus the Papacy also will be a part of the kingdom of Antichrist if it thus defends human services as justifying."
Treatise.54 (Henkel translation): "But especially should kings and princes as principal members of the church, aid and employ their exertions, in abolishing every species of errors, and in having the consciences correctly instructed; as God has especially admonished kings and princes to this duty in the second Psalm and tenth verse: "Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth." For this should be the chief concern among kings and illustrious rulers, to advance the glory of God diligently. For this reason it would be unjust indeed, if they would apply their power and authority to the confirmation of this abominable idolatry and other incalculable vices, and to the commission of the cruel murder of pious Christians."
I would have to disagree. Francis is acting in perfect accord with the direction of the RCC over the last few decades. I recall, as a teen in the 70s, that the RCC was already declaring that non-Christian religions were just fine and were different, if inferior, paths to God. It was Benedict who was the odd man out, not Francis.
The Pope is satanic… Heresy is his guiding light.
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