Recently, in a very unofficial interview, Pope Frank was quoted as saying that there was no Hell; i.e. there was no place, full of fire and brimstone, where souls were tortured for eternity. He said that the torture for non-believers was merely to be removed from the presence and grace of God forever.
Immediately, the Official Church Organ (Not the one with the keys, which makes the music. The one between priests’ and Bishops’ legs, that’s used to molest altar boys and choir girls) swung into action, denying, and “clarifying.” The Good Catholics, who know more than the pontiff, who is infallible in doctrinal matters, began screaming, ‘Give us back our days Hell.’ (That “days” thing was the April Fools who thought that, somehow, part of their lives had been stolen when Pope Gregory rearranged the Julian calendar.)
The Vicar of Christ has now put his other strangely-shod foot in his mouth. I don’t know if the situation was intentionally caused, and, if so, who caused it. He attended the re-dedication of a renovated Catholic elementary school, attached to a cathedral. He and his goon-squad bodyguards several Cardinals sat at the front, a microphone was set up about 10 feet in front of them, and each student was allowed to come up and ask him a question.
A 12-year-old boy could not speak his question into the mic, so a Cardinal grabbed him by the arm, and he was allowed to approach, and whisper his question into the Pope’s ear. He and his mother were ‘good Catholics’, but his father, who had been a good man, but an Atheist, had recently died. “Was his father in Heaven?”
Like, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”, this is a no-win question. If he says ‘No,’ the pope disappoints a grieving son and all his schoolmates. If he says ‘Yes,’ he contradicts Church doctrine. The Pope considered for only a few seconds, and then said;
“God, our Father is like your father. He is good and kind, forgiving and loving. If your father was truly a good man, then God will forgive him, and welcome him into Heaven.”
I have written that the unchanging Catholic Church will take years – decades – centuries even, to ‘modify’ their dogma and catechisms. This may be an attempt by Pope Francis to un-paint the Church from some of the corners it’s got itself into. This could be the start of something good.
Speaking of Christians changing definitions…. I got some ironic laughs from Blogger Barry, in his replies on my Childlike Grace post. If you don’t believe in a supernatural God the Father then, by definition, you are an Atheist! If you don’t believe in God the Father then, by definition, there is no Christ the Son for you to be a non-theist (?), or post-modern, or Liberal Christian follower of. 😳
Please come back again soon. See you at the dictionary, kids. 😉 😯