I have been thinking about the latest headscratcher - we pray to our God, you pray to yours, six of one, halfdozen of the other, all the same.
One must ask oneself, where's he going with this one?
Last week, our beloved Pope Francis repeatedly told muslim audiences that people have the freedom to choose religion one judges to be true.
This upset a lot of people, but I actually think his motive was to tell the muslims to stop killing the Christians. Chistians have a right to their religion and so on.
“May no one abuse the name of God through violence!” Pope Francis told the Muslim religious leaders.
We are not obligated to spring everyone from their delusions under every circumstance.
Time and place, circumstances and substance of soul are/have to be taken into account.
Christ went into the temple on many occasions to convert the uncatechized and village idiots but he did not attempt to convert Pilate or Herod and he definitely excluded excluded the entire race of Gentiles, saying, do not give what is holy to the dogs.
Christ did make exceptions to his exclusion but He always, in each exception, drew a public expression of belief in Christ as the living God before He responded to their request for healing or freedom from demons or vice.
Drawing a public expression that Jesus is Lord is an important gesture, then and now.
While I totally get his request to muslims to stop killing Christians, opening Catholic holy ground to a prayer that blasphemes "Jesus is Lord" is the antithesis of our Feast of Pentecost.
I'm going to break my own cardinal rule and link to this post on patheos, as it gives a whole new meaning to 'standing on my head'.
Fr. Longenecker said:
My post asking whether Muslims and Catholics worship the same God was probably the most mis-understood post I have ever written. I’ve had a good number of comments from people who understood and appreciated it, and a good number of comments from people who did not seem to understand what I was saying at all.
What I said: Christians and Muslims worship the same God because there is only one God. However, the Islamic understanding of the one God is defective.
He then goes on to attempt to explain what he didn't say as he perceived there was a big misunderstanding with his post.
Oh...I think people understood exactly what was said brother. And, what wasn't said.
You said there is a schmogasboard of religions that in reality are all worshiping the Truine God.
According to that logic, the Father sent His Only Son to be executed so that we may draw from His Blood through the Sacraments and be saved for absolutely nothing as everyone worshiping in every religion is worshiping God.
And as far as the index of things Fr. Longenecker says he didnt say, what we all learn with this papacy is, what you don't say is as important as what you do.
Our Pope is making a lot of folks stand on their heads to defend the indefensible.
A word to the wise: the air is thin down there.