Pope Francis is right. God cannot bless sin.
That may explain why so many of us cannot find God in the church.
And that isn’t to say that churches are necessarily sinful (some are wonderful), but merely to point out that seeking to speak on God’s behalf carries quite the heavy burden.
When you determine to intercede for the divine, you better make sure you are speaking the truth.
And isn’t that the problem? Religious leaders seem to think that ‘truth’ is what they ought to be about. But Christ’s church is now centuries old, and we can say that its record is at best morally ambiguous. For every speech against slavery and protest for women’s rights is an Inquisition or witch hunt - in one of the many forms that takes.
Clearly the focus on truth has not set them, or us, free.
Maybe, just maybe, the aim for ‘truth’ has been about power.
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Jesus would not recognise Francis’ language, nor would he support this theology. It really is that simple.
The revelation of God from Genesis to the close of the New Testament develops at speed. From a God who floods the divine creation to one who promises restoration, the biblical witness is not solid and stable, but develops and, dare we venture, progresses.
Our experience of God has adapted, expanded and with each generation it seems we are trusted with more and more of the divine.
Francis, ostensibly a leading light for the slow be