Well that’s it sorted then, the Lord will not “lead us into temptation” we will lead ourselves according to the news from the Vatican
Instead of saying, "Lead us not into temptation," Catholics will now say "Do not let us fall into temptation" as part of the Lord’s Prayer, commonly known as the Our Father.
The General Assembly of Bishops, a few hundred of them, approved the change and the Pope has now finally approved it. God is delivered from tempting potential evil past present and to come.
The conservatives in the Church are not happy. Philip Lawler, the Editor of Catholic World News, a conservative website, said the change was “very upsetting” because the prayer was so deeply ingrained.
“Pope Francis has made a habit of saying things that throw people into confusion, and this is one of them,” he told The New York Times.
“It just makes you wonder, where does it stop, what’s up for grabs? It’s cumulative unease.”
God knows where it stops. Should Amen be changed to Awomen? Aperson?
Perhaps it should stop at the place of the absurdity of it all. This is angels dancing on the head of a pin stuff.
At a time of massive crisis in the Church with people flocking to the exits because of the pedophile scandals, these minutiae are what is occupying the bishops and the Pope.
It is a time when issues such as migrants from the Third World crashing into the First is creating havoc and backlash all over the world, not least here, in the United States, on the Mexican border.
There is a dire need for a massive effort to stop the demonization of immigrants. The Church is uniquely placed to lead that fight now but they are busy arguing over whether a celestial being can influence us to commit sin.
Is it any wonder mass attendance has plummeted, and vocations have disappeared in some countries, when the Church leadership is arguing over the Aramaic, Latin, Greek, Italian and English version of one line in the Our Father rather than doing the Lord’s work and helping the desperate?
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,” says one of the Beatitudes. The Pope and the bishops would be much better of living up to that instruction than arguing over the Lord’s Prayer. They are Nero-like in their fiddling while Rome is burning.
Dear bishops, please pay attention to what is truly important.
Amen/women to that.
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