Aug 31, 2018
Pope Francis abolishes the death penalty
Following an old tradition, he believes that popes have the right to abolish (or “evolve”) God’s law. It is a classic case of usurping power, rather than remaining a steward.
Pope Francis, in a reversal of church teaching, said in a new policy published Thursday the death penalty is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the dignity of all people….
The Vatican defended the policy, saying it wasn’t contradicting past teaching but evolving it.
Too bad earlier popes didn’t adopt this. Millions of so-called “heretics” would have escaped torture and death. So does this new law apply to heretics as well as to pedophiles?
Given the context, I suspect that the pope is trying to prevent the execution of pedophile priests.
Pedophile priests absolved?
Well, not quite, but close. Call it absolution by inaction.
Pope Francis has come under fire after announcing that over 2,000 pedophile priests will not face criminal prosecution and may be absolved by the Vatican for their heinous crimes….
According to Fox News, Pope Francis acknowledged that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is ‘on the right path.’
In this instance, “on the right path” likely means “we’re going to do nothing about it.” The Church has a long and dark history of covering up pedophilia cases and protecting priests caught raping children. Earlier in May, the Vatican also come under fire for forgiving a priest who admitted to raping 30 young children, infecting them with the HIV virus….
According to a report out of the AP, Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.
One of the ways in which pedophiles are being absolved is the proposition that the children themselves are at fault—a clear case of Guilt Projection.
One such event that was covered up by the Vatican and the Western media at large was the reverend Gino Flaim, who claimed to “understand pedophilia” and said it’s caused by the child’s attempt to find affection.
He told Italy’s La7 television channel, “I’ve been to lots of schools, and I know children. Unfortunately, there are children who seek affection because they don’t receive it at home and I understand that some priests can give up. Pedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to be accepted.”
When the interviewer asked Flaim, “So, you actually mean that most of the time it’s because of the kid’s fault?”
Flaim responded by saying, “Yes, most of the time.”
After condoning pedophilia and blaming it on the child, this holy man went on to bash homosexuality, calling it a “disease.”
So the message is clear: parents, give your children proper affection so that they don’t seek it from a pedophile priest. If there are any such children out there who sought such priestly “affection,” please step forward and identify yourselves.
By the way, Mr. Pope, only the victims have the right to forgive sins committed against them. That is the Law of Victims Rights. You (the judge) do not have that right according to God’s law. You can forgive them for sinning against the church, but you do not have the right to forgive them for abusing the children.
Unless, of course, God’s law has been put away.
The Religious Spirit
The root problem of the Roman church (and most other denominations) is that men want a man to rule them instead of God Himself. Most do not understand the problem because they do not understand the story of King Saul. Because Saul was a king, most do not make the connection to religious leaders who rule the people. But 1 Samuel 8:4-7 says,
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; 5 and they said to him… “Now appoint a king for us to judge us like the nations.” 6 But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”
Saul was a type of the church, even as David was a type of Christ and the overcomers as a whole. Saul usurped authority; David remained a steward of God’s authority. The underlying issue was whether or not the people desired a direct or indirect relationship with God. This also determines whether a man is under the Old Covenant or the New Covenant.
The Old Covenant puts people in bondage to men. The children of the Old Covenant are in bondage, because they are children of the bondwoman (Galatians 4:25). As long as men are enslaved to a church denomination that puts away God’s law and presumes to know the will of God by their own spirituality, they cannot come fully under the New Covenant, even if they think they can. At some point, church teaching will contradict Scripture, and when men disagree with the law, they always tend to legalize some sin.
But thank God, Saul is now dead. The house of Saul too is becoming weaker and weaker, even as the house of David is gaining strength. We are of the house of David, if we remain good stewards of the gifts, callings, and authority that God has given us, and if we come into agreement with God.