God is not afraid of new things,

Pope Francis (pictured yesterday at the Vatican) spoke of the failings of opposing wings of the Church following the end of the Rome synod on family life which left supporters of gay rights and divorcees disappointed

Pope Francis (pictured yesterday at the Vatican) spoke of the failings of opposing wings of the Church following the end of the Rome synod on family life which left supporters of gay rights and divorcees disappointed.

Pope tells Catholics after his plans to soften church’s attitude towards homosexuals were rejected by Synod

(SOURCE)  Pope Francis called on the church to adapt to ‘changing conditions of society’ yesterday following a conference that rejected changes that would have softened the church’s stance toward homosexuality and divorce. 

As he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council’s vast changes, Pope Francis said ‘God is not afraid of new things’. 

Liberal reforms to church doctrine which fell short of the two thirds majority needed for success in the meeting would also have opened the way for Catholics who are divorced and remarried to receive communion, the central sacrament of the church.

Traditionalists, the Pope said, risk a temptation of ‘hostile inflexibility’.

It is unclear whether the document issued Saturday is a set-back for the pope, but the conference did prompt the church to discuss difficult issues such as the role of gays, lesbians and divorced Catholics.

Commentators said the bishops had done what Francis had asked of them, which was to talk about the issues in an ‘open way’.  But those talks, to ‘take the bishop’s pulse’ on current issues, had exposed a split reformers and conservatives.  

An interim document issued last week by the bishops halfway through their synod included wording that welcomed the ‘gifts and qualities’ of gay Catholics and called on pastors to ‘avoid any language or behavior’ that could discriminate against divorced Catholics, USA Today reported. 

Saturday’s report did not feature the reconciliatory language.

The final paper also emphasised strongly that there was no change in the church’s attitude to gay relationships.

St Peter's Square: The attempt at liberal reform of the church’s teachings are part of Pope Francis's attempt to steer the Vatican towards new thinking on gay rights and doctrine on marriage and the family 

St Peter’s Square: The attempt at liberal reform of the church’s teachings are part of Pope Francis’s attempt to steer the Vatican towards new thinking on gay rights and doctrine on marriage and the family.

Divorced and remarried Catholics were denied hopes of a reform that would approve their taking communion without any annulment of their first marriage. 

The synod said ‘greater theological study’ and ‘further consideration’ were required.

The church does not recognise divorce so remarried Catholics are regarded as adulterers. 

Some experts compared Pope Francis’ efforts to modernise the church’s postion, with Paul’s implementation of the Second Vatican Council, which dramatically modernized the church in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Sunday’s ceremony leaves Paul, who was pope from 1963 until his death in 1978, just one step short of sainthood. Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who came before and after Paul, respectively, were made saints six months ago. Also attending the beatification Mass was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Gathering: Priests attend a mass in St. Peter's square at the Vatican yesterday. Traditionalists, the Pope said, risk a temptation of 'hostile inflexibility'

Gathering: Priests attend a mass in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican yesterday. Traditionalists, the Pope said, risk a temptation of ‘hostile inflexibility’.

While the bishops failed to build on the tone he set last year by saying, ‘Who am I to judge?’ when asked whether gays can be good Christians, observers applauded the openness of addressing the contentious issues.

A year-long debate and discussions will now before the bishops will reconvene for another three-week synod. A document on pastoral guidelines will then be formalised. 

Commentators believe Pope Francis will spend the next year making his case with bishops, but they believe the outcome could simply lead to the gap between church leaders widening.

3 thoughts on “God is not afraid of new things,

  1. What apostasy, such a disregard of the Holy Scripture, Gordon…
    God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and always!
    He doesn’t change for man. Man must change for Him. No, ‘He’s not afraid of new things’ for He is our Creator. But to change His ideology, His written word, His character is wrong.
    Everything was made beautiful and perfect till envy entered the heart of Lucifer the light bearer. Then this created being wanted equal billing and yet higher aspirations then that. When refused – took a temper tantrum and started spreading rumors, lies and doubt in the heavenly realm. When banished, came to our newly created planet in disguise and has caused havoc ever since, with his lies and hatred. God in His infinite wisdom is letting it play out, so that the entire universe witness’s the destroying nature of siding with the enemy – brings.
    We must hang in there just a little longer till the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ) is proclaimed to the whole world. Lets not loose the TRUTH that is in His written word, nor HOPE that is found only in Jesus. Lets have FAITH in Him, the war has been won. Be strong in your convictions we’re in for bumpy roads ahead. God Bless.

  2. Keep your eyes on the Pope, is he not attempting to change God’s laws?! Blasphemy and apostasy! I am afraid that much of the church may also be headed in that direction, I pray that I am wrong. The true church of Jesus Christ must stand strong in their faith and convictions, soon that is all we will have to stand on. We must stand on the rock!
    God bless SweetJava!

  3. How right you are, my friend. And unfortunately you’re not wrong in your thinking.
    God Bless you Gordon, in giving you this platform to set the record straight.

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