The pope Francis begged for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage" done to children raped and molested by priests. Chicago Tribune, 1-16-18 - Should we forgive?
1. “An angry man is full of poison.” We should forgive for our own benefit, believing that God will ultimately reward good and punish evil.
2. The Lord’s Prayer asks God to forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us. This implies that if we harbor hatred or negative feelings, God cannot answer our prayers as we would wish. We are never asked to forgive others more than what God has forgiven us.
3. This does not mean the sex abuser gets a free pass. The government has a responsibility to up hold the laws of the land which in most cases are too lenient. In Bible times, rapists were executed, not sent to jail at tax-payer expense.
4. The pope is seeking forgiveness for sins of priests whose position is a liability for the church. Millions have been paid for pedophilia and rape. It’s a sad substitute for a life ruined as his words, ‘irreparable damage,’ suggests.
5. ‘Irreparable damage’ is an admission of untold harm done by the church to untold millions. Google “rape of nuns” for nearly 2 millions results and not a few of them are murdered to hide the crime. It is also a matter of record that such crimes are not reported and often hushed, sometimes by the payment of money, etc.
6. So what should a good Catholic do in consideration of such information? Gresham’s Law of Scholarship says the purity of one’s conclusions are based on the purity of one’s sources.
In this case, the Catholic Church teaches a derivative of the Bible that bears little resemblance to it in some cases.
Take the 10 Commandments for example. The 2nd Commandment forbids the use of images, but the church is full of them, so the catechism abolished that commandment and to maintain ten, they divided the tenth commandment into two.
Only the religion that comes from God can lead to God. Catholicism is a man-made religion that the Protestant reformers recognized as the little horn power of Daniel 7 that had eyes like a man. This is because they look at issues from a human perspective, blending some truth with non-biblical teachings that ultimately leaves even the priests with an empty experience that yields to temptation, in spite of their claim to miraculous power to turn a wafer into literal body of Christ.
The phoniness of this can be understood in this clever poem, A Roman Miracle—you can get the message in one minute—http://www.prime.org/cathpome.html.
The last message of the Bible is a call to come out of Babylon which includes false religion, in order to escape the plagues that will come on those who partake of her sins, Revelation 18.
Babylon is clearly identified in the previous chapter with half a dozen clues that can only point to Rome as the mother church, also a city of 7 hills, verse 9.
Dr. Richard Ruhling is author of God Bless America? that offers insight to impending events from a biblical view. It’s available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075896HPD.