Pope Puts Down God

While Pope Francis was issuing indulgences for abortion in the name of God, he was also denying God’s omniscience. CRUX reported (here): “Marking the formal end of his Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday insisted that ‘God has no memory of sin.’”

The Pope was quite adamant about God’s ignorance: “He is ready to completely and forever cancel our sin, because His memory - unlike our own - does not record evil that has been done or keep score of injustices experienced,” Francis said. “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children.”

 The Pope is clearly differentiating God’s memory from His mercy and forgiveness. He repeatedly asserts the God’s memory is defective and lacks any record of sin or “evil that has been done.”

This contradicts the Bible’s most basic teachings. The Pentateuch is full of examples of God’s justice, both in rewarding righteous behavior and in punishing sins. Saint Augustine held that we all were tarred with the original sin of Adam and Eve, and this was a central doctrine of the Catholic Church for many centuries. The New Testament repeats this teaching in many places.

For example, the Book of Revelation - Chapter 20, verse 12 - talks of Judgment Day: “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.” Even if you believe that God is not omniscient and that He has serious memory problems, God still keeps records of our sins, and consults them. Nearly every schoolboy and schoolgirl knows this. It is a basic teaching of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The Catholic Church burned thousands of people at the stake for lesser heresies than that of Pope Francis.

Santa Claus knows when you’ve been naughty and when you’ve been nice. Is Pope Francis saying that God knows less than Santa Claus? Scientists believe, “Your Dog Remembers All Those Awful Things You Did.” Does Pope Francis believe God is dumber than a dog?

Furthermore, the pope’s teachings are incoherent. Forgiveness of sin presupposes memory of that sin. You can’t forgive something you don’t know about. That’s why the Catholic Church tells its flock to confess their sins - so that priests can forgive them.

Despite both the incoherence and heretical nature of Pope Francis’ teaching, no one said a word about it. It is inconceivable that all those religious journalists are so profoundly ignorant. I am even willing to bet that mainstream journalists know better. Yet once again, they give the pope a free pass. This is dereliction of duty. It is a sin.