Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Francis' Thought of the Day

What does the Church have to say about God being able to do everything?

Fourth Lateran Council (1215 A.D.)



1. Confession of Faith
We firmly believe and simply confess that there is only one true God, eternal and immeasurable, almighty, unchangeable, incomprehensible and ineffable, Father, Son and holy Spirit, three persons but one absolutely simple essence, substance or nature {1} . The Father is from none, the Son from the Father alone, and the holy Spirit from both equally, eternally without beginning or end; the Father generating, the Son being born, and the holy Spirit proceeding; consubstantial and coequal, co-omnipotent and coeternal; one principle of all things, creator of all things invisible and visible, spiritual and corporeal; who by his almighty power at the beginning of time created from nothing both spiritual and corporeal creatures, that is to say angelic and earthly, and then created human beings composed as it were of both spirit and body in common. The devil and other demons were created by God naturally good, but they became evil by their own doing. Man, however, sinned at the prompting of the devil.

source: Papal Encyclicals, Fourth Lateran Council


  1. "Man, however, sinned at the prompting of the devil." The Council fathers certainly did a good job of that!

  2. Perhaps he is try to harmonise the Creation with evolution ,but it comes across as downplaying God ,who can will anything in an instant ,He may not always do things that way ,but that does not mean He can't ,.nothing negative applies to God ,and that statement sounds negative ,its like a subtle negation of God's power .

  3. Peace of The Risen CHRIST be with all of You.

    I think Pope Francis denies through his IGNORANCE the Omnipotence of God.

    I dont want to defend Pope Francis, but i assume he wanted to say that God creates everything through primary and secondary causes.

    Primary and secondary causes are Aristotelian phliosphical Terms and Concept used in Theology by the Church Fathers (like St Augustine) and Scholacitism (by St Thomas Aquinas, Albertus Magnus etc.)

    Pope Francis maybe heard about this terms and concept of primary and secondary causes in a class of Fundamental Theology he had as a seminarian.

    But according to his own words Pope Francis was "bored" in the class and did not understood the concept and can't even remeber and rephrase the terms primary and secondary causes.

    So he uses the terms "Magician" and "Magician Wand".

    "Studying Fundamental Theology is One of the Most Boring Things on Earth"

    Of course apllying this concept of primary and secondary causes in the context of Godless Darwinian View of Evolution would be wrong, but i assume Pope Francis wanted to do this.

    But who knows what this man Pope Francis is talking about anyway???



    1. Our entry, Francis' latest craziness is..., has a link to his full speech in Italian if it interests you as to the context of his quote.