The Bible is replete with stories of people who suffer chastisements for placing strange Gods before the true God. But for Pope Francis, who this last week participated in a “multi-faith” prayer event, the chastisement of coronavirus could lift if we all just pray to the strange Gods of our choice. “I would like to remind you that on May 14, believers of every religion are invited to unite themselves spiritually in a day of prayer, fasting and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic,” he said last Tuesday.
How exactly do “believers of every religion,” which means believers of contradictory religions, those who accept Jesus Christ and those who reject him, unite themselves “spiritually”? The pope didn’t bother to explain. Past popes would have regarded such an instruction as jaw-droppingly scandalous. But for Pope Francis, “human fraternity” is more important than orthodoxy.
The prayer event came out of an Orwellian-sounding group called the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity that formed after the pope signed the Abu Dhabi declaration in 2019. That declaration contained the line, “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom.” No pope, besides this one, would have ever signed such a declaration.
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