Pope Francis is condemned by many. He is also supported by many. He is seen as a Modernist in many circles. Some think he’s going to cause Schism. Some think he’s modernizing the Church in a needed direction. Max and Davis talk it out!
One thing I’m eternally grateful for: despite all my failings and misfortunes and poor confused life choices, I’m able to pray and read the Bible with my son every day. I wish I’d had that as a kid, I wouldn’t have wound up wasting so many decades as a dreary atheist/spiritual wanderer.
I’m giving him a firm understanding of the Scriptures and the True Ancient Faith passed down directly from Christ and the Apostles, through the established organized Church and the direct chosen successors of Christ’s Chosen Apostles (they’re called Bishops) not just a bunch of people running around reading Bibles to each other and speaking with the “authority” of self-appointed fools with charisma and loud voices and blind arrogance.
We’re in the middle of Exodus now. I have to stop periodically, as I did in Genesis, to explain various ways people lie about the Bible, and all the way they lie about the Orthodox Catholic Church that wrote and compiled and preserved that Bible. Now we’re in Exodus, and I stop periodically to point out the ways they twist and pervert the book of Exodus to say bizarre things. Like the bizarre claim we’re not supposed to have statues or icons, or that intercessory prayers invoking the Saints are wrong (even though both Old and New Testament fully support it). Heresy and blasphemy abides from people who “just go by what’s in the Bible” whether they be Atheist or Evangelical, so as a father I’m glad I can let him know about all of it, so he doesn’t get fooled by them.
Having to stop to note all these wicked lies about the the Church Christ built upon Peter and the Apostles is tiring, but I feel like it’s also a gift I can give him. I don’t want him as lost as I was.
When we finish the Old Testament, we’ll be moving on to the Lives of the Saints, so he can begin to understand the full breadth of the Living Faith that spans 5,000 years of beautiful unbroken Holy Sacred God-derived Divine Tradition from Moses to St. John Paul the Great.
The Church will have shrunk drastically in America by the time he’s in his 20s, though it’ll continue to grow worldwide. The vicious smears of the Seculars, the Marxist Entryists, and the often so hateful and willfully ignorant Evangelicals, will have taken their final toll. But from there, I expect a recovery, as I suspect the Internet will eventually be the undoing of Sola Scriptura, as well as the undoing of Atheism.
Still, it’ll be a lifelong struggle against abuse and lies. But I think he’s up to it. I’ll arm him as best I can. 😉
I pray Our Lady always watches over him and keeps him out of the hands of those who would lie about Christ’s Church. Which, BTW, he established on the Apostles and their chosen successors at Pentecost, and as faithful Christians have continued doing for 2000 years, to this very day, as attested and affirmed by the Holy Scriptures.
People who have only the Bible have a sadly truncated Faith and lack the full Truth of the Gospel. I pray one day they see the error of their ways. Until then, I pray Our Lady always keeps him safe from their hands. They may be well-meaning, but a well-meaning fool is still a fool.