August 17, 2019
Religion

The Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis changes the words to avoid blaming God

inews: One of the most revered Catholic prayers of all time has undergone a revamp thanks to Pope Francis.

The Pope announced the Lord’s Prayer will updated after he criticised it for blaming humanity’s sins on God.

‘Do not let us fall into temptation’
Worshippers will no longer chant “lead us not into temptation” but instead “do not let us fall into temptation,” according to Catholic publication The Tablet.

Pope Francis said he has brought about the change for one simple reason: he believes humanity falls to temptation – it is not induced by God.

Speaking to TV2000, a TV station owned by the Italian Bishops’ Conference, the pope said: “I’m the one who falls. But it’s not (God) who pushes me into temptation to see how I fall. No, a father does not do this. A father helps us up immediately.

It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”

The version of the updated prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and do not let us fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

The Pope first mentioned he wanted the prayer to be updated in 2017.

But the mention of an update did not go down too well with the more conservative members of the church.

He has been criticised for his modernisation of the Catholic church on several occasions – including his refusal to let several clergy members kiss his ring.

“Pope Francis has made a habit of saying things that throw people into confusion, and this is one of them,” Philip Lawler, the editor of Catholic World News, told the New York Times.

“It just makes you wonder, where does it stop, what’s up for grabs? It’s cumulative unease.”

A line in The Gloria will also change in the third edition from “Peace on earth to people of good will” to “Peace on Earth to people beloved by God,” reported The Guardian.

Source: Published by inews

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