“A” God? Since when do we have multiple gods?
There is a wonderful moment at the ending of every Tridentine (Latin) Mass celebrated where The Last Gospel of the day is read. Specifically, the Holy Gospel of St John, 1:1-14.
When read, both the priest and the faithful in attendance always stand whenever any passages of any Gospel is read aloud. But here’s the exception; when the words And the Word was made flesh… all present genuflect in reverence.
As St John tells us, at the very moment of His conception, The Word (God the Son) was incarnate as human. True God and True Man in one Divine Person as the Church teaches the Duality of Christ.
Yet if a report from CNSNews.com, the South American liberal currently occupying the Seat of Peter is openly questioning not only one of the core beliefs of all Catholics, but a core belief of billions of Christians for the last 2,000 years.
As penned by CNSNews.com’s Michael W. Chapman (emphasis mine);
In the latest edition of La Repubblica [beyond the paywall], Pope Francis’ longtime atheist friend and interviewer, Eugenio Scalfari, claims that the Pope told him that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a man, a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.”
The teaching of the Catholic Church and most Christian churches is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was incarnated as fully man and fully God.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it. (464)”
As Chapman notes, the Vatican has since issued an official statement;
This story was updated at 2:25 p.m EST to include a brief statement from the Vatican, which does not deny what Scalfari reported about Pope Franics, only saying it “cannot be considered as a faithful account of what was effectively said, but represent more a personal free interpretation of that which he [Scalfari] heard.”
Chapman further cited social media’s Michael Voris of the everything Catholic news portal ChurchMilitant.com (emphasis mine);
Church Militant’s Michael Voris commented, “That is the relevant part of the statement, and it, in itself, is now creating its own firestorm because it does not actually deny Scalfari’s characterization, merely hinting at the possibility.”
“Likewise, it does not affirm in any fashion that Pope Francis does indeed hold the divinity of Christ during Our Savior’s earthly ministry,” said Voris.