Tulsa Bishop: Allegations Against Pope a ‘Good Place to Begin’ Sex Abuse Investigations


Breitbart: Asked about these allegations on the papal plane returning from a weekend trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis refused to deny the archbishop’s claims, saying he would not utter “a single word” about the accusations and suggesting, rather, that journalists read the statement and draw their own conclusions from the report.

In a Facebook post Sunday evening, Bishop David Konderla of Tulsa said an investigation into sexual abuse and cover-up was necessary to “restore holiness and accountability to the leadership of the Church” and that Archbishop Viganò’s statement is “a good place to begin the investigations.” more …

Opinion: Right there is the problem: “As it is written, There is none righteous (holy), no, not one” Romans 3:10.

Mike Gendron’s ministry is to bring Catholics to faith in Jesus Christ and not works (Eph. 2:8-9). His website, www.proclaimingthegospel.org is a must for those of us who are trying to share the gospel with Catholics.

Proclaiming The Gospel: “The leader of the Catholic Church is defined …as the Vicar of Christ…The Pope is considered the man on earth who represents the Son of God who “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity…Catholics believe this and therefore call him “Holy Father” or “Your Holiness”.

The First Vatican Council decreed that in matters of “faith and morals the Pope possesses…that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his church to enjoy in defining doctrine.”

While Catholics may read the Bible, only bishops of the church have the right to interpret its meaning and teach with authority:

The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God…has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ (Second Vatican Council)

Biblical Response:

Do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. (Mt 23:8)

Paul, the writer of so many epistles, warned against anyone’s infallibility in their own flesh. He stressed that only Scripture was infallible:

But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed (Gal 1:8).

The basis for most of what Catholics believe about the papacy is found in their interpretation of Mt 16:13-20, containing the verse “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.” A careful examination will prove that the context of these verses is not about Peter but about the identity of Jesus. When Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”, Peter declares that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus replies that this revelation came from God.

The main thrust of these verses centers around Jesus, not Peter. Peter’s name in the Greek was Petros.

If Jesus had meant the foundational rock that He was building His church upon to be Peter, Jesus would have said “ You are Peter (Petros) and upon this rock (Petros) I will build my church.” Simple, direct, easy to understand and consistent.

But this is not what Jesus said.

Instead, He said, “You are Petros and upon this petra I will build My church.” Petros, Peter’s name, means a small stone, a pebble. – hardly strong enough to build a mighty church upon. Petra – in referring to Jesus Himself – means bedrock, a strong foundation on which His Church could rightly and logically be built.

The word for bedrock is also found in Mt 7:24, 25 the foundation upon which a wise man builds his house.” (Source)