The still relatively young “Global Parents’ Day” is an occasion to highlight and also appreciate the responsibility of fathers and mothers towards their children. Pope Francis has not refrained from attaching his Catholic message to this.
Pope announces “Global Parents’ Day”
June 1st of each year is the “Global Parents’ Day” introduced by the UN in 2012. For parents, as far as this term is still understood or accepted in narrower circles, a special day on which father(!) and mother(!) are called upon to take their responsibility towards their children seriously. In addition to upbringing, education is also part of preparation for later life, provided that the public sector leaves any room at all for parental upbringing. However, “Global Parents’ Day” also serves to emphasize and appreciate the great responsibility of parents.
Teaching the gospel is part of the education of the children. In this context, Pope Francis also spoke on “Global Parents’ Day”. On his Twitter account, Pope Francis wrote that all mothers and fathers should be encouraged to transmit faith to their children.
Dear parents, never tire of talking about your faith to your children: may you always have the strength to be mediators of the faith you received from your parents.
Faith or Gospel?
The Pope’s concern may sound benevolent. But there’s a real catch. Francis urges parents to pass on the “faith”. Here the question arose, which or whose faith? Since the Pope is the highest representative of the “spirit” of the Catholic Church, one can safely assume that the pontiff is of course addressing the Catholic faith.
At this point, however, a big objection! The Catholic catechism is so far removed from the Word of God that it cannot be an option for any serious Christian. The Pope’s sentence would have been much better formulated as follows:
Dear parents, never tire of talking about the Gospel to your children: may you always have the strength to be mediators of the Gospel you received from your parents.
The 2nd commandment warns
The Second Commandment alone (Exodus 20:4-6), which was “eliminated” by the Church of Rome, contains an important reference to the point “the faith received from the parents”. After God had clearly stated that neither image nor likeness may be worshiped or served anywhere, whether in heaven, on earth, in the water or under the earth, it says:
“ for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
The Catholic Church teaches to direct prayers to “saints” and Mary. Be it intercession or any other concern. This also on the basis of pictures, illustrations, figures, statues. So the full program that God expressly forbids.
Anyone who continues to practice the traditional idolatry of Catholic teaching transmitted by their parents must therefore not hope for any mercy from God. The only way out of this dilemma is to put aside Roman Catholic doctrine and hold fast to the true gospel.
Bible verses from King James Version