When receiving news of a recent birth, it is not unusual to say or hear that another child of God has been born. Although this common expression, granted that it is not intentionally erroneous, is nonetheless profoundly imprecise. Just who can someone truly call their child? Can this title be given to the son or daughter of one’s neighbor? Or to one’s dog? Or even to a picture that one has painted? To really be someone’s son or daughter, it is necessary to have received the parents’ nature. That is why we call those who have transmitted human life to us our mother and our father. We also have an unsurpassable Father, our Heavenly Father, who wishes to transmit to us a much more elevated and invaluable life – the divine life, for He wants to be able to sincerely call us His children. This magnificent gift is granted to us by sanctifying grace. Consequently, at birth we cannot yet say that we are children of God. As Jesus said to Nicodemus: we must be born again! Nothing could be more excusable than this common theological inexactitude… Excusable, that is, for those who do not have the mission ex officio to teach the Truth…
Note 1: The authors of this study are aware that the Vatican Press Office has denied the interpretations that some media sources have attributed to certain affirmations contained in the interviews of Francis with Eugenio Scalfari. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that some of these sources are still published on the Vatican website (found by clicking on the links of the articles), lending an official air to their content, seemingly with the approval of Francis himself. In the midst of all the turmoil and confusion caused, we always feel that a presentation of the true doctrine should be made with clarity, together with such affirmations. We must not forget that the majority of the public read only the titles that the media publishes, and, as we know, the latter frequently manipulate the truth. Consequently, it appears that a mere declaration that the content of these interviews does not correspond with the textual words of Francis, is simply not sufficient. As such, we publish this article with the intention of clarifying and orienting the faithful, who have always been the principle objective of this page, as we expressed in our letter of presentation. In this way, each one can make a correct judgment, having beforehand attained knowledge of the truth.
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