Father Z does his best to clear Pope Francis from the charge of heresy:
I have recently paid as little attention as allowable to most of what is coming from the pens of Rome. However, this needs some attention.
Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahamad al-Tayyib, signed a document on “Fratellanza Umana per la Pace Mondiale e la convivenza comune… Human Fraternity for world peace and living together”.
The document presents some affirmations and aspirations. It contains the following head-scratching statement. Emphases mine…
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept;
Do you get that? “The pluralism and diversity of religions” is “willed by God”.
We must seek a way to understand this without it sounding like heresy.
Go here to read the rest. Father Z does his best by drawing a distinction between the active will of God and the permissive will of God. God allows a multiplicity of religion without actively seeking a multiplicity of religions. It is a bravura effort, and PopeWatch is sure not at all how the Pope intended this passage to be interpreted. The Pope has made a Golden Calf for the false God of diversity, and so much the worse for Catholicism being the True Faith.