Marcionite Bishop Offers Guidance to Pope Francis, Cites Corrupt Tree Parable
Private letter urges Catholic Church return to first Christian bible; urges expansion of Council of Jerusalem rulings and rejection of sodomy and usury
Areas of concern referenced by Bishop Philologos include sodomy and a recent embrace of usury through an initiative called 'Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican.' He says the drift toward policies antithetical to the teachings of Christ are now difficult to ignore.
The letter reminds the Pontiff of the New Testament parable: "For there is no good tree that produces corrupt fruit; nor corrupt tree that produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit." It is within this frame of reference that Bishop Philologos reminds the Pontiff that when the Hebrew bible (Old Testament) was officially adopted by the Roman Catholic Church in 382 A.D., the spiritual tree was corrupted and the division the church is experiencing today (corrupt fruit) can be traced back directly to that earlier decision.
Bishop Philologos also gently reminded Pope Francis that the first Pope, the Apostle Peter, had to be corrected after backsliding into the errors of Judaism - a forceful, public correction delivered by the Apostle Paul and later upheld at the Council of Jerusalem in 48 A.D.
The bishop closed out his letter in hopeful terms and expressed a desire to see the Catholic church return to its scriptural roots of the first Christian bible of 144 A.D.
Darren Kelama, Outreach Director