Thursday 21 June 2018

Fr Flannery is right - the Church is eroding its own authority

Pope Francis addresses the crowd in St Peter’s Square yesterday. Photo; Getty Images
Pope Francis addresses the crowd in St Peter’s Square yesterday. Photo; Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Fr Tony Flannery (Irish Independent, December 23) is correct when he says of the Christmas story: "It is a beautiful story, but it is a mythical account of the birth of Jesus, not a historical one" and "for too long [the Church] presented the Christmas story as historical reality".

The Christmas story "contains similar elements to other ancient myths about the birth of gods" - a reference to gods who preceded Jesus by centuries and who had many of the same attributes as Jesus: Virgin birth, miracle working, death and resurrection and ascent into heaven.

Fr Flannery wisely puts discussion of the details of the death and resurrection of Jesus into the realm of "the mysterious actions of God".

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