Pope Francis has changed the ”Our Lord’s Prayer” because he’s not comfortable with the line that says ”Lead us not into temptation”.
The leader of the Catholic Church officially approved altering the phrase “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation”.
The Pope called for the new line because he believes the original portrays God in a false light – as Satan is the “one who leads you astray”.
The Pope first signalled his support for the change in 2017 – despite some opposition.
“A father does not lead into temptation, a father helps you to get up immediately,” he said at the time.
‘SATAN LEADS YOU INTO TEMPTATION’
“It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”
“The one who leads you into temptation is Satan,” he added. “That’s Satan’s role.”
Pope Francis pointed out that Italian bishops followed the example of French bishops in the Catholic Church.
“The French have modified the prayer to ‘do not let me fall into temptation,’ because it is me who falls, not the Lord who tempts me to then see how I fall,” he said.
The Lord’s Prayer originates in Matthew 6:9-13.
The key verse in question is 13, which, in the NIV translation, reads: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
The amended phrase will be used in a revised third edition of the Italian Missal – a book which includes all the texts for the celebration of Mass in the Catholic Church.
This means the change will not directly affect Anglicans or Protestants as they have separate texts.