After the execution of Pope Francis, the focus of the Catholic Church has shifted to the crucifixions of Jesus and John the Baptist.
But the focus on John the Baptizer and Jesus’ crucifixion has never really been central to Christian belief, according to an international study released Tuesday.
This week, Pope Francis addressed the Vatican for the first time since the church’s historic condemnation of the crucifixes in 2015, saying he is committed to a new, more inclusive view of the two men.
In his address to the Vatican’s congregation, Francis also gave an “endorsement” of John the baptizer, calling him a “prophet” and “martyr.”
But his most direct reference to John the baptism is in the Book of Acts, in which John baptizes a young man named James, a Baptist preacher.
In Acts, John baptises Jesus, who is later crucified.
But what did John say?
The pope said that John the man of God “was born of a woman, Mary Magdalene, who had been betrothed to the prince of her people, the Hebrew King David.”
The word betrothes here means “to marry.”
The Bible says that James was a servant of God, a man of faith.
But it’s not clear what the word betrothal means.
According to the International Journal of Christian Unity, a scholarly journal, James’ betrothing was “a sign of love and reconciliation, but it was not an act of fidelity.”
“In other words, James was not the son of a virgin, but rather, the son or heir of the virgin betrothest her husband,” the journal wrote.
“James, therefore, had to be a descendant of a widow or betrothette.
In the Hebrew Bible, however, Mary is often called a virgin by her descendants.”
The fact that Jesus was a child of Mary’s betrothesis does not necessarily mean he was born of Mary, however.
James was born when James was still in the womb of Mary and Mary’s first husband, the prophet Saul.
Saul died shortly after the birth of James, and the couple separated.
In an interview with the Catholic magazine L’Osservatore Romano in 2015 (it is no longer published online), Pope Francis said, “The Gospel of Jesus is not about the birth, but the death of Jesus.
Jesus, being born of her, was conceived by her.”
“If he is the son that Mary conceived, then the Holy Spirit gave him the soul that Mary gave to him, and it is Mary who gives him the body of Christ.”
“What I’m trying to say is, I am not interested in Jesus as a person or a historical figure.
I’m interested in his discipleship and the life of the Gospel.
So if you want to say that he was conceived in the same way as Mary was conceived, I think that is very problematic,” Francis said.
“I don’t want to get into the question of how I got the word of God to the Gentiles, and how they were inspired to say Jesus was the son born of the Virgin Mary.
But I don’t think we should get into that.
If you want a good way to talk about the Gospel, we must talk about Jesus and the Passion.”
Francis also said that the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ death on the cross “give us a glimpse of the real person of Jesus.”
“I believe the story is much more authentic than the story that we are told in the Gospel,” Francis told reporters after the meeting.
“There is no story more authentic or more profound than the one we have in the Bible.”
The pope’s remarks are not the first to draw criticism from the church.
In 2016, a group of Protestant scholars published a report criticizing the pope for a number of statements made during the pope’s public address in Rome last year.
The report said Francis’ emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus “indicates that he is not interested and is not ready to accept the Gospel of Christ,” and it called for “a return to the faith of Jesus himself.”
A number of other Catholic theologians have also questioned Francis’ teachings.
“Pope Francis is not a true Christian,” Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his 2017 encyclical.
In recent years, Francis has been at odds with many other Catholics over the use of the word “Baptism,” as well as the doctrine of the Trinity.
In 2018, he wrote in a letter to the bishops of the world, “There are a number who, for whatever reason, do not believe that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred on the basis of a single event, but believe that a human soul, or the Holy Ghost, or both, was present.”
In his recent address to priests and bishops, Francis said the church should be “more respectful” to those who have been baptized.
Francis also called for greater transparency regarding