Why Pope Francis doesn’t like the word “blessed”
In a speech this week to the Vatican Press Club, Pope Francis made a very specific point about what he considers to be the problem with the word Blessed: “Blessed are the children of God.”
He added, “Babes of God are blessed by God.”
But he went on to explain that the word does not have a specific meaning.
The Pope’s remarks came in response to a question about the word’s meaning when referring to a child.
Pope Francis has been very outspoken about the need to “end the misuse of the word ‘blessing’ and to protect children from abuse.”
He said that the Church “must be very clear” when it comes to the word, “because we are called to protect and defend children from exploitation, to protect them from violence, to prevent exploitation, and to foster a society of respect and justice.”
“Children are born in a world where they need to be protected,” he added.
The words “brought forth” and “bountiful” are not the words that the Pope is using in his speech.
He’s using the word as a synonym for “baptized,” which he says is a specific expression of the Catholic Church’s teachings about human sexuality.
“It is a very particular expression, but a very important expression,” he said.
When asked if he believes that there is a “biblical” or “historic” meaning to the term Blessed, Pope Benedict XVI replied that “we have to keep in mind the word is a special kind of expression, and it’s not used as a term of endearment or a noun.
It is the expression of a deep conviction of the truth, the deepest conviction that we believe, that the human person has the right to be loved, to be cherished, to have a good life.
So that is what the word means.”
“Benedict XVI was very clear in his words, that it was a very special expression, not an adjective, not a noun,” said Catherine Maclean, a University of Toronto linguist and the author of “Baptism: The Origins and Development of the English Language.”
“I think the Pope, by being very clear, is not saying, ‘Well, we’re not going to use this word.’
But he is saying that he thinks that there’s a deeper meaning that he has to speak about, and that is the biblical and the historic meaning.”
Pope Francis was speaking to a group of bishops, priests, nuns and lay people gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica.
In his remarks, the Pope said that “the Church’s teaching must be very concrete and it must be absolutely clear,” and that “this must be a time of renewed concern for the protection of children, for their protection, and for their dignity.”
He also stressed that the use of the term “bursed” is a matter of “great importance.”
He called for “new ways to use the word.”
The word “Bursed” comes from the Latin word “bidetis” meaning “bought, bought, bought.”
The term was coined by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who used it to describe the gifts God would give a mortal person, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
It was the term used by Saint Paul in the New Testament.
The word was first used in the 18th century, and has been used in Christian texts for over a thousand years.
Pope Benedict also noted that “bonded” is also a word used by the Roman Catholic Church to refer to people who are baptized into a certain faith and who have received certain sacraments, including the Eucharist and Communion.
The term has been part of the language for centuries.
The Vatican Press Clubs has been a venue for important public events in the Church, and this year’s event was the first to feature a discussion of the Word of Life.
For more information on the Vatican press club, go to the press club website at press.vatican.va.
Vatican reporters and editors contributed to this report.