Pope Francis: God was “unjust with His Son, He sent Him to the Cross”

Last December 14, in an audience in the Paul VI hall with patients and staff of Rome’s Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, Pope Francis suggested that God “was unjust with his son”, because “he sent him to the cross.”

The controversial comments were an answer to a question put to him by Valentina Vanzi, a nurse in multi-speciality paediatrics, who asked why children suffer. The Pope replied:

I have no answer to this question. Nor has Jesus given an answer to these words. There is no answer to this question, all we can do is look at the crucifix and let it give us the answer”. The Pope added: “is God unjust? He was unjust with his son, he sent him to the cross, if we follow this logic then we have to say this. But it is our human existence, our flesh, that suffers in that child and when one suffers, people do not speak, they weep and pray in silence.

The commentary of the Pope contradicts with the Church’s understanding of Jesus’ self-giving act on the Cross.  God is not “unjust” for sending His Son to the Cross – to the contrary, the Church teaches that one of the attributes of God is that He is Just.

Likewise, the Church teaches that Jesus voluntarily laid down His life out of love for us – His dying on the cross was not a result of an unjust decision by the Father, but rather an expression of His love for us.   Our Blessed Lord said that as the Good Shepherd, he voluntarily lays down his life for the sheep. No one takes His life from Him, He lays it down for His sheep of His own accord.  John 10: 14-18:

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

Finally, we also recall here St. Paul in Philippians chapter 2: 5-11:

For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

Why is the Pope saying things that seemingly contradict established Church teachings?  It will be helpful to study at this point numerous prophecies made by saints and reputable modern-day prophets who have foretold of a time (right before the Second Coming of Christ) where there will be a great Apostasy, or loss of Faith, in the Church, brought about by the “False Prophet” of the Book of Revelation.  Below are some useful links to read in this regard:


  1. Please don’t call Bergoglio as Pope, he is a heretic and an insult against the true and Holy Catholic Church. Pax et bonum

    1. Never. The Pope is in the right track in line with the Master, guided by the H.sp. IS QUI POTEST CAPERE CAPIAT. He’s preparing the Church for Eph 1:10.

      1. Ephesian 1:10 This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth with Christ as head.

  2. In order to do a good job of attracting flies, one must smeer oneself with Sh-t, and that bergolio
    is doing very well. His words can only attract flies. If anyone takes him seriously, then that person, is attracted to Sh-t. One who does not yet read the handwriting on the wall is lost.

  3. God is not unjust he is 100% just. It is OBEDIENCE the crux and criteria for the entire human race. Jesus did not protest when he was asked to come in the flesh to kill the sins of the flesh and the devil in answer to Satan.
    God sent his only begotten son in the flesh and blood to kill the sins of flesh, thoughts etc. and Jesus lovingly and obediently did the will of his father.
    The Devil did not ! he too was asked to come into the world but refused with his stupid justification that we humans are dirt made out of dirt and he is of the spirit. That led to his downfall.
    This is the answer.

    1. Absolutely it’s out of obedience and volunteriness But as designed by God the Father. This eternal Plan of the econamy of Salvation is a mystery. Yet wn I think as a human, God seems unjust to hand over HisOnly Son to the cross according to His Plan. “Out of love” -truth in faith; “unjust”-human reason.

      1. God may seem unjust but is not. It is a lie to lead people to believe that He is or even might be. And God did not hand over His Son. Jesus handed Himself over, after praying to the Father that God’s Will be done. He had a choice through His human free will -as do each of us. He also had choices through His Divine Powers, which He did not use, such as calling on the legions of angels to fight for Him. Jesus chose what God His Father desired.

  4. Of course God is just. We deserved that very death for our own sins! Jesus, out of love, paid that price for us. He took our place so that His Justice and Mercy could be fulfilled in Jesus for us.

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