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Catholic Church in Scotland: Despite Pope Francis, 'No Plans to Change Wording of Our Father' Prayer

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | June 25, 2019 | 12:25 PM EDT

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Although Pope Francis has ordered a change in the Our Father prayer -- a prayer given to the world by Jesus Christ -- the Catholic Church in Scotland said it has no plans to accept the Pope's  version of the prayer, and the Catholic Church in England and Wales also said it has no plans at this time to change the Our Father, although the issue will be studied.

"The Catholic Church in Scotland has no plans to change the wording of the Our Father," a spokesman for the church told Stv.tv in Scotland, as well as The Scottish Sun and Christian Today. "The translation of the prayers of the Mass into different languages, is a matter of the language groups concerned."

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In the prayer, the Pope ordered the phrase "lead us not into temptation" to be changed to "do not let us fall into temptation."

Pope Francis reportedly was frustrated, stating that God the Father does not lead us into temptation, "He helps you to get up immediately."

"The one who leads you into temptation is Satan," said the Pope, as reported in Christian Today. "That's Satan's role."

The change in the prayer was made official in late May and is now included in a new edition of the Italian Missal, the prayer book Catholics use at Mass. 

"The Lord's prayer has been changed in the Italian language -- there are no plans at present for it to change in English," said a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, reported Christian Today

The Our Father, as it is taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reads:

"Our Father who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. 
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread, 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us, 
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil."

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman

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