In Abu Dhabi, Francis signed a document stating that religions contradicting Christ are “willed by God.”
Privately, Francis corrected this claim twice, once during Schneider’s March 1 Ad Limina visit and then in a March 5 letter to Schneider.
Francis pointed out that he meant only God’s “permissive will”, not his “positive will.” Schneider begged Francis in a March 25 letter to repeat this explanation in public.
As a consequence, Francis said at the April 3 general audience that God’s permissive will allows different religions to exist.
Schneider calls this a “small improvement” but criticizes that Francis avoided a reference to Abu Dhabi and did not state that Christianity is the only religion positively willed by God.
He warns that Francis’ claim will further erode the faith in the uniqueness of Christ. Schneider therefore applies Saint Paul’s harsh words to Francis,
“Whoever proclaims another gospel to you in contradiction to what we have proclaimed – he be cursed” (Gal 1:9).