Pope Calls for Lord’s Prayer Translation Change

Pope Francis has suggested that a key phrase in the English translation of the Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster) be changed to better match the intention of the Latin Vulgate, a 4th-Century Latin translation of the Bible, which had already been translated from ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

On Italian TV, the Pope said that “lead us not into temptation” was not a good translation because God does not lead humans to sin, so it should be replaced with “do not let us fall into temptation.”

The pontiff explained that France’s Catholic Church changed its translation on December 3 from ne nous soumets pas à la tentation” to “ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation,and other countries should follow suit.

“Do not let me fall into temptation because it is I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation and then sees how I fell,” he explained, adding:”A father does not do that, a father helps you to get up immediately.”


  1. I uderstand how they arrived there. If it was not about translation primarily I’d suggest… “lead us away from temptation”. This avoids wordiness and conveys the idea of guiding us from a temptation that is just there… no blame assigned, even as a hint really. (Cautionary Note: Like most Internet posts, this is NOT after hours of deep reflection.)

  2. Quibbling over translations when the priesthood and all church leaders are failing to lead the church morally — is like applying a band-aid to a gaping puss-filled head wound. Example: Our parish made a huge undertaking to say the Lord’s prayer in Latin. In the meantime the local cardinal was is being defrocked for covering-up decades of abuse. Parishes need to be led by lay council as recommended in Vatican II. Clergy should never be alone with anyone… period. Gradually Deacons should become the spiritual advisors — and priests should become more like monks and nuns and scholars…not leaders and certainly not royalty. There is not a word in the bible that says the Pope must wear expensive red silk slippers — while loyal Catholics in the Philippines are living on the streets; while American Catholics are fighting the abortion culture — We don’t need to be ruled by an Italian principality. We need good lay people of solid character to step-up and rid our church of criminals.

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