2017-11-03 23:06:54 UTC
isn't God's real name. Matthias, son of Deuteronomy of Gath, was
VATICAN CITY Speaking before a delegation of Jewish leaders at the
Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis revealed he has instructed the
Vatican Secret Archives to unseal a set of ancient scrolls that have
been kept hidden from public knowledge for centuries by the Church.
The scrolls, which were encased in marble and buried in 463 A.D., are
said to contain the true name of God as communicated to Moses in the
Book of Exodus.
The Pope told an audience during an event celebrating a new version of
the Torah that his decision to upend over fifteen hundred years of
secrecy was driven in part by a need for greater transparency within
the Catholic Church. It is a scandal to say one thing and do
another, declared Pope Francis before adding that the Church is
leading a double life by continuing to keep Gods name secret.
A source inside the Vatican Secret Archives told Sky News that the
Church first became aware of the scrolls existence in the fifth
century. The scrolls were uncovered by the Romans during siege of
Jerusalem and the subsequent destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.
Nearly four centuries came to pass before Rome would hand over control
of the scrolls to the Church in 463 A.D., the source explained. Upon
inspection, Pope St. Hilarius issued a decree striking any mention of
Gods name from official Church literature.
According to Exodus 3:14, when the Lord appeared to Moses as a burning
bush, He referred to Himself in the Hebrew tongue as Yahweh,
meaning, I am who I am. However, the Holy See now says that was only
part of Gods message to Moses. God said, I am who I am, the
Vatican source told Sky News. He then followed up with, And I am
[this name]. That final word is what the Holy See plans to make known
to the world.
As to why the Catholic Church has gone to such great lengths to keep
Gods true name a secret remains unknown. What is clear is that the
Papacy has maintained an unbroken chain of communication in regards to
the matter dating back to 468 A.D. In keeping with tradition, each
successive Pope since Hilarius has been made aware of the Lords
name, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed on Friday.
The Vatican Press Office has received more than two million inquiries
regarding Gods name since the Popes announcement on Thursday. Our
phones have been ringing off the hook, said one Vatican insider who
spoke to BBC News on condition of anonymity. Understandably, everyone
wants to know [His] name, the insider said. That sentiment isnt
limited to the public. Even the College of Cardinals is getting caught
up in the frenzy. According to the insider, the body which serves to
advise the Pope has a friendly betting pool whose odds-on favorite