From the Sydney Morning Herald: Priest Still Believes, But Not In Jesus
Sacked Catholic priest Peter Kennedy says he hasn't given up on God and prayer, but no longer believes in Jesus.
Father Kennedy, dismissed by the church for unorthodox practices, says he now considers Jesus "a fable".
The rebel priest made headlines in 2009 when he formed a congregation in exile.
He was earlier sacked by the church for unorthodox practices such as allowing women to preach the homily and blessing same-sex relationships.
Fr Kennedy says he still believes in God, just not a God who intervenes in the affairs of humans.
In other words, he's putting limits on what God will or will not do. True - God doesn't interfere with our free will, and maybe that's what he means by saying "not a God who intervenes in the affairs of humans". But if he means God doesn't interact with His creation and with us mortals, then he's in serious denial of revealed Truth.
"It's true I've given up on that sort of a God, that sort of a 'being' that sits up there in heaven somewhere and intervenes in human affairs," he told AAP on Wednesday.
"If you believe in a God that intervenes into human history why didn't God intervene in the massacre in Norway? Whatever God is, God is not that sort of God, obviously.
"That's what I'm trying to say."
Well, I'm no theologian, and I don't have the mind of God, but again, God didn't intervene because He doesn't interfere with our free will. It's that simple. We are victims of other people's exercise of their free will for good or ill, just as others are subject to our choices. It's always been that way.
So what kind of God does he believe in then?
Fr Kennedy said he still believed in prayer, but not asking things of God.
"For me prayer is just standing in wonder and awe at the mystery of life, the beauty of life, the goodness of people."
Praying in church was not about talking directly to God, he said.
"It (public prayer) is about informing the community of people within the community and outside the community who are in need, it's not about informing God.
"God already knows all that, that's God."
So he stands in awe and wonder at the mystery of life, and in the goodness of people, and calls that prayer? Sounds more like navel gazing to me, but what do I know? Too bad he doesn't ask for wisdom to understand God's ways better, but since he doesn't believe God gives things we ask for (in direct contrast to Scripture), he won't.
And the public prayer statement - what exactly does he want to inform people within and without the community? It's obviously not about worshiping God, which is the point of the Mass. It's not about praising Him, or beseeching Him, or seeking forgiveness, or any of that stuff. To him, it's all inwardly focused, all about the community.
On the day he dies, he's going to meet his metaphor. I'm afraid he'll find out right quick his version of reality was the make-believe one.
But he said he had not believed in Jesus for some time, calling the son of God a "fable" and a "metaphor".
"There is no corroborating evidence for the existence of a person called Jesus," he said.
"The Gospels must not ever be taken literally. Scripture scholars tell us that.
"There's been 'dying, rising God-men' around for centuries before Christianity. All Christianity did was to take on those pagan, then Jewish, mysteries.
"He's a parable, he's a metaphor in a sense."