Dr. John Holmes, professor of English, writes on Pope Francis’ recent criticism of a line in the Our Father, and Tolkiens connection to this line.
On Dec. 6, 2017, Pope Francis, in the midst of a video segment explicating the Lord’s Prayer on Italian television, voiced a criticism of the English translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” that created a brief media stir.
The Holy Father was simply voicing a long-standing concern about the unintentional implication in the phrase that God could actively will our sin. “I am the one who falls,” Pope Francis said. “It’s not [God] who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall. A father doesn’t do this; a father helps us to get up right away.”
Dr. John Holmes is a professor in the English Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. John Holmes wanted to be practical. As a freshman at St. Bonaventure University in New York, he contemplated pursuing his passions- literature and writing. He decided a journalism major offered more job security, and had set his passions aside. After graduation, Holmes stayed on at Bonaventure for a for a masters degree in literature. He continued his studies on British Romanticism at Kent State and arrived at Franciscan University in 1985, with his doctorate in hand.