The fourteenth article.
A good man ought so to conform his will to the divine will that he should will
whatever God wills. Since God in some way wills for me to have sinned, Ι
should not will that Ι
had not committed sins; and this is true penitence.
The fifteenth article.
If a man had committed a thousand mortal sins, if such a man were rightly
disposed he ought not to will that he had not committed them.
Maybe the Pope saw in these
articles an encouragement of moral relativism and something absurd: how could
God ever will for us to have sinned, when sin is exactly a deviation from His
St. Dionysius writes that
“God knows evil as good, and to Him the causes of the evil deeds are powers that
In the book of Isaias we listen to God himself saying that “I make peace and
build disasters – it is me, the Lord and God, who does all these”.St. Symeon the New
Theologian writes that
“whoever, through the adversities follows the road of the One life, does not
at all prefer one situation from another”.