June, 2017 Archives

30
Jun

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL: hoping to get a fair trial….

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Justice, Modern Church

Is Cardinal George Pell guilty of past child-abuse?
I find it hard to believe.
Will he get a fair trial?
That’s hard to believe, too.
We’re unlikely to ever know the facts — how can you prove something didn’t happen 40 years ago?
Meanwhile, today, child abuse never stops — nearly all in domestic situations remote from any church or priest — boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children etc.
Pity such children.

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29
Jun

THE CENSUS AND RELIGION: faith and the average Australian.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Multiculturalism, Truth

The Census says Australia’s biggest religious category is now “no religion”.
But isn’t saying you have “no religion” a lie – or at least a misunderstanding?
If religion means a “system of faith”, then we’ve all got one.
You get out of bed. You put faith in the floor remaining a reality while you’re putting faith in its support.
“No-religion” persons often put faith in the “certainty” of science.
Yet the thing most certain about science is that it can’t give certainty.
Tomorrow science will tell us that what it said today was wrong.
Our other objects of worship – money, sport, sex etc. – are fleeting distractions.
Far from certainty, they give you dumbing-down.
Anybody willing to spare some time can think his way through to three basic certainties:
(1) God exists.
(2) Our souls are immortal.
(3) There is a Natural Moral Law distinguishing good from evil.

28
Jun

RE: EDUCATION FUNDING BRAWL: hard to know who to vote for next election.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Politics

The Catholic school system, arguably not offered enough government funding, threatens to campaign politically against the governing coalition parties.
It isn’t clear whom they think people should vote for.
It can’t be Labor. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
Not the Greens. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
The three issues mentioned are infinitely more important than money.
One Nation? Hardly a party, really. One well-meaning figure-head. Plus a mixture of relatively unknowns. Plus Mr Ashby.
What about the Australian Conservatives, then?
Mr Bernardi seems to be a practising Catholic, fairly sane, well-experienced….
But I doubt if the AC’s are the ones they’ll recommend.
Perhaps they should be?

27
Jun

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: uneasy relationship with the government: should it be more uneasy: or non-existent?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Education, Ethics, History, Modern Church, Politics

Which Australian schools should get what funding?
The Catholic school system, arguably not getting e, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.
All parties trot out the same words – that funding should be “needs-based”.
So what do students actually need?
For Catholics, education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.
Funding isn’t the foremost need.
Government funding is, in fact, hazardous.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote:
“Australia is…a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
The Rule of her Order insisted that their schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government….”

nough

22
Jun

EUTHANASIA FORUM: (non-)freedom of speech, Victoria-style.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Death, Justice, Media, Politics

Recently a hall at the South Melbourne Catholic parish church was booked by the local state MP, Martin Foley, for a “community forum” about proposed new state laws to legalise euthanasia.
It turned out that the “forum” was to have one only guest speaker, Andrew Denton — a high-profile media celebrity activist whose pro-euthanasia views are well known.
The church asked that equal time be given for a speaker to put the case for not legalising euthanasia.
Mr Foley declined.
The church cancelled the booking for what looked like being less of a forum and more of a propaganda session.
For their trouble, the church has been roasted by The Age and other Fairfax outlets under the headline “Church blocks state MP from holding assisted dying community forum”.

20
Jun

THE LGBTI “COMMUNITY”: a bit of a myth?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, Health, Justice, Lifestyle

Does the so-called LGBTI community really exist?
Doesn’t “community” mean a group of people united by certain shared characteristics.
Persons calling themselves LGB or T arguably share nothing but a denial.
Like everybody, their real-world identity is written into the genetic make-up of every cell in their body.
But their lives are denials of that fact.
The “I” group is different. What they share is having a genetic structure which objectively makes them different. Something real.
So in that sense, they are a community.
LGBT-identifiers, while living out their self-perceptions, shouldn’t try to impose on others the notion that they are normal.
They should be offered help to modify their identifications (should they choose to request it).
They should not seek to raise children in “same-sex” households.
Anybody who “bullies” them should be punished – the same as should anybody who bullies anybody for any reason.