‘Faith’ Category Archives

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Feb

LOSS OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF “SECURITY”: new laws with a whiff of anti-Catholicism?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Faith, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

Following alleged Chinese government influences being exerted on Australian businesses, political parties and universities the federal government plans new security laws.
Foreign donations in Australian political campaigns will be banned.
Journalists’ freedom to gather information will be curtailed – mere possession of “sensitive information” becoming punishable even if it isn’t published.
Foreign lobbyists will have to register themselves and declare who they are working for.
The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn’t like this last one.
Will people involved in Catholic charities, schools or social advocacy groups have to register as agents of a “foreign power” – namely the Vatican?
Might Catholic-related groups like the St Vincent de Paul Society have to register — because at times they comment on the ethics of political party policies which affect the homeless, refugees etc.
Freedom of speech in Australia can no longer be taken for granted.
Some of it disappeared during the “same-sex-marriage” debate.
The screws may tighten up further under the influence of the Prime Minister’s “freedom-of-religion” panel headed by Mr. Ruddock.
The panel membership includes no person known for conservative or traditional Catholic beliefs on these issues.

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24
Nov

RELGIOUS FREEDOM IN AUSTRALIA: Turnbull-style, Brennan-style — when, if ever…?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Family, Justice, Modern Church

Legislation protecting religious freedom in Australia….
Will it ever happen?
Mr. Turnbull says it won’t be happening at least until into the new year.
Then an “expert panel”, chaired by Mr. Philip Ruddock, will come up with a report – but not before March 2018.
The panel’s token-alleged-Catholic-spokesperson, is to be Father Frank Brennan.
Yes, Fr. Brennan, who publicly distanced himself from Catholic and Judaeo-Christian teaching on marriage, saying how he voted Yes for same-sex marriage, because…wait for it….
Because, he says, in view of the numbers of children already being raised in households headed by homosexual couples “we’ve got to factor that into the common-good argument….”
I suppose he must have said it.
I’ve heard no evidence of him denying having said it.

13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Faith, God, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Truth, Youth

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

11
Oct

SAME-SEX PLEBISCITE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS: what does the future hold?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Family, Politics

Traditionally-minded people will be pleased if the No-vote wins this marriage plebiscite.
What to do if the result is a Yes-vote?
Must they concede their loss while pleading for free speech and religious freedom exemptions?
No, for Christians it’s a case of:
“Religious freedoms are something God has built into us.
“We don’t need the government, thanks.
“With or without their blessing, we’ll keep expressing the gospel as best we can.
“Lock us up, crucify us — physically or mentally – suit yourself.
“Our only worry is to make sure we express ourselves in a loving and charitable manner.”

7
Sep

MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE: what will the repercussions be?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

What about this “plebiscite” over changing Australia’s marriage laws to permit any couple to be “married” regardless of “gender”?
If the Yes vote wins, will Christians thinking and acting according to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be “exemptions”?
That question is scarcely relevant.
Jesus told his first 12 disciples they must “take up their cross daily” – i.e. be willing to be persecuted or killed any time.
Jesus himself died, nailed to a cross by those hating his teachings and life.
His modern-day followers can hardly go looking for “exemptions”.
Church leaders clamouring to the government to allow them “free speech” etc., aren’t really on the right track, are they?
God gives us free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else alleges to give or not give.
One thing is certain, Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage-tolerating society.

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, God, Science, Truth

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?