‘Faith’ Category Archives

10
Apr

ISRAEL FOLAU: a man with a message

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Faith, God, sport

Israel Folau, a famous Australian rugby player, was asked on social media about God’s plan for homosexuals.
He answered, “HELL…unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Now he’s facing “sanctions” from Rugby Australia for what the media describe as his “homophobic” comments.
Three of Rugby Australia’s sponsors, Qantas, Asics and Land Rover, have expressed disapproval of Mr. Folau’s comments, which they say conflict with company policies of inclusiveness….
Mr. Folau’s policy, on the other hand, is to be a Christian believer — and to feel free to say so.
The Gospel on which Christianity is based makes two points clear:
(1) we humans must not judge other people’s worth in God’s eyes. But we are duty-bound to make judgments about people’s actions, including when they are sinful.
(2) we human beings are all in danger of hell unless we repent of our sins and turn to God.

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10
Mar

HOW TO BUY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, SHORTEN-STYLE: but will it work?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Faith, Modern Church, Money, Politics, Youth

The ALP plans to corner the Catholic vote by offering Catholics what they want most.
What do Catholics want most?
Mr Shorten thinks they most want money.
An extra $250 million for Catholic schools should do the trick.
The Catholic church’s founder, Jesus Christ, said it is impossible to worship both God and money….
Has his church now made that decision and opted for the money?
Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, insisted that no school run by her Order would ever accept government money.
But times have changed.
A literally Catholic school would cost little to run — its staff of priests, brothers and nuns requiring no pay.
If the church can’t generate recruits for the religious life they will lack the personnel to teach the gospel.
Arguably they would lack a gospel to teach.
By accepting government money, do you not, of necessity, accept a curriculum of government-sponsored paganism, including cultic gender-theory and lowest-denominator pseudo-tolerance?

26
Feb

CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA: criticism of the Pope’s role

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Modern Church, Recent Developments

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister intends visiting Pope Francis in Rome during March 2018.
A deal is being negotiated by which the Pope will surrender selection of new bishops in China to the Chinese government.
Already about half of China’s estimated 10 million Catholics are affiliated with the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen Zekuin calls the Pope’s concession a “betrayal” of those other Catholics (the “underground” Catholic church) who defy the government by giving their first allegiance to the Pope.
While China’s Catholic population has stabilised around 10 million, numbers of Protestant Christians has risen over the last couple of generations to about 50 million.
About one Chinese citizen in every 30 is now a Protestant Christian.
The Chinese government is imposing tougher regulations on religious practice, effective from 2 February 2018.
Getting Pope Francis to knuckle under seems no longer to be their biggest worry.

1
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.

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”.