‘Faith’ Category Archives

13
Jul

AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY AND THE CHURCHES: not on each others’ Christmas card list?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Modern Church, Money

The Australian Sex Party is calling for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
An article headed: “Time to end unfair privilege of religion at tipping point” is currently on its website and has appeared in various newspapers.
Millions of dollars would be saved, they say – dollars spendable on government-run hospitals, schools, welfare etc.
But by knocking out volunteer-supported agencies, won’t we end up needing squillions more bureaucrats?
Anyway, it’s a thought-provoking proposal.
The article makes another suggestion: “It’s time to take religion out of politics….”
Yes, why not stop religious people expressing opinions?
Isn’t real politics about opportunity-grabbing, back-stabbing, power-mongering, poll-watching and looking after one’s mates?
Who wants to hear about God, virtue and absolute values?
All that is, for some at least, an unwelcome intrusion.

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4
Jul

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION: moves towards a religion-free state.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Media, Multiculturalism

The Catholic Church’s credibility is at a low ebb.
Which is at least partly self-inflicted.
That might please many people with control over our money, our media and our school curriculums.
The ones who despise Jesus Christ himself and what he stands for.
By threats and emotional blackmail, they chase Catholic belief — even the notion of natural moral law — out of the public debate.
Currently, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation seems to be phasing religion out of its air-waves.
The ABC’s executive producer of religion, Jane Jeffes, has been told she is “potentially redundant”
For semi-practising Christians, let’s make all this a learning opportunity.
For starters, let’s attend Sunday Mass regularly — top priority, without fail.
Weekdays too, if possible.
And, every day, live a very self-disciplined, very unselfish and cheerfully outspoken life.

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.

12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Faith, Health, Modern Church

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)

31
May

MARGARET COURT: back in the news and not pleasing everybody….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, sport

Margaret Court says marriage should be defined the way the Bible defines it.
Some “progressive” people think she needs a serious lesson in how you can’t say that there here.
They want her deprived of recognition as Australia’s best-ever tennis star.
They want things named in her honour to be given a different name.
Is she really an un-Australian and un-cool fanatic?
Check YouTube clips of Margaret playing contemporary top tennis ladies like Chrissie Evert.
She looks as though she’s having a quiet hit-up. She seems to be losing a lot of points. Then fast-forward and, behold, she wins the last point and there she is holding the Cup.
Check also video clips of her speeches and sermons about her faith.
She doesn’t appear very frenzied.
In fact, what she says seems to make a bit of sense.

15
May

ALAN JOYCE AND THE FUNDAMENTALIST PIE-THROWER: apology rejected.

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

The other day Mr Tony Overheu pushed a pie into the face of Qantas CEO, Mr Alan Joyce, while he was making a speech.
Mr Joyce says:
“Qantas has always spoken up on gender issues…no attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work….
Mr Overheu has apologised — but Mr Joyce intends pressing charges regardless.
The media are emphasising how Mr Overheu is a “fundamentalist Christian”.
So religion is getting a bad press for its “bullying” methods.
Quite right, too.
Imagine if an epidemic of pie-throwing was to break out in the Middle East….