‘Faith’ Category Archives

27
Nov

THE CHURCH’S FOCUS FOR NEXT YEAR: the gospel according to Saint Matthew.

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Jesus, Modern Church

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — from the Church’s viewpoint it’s the first Sunday of a new year.
For the last 12 months, the gospel readings for Mass have mostly come from Saint Luke’s gospel.
Now, for 12 months, they’ll come mostly from Saint Matthew’s gospel.
Interestingly, Matthew is probably the gospel least compatible with the “discernment-type” belief-system of Pope Francis.
Matthew’s first 2 chapters describe Jesus’ family tree, his birth and the 3 wise men visiting.
Then comes John the Baptist, his predecessor-prophet, with the message: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Soon after that John is arrested – and that’s when Jesus starts his own public teaching ministry.
His theme? “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Sounds familiar?
But there’s a difference.
Jesus makes it clear that his message is to be even tougher than previous prophets.
More demanding in at least 6 areas.
They are spelt out in Matthew’s gospel chapter 5 (from verses 21 to 48).

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21
Nov

POPE FRANCIS, CARDINAL BURKE & THE CHALLENGE TO FRANCIS’S ORTHODOXY: a progress (or lack of it) report

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Sacraments

Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other Cardinals have formally questioned the orthodoxy of Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication “Amoris Laetitia” concerning the “joy of love” in the context of Catholic marriage and family.
Their questions ask, in summary, whether Amoris Laetitia doesn’t contradict official Catholic teaching as per Pope John Paul II’s 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” — that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object, into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Amoris Laetitia seems to say that people in adulterous relationships can receive Holy Communion.
The Pope hasn’t formally acknowledged or answered the questions.
He reportedly says the challenge is “not making me lose any sleep….”
“…sometimes criticisms are merely aimed at vindicating already fixed opinions. They are not honest; they are driven by a mean spirit to incite divisions.”
But is name-calling really good enough?

19
Nov

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S EUTHANASIA REJECTION: seems the right thing, despite Mr Denton….

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, Death, Faith

South Australia’s state parliament has rejected another bill to legalise “euthanasia” (the killing of certain categories of sick people).
The debate was settled by the casting vote of the speaker, Michael Atkinson.
Pro-euthanasia activist, Andrew Denton, is displeased with Mr Atkinson because he’s “deeply religious” and didn’t base his vote on “health grounds”.
But medical ethics clearly must intersect with religion — religion being principles and practices relating to ultimate reality.
Congratulations, Mr Atkinson, on your well-principled stand.

17
Nov

POPE FRANCIS UNDER FIRE: is he out of step with basic catholic teachings, including those of pope saint john paul II?

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

Four senior Cardinals have publicly expressed doubts about Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication entitled “Amoris Laetitia” which dealt with “the joy of love” in the context of Catholic teaching on marriage and family.
They’ve addressed him five questions which demand yes or no answers.
In summary, they propose that Pope Francis’ publication contravenes the formal teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II as spelt out in his 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor”.
“Veritatis Splendor” says, for example, that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Which would mean that people involved in a sexually-active relationship with somebody not their husband/wife — thus sinning against the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” — should not receive Holy Communion until they’ve confessed the sin and stopped doing it.
And that parts of “Amoris Laetitia” where, for example, it talks about “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility”, contradict both Pope Saint John Paul and the Ten Commandments.
So far, Pope Francis seems to have not responded to the questions.

4
Nov

MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE: where is the Pope?

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

Today everybody seems to have an opinion about marriage.
Progressive types want it re-defined to declare all sex-based relationships legal and morally OK.
Conservative types assert that sex is OK only within a marriage open to providing a mother and father to nurture offspring.
Most Aussies would be somewhere in between.
Most would have some idea of what the Church’s teaching is.
But does the Church itself know what its teaching is?
Sometimes it’s a bit hard to decode exactly where even the Pope himself stands….
QUESTION: May a person (divorced or otherwise) now living with somebody not their marriage partner, receive Holy Communion at Sunday Mass?
Yes or No?
If the Church won’t clearly state what God’s will is, then it’s open season for the “progressives” to white-ant the next generation’s moral understandings via our laws and our schools.

30
Sep

FORTHCOMING SCORSESE FILM “SILENCE”: has it got anything to say about real life?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Death, Entertainment, Faith, Silence

The long-awaited film “Silence” is planned for release in December 2016.
Producer, Martin Scorsese, has been considering making it since about 1991. Based on the book “Silence” by Japanese author, Endo, it’s about Christian missionaries persecuted in Japan in the 1600s.
One priest is threatened with torture and death if he doesn’t abandon the faith – so he abandons the faith.
That’s about it.
The theme is why God is (or seems) silent when we need him most.
Is not the key to relating to the silent God, to make silence (praying in silence) central in our life – educating ourselves in it, daily, hourly, minutely?
Silence isn’t just absent sound. It’s something present that you can hear and come to recognise.
Today’s lifestyle makes silence unfamiliar.
Electronic communications make us afraid of silence — preferring hollow, futile, empty noise.
Unlearning that, can we become integrated children of God, cheerfully indifferent to whether we suffer or not?