‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

27
Dec

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018? or another beauty like the 2017 fiasco?

by Arnold Jago in Education, Ethics, History, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Recent Developments

2017 saw the ideal of marriage as a holy, sacramental act of self-giving defiled and scrapped.
We also ditched the sanctity of life in its dying stages.
Our school curricula abandoned the use of reason – replaced by dangerous, trendy, dumbed-down, cult-like gender-fluid absurdities.
So, what about 2018?
First up, a government-funded “panel” to tell Christians when they may — and when they may not – publicly state Christian teaching on social issues?
A panel which will apparently include a Jesuit priest. The orthodox Catholic position looks like going unrepresented.
What difference does it make that the present occupant of the office of Pope is also a Jesuit?
Next, are we to expect priests to come under pressure to abandon the privacy of the sacrament of Confession?
Who, in 2018, will have the fortitude to stand up and say that that cannot and will not happen?

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15
Dec

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD ABUSE: did it do any good?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, crime, Family, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Youth

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse is over.
Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan has made his speech about how “the nation thanks the survivors”.
The Royal Commission received allegations from over 4000 people regarding abuse by Catholic Church workers.
Which is shameful.
Does the Commission, however, distort the context?
Their eagerness to discredit the Catholic Church seems almost to outweigh any interest in reducing overall child abuse in Australia.
Were thecommissioners unaware of just how common abuse is in the general community?
GP doctors encounter its effects, day in, day out, week in, week out….
It’s everywhere.
Most victims, of course, have never even met a priest.
Who they have met is their mother’s latest boyfriend, their uncle, their big brother, their sport coach etc.
Yes, the Church has done badly.
The rest of society, has done – and is doing – worse.
Pretending it’s mainly a Church problem is dishonest and helps nobody.

1
Dec

PRINCE HARRY AND MEAGHAN: have they got a problem?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Family, Jesus, Modern Church, Sacraments

The other day it was officially announced that Prince Harry intends to marry Meaghan Markle next May in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Meaghan Markle, who identifies as Protestant, is also going to be baptised as an Anglican.
The fly in the ointment here is that Ms. Markle is divorced and therefore not eligible for Christian marriage.
Such is the teaching of Jesus Christ himself — as recorded in the Bible (Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 19).
The situation seems like a lose-lose state of affairs (spiritually) for all concerned.
To convert it to a win, would not step one be to cancel the wedding?

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.

21
Nov

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE NOW VOTED OFF MAP: what price “religious freedom”?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Politics

Now that the marriage plebiscite has resulted in a Yes vote, will people committed to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be legislated religious “freedoms” and “exemptions”?
The question is hardly relevant.
Jesus told the first 12 disciples that they must “take up their cross daily”.
Jesus himself having been crucified for his teachings and life, current Church leaders demanding that the government permit them “free speech” etc., would appear to have missed the point.
God has given us – and demands of us — free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else chooses to give or not give.
Serious Judaeo-Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage tolerating society.

14
Sep

PLEBISCITE NOW UNDER-WAY: hold onto your hat.

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

Yes, this plebiscite is a waste of time and effort.
Its result will make no difference to anybody.
Regardless of the result, both sides of the debate will continue doing what they are already doing.
Supporters of the transgender “marriage” idea will keep seeking more and better legalistic strategies for destroying the Christian religion and the community which identifies with it.
The churches will probably keep seeking “exemptions” and other strategies to hopefully preserve their rights to legally express and live by their beliefs.
The church might as well forget about exemptions.
They will be meaningless.
They will rapidly be withdrawn.
Better to start preparing believers in how to deal with and how to survive intimidation, bullying and persecution.