‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

27
Jun

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: uneasy relationship with the government: should it be more uneasy: or non-existent?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Education, Ethics, History, Modern Church, Politics

Which Australian schools should get what funding?
The Catholic school system, arguably not getting e, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.
All parties trot out the same words – that funding should be “needs-based”.
So what do students actually need?
For Catholics, education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.
Funding isn’t the foremost need.
Government funding is, in fact, hazardous.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote:
“Australia is…a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
The Rule of her Order insisted that their schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government….”

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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.

17
May

GEORGE PELL: will presumably get justice at the Last Judgement in the sky, but probably not before that.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

The media say that Cardinal George Pell is likely to face criminal charges.
We are never going to know what really happened on the occasions about which complaints have been made.
What we do know is that there are people with lots of clout who will never rest until they have “got” him — one way or another.
Everybody knows that child abuse nearly all happens in domestic situations, e.g. boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children.
Something we don’t want to talk about.
Our “royal commission” has been obsessed with discrediting all things Catholic.
Others guilty of child abuse can be ignored or even become rich and famous.
One famous example being Mrs Macron.
Shouldn’t she be in gaol?
Why not?

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….

9
May

THE POPE VISITING FATIMA, PORTUGAL? but why? and so what??

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Faith, History, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus, Recent Developments, Sacraments

An 85-foot-tall glow-in-the-dark rosary — constructed by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos outside Fatima’s Holy Trinity Basilica — glowing for the first time with the Pope reciting Rosary prayers for gathered pilgrims….
The Pope in Portugal — honouring the 100th anniversary of the first of several appearances of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917….
During 100 years since the apparitions, multiple conspiracy-theories springing up — particularly over the wording of the “Third Mystery” received by the children from an angel in July 1917….
NOT in dispute is that ‘pointing to the earth with his right hand, the angel cried out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”’
Perhaps a message that Christians should be regularly going to confession – the Sacrament of Penance – confessing one’s sins to the priest and receiving absolution for those sins….
There seems little doubt we’re being reminded to do exactly that.
Are we going to?