‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

22
Apr

EUTHANASIA: who needs it? who decides?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Modern Church

Last week, Victoria’s bishops issued a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria about Euthanasia.
Obviously, they’re against euthanasia.
Why not?
And they remind us that those places where euthanasia has been legalised have subsequently broadened, step by step, the categories of persons eligible to be killed.
For example, in Belgium, euthanasia is now legal for children as well as adults.
In the Netherlands, people aged over 70 who feel “tired of life” are now eligible.
In Belgium, euthanasia may now be legally done on psychological grounds.
The “slippery slope” is not a theoretical thing – it’s a reality, killing off vulnerable persons every day, including today.

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11
Apr

RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE CENTRAL TO ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: what about respect for marriage?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Politics, Women

“Stop it at the Start” is a government program to curb domestic violence by eliminating disrespectful language.
Domestic violence causes 10 percent of deaths among young Australian women.
It’s urgent to stop using slogans like “boys will be boys” as excuses for men hitting women.
Women aren’t merely objects for men’s sexual gratification – or just cheap cooks.
But why not?
We need a compelling reason that young men can relate to.
There is one:
Women, like men, are God’s children — two sexes to work together with God in creating new life — in the context of families based on marriage.
That’s the reason.
Government programs will never mention it.
It’s up to the Church to proclaim Marriage as a Sacrament — part of the natural law, written into human nature and our universe.
The Church’s credibility isn’t what it should be?
No. But who else is there to promulgate this life-or-death truth?

31
Mar

HOW TO LOSE YOUR JOB? try being a Christian in the wrong place at the wrong time.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Suffering

Homosexual-lifestyle activists are picking off, one-by-one, people associated with the so-called Australian Christian Lobby.
The message is, “quit your connection with this religious group or lose your job”.
Notable victims have been a Mr Allaby and a Mr Chavura – an engineer and a university lecturer.
Jesus Christ did warn people that being his follower means “denying yourself” – going without certain things. (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 16)
Perhaps, in these days, going without your job.
Jesus himself, due to his commitment to God, had to go without the freedom to move his arms and legs when they nailed him to a cross.
We, too, would do well to willingly undergo suffering in God’s cause.
Not to go looking for it, but to accept it and offer it up to God — if and when it happens.

11
Feb

CORY BERNARDI AND CRITICS: basic beliefs are getting important.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Faith, Family, Modern Church, Politics

Most Australia’s top politicians seem to be Catholics.
Or lapsed Catholics…attending Catholic school, then giving it up.
Prime Minister Turnbull, born non-Catholic, became a Catholic in 2002 — yet don’t his “progressive” views on abortion, same-sex marriage etc. contradict Catholic teaching?
Bill Shorten, who attended Catholic primary school then Xavier College — now likewise supports anti-Catholic policies.
Even Greens leader, Richard di Natale, attended Melbourne’s Parade Catholic College….
Perhaps one reason why Cory Bernardi gets bad media coverage is his cheerfulness about being Catholic — and trying to live accordingly.
In his book, “The Conservative Revolution”, Bernardi identifies “Faith” as number one of the “Four pillars” on which a better Australia must be founded.
He seeks a society based on “that uniquely Christian doctrine that man was ‘created in the image of God’, a principle on which the western concept of human dignity depends….”
The unkind label of “rat” has been thrown at him.
He is perhaps too well brought up to brand his critics as chameleons.

8
Feb

AUSTRALIA’S CHILD-ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION: is it worse than useless?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, History, Modern Church, Youth

Sensational statistics from the Royal Commission:
“40 percent of St John of God brothers alleged child-abusers”
Maybe.
“4444 people victims of abuse by Church workers”
Perhaps.
How about:
“7 percent of Catholic priests abusers…compared with 1 to 2 percent of Australia’s general male population”?
No.
After 30 years in medical practice, seeing 150 patients per week, I feel able to comment.
The “1 to 2 percent” figure is wrong – a ludicrously, unbelievably low estimate.
Whoever said that has no idea how frighteningly common abuse is.
Most victims I’ve encountered would never have met a priest.
They’ve met mummy’s latest boyfriend, their uncle, big brother, sport coach and similar.
It’s obviously true that the Church has done a poor job of weeding out and dealing with abusers.
The rest of society has done worse — and still seems to be in denial.
Pretending it’s mainly a Church problem isn’t helping.

23
Dec

ISLAM AND THE FUTURE: thoughts about the options to choose between.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, God, History, Modern Church, Politics

Check our media — is the only religion anybody takes seriously today Islam?
Involving (for some) taking seriously Koran chapter 2 which says about unbelievers:
“Kill them wherever you find them…fight them until there is no more disbelief….”
How best to react?
Voting for “conservative” parties?
One Nation? But don’t they specialise in unpredictable candidates?
A new party sponsored by Mr Bernardi and Mrs Rinehart? But aren’t they too economically dry and market-loving?
Like it or not, governments have to provide some kind of safety-net for those whose children would starve if nobody intervenes….
No. Political parties, by themselves, can’t do the trick.
What could be handy is a Church with credibility — to get people thinking straight.
Straight — as in putting God first — and the common good for all God’s children equal first – and our beloved selfishness, greed, pride, lust etc. last and nowhere….
Politicians of whatever party might then notice that, to stay elected, they’ll need to start doing the right thing.