‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

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.

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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.

12
Dec

TRUTH OR POST-TRUTH-POLITICS: is there a choice?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Media, Modern Church, Politics, Truth

“Post-truth politics” — are you sick of hearing that catchphrase?
The idea that by getting people booing and hooraying on demand, you can control their minds (while by-passing their brains).
What alternative is there?
Jesus Christ said:
“If you abide in my word, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…. Truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (St John’s gospel, chapter 8)
Slave? Free?
Every weekend, 1.8 million Australians attend church.
If they listen properly and are taught gospel truth without fear or favour — might they stop being slaves to sin?
Could that be catching?
Australia perhaps becoming unrecognisable – free from lying, dishonesty and deceit?

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

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).