‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

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?

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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?

7
May

FATIMA ANNIVERSARY: what does it mean for us today?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus

A hundred years ago (May 13, 1917) three uneducated Portuguese children experienced a mystical apparition.
A Lady — whom they took to be Mary the mother of Jesus Christ – visited them six times, on the thirteenth day of each month, May to October 1917.
The visits became well-known. On October 13, a crowd of perhaps 70,000 assembled.
Many reported seeing a spectacular phenomenon in the sky — referred to as the Miracle of the Sun.
The Lady’s message took the form of three “Secrets”.
The First predicted forthcoming events involving Russia.
The Second foretold the soon-coming World War.
The Third remained literally secret until disclosed by Pope John Paul II after his 1981 near-assassination.
It referred to that shooting and to ever-increasing persecution of Christian believers — the message being introduced by an angel crying out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”
In recent years, “Fatima” has become almost an industry, with commercialisation, conspiracy-theories etc.
But its basic message is simple: What this world needs is Penance — admitting our sins to God and letting him re-make our lives and our world.
First up, Christians must start going to Confession (the sacrament of Penance) regularly.

2
May

MESSAGES FROM TWO POPES: appealing to reason?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Modern Church, Multiculturalism

Pope Benedict XVI is still alive.
The other day, when turning 90, he wrote:
“The clash between radically-atheistic conceptions of the State and the emergence of a radically-religious state in the Islamist movements, leads our time into an explosive situation….”
In 2006, Pope Benedict made a famous speech quoting a 14th century emperor:
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you’ll find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
“God is not pleased by blood . . . whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.”
Pope Francis, on the other hand, has just visited the more-or-less radically-religious Islamic state of Egypt.
Francis’s opinion about Islam is that “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence….”
These two Popes can’t both be right.

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1
May

THE MAY 7 FRENCH ELECTION: pretty important issues affecting the whole world

by Arnold Jago in Ethics, Faith, Family, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Politics

Emmanuel Macron is favourite to become France’s president on May 7.
The election has been described as a choice between Le Pen and “Le Pawn”.
Pawn of what?
Macron’s background is in banking. Big banking. Macron’s employer from 2008 to 2012 was Banque Rothschild.
Predictably, he’s a supporter of the EU, open borders and the socialist status quo.
In 2007, Macron married a woman who, 20-odd years previously, was his (married) school teacher – older than Macron by 25 years.
You’d think the last thing a country like France needs is mass-immigration and trivialisation of traditional family and marriage.
Secure borders and respect for traditional marriage are among the main points of Macron’s rival, Marine Le Pen.
Interestingly, Le Pen’s attitudes to immigration are very similar to those expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (section 2241).