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by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, God, History, Modern Church, Youth

Australian Education Minister, Senator Birmingham, now compares Catholic education bosses to Judas — willing to betray God’s cause for money.
With all Australian schools pressured by government to indoctrinate students with gender-theory/promiscuity-normalising propaganda etc….
How could Catholic schools accept money from such tainted sources anyway?
If government can coerce the Church into making Church schools de facto secular, no reason for such schools to exist remains.
Saint Mary MacKillop ran into all this 150 years ago and refused all government funding.
She wrote:
“Australia is in every sense a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
Mr Shorten and Senator Birmingham may have different styles, but aren’t their long-term plans to exterminate orthodox Catholic teaching identical?

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by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Faith, Modern Church, Money, Politics, Youth

The ALP plans to corner the Catholic vote by offering Catholics what they want most.
What do Catholics want most?
Mr Shorten thinks they most want money.
An extra $250 million for Catholic schools should do the trick.
The Catholic church’s founder, Jesus Christ, said it is impossible to worship both God and money….
Has his church now made that decision and opted for the money?
Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, insisted that no school run by her Order would ever accept government money.
But times have changed.
A literally Catholic school would cost little to run — its staff of priests, brothers and nuns requiring no pay.
If the church can’t generate recruits for the religious life they will lack the personnel to teach the gospel.
Arguably they would lack a gospel to teach.
By accepting government money, do you not, of necessity, accept a curriculum of government-sponsored paganism, including cultic gender-theory and lowest-denominator pseudo-tolerance?


CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA: criticism of the Pope’s role

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Modern Church, Recent Developments

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister intends visiting Pope Francis in Rome during March 2018.
A deal is being negotiated by which the Pope will surrender selection of new bishops in China to the Chinese government.
Already about half of China’s estimated 10 million Catholics are affiliated with the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen Zekuin calls the Pope’s concession a “betrayal” of those other Catholics (the “underground” Catholic church) who defy the government by giving their first allegiance to the Pope.
While China’s Catholic population has stabilised around 10 million, numbers of Protestant Christians has risen over the last couple of generations to about 50 million.
About one Chinese citizen in every 30 is now a Protestant Christian.
The Chinese government is imposing tougher regulations on religious practice, effective from 2 February 2018.
Getting Pope Francis to knuckle under seems no longer to be their biggest worry.


LOSS OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF “SECURITY”: new laws with a whiff of anti-Catholicism?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Faith, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

Following alleged Chinese government influences being exerted on Australian businesses, political parties and universities the federal government plans new security laws.
Foreign donations in Australian political campaigns will be banned.
Journalists’ freedom to gather information will be curtailed – mere possession of “sensitive information” becoming punishable even if it isn’t published.
Foreign lobbyists will have to register themselves and declare who they are working for.
The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn’t like this last one.
Will people involved in Catholic charities, schools or social advocacy groups have to register as agents of a “foreign power” – namely the Vatican?
Might Catholic-related groups like the St Vincent de Paul Society have to register — because at times they comment on the ethics of political party policies which affect the homeless, refugees etc.
Freedom of speech in Australia can no longer be taken for granted.
Some of it disappeared during the “same-sex-marriage” debate.
The screws may tighten up further under the influence of the Prime Minister’s “freedom-of-religion” panel headed by Mr. Ruddock.
The panel membership includes no person known for conservative or traditional Catholic beliefs on these issues.


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?



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.