‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

24
Nov

FORGIVENESS FOR ABORTION: the pope’s position gets a mixture of boos and hoorays.

by Arnold Jago in crime, Death, Family, Forgiving, Modern Church, Women

As from now the Pope says that all priests are able to give absolution (forgiveness) to persons involved in abortion.
Previously only certain priests had that authority.
He makes it clear that abortion was, is, and always will be, a grave sin.
But he’s trying to be a bit merciful in the way that grave sin is dealt with.
Anyway, let’s hope he wasn’t hoping to be thanked by the progressive types, including self-styled feminists.
For example, a lady journalist of the Sydney Morning Herald (22 November 2016) uses the headline “Women don’t need Pope Francis’ forgiveness for having abortions”.
But do they need God’s forgiveness?
That is the point.

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21
Nov

POPE FRANCIS, CARDINAL BURKE & THE CHALLENGE TO FRANCIS’S ORTHODOXY: a progress (or lack of it) report

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Sacraments

Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other Cardinals have formally questioned the orthodoxy of Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication “Amoris Laetitia” concerning the “joy of love” in the context of Catholic marriage and family.
Their questions ask, in summary, whether Amoris Laetitia doesn’t contradict official Catholic teaching as per Pope John Paul II’s 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” — that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object, into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Amoris Laetitia seems to say that people in adulterous relationships can receive Holy Communion.
The Pope hasn’t formally acknowledged or answered the questions.
He reportedly says the challenge is “not making me lose any sleep….”
“…sometimes criticisms are merely aimed at vindicating already fixed opinions. They are not honest; they are driven by a mean spirit to incite divisions.”
But is name-calling really good enough?

17
Nov

POPE FRANCIS UNDER FIRE: is he out of step with basic catholic teachings, including those of pope saint john paul II?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church

Four senior Cardinals have publicly expressed doubts about Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication entitled “Amoris Laetitia” which dealt with “the joy of love” in the context of Catholic teaching on marriage and family.
They’ve addressed him five questions which demand yes or no answers.
In summary, they propose that Pope Francis’ publication contravenes the formal teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II as spelt out in his 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor”.
“Veritatis Splendor” says, for example, that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Which would mean that people involved in a sexually-active relationship with somebody not their husband/wife — thus sinning against the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” — should not receive Holy Communion until they’ve confessed the sin and stopped doing it.
And that parts of “Amoris Laetitia” where, for example, it talks about “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility”, contradict both Pope Saint John Paul and the Ten Commandments.
So far, Pope Francis seems to have not responded to the questions.

16
Nov

POPE FRANCIS AND CARDINAL SARAH: a question of orientation.

by Arnold Jago in God, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Sacraments

Cardinal Robert Sarah is head of the Vatican department responsible for how liturgies are celebrated (the Congregation for Divine Worship).
Cardinal Sarah and Pope Francis disagree on certain important matters — including which way the priest should face during Mass.
On 5 July 2016, Cardinal Sarah announced that from the first Sunday in Advent (27 November) priests should face away from the congregation.
This change had been favoured by the previous Pope (Benedict XVI) who argued that the priest “is also another Christian like all the others and is turning with them towards God”.
If you’re a Catholic and believe that God is really present in the consecrated bread and wine that is important.
Anyway, Pope Francis announced on July 9 that no such change will happen.
Then, on 28 October, he made 19 changes to the membership of Cardinal Sarah’s department — such that Cardinal Sarah’s influence will be curbed.

6
Nov

CARDINAL PELL STILL IN THE NEWS: there is a lesson here for everybody to learn.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Education, Lifestyle, Modern Church

Ballarat victims of priestly sexual abuse are calling on Cardinal Pell to “reaffirm his pledge” to help them.
A Mr Peter Benkiron says, “Cardinal Pell either knew about the abuse of children…or he knew nothing but still has a responsibility to protect future generations….” **
That’s true enough.
Everybody – all of us – have a responsibility to protect future generations.
The most urgent protection they need is protection from exposure to propaganda designed to persuade them that sexual deviations are normal and reasonable lifestyles to adopt.
Such recruitment is going on in many schools disguised as “anti-bullying” classes.
Cardinal Pell and all concerned citizens should spare no effort to have the “Safe Schools” indoctrination program ended ASAP.
( ** Ballarat COURIER, November 1)

4
Nov

MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE: where is the Pope?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Family, Modern Church

Today everybody seems to have an opinion about marriage.
Progressive types want it re-defined to declare all sex-based relationships legal and morally OK.
Conservative types assert that sex is OK only within a marriage open to providing a mother and father to nurture offspring.
Most Aussies would be somewhere in between.
Most would have some idea of what the Church’s teaching is.
But does the Church itself know what its teaching is?
Sometimes it’s a bit hard to decode exactly where even the Pope himself stands….
QUESTION: May a person (divorced or otherwise) now living with somebody not their marriage partner, receive Holy Communion at Sunday Mass?
Yes or No?
If the Church won’t clearly state what God’s will is, then it’s open season for the “progressives” to white-ant the next generation’s moral understandings via our laws and our schools.