‘Recent Developments’ Category Archives

26
Feb

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.

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22
Feb

BERMUDA RE-REJECTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: who next? maybe Oz?

by Arnold Jago in Family, Lifestyle, Politics, Recent Developments

The other day, the island nation of Bermuda became the world’s first country to abolish same-sex marriage — one year after having legalised it.
Bermuda’s Governor, John Rankin, has now signed into law a bill reversing a 2017 Supreme Court ruling.
That ruling had been made despite a referendum in which Bermudian voters rejected same-sex marriage.
Bermuda has led the way — re-affirming that natural marriage is a one-man-one-woman union.
Same-sex marriage is neither inevitable nor irreversible.
Australia, for example, can reverse its current position any time.
Bermuda, population 60,000 is a cluster of 138 islands — 8 of them joined by bridges — in the North Atlantic Ocean 800km east of the United States.

27
Dec

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?

15
Dec

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD ABUSE: did it do any good?

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.

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?

4
Feb

“LOCKED-IN SYNDROME”: the science and the spirituality.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Health, Recent Developments, Science, Silence, Suffering, Truth

Locked-in syndrome is where a patient has mental awareness but, due to nervous system disease, is physically paralysed from the eyelids down.
In some cases the eyelids don’t work either.
By using non-invasive computer interface technology, which detects changes of oxygen levels in brain tissue, even the worst cases can now be communicated with….
…including asking them whether they are happy.
Interestingly, most of them say they are happy with their lives.
We might have expected them to be very frustrated.
But they aren’t.
It makes you ask yourself what “happy” really means.
Apparently it doesn’t necessarily mean getting everything you want.
Or fulfilling yourself by “following your dreams etc.”
Locked-in patients stay happy by adapting themselves – not to their dreams – but to reality here and now.
It’s what you might call accepting God’s will.
We aren’t going to understand God, but we can learn to trust him….
Here’s a video made by the daughter of a Rabbi who has experienced the condition: