‘Recent Developments’ Category Archives

18
Jan

SEX EDUCATION: here’s what you need to know.

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

Sex education in schools need not occupy much time.
The basics can be taught in about five minutes out of the student’s twelve years in classrooms.
More detailed ramifications should take about another five minutes.
(1) The basics are covered in the first half of the following quotation: “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them…this is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.”
(2) The ramifications are covered in the second half of the same quotation.
Other “gender theories” don’t really stand up.
Are there certain people who, for reasons related to their genes and chromosomes etc., don’t fit easily into male/female classification?
If so, their existence makes no difference to the truth of what applies to everybody else.
(Source of quote: the Bible, Book of Genesis, chapters 1 and 2)

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31
Dec

MURDER OF CHILDREN: holy innocents, then and now.

by Arnold Jago in Death, History, Jesus, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Recent Developments

For Christians, December 28 is/was the Feast of the Holy Innocents”.
The “innocents” being babies murdered by King Herod, who feared a possible new-born alternative king.
“When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi (wise men) he gave orders to kill all boys in the Bethlehem region aged two years and under….” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2)
We know who killed those Bethlehem victims.
Who is murdering the hundreds of innocents being killed right now — daily, week in, week out?
Don’t we and our politicians and media bend over backwards to avoid suggesting that it’s mostly done by Muslims?
Is Islam, in fact, an ideology of violence dressed up as a religion?
We’d like that not to be true. Don’t we all long for a day when all Muslims renounce violence?
But we see little reason to expect it.
Denial and lies certainly aren’t helping.

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.

13
Oct

CASHLESS “HEALTHY WELFARE CARD”: working well, now what?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Health, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics, Recent Developments

The Australian federal government’s Healthy Welfare Card, trialled in Kununurra and Ceduna, transmits 80 percent of welfare payments by means of a cashless debit card, not spendable on alcohol or gambling.
In both centres ambulance call-outs to alcohol-related violence and spending on gambling have significantly fallen.
The Mayor of Ceduna says communities troubled by results of alcohol and gambling excesses “would be silly not to trial the Card”.
I believe my community certainly needs to do it.
Yours, dear reader, probably does, too.
It might be a good move to all tell our federal MP to please set up a trial locally, and soon.

19
May

THE STATE OF VICTORIA: the inalienable right to kill children now under threat?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Politics, Recent Developments

The state of Victoria, Australia, has arguably the world’s worst laws regarding abortion.
Unborn Victorian babies may be legally aborted at any stage, right up to the moment of delivery.
The Andrews government seems quite smug about that.
However, Victoria’s Legislative Council is to debate a new Bill — the Infant Viability Bill — to protect babies of more than 20 weeks’ gestation, probably on May 25.
The Bill has been initiated by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins.
In the USA, in March 2016, the South Carolina Senate passed a similar Bill known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by 36 votes to 9.
Isn’t it about time Victoria modified its laws to something a bit more humane?

11
Apr

POPE FRANCIS’S NEW STATEMENT ABOUT FAMILY LOVE: does “amoris laetitiae” make Catholic teaching clearer?

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

The Pope’s recent “exhortation” on family issues is long – nine chapters, broken down into 325 paragraphs and covering 256 pages.
A lot of it is good thoughts emphasising that we should love each other, especially family members.
He reaches the key contentious issue — whether people living in adulterous relationships, having been divorced and later re-married, should receive Holy Communion – in chapter eight, paragraphs 299-304.
Paragraph 299 says such people “need to be more fully integrated into Christian communities . . . Their participation can be expressed in different ecclesial services . . . Such persons need to feel, not as excommunicated members of the Church, but instead as living members . . . .”
Is not-feeling-excommunicated the same as not-excluded-from-receiving Communion?
He doesn’t quite say. It all seems a bit ambiguous. You could take it either way.
Paragraph 304 goes on to be even more ambiguous: “It is true that general rules set forth a good which can never be disregarded or neglected, but in their formulation they cannot provide absolutely for all particular situations. At the same time, it must be said that, precisely for that reason, what is part of a practical discernment in particular circumstances cannot be elevated to the level of a rule.”
It seems like stating a rule and providing a loophole to justify ignoring the rule all in one breath.
A loophole through which one could drive a Mack truck.