Monday, 11 February 2019

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions are willed by God in his wisdom"

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“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”
Pope Francis in a “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” signed by him and Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, at Abu Dhabi on Monday of last week.

"The most urgent task of the Church in our time is to care about the change of the spiritual climate and about the spiritual migration, namely that the climate of non-belief

in Jesus Christ, the climate of the rejection of the kingship of Christ, be changed into the climate of explicit faith in Jesus Christ, of the acceptance of His kingship, and that men may migrate from the misery of the spiritual slavery of unbelief into the happiness of being sons of God and from a life of sin into the state of sanctifying grace. These are the migrants about whom we must care urgently. Christianity is the only God-willed religion. Therefore, it can never be placed complementarily side by side with other religions. Those would violate the truth of Divine Revelation, as it is unmistakably affirmed in the First Commandment of the Decalogue, who would assert that the diversity of religions is the will of God."
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan



"Rain forests deserve indeed to be protected, but no less so does man, as a creature having an innate “message” which does not contradict our freedom, but is instead its very premise. 

"The great scholastic theologians described marriage, understood as the life-long bond between a man and a woman, as a sacrament of creation, which the Creator himself instituted and which Christ – without modifying the “message” of creation – then made part of the history of his covenant with humanity. 
"An integral part of the Church proclamation must be a witness to the Creator Spirit present in nature as a whole, and, in a special way, in the human person, created in God’s image.
"From this perspective, we should go back to the Encyclical Humanae Vitae: the intention of Pope Paul VI was to defend love against sex as a consumer good, the future against the exclusive claims of the present, and human nature against its manipulation."
Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas message to the world 2008



Reuters reported this as Pope Benedict XVI  saying that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction, which is not what he said, though he obviously believes that saving rainforests is less important than saving souls.



"The Church aims, not at making a show, but at doing a work. She regards this world, and all that is in it, as a mere shadow, as dust and ashes, compared with the value of one single soul. She holds that, unless she can, in her own way, do good to souls, it is no use her doing anything; she holds that it were better for sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions who are upon it to die of starvation in extremest agony, so far as temporal affliction goes, than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one wilful untruth, though it harmed no one, or steal one poor farthing without excuse."

Cardinal Newman, Certain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching (1850) (Lecture 8)

10 comments:

  1. The blog doesn't provide much context, that said, Francis is absolutely incorrect. God does not ordain "in his wisdom" that large swathes of humanity sin, fall into error, and worship false gods. God desires all men be saved, which would require all men to worship Christ.

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  2. Well, God often achieves good even through evil, good through suffering (which itself is not inherently evil), and will use sinners as His instrument as well. If it exists it's a part of His Divine Plan. But this doesn't make them not sinners. Or suggest that any they are right because they exist. [The comment above says it well.]
    But the quote is still obtuse. And very frustrating for it. I mean clearly he's partnering with an Imam and talking to a more cross-religious audience.If he did have good intentions, he still should know better than to be so vague as to allow the roots of moral relativism to grow. Very very frustrating indeed.

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  3. I guess Francis's quote isn't totally wrong. I mean, if you consider ordaining Will versus permitting Will. But it's important to keep in mind that God also in his infinite wisdom allows rapists and pedophiles to exist. And I can talk about why such suffering and evil exists in the world; nonetheless, my point is that it is evil and it is suffering (I separate because suffering isn't inherently evil). And the point is a plan of salvation in the end.

    I wish Francis would be more clear for a general audience. >:( Also can we not be "ecumenical" with Grand Imams in mosques when there's enough division among Christians and literal heresies everywhere? Ugh. Maybe clean your room before you try to eradicate homelessness? Sigh.

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  4. “Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus disparage sex. He condemned only abuses of sex.”--Jeffery B. Russell
    “[The] time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.” ---Paul, 2 Timothy 4:3-4
    “The greatest single victory of the gay movement has been to shift the debate from behavior to identity, thus forcing opponents into a position where they can be seen as attacking the civil rights of homosexual citizens rather than resisting specific and antisocial behavior.”---Dennis Altman
    Many well-meaning but naïve people have been duped into believing that homosexuality is a natural variation within an allegedly polymorphous human psychosexual identity – equal to and as socially acceptable as heterosexuality. This was attained through one of the most intelligently orchestrated and heavily financed disinformation and misinformation campaigns in history.
    With all of the rhetoric, especially in the entertainment, news media and even in some churches, regarding gay-this and lesbian-that, let’s concentrate instead on reflecting honestly on those claims about homosexuality, including some directly from the oft-cited sources themselves. In effect, if everything we’re being told concerning acceptance of the non-pathological, innate and immutable homosexual is true, then shouldn’t those sources prove it before forcing their desires upon us and our long-standing intermediating institutions.

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  5. In this case the purpose, of what can be termed propaganda(1), is furtherance of the homosexual agenda. Such propaganda entails the methodological, widespread dissemination of messages that are intended to promote the gay philosophy, or worldview. These messages are often designed and delivered so as to appeal to the emotions of the general public. The methods employed are both overt and covert, and reinforce the homosexual ideology through the proven propaganda techniques of desensitization, and by the ruthless suppression of opposing viewpoints.

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  6. Consider the following objective of homosexual activism that was stated by some self-proclaimed queer-theorists in an academic manifesto: “Queer politics is no longer content to carve out a buffer zone for a minoritized and protected subculture. Our goal is to challenge the pervasive and often invisible heteronormativity of modern societies...Our task is to confront modern culture with its worst nightmare – a queer planet.” The gay propagandists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen (pseudonym Erastes Pill) have declared, “Our work will not be finished until we can say that the whole world is gay.”
    Specifically, people of faith, especially Christians, are presently a target of such an assault, and whether they realize it or not, are engaged in a propagandistic cold war with the advocates of homoerotic paganism. As Dr. Franklin Payne, Jr. observes: “The Christian nature is fertile soil for the dialectic destruction of values. We are willing to be tolerant of others. We understand the sinfulness of men and their wretched plight. So we tolerate a position that is maybe only slightly different from our own. But the dialectic continues. We tolerate a little more and a little more. Suddenly we realize that we are miles from where we should be. Then, the change back is extremely difficult.” The Rev. Tristan Emmanuel summed up the problem the aforementioned results in: “Too many Christians believe that hate crime law for homosexuals and ‘same-sex marriage’ are an inevitable and even progressive development of human rights. Ostensibly sincere Christians have told me, ‘Gays have rights, irrespective of what we believe about their homosexual behavior.’ These same ‘believers’ are convinced that the mark of genuine Christianity is in loving them, by which some of them mean total acceptance and tolerance of their behavior. Besides if we come across too strong on the issue we’ll look judgmental. We’ll ‘scare them off,’ and no one wants that. If we oppose ‘gay rights,’ these same Christians suspect us of hate mongering …” Alan Sears and Craig Osten, the authors of The Homosexual Agenda, make a similar observation: “We know from personal experience that many Christians we come in contact with are uncomfortable with this whole issue of homosexuality. They hear ‘intolerance,’ and they want to appear tolerant. They hear the ‘hatred,’ and they want to appear loving. They say, ‘All we need to do is share the gospel,’ yet are unaware that their ability to do even that is quickly eroding away. Many choose to avoid the subject totally, rather than set themselves up for ridicule and vilification.”

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  7. What these statements underscore is the fact that the Church has fallen to such a Godless state that some believers are apparently willing to compromise with an immoral so-called lifestyle that is absolutely prohibited and censured in the Scriptures(2). As the Rev. Emmanuel points out, some “Christians” even openly approve of homosexual behavior. Many individual believers and church groups are conceding to the demands of homosexual activists without putting up even the semblance of a fight--spiritually, intellectually or otherwise.
    Much of this is due to the sheer effectiveness of what’s been termed “lavender” propaganda: in that many Christians have either been scared-off by all of the demonizing rhetoric (masquerading as Christian virtues in many cases), or lulled into complacency by seemingly innocuous, sweetly-spoken words and phrases.
    Some Christians, who accept homosexuality, are maintaining a self-delusion that they will not be adversely affected by implementation of the gay-agenda. These individuals should prayerfully consider that they have not realized that the intended goal (explicitly or implicitly) of every non-Christian system is the destruction of Christianity(3). In fact, this intention can be seen in every nation in the history of the world where Christianity was not the dominant system. Only a complex political system, including at least some functioning checks and balances, and a lingering consciousness of Christian values have prevented a takeover. The point is that those people, who possess a strong commitment to those Christian values (along with common sense), determined and shaped by a long tradition of Catholic Scripture, thought, law and practice, should not be called upon to tolerate in any way, shape, or form, any ideology, philosophy, or simply a mode of self-congratulating behavior that God & Church have explicitly stated is NOT to be tolerated.
    However, we have reached a point where the standard evangelicalism of Christians has diminishing political power and those who practice it are increasingly being denied their constitutional freedoms. Perhaps the start of a more vigorous persecution is only a short distance away?

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  8. It is essential that Catholic believers develop a working knowledge of the strategies and tactics being utilized by the lavender propagandists in their relentless pursuit of power and domination. Only knowledge will enable Catholics to withstand the cumulative psychological and spiritual effects of repeated subjection to ridicule, vilification, and high-sounding but intrinsically meaningless words and phrases.
    Catholics need to quit being so disconcertingly apologetic when it comes to opposing the militant gay activists and their allies. Catholicism possess a comprehensive understanding of what the homosexual agenda represents to the world. Catholics need to learn it.
    “It is the common man who gets uncomfortable and says to himself that although this trend may be the fashion of the moment but I don’t like it. It is the mass of Christian men who feel in their bones that there is something wrong, though they have difficulty explain it. Their reaction is usually slow and muddled...but in the long run they view succeeds.”—Hillarie Belloc
    “Do not be deceived: neither fornicators…nor adulterers, nor homosexuals…will inherit the kingdom of God.”---1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    (1) Propaganda denotes the systematic efforts of an individual, or group, to manipulate a target audience’s beliefs, attitudes, and actions. As such, propaganda, often delivered charismatically, is distinguished from the free and easy exchange of ideas by premeditation, and by a rather heavy emphasis on management and control. To attain this goal, the propagandist will select facts and figures, arguments, and symbolic displays and present them in a manner that he believes is most effective. To maximize effect, the propagandist with often omit pertinent details - or distort them. A sagacious propagandist will try to divert the attention of the target audience away from everything but his or her own propaganda. Even when a propagandistic message conveys only “factual” information, it is generally delivered with a degree of partisan bias and thus falls short of constituting a complete and balanced treatment of the issue or topic being addressed. Such is the unqualified nature of propaganda. The effectiveness of the message quite often depends more upon its delivery as opposed to its content.

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  9. (2) From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
    2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex…Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
    2358 …This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
    2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
    (3) “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18-20 NIV)

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  10. There is only a thin stratum of logic in which this might be thought to be true. But, the Muslims and Jews don't subscribe to this idea, that I am aware of. At any rate, I don't think this is a valid Christian evangelistic proclamation.

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