And before you come crucifying (no pun intended) me pick it up with the pope.
Maybe the pope was misquoted [(is he a politician?) since that’s the line our politicians use even when quoted verbatim] when he said
The Law, however, does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it. The Law is a journey, a journey that leads toward an encounter… Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in ChristPopeye
We are hoping to hear the pope’s response soon after he consults with Peter. Stay tuned brothers and sisters not in the law 🙂
I am one of those people who, whenever I can, read anything interesting that comes my way especially when I am relaxing after a long evening run, where long is anything more than 5km.
There has been a bit of pushback since popeye Francis released an encyclical that prohibits saying the Latin Mass unless with authority of the bishop. And some people feel that without that rite, their being catholic is very watered down or something close to that.
The author of this article says exactly that. For example, he writes
For Catholics, how we pray shapes what we believe. The old ritual physically aims us toward an altar and tabernacle. In that way it points us to the cross and to heaven as the ultimate horizon of man’s existence. By doing so, it shows that God graciously loves us and redeems us despite our sins. And the proof is in the culture this ritual produces. Think of Mozart’s great rendition of faith in the Eucharist: “Ave Verum Corpus” (Hail True Body).Michael Brendan Dougherty
In opposition to this, he writes, the new mass
The new ritual points us toward a bare table, and it consistently posits the unity of humankind as the ultimate horizon of our existence. In the new Mass, God owes man salvation, because of the innate dignity of humanity. Where there was faith, now presumption. Where there was love, now mere affirmation, which is indistinguishable from indifference. It inspires weightless ditties like “Gather Us In.” Let’s sing about us!M B Dougherty
And maybe it is time for a new schism. You know like how it happened in the beginning.
NB. That article maybe behind a paywall.
On who needs forgiveness. The Catholic Church require of its faithful regular confession so their sins can be absolved to give them enough room to sin again for the new week or whatever is the frequency of the confession but I think it is the Church that needs absolution and their god- if it cared to exist.
Stories such as Philomena or the Magdalene Laundries are shining examples of what the church did in Ireland. And also why it needs absolution. And why I am with Ivan when in Brothers Karomazov he says he will take his chances this side of the grave.
It’s a disgrace that such things happened & mothers are still trying to find their long lost children without success.
Is still good. And the Catholic Church not wanting to be left behind has made it official that women can read in church. But priesthood still remains a man only vocation.
Cardinal Njue of the catholic church in Kenya has sent a letter to churches in Nairobi and Kiambu warning them of some cult pushing for FGM. In his words
“The group has had effects on individuals, families, church and the society. These group bears the characteristics of a cult and use of instilling fear in order to inculcate their doctrines and enforce their practices upon individuals. Numerous cases of family disintegration and conflicts and of emotional and psychological imbalances especially on women and children have been reported”(emphasis mine)
And i am here thinking loudly, isn’t the threat of hell use of fear in order to inculcate doctrines?
The bishop is reported to have also written
“It’s time to uphold the old and seize the new. When we combine the cultural beliefs and our Christian calling and have vibrancy in our faith,”
which though is what happens in practice, happens despite the church. The cultural practices have remained not because the church encouraged it but despite all its efforts to eradicate all traditional beliefs.
It does seem we can’t quit officially.
According to theologian Patrick Hornbeck,
baptism, once given, can’t be taken back,” “When a person is baptized, the person always remains, in some way, shape or form, related to the Catholic Church.”
and if you read Nietzsche, the criterion for truth is what comes out of the priest’s mouth, that is, they always lie.
I agree with Makau Mutua on the matter but find this
Let’s separate man-made religious law from holy text. In the Church, canonical law are rules made by ecclesiastical authority, or Church leadership, for the governance of the flock. It shouldn’t be confused with the Bible. In the same way that sharia or Islamic law shouldn’t be conflated with the Quran and the Hadith. Sharia is man-made law even if the religious authorities and scholars derive it from the Quran and Hadith. That’s why using canonical law or sharia law to deny penitents basic rights of equality can’t stand scrutiny.
indefensible. Is holy (sic) writ not equally work of men? And does this claim not weaken his argument? In the NT, women are told to keep quiet in church. How then would he justify having women priests when the bible forbids it? Paul says marry only if you can’t control your urges.
Anyone with some time in their hands should read William Cussel’s supernatural religion.
I think he would make a stronger argument if he argued that holy writ is work of men. The rules can be changed.
It seems some of the reports from interviews with the pope are creating shockwaves in the one holy and apostolic church (sic).
And it appears, this portion
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. 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. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept;