Pope Francis on the Environment: Part Seven

IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE COMMON GOOD 156. “Human ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good, a central and unifying principle of social ethics.” 157. “Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 17

For this week: read John 13-17.

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Christianity will lose the Culture War

In the long run, Christians will lose the culture war, the battle for hearts and minds in secular society. For Jesus said: [Matthew] {10:22} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will … Continue reading

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Secular Fundamentalism

Please take a look at my previous post: The Many Errors of Religious Fundamentalism These errors are based on three main errors: 1. oversimplification 2. dogmatization 3. villainization The religious fundamentalist oversimplifies everything, leading him to be absolutely certain that all … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 16

For this week: read John 8-12.

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Pope Francis on the Environment: Part Six

New biological technologies 130. “human intervention on plants and animals is permissible when it pertains to the necessities of human life” — the use of animals for experiments, and the use of biotech to modify plants and animals (genetically), must … Continue reading

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Is Opposition to Gay Marriage equivalent to Racism?

Fox news has the report here. The editor in charge of Op-Eds for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, PA, has decided that opposition to gay marriage is the same as racism. The quote below is from Editorial Page Editor John Micek: … Continue reading

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Supreme Court approves Gay Marriage: the Fallout

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found that the 14th amendment to the Constitution, the right to due process, includes the right of same-sex couples to marry. The decision was 5-4. It effectively imposes gay marriage on … Continue reading

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CDF reportedly finds against Medjugorje Apparitions

Here are links to sources on this topic: Catholic Culture Catholic News Agency Patheos Blog The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reportedly has evaluated the findings of the Medjugorje commission, and decided to advise the Pope against … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Environment: Part Five

CHAPTER THREE THE HUMAN ROOTS OF THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS 101. “It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis.” I. TECHNOLOGY: CREATIVITY AND POWER 102. “Technology has remedied countless evils which used … Continue reading

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New Comments by Pope Francis on Medjugorje

Te Deum laudamus has a blog post about a book published in several languages (not including English) containing comments by Pope Francis on many subjects. A small portion of the book reportedly offers some rather negative comments by the Pontiff … Continue reading

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May We Faithfully Dissent from Laudato Si’ ?

The Catholic Herald in the UK has published a foolish article by Fr. Ashley Beck on the encyclical Laudato si’. The title of the article is also its conclusion: No Catholic is free to dissent from the teaching of Laudato … Continue reading

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The Eternal Destination of Unbaptized Prenatals

Prenatals who die in the womb can’t receive a baptism with water. So what is their eternal destination? They cannot be sent to Hell, for no one is punished eternally, unless they have committed a deliberate sin. Personal sins are … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Environment: Part Four

III. THE MYSTERY OF THE UNIVERSE 76. “Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis criticizes the Weapons Industry

Pope Francis has previously criticized capitalism. Does this imply that we should abandon capitalism? No. Criticism is not condemnation. Jesus criticized money, and we could say, by extension, that He was criticizing capitalism: [Luke] {16:13} No servant is able to … Continue reading

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Does Faith plus Baptism equal Salvation?

In order to be saved, a human person must die in the state of sanctifying grace. All persons who die in the state of grace will have eternal life in Heaven, though they may have to pass through a time … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 15

For this week: read John 3-7.

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Evolution, Global Warming, The Big Bang, and Dark Matter

One of the errors of religious fundamentalism is an attempt to live a life of faith, apart from and in contradiction to reason. The teaching of the First Vatican Council on faith and reason contradicts this type of religious fundamentalism. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Environment: Part Three

51. Pope Francis decries the behavior of developed nations and large multinational corporations toward disadvantaged nations. He describes the pollution and harm to the environment caused by companies which exploit the resources of poorer nations, with no regard for harm … Continue reading

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Most Catholics do not want a Pope at all

Most of my fellow Catholics don’t want a liberal Pope or a conservative Pope or a moderate Pope. They do not really want a Pope at all. For the Supreme Pontiff of the Church has the right and duty to … Continue reading

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