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Posted on 10/27/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
When Catholic colleges and universities embrace diversity, Catholics should worry. Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible, Dominic Lynch, a student there, wrote on The College Fix on October 23, 2014. Ill bet they didnt have a hard time finding a faculty adviser.
The Loyola Student Pagan Alliance was granted official recognition by the university earlier this month by its Student Activities and Greek Affairs board, Lynch reported. However, shortly after the groups approval, it changed its name and deleted a reference to the word pagan on its Facebook page, which is only accessible by Loyola University Chicago students.
The alliance now calls itself the Indigenous Faith Tradition Alliance.
When asked whether colleges should be concerned with facilitating students spiritual development, just 18 percent of faculty members at public universities agreed, compared with 62 percent at Catholic colleges, according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, Beth McMurtrie wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education on October 17, 2014. That meshes well with what students want: Four out of five say they have an interest in spirituality. Yes, but so do the pagans.
Western civilization seems bent on destroying itself. But apparently lacking the courage to just kill itself, it invites in viruses of all kinds, biological, religious, economic, cultural, etc., to do the job for it.
The purpose of a Catholic university is help its students find the God who seeks them, not the god whom they seek.
If they “christened” a pagan club does that make the pagans Christians?
‘Tould appear that Catholic “Universities” are just about as far from Christianity as one can get. Yup, that includes Muslim universities - if such a wretched thing exists.
This comment comes from an ex-Catholic who watched helplessly as his church left him.
I am a Catholic. My brother is in the Church hierarchy, and a very serious, devout, Christian. He took his vows probably 40 years ago.
I have not been going to our home Church for 10 years because the priest is anti-white racist and a communist. He may even be a pagan. I go to a local non-denominational church every Wednesday and Sunday, and on holidays drive about 120 miles to a conservative Catholic Church that has not been infested with heresy.
My brother doesn’t blame me, and stated (after a bit of wine, ha) that the non-denominational church is closer to Catholic than the local Catholic church.
The infestation is a real problem.
probably a good move. I heard a vague, rather vacuous homily yesterday that somehow linked deportation and the environment to the “culture of life” capping off “respect life” month. I didn’t know if I was in a Catholic church or a seminar at the Center for AMerican Progress.
I am not particularly happy with the move, but I live in a very small town with limited choices.
No desire to be a schismatic.
QUO O VADIS FRANCIS?
Pope Benedict speaks: Renunciation of truth is lethal to faith
Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission
By Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service
October 23, 2014
VATICAN CITY Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as lethal to faith. He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the churchs size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.
The retired popes words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Romes Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict, read the 1,800-word message aloud Oct. 21, at a ceremony dedicating the universitys renovated main lecture hall to the retired pope.
The speech is one of a handful of public statements, including an interview and a published letter to a journalist, that Pope Benedict has made since he retired in February 2013.
The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people, retired Pope Benedict wrote. But does that still apply? many inside and outside the church ask themselves today. Is mission still something for today? Would it not be more appropriate to meet in dialogue among religions and serve together the cause of world peace? The counter-question is: Can dialogue substitute for mission?
In fact, many today think religions should respect each other and, in their dialogue, become a common force for peace. According to this way of thinking, it is usually taken for granted that different religions are variants of one and the same reality, the retired pope wrote. The question of truth, that which originally motivated Christians more than any other, is here put inside parentheses. It is assumed that the authentic truth about God is in the last analysis unreachable and that at best one can represent the ineffable with a variety of symbols. This renunciation of truth seems realistic and useful for peace among religions in the world.
It is nevertheless lethal to faith. In fact, faith loses its binding character and its seriousness, everything is reduced to interchangeable symbols, capable of referring only distantly to the inaccessible mystery of the divine, he wrote.
Pope Benedict wrote that some religions, particularly tribal religions, are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ, but that this encounter is always reciprocal. Christ is waiting for their history, their wisdom, their vision of the things. This encounter can also give new life to Christianity, which has grown tired in its historical heartlands, he wrote.
We proclaim Jesus Christ not to procure as many members as possible for our community, and still less in order to gain power, the retired pope wrote. We speak of him because we feel the duty to transmit that joy which has been given to us.
POPE FRANCIS, A FOLLOWER OF LIBERATION THEOLOGY, IS THE ANTITESIS OF POPE BENEDICT XVI, WHO WITH H.H. JOHN PAUL II, PROSCRIBED LIBERATION THEOLOGY BECAUSE THEY MIXED THE MARXIST ANALYSIS AND THE CLASS STRUGLE WITH THE GOSPELS.
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