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Vatican daily criticizes BBC for 'erasing Christ from history'
cna ^ | October 4, 2011

Posted on 10/04/2011 1:33:17 PM PDT by NYer

Rome, Italy, Oct 4, 2011 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has criticized a decision by the BBC television network to drop its usage of the designations “A.D.” and “B.C.”

The network plans to adopt the terms “C.E.” (Common Era) and “BCE” (Before the Common Era) when referring to historical dates, to avoid “offending” non-believers.
 
L’Osservatore Romano called the decision “senseless historical hypocrisy.” Numerous BBC hosts, as well as politicians such as the mayor of London, Boris Johnshon, have also denounced the plan as absurd.
 
In an Oct. 5 article that will be published by the Vatican newspaper, reporter Luceta Scaraffia pointed out that numerous non-Christian spokespersons have stated that they “did not feel offended in any way by the traditional dating system.”
 
“It is clear that respect for other religions is a mere pretext, because what they want is to wipe out any trace of Christianity from western culture.”
 
Scaraffia noted that this is not the first time an attempt has been made to change the historical designations. The anti-Christian French Revolution of 1789 and the 1917 Leninist revolution in Russia both included efforts to reformulate the traditional calendar to start over again in their respective years.
 
She called those efforts “horrible precedents” and said the current proposed change is a hypocritical move on the part of those who “seem to not know why the years are counted starting from a certain date.” 

“To deny the historically revolutionary role of the coming of Christ on earth, accepted even by those who do not recognize him as the Son of God, is a complete folly. And from a historical point of view, both Jews and Muslims know it.”
 
She pointed out that with the coming of Christ, mankind learned that all human beings have the same dignity, and this truth forms the basis “for all human rights, by which nations and leaders are judged.

“Until that time no one had held this principle, and Christian tradition is based upon it.”
 
The world changed after Christ, Scaraffia continued, and knowing the God who transcends nature, “made it possible for the peoples of Europe to discover the world and for scientists to begin the experimental study of nature, which led to the birth of modern science.”
 
“Why deny, then, civilization’s cultural debt to Christianity? There is nothing more anti-historical and senseless, as Jews and Muslims have clearly understood. It’s a matter of reason, not of faith.”


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1 posted on 10/04/2011 1:33:25 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

PIng!


2 posted on 10/04/2011 1:34:02 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

I refuse to use BCE or CE.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 1:37:06 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: NYer

And we would expect no less from the secularist british.


4 posted on 10/04/2011 1:37:37 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: NYer

It’s amazing that the Church is on the frontline taking flak from both the right and the left.

We have the cretinous anti-Catholics on one side and the lefty Marxhuggers on the other.


5 posted on 10/04/2011 1:39:25 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: DesScorp
I refuse to use BCE or CE.

Same here.

6 posted on 10/04/2011 1:39:41 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: NYer

It is an attempt to HIDE Jesus’ impact, and although it succeeds as a small subterfuge, someone learning the designations “BC” and “BCE” should at some point wonder why the split occurred JUST there, of course, it occurred because of Jesus.


7 posted on 10/04/2011 1:39:54 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: NYer

It is an attempt to HIDE Jesus’ impact, and although it succeeds as a small subterfuge, someone learning the designations “BC” and “BCE” should at some point wonder why the split occurred JUST there, of course, it occurred because of Jesus.


8 posted on 10/04/2011 1:40:38 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: OpusatFR

“We have the cretinous anti-Catholics on one side and the lefty Marxhuggers on the other.”

I agree with the Catholic Church when it’s right - and disagree when it’s wrong.

They couldn’t be more right on this issue.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 1:46:47 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Sans-Culotte

Always use the term Anno Domini (A.D.; in the Year of our Lord). And never use other Leftist terms like “fetus” for an unborn human child. Never ever accept their rhetoric, because ideas have consequences. Fight them with every sentence you speak, every vote you cast, every choice you make, every day of every year.


10 posted on 10/04/2011 1:54:06 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: DesScorp
I refuse to use BCE or CE.

I first saw the German equavalent of CE and BCE--uZ and vuZ (unsere Zeitrechnung, vor unserer Zeitrechnung--our calendar, before our calendar) in Kleine Enyklopaedie Weltgeschichte (The Little Encyclopedia of World History) (Leipzig, East Germany, VEB, 1971), a reference book published by a Communist publishing house that I purchased in an East Berlin bookstore.

11 posted on 10/04/2011 1:58:23 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: hellbender

A-fricken’ Men.


12 posted on 10/04/2011 2:11:53 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: NYer

This is SILLY, even from an atheist point of view....


13 posted on 10/04/2011 2:16:05 PM PDT by ToxicMich (If I catch you sleeping in this space AGAIN, I'M GONNA KICK YOUR # "?/%")
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To: NYer

What the h*ll is the “Common Era” supposed to mean?


14 posted on 10/04/2011 2:29:37 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: NYer
The network plans to adopt the terms “C.E.” (Common Christian Era) and “BCE” (Before the Common Christian Era) when referring to historical dates, to avoid “offending” non-believers.

Does anyone on this thread realize how blasphemous the use of the term:

Anno Domini (A.D.; in the Year of our Lord)

The NAME of the LORD is hidden over 7000 times in scripture;
it should be YHvH and it has been replaced and hidden.

YHvH (LORD) created the universe and our space-time continuum.

It would be blasphemous to state that the LORD was created by the Roman "church"

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
15 posted on 10/04/2011 3:01:17 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Nobody on the thread knows what you are talking about.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 3:24:26 PM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Campion

I’m thinking it’s a combination of Bible Code, numerology, kaballah and assorted random kookness.


17 posted on 10/05/2011 12:14:24 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Campion
My heart is saddened by all who believe
they can create "the G-d of the universe"
in their own image by claiming that He
did not exist before the year zero of
the Christian Era(CE).

By insisting on the use of the term Anno Domini(AD)
(Year of the LORD) they are clearly stating
that the LORD did not create the universe.

Research has shown that the term was created
in the 16th century by the Roman "church"

NAsbU Isaiah 55:6
Seek YHvH while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

18 posted on 10/05/2011 11:14:47 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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Uri: By insisting on the use of the term Anno Domini(AD) (Year of the LORD) they are clearly stating that the LORD did not create the universe.

Wow, another PC anti-Christian statement.

Though don't the Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to use the term BC and AD?

19 posted on 10/05/2011 12:54:29 PM PDT by Cronos (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2787101/posts?page=58#58)
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Uri: By insisting on the use of the term Anno Domini(AD) (Year of the LORD) they are clearly stating that the LORD did not create the universe.

Research has shown that the term was created in the 16th century by the Roman "church"

Wow, your posts continue to gleefully be utterly wrong.

The Anno Domini was created in 525 by Dionysius Exiguus. No aliens were involved unlike your posts in the past have said.

20 posted on 10/05/2011 1:07:05 PM PDT by Cronos (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2787101/posts?page=58#58)
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