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Posted on 12/23/2013 2:25:55 AM PST by markomalley
For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council. While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.
The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.
Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God Pope Francis declared.
In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.
One statement in the Popes speech has sent traditionalists into a fit of confusion and hysteria. God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it. The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture. In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!
In addition to the Popes sweeping calls for tolerance and a new progressive understanding of Catholicism, he condemned racism, raising his voice and pounding the podium in front of him. Pope Francis spent over an hour castigating anti-immigrant politicians, parties and individuals. Wagging his finger sternly with righteous indignation, the Pope shouted Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. When Italians, Spanish or French turn back the boats of African migrants seeking a better life, are they not like the inn keeper who told Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them and the infant Christ? These migrants are children of God and we are commanded to love them!
His voice loudly echoing through St. Peters basilica, the Pope stated those who would dare to turn immigrants away, be they legal or undocumented, turn their backs on Christ himself! A racist is not a true Christian. A racist casts aside his humanity to become a beast, a demon! He is the embodiment and personification of evil, a Satan!
To a chorus of thunderous applause, Pope Francis stated because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!
In a announcement that shocked many people, Pope Francis warned that those who seek to deny a home to the migrant, to the African and the Muslim, risk their membership in the church. We will consider excommunication for those whose souls willingly dwell in the darkness and evil of intolerance and racism. Satan himself is a metaphor or a personification, for the collective evils of mankind. Today, these evils manifest foremost as racism, intolerance, religious persecution and bigotries of all kinds.
A couple of prominent Catholic cardinals have responded to Pope Francis declarations by leaving the church. Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria asked, what do we stand for if we declare that truth is relative? On the contrary, truth exists independently of our personal feelings. All of this talk of love and tolerance is hollow if we have no identity of our own, if we stand for nothing. I charge that Francis has become a heretic, and that he is not a valid Pope. Indeed, Francis is no longer even a Catholic. The seat of Saint Peter is vacant. I am now a Sedevacantist. I should have become one long ago. The Vatican has embraced ecumenism in the past, but worse than that, it has now embraced moral relativism on abortion and homosexuality. At the same time it is embracing moral absolutism in favour of illegal immigration and cultural genocide against Europe.
In his most controversial statement, Cardinal Arinze said Islam has overrun my own country, and now it threatens to overrun Europe. Some parts of Nigeria now live under Islamic Sharia law. Catholics there are no longer free to practice their faith publicly. Francis is a fool if he thinks that his liberal immigration policy will end well. He has betrayed western civilization. Vatican City will one day become a giant mosque if things continue in Europe along their present course. Those in the West who ignore this truth, do so at their own peril.
In an angry and vitriolic rant revealing deep self-hating tendencies, the African Cardinal Arinze stated There is nothing wrong with Europeans who want to protect their borders. The problem is that there is not enough border control and the immigration policies are far too lenient in Europe. Is it racist to desire to preserve ones own home? Why is it racist to want to preserve your own culture and a future for your people and your children? Have white people gone stupid today?
This much is clear, the Catholic Church has made a decision to rejoin humanity and to reject intolerance and extremism. The church has lost a few narrow-minded bigots, with reports of some small parishes and a few cardinals and bishops defecting, but Pope Francis has gained the friendship of the world. Pope Francis deserves praise for taking a humane stand in defence of human rights and against bigotry.
I ceased in the year 1764 to believe that one can convince ones opponents with arguments printed in books. It is not to do that, therefore, that I have taken up my pen, but merely so as to annoy them, and to bestow strength and courage on those on our own side, and to make it known to the others that they have not convinced us. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.
It is in the spirit of the above quote that I write. Who am I you may ask? My name is Erik Thorson. I created this blog for my own personal amusement.
You've been warned.
This was a satirical article.
Very good. Read the post #1 comment again please.
PLEASE don’t let Algore know.
> This was a satirical article.
Indeed, except the reason it’s satirical is that many of us would not be surprised if it were true.
"His name is Sanskrit, and means: ``All affirmations are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense.'' He is an Indian Pundit and Prince, born of the Peyotl Tribe, son of Gentle Chief Sun Flower Seed and the squaw Merry Jane. Patron to psychedelic type Discordians. Patron of the Season of Confusion. Holyday: May 31. NOTE: Sri Syadasti should not be confused with Blessed St. Gulik the Stoned, who is not the same person but is the same Apostle."
There is no doubt that the Pope and Council weighed these teaching heavily when arriving at their conclusions.
We live in interesting times where satire is difficult to distinguish from truth.
We have a pope who bashes capitalism and tells others to solve homeless problems although he presides over the largest private landowner in the world.
We have a gay Muslim Marxist in the White House who hates the majority of Americans.
10 years ago, both of these would have been satire stories in The Onion.
I think satire should be ceased until we reclaim our true American psyche.
THEN we can play with our brains.
Is this the Vatican Council where they decide to bring in Cousin Oliver?
Western civ has a death wish.
As long as we allow ourselves to be twisted around by the popular media, as long as we don't examine EVERYTHING carefully, as long as we suffer from childlike credulity, we will never reclaim a so-called "true American psyche."
When reading ANYTHING (I don't care about the source), we must be skeptical and look for an agenda.
Good satire can help us with that.
Isn’t it about now when someone is supposed to come on the thread and complain that someone didn’t put the word “SATIRE” in 24 point boldface flashing red in the title?
Change “Pope” to “Presiding Bishop,” and you have a factual article about the Episcopal Church, which ceased being a Christian denomination years ago.
How many Catholics, SSPXers, or sedevacanists are only going to read the headline?
So what's the point of sewing unnecessary division?
Who's sewing division.
See post #11. We must learn to read and not be so credulous of what we read. We need to check it out.
-— See post #11. We must learn to read and not be so credulous of what we read. We need to check it out -—
That’s a false choice.
Yes, we need to be critical readers.
And yes, we shouldn’t post articles with misleading headlines.
ANYthing put out and read, especially without a disclaimer, thus allowing data to be inputted becomes an element of confusion in the psyche...I think satire should be ceased until we reclaim our true American psyche. --knarfMike Royko was a great satirical writer, but not many are imo, and these times are tough[er], so I agree with knarf, unless the piece is truly written well, that is, and there's something to gain for Him. But regardless, it's nice to have a warning in the headline so you can ignore the article if you wish. I like this from Mother Teresa:As long as we allow ourselves to be twisted around by the popular media, as long as we don't examine EVERYTHING carefully, as long as we suffer from childlike credulity, we will never reclaim a so-called "true American psyche."...When reading ANYTHING (I don't care about the source), we must be skeptical and look for an agenda...Good satire can help us with that. --markomalley
"Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth." --Mother Teresa of CalcuttaNo skepticism, no looking for an agenda. http://www.acfp2000.com/Chapels/worldmap.htm
OMG! The Holy Father has now truly jumped the proverbial shark. This is the end.
When I already had to truncate the title...not much choice in the matter.
I actually did read the headline and assumed it was satire, but thanks for insulting my intelligence.
Agreed. I think oftentimes there is some element of truth in all satire. Satire just takes it to the extreme.
It was pretty obviously satire.
But what I don’t get is — this is in the Religion forum.
How do we discuss satire in the religion forum under the religion forum rules?
I mean, the article misstates religious positions — obviously — because it is satire. But we can’t misstate positions.
And we can’t make fun of people, which is another aspect of satire.
And so far as I can tell, nobody is even trying to have a religious discussion of the ideas put forth in the satire, I presume because it would seem odd to actually DISCUSS a satire piece as if it had meaning.
What exactly can we do with a religious discussion of a satirical piece like this?
I’m waiting for people to come along and explain what the satirist really meant.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the satire from the media’s deliberate misquotes.
What a tedious and unnecessary task that does nothing to build confidence in those we're supposed to trust.
We had our Christmas cantata last night (He Gave Everything), and the fellowship following was one of the most enjoyable human events of my life in a year.
60 or 70 people, gathered around more sugar than is healthy, (Baptists, of course), hot cxoffee and chocolate, all in the same book, on the same page, for the same reason ...
The conversation gushing and diverse from mingle to mingle ...
Mike's writing was immediately entertained as a story or proverb (though now I know the wortd, "satire" .. didn't then) and there was never a question that Slats was a figure invented to tell a story or make a point.
I just always knew it.
I don't know those things today.
...there was never a question that Slats was a figure invented to tell a story or make a point...I just always knew it...I don't know those things today.Yes, yes, exactly! I agree completely. His writings were treasures. My husband would go to sports first, then Mike, but I'd go straight to Royko...
Along the lines of the “seminews/semisatire columns. A commentary dancing with truths and filling in wild assumptions where any doubts may reside.
I may be credulous, but frankly I prefer satire to be clearly labeled as such in the title. It's a form of humor which can be very un-funny.
And no, I'm not Catholic. I DO respect Catholics and their beliefs.
That part isn't satire.
Satire may make fun of people, but if you think about it, so does all forms of humor. Every joke you have ever heard involves laughing with someone at someone or something else. So to say we can't make fun of people is essentially to outlaw all humor forever.
I think the distinction should be what is the target of your humor, and I find the old Christian saw of "love the sinner but hate the sin" is particularly aposite here. If all humor involves laughing at something, then lets laugh at sin, at negativity, at falsehood. IOW, its wrong to laugh at someone because they are overweight, but its ok to laugh at greed, or self-indulgence. Its wrong to laugh at liberals for being liberals, but it is right to laugh at the ignorance and the convuluted logic they use to justify their positions. Its not funny to laugh at tsunami victims, but watching politicians and celebrities shedding copious amounts of crocodile tears is immensely amusing. Can you see where I am coming from with this? Its like we are distancing people a bit from the humor.
Satire most definitely has meaning. If nothing else it shows how people are thinking on these matters. The fact is that there is an awful lot of pressure being applied from the secular world (and even from within the church) to produce a theology not dissimilar to what this is satirising. You might start in a religious forum to discuss why that is so. Personally, I think the root of such thinking is the pervasive opinion of today that there is no objective truth. If everything is relative, then everything is up for grabs, and dogmatism becomes the only unforgiveable sin. From there you could go on to discuss how to counter that insidious anti-christian stance.
You can make theology out of just about anything, and certainly out of cultural phenomenae.
Oh there has to be an element of truth in satire, or it doesnt work at all.