Until now not one media organisation has reproduced the exact words attributed to Christ
Much has been written in the past few days, particularly in Muslim newspapers, on the discovery of a bible in Turkey, a bible that was apparently written in Aramaic – the language Jesus spoke – approximately 1,500 years ago. The bible is written on leather pages in gold letters. The cover has inscriptions in Aramaic and a cross, drawn in a rather rudimentary way. What has attracted the most attention – from the media point of view – is a number of statements made by Jesus where he apparently predicts the coming of Muhammad. Nevertheless, up to now no media organisation has published the exact words attributed to Christ.
Conversion and confession, justice and pastoralness, liberty and truth – all concepts of ecclesial doctrine that risk remaining abstract if not applied to the concrete reality of people, to their wounds and to their sins.
Then there’s the question: must the Church adapt herself to the exigencies of the times, to the divorced who seek absolution in the confessional, to “two mothers” who want to baptize their own daughter? Must she pay attention to public opinion? Or must she continue in her mission as light of the people, herald of Truth, even if at times she “disturbs”?
Questions which are apparently rhetorical for a Catholic, whose answer, however, is at the center of a thousand controversies, sometimes within the Church herself.
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, Pope Francis’ “Minister of Mercy,” gave ZENIT a lucid analysis of all this, explaining in what way the Church “administers” mercy and how this is “the supreme law” with which she governs, beyond “human” law and justice.
Lets take number 4 and have our own innocent comical chit chat.
Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity? Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one? That is apparently what former president Bill Clinton believes. On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Clinton said that an alien invasion;
Once the enemy of Christianity when Russia was Rothschild’s USSR, Russia has now removed Rothschild in 2006 and has now positioned itself as the hope of persecuted Christians.
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin this week of the urgent situation Christians are facing around the world in persecution hot spots, and has asked him to use his power to aid their situations.
RT online reported that Metropolitan Hilarion, foreign relation chief of the Russian Orthodox Church presented evidence and statistics that stated, “Every five minutes one Christian was dying for his or her faith in some part of the word.”
The feast day of Saint Patrick is this weekend. St. Patrick is the famous “Apostle of Ireland” who converted the entire island to Christianity. He was born at Kilpatrick, Scotland, in the year 387 and died at Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493.
St. Patrick was the son of a deacon who was kidnapped at the age of 16 and sold as a slave. During his six-year captivity he acquired a perfect knowledge of the Celtic language, which enabled him to evangelize the Celtic people in his adulthood.
“A clear disservice is rendered if the truth of the Gospel is confused by the actions of those ordained to disseminate that truth”
Statement from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the Military Services, sent to all priests and deacons in the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), entitled “Renewed Fidelity in favor of Evangelization.”
Signed on September 17, the memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, the document provides guidance for Catholic chaplains and contract priests and deacons who may encounter ministry situations involving Catholic or non-Catholic parties in same gender “marital” relationships.