Thursday, April 28, 2005
Some things on our new Holy Father
I have had a lot of time to read a little and find out some more about our new Holy Father Benedict XVI
A lot of you may already know where he stands on many things, but for me I did not know all that much about him, apart from a few things, and most of what I knew I agree with and like.
Here are things that might interest you some, if you don't already know where he stands on some things, and it's also a look on how Pope Benedict will confront the major challenges facing the Catholic Church:
ON OTHER FORMS OF CHRISTIANITY
"They are not Churches in the proper sense, however, those who are baptized in these communities are, by Baptism, incorporated in Christ and thus are in a certain communion, albeit imperfect, with the Church."
ON U.S. POLITICS
"A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand in favor of abortion and or euthanasia"
"Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder...As in every conversion from evil, the abandonment of homosexual activity will require a profound collaboration of the individual with God's liberating grace."
ON WOMEN AS PRIESTS
"Such priestly ordination constitutes...a grave offense to the divine constitution of the Church....and is an affront to the dignity of women, whose specific role in the Church and society is distinctive and irreplaceable"
ON RELATIONS WITH THE MUSLIM WORLD
"the rebirth of Islam is due...mainly to the knowledge that is able to offer a valid spiritual foundation for the life of it's people, a foundation that seems to have escaped from the hands of old Europe...what offends Islam...is the wests lack of reference to God, the arrogance of reason, which provokes fundamentalism...Europe appears to be at the start of its decline and fall" It must recover its Christian roots if it truly wants to survive"
ON OTHER RELIGIONS
"Objectively speaking, they are in a gravely deficient situation in comparison with those who, in the Church, have the fullness of the means of salvation."
"We cannot resolve great moral problems simply with techniques, with chemistry, but must solve them morally with a life-style"
ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDALS
"I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of sins of Catholic priests is a planned campaign, as the percentage of these offences among priests is not higher than in other categories"
"How much filth there is in the Church and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him"