Daily Archives: March 2, 2017

What the pope said on Ash Wednesday: Creation care, Salvation by works, Ideological faith, Curing sin-suffocation

Blithe Spirit

1. Pope: learn from indigenous peoples how to care for creation – Vatican Radio
A Munduruku on the Tapajos river in Parà State, Brazil - ANSA

It is necessary, he said, to learn from these peoples how to relate to nature in the quest for a sustainable model “that can be a valid alternative to the race for profit that exhausts natural resources and damages the dignity of peoples”.

2.The Pope on salvation by works

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Catholics, Protestants often say, believe in salvation by good works.  This engenders the reply from thoughtful Catholics, no we don’t!  You have to have grace.  In fact, we even believe in justification by faith, just like you Lutherans do, as proven by the accord we signed with liberal Lutherans.  Since there is now no real disagreement, there is no need for the Reformation divisions.  You can come back to Rome and enjoy being under Pope Francis.

But Pope Francis keeps preaching that salvation is, in fact…

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What the pope said on Ash Wednesday: Creation care, Salvation by works, Ideological faith, Curing sin-suffocation

1. Pope: learn from indigenous peoples how to care for creation – Vatican Radio
A Munduruku on the Tapajos river in Parà State, Brazil - ANSA

It is necessary, he said, to learn from these peoples how to relate to nature in the quest for a sustainable model “that can be a valid alternative to the race for profit that exhausts natural resources and damages the dignity of peoples”.

2. The Pope on salvation by works

Pope_Francis_Korea_Haemi_Castle_19_(cropped)

Catholics, Protestants often say, believe in salvation by good works.  This engenders the reply from thoughtful Catholics, no we don’t!  You have to have grace.  In fact, we even believe in justification by faith, just like you Lutherans do, as proven by the accord we signed with liberal Lutherans.  Since there is now no real disagreement, there is no need for the Reformation divisions.  You can come back to Rome and enjoy being under Pope Francis.

But Pope Francis keeps preaching that salvation is, in fact, by good works.  He is reported to have said recently that it’s better to be an atheist than a bad Christian.  Now this is not exactly what he said, according to ChurchPop; in context he was referring to Christians living a “double life” of sin and piety, which creates a “scandal” that makes outsiders think it would be better to be an atheist.  But read his sermon yourself to get a sense of where he stands on the importance of good works for salvation.  Note how he warns against “excessive confidence” in Christ’s forgiveness.

3. Pope: Ideological faith adores a ‘disincarnate’ god – Vatican Radio

Pope Francis delivers the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday.

(Vatican Radio) The compass of the Christian directs him to follow Christ crucified, not a disincarnate god, but God made flesh, Who bears in Himself the wounds of our brothers. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday.

4. Pope on Ash Wednesday: Feeling suffocated by sin? Let God save you

Pope on Ash Wednesday: Feeling suffocated by sin? Let God save you

ROME – At Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the bad habits, negativity, and sin present in our lives which cause us to be choked off from the life-giving breath of God – supernatural grace.

“The breath of God’s life saves us from this asphyxia that dampens our faith, cools our charity and strangles every hope,” he said March 1. “To experience Lent is to yearn for this breath of life that our Father unceasingly offers us amid the mire of our history.”

When Black Caucus brothers and sisters betray their brothers and sisters

Livin’ high on the hog:

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC) spends lavishly on upscale resorts and hotels, catering at exclusive restaurants, and on fundraising and Broadway tickets, according to a review of campaign finance records.

The CBC PAC, which is the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, puts far more money towards administrative and fundraising purposes than it donates to candidates, the intended purpose of the political action committee.

Bad, bad, bad.

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