"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pope condemns ‘false god’ of terrorism

CNS - Pope Benedict XVI has warned participants at the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East of the threat of “false gods” that beset the modern world.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the opening session of the Middle East Synod (Photo: CNS)
After leading prayers in the Synod hall, the Pope spoke off-the-cuff for about 20 minutes about the meaning of the psalms that were chanted by the 185 Synod fathers. He traced humanity’s historical move away from polytheism and focused on the meaning of Christ’s entry into human history.

But he said the modern world was still threatened by an array of destructive powers based on “false divinities that must be unmasked”. These include the ideology of terrorism that purports to act in the name of God, drug abuse that devours human lives like a beast, as well as a widespread view of marriage that no longer values the virtue of chastity, he said.

They also include the “anonymous” economic interests that, instead of belonging to man, enslave and even massacre people, he said.

He said the battle against such forces was part of a constant struggle for the Church and for the faith. The Book of Revelation, he said, sheds light on this struggle against false gods, particularly in its image of the serpent who creates a river to drown a woman in flight, and of the earth that swallows up the river.

“I think the river is easily interpreted as these currents that dominate everyone and that want to make the Church and the faith disappear,” he said. “And the earth that absorbs these currents is the faith of ordinary people, which doesn’t allow itself to be overcome by this river.”

“The faith of ordinary people is the true wisdom,” he said.

The Pope added that the climate change being experienced by humanity today was another type of threat, one evoked in the language of Psalm 82, which speaks of a time when “all the foundations of the earth are shaken”.

“And today we see that with the climate problems, the foundations of the earth are threatened, threatened by our behaviour,” he said.

“These exterior foundations are shaken because the interior foundations are shaken – the interior foundations of morality and religious values, of the right way of living according to the faith,” he said.

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