Pope Quotes 3

22 09 2010

Pope Quotes 3

At last someone has spoken up for the Christian faith. Rowan Williams doesn’t seem to do a good job and various papers have castigated him for his lack of clarity.  The Pope, by contrast, has sought to convey the truth clearly. Pity it was just read but that in itself was quite a mean feat, considering the number of times he spoke over those five days! The church in Britain needs to heed these things!

3. Countering the World View

Relativism destabilises; Faith brings freedom

“The evangelisation of culture is all the more important in our times, when a ‘dictatorship of relativism’ threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature, his destiny and his ultimate good. There are some who now seek to exclude religious belief from public discourse, to privatise it or even to paint it as a threat to equality and liberty. Yet religion is in fact a guarantee of authentic liberty and respect, leading us to look upon every person as a brother or sister. For this reason I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful, … not only to be examples of faith in public, but also to put the case for the promotion of faith’s wisdom and vision in the public forum.  (Address at Glasgow – Thurs 16th)

Caring for our Society

“Society today needs clear voices which propose our right to live, not in a jungle of self-destructive and arbitrary freedoms, but in a society which works for the true welfare of its citizens and offers them guidance and protection in the face of their weakness and fragility.  (Ongoing comments at Glasgow – Thurs 16th)

Concern for Suppression of the Voice of Faith

I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance. … These are worrying signs of a failure to appreciate not only the rights of believers to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, but also the legitimate role of religion in the public square.   (Ongoing comments – Fri 17th)

Religious Freedom must be preserved

“Religious bodies – including institutions linked to the Catholic Church – need to be free to act in accordance with their own principles and specific convictions based upon the faith and the official teaching of the Church. In this way, such basic rights as religious freedom, freedom of conscience and freedom of association are guaranteed”.   (Ongoing comments – Fri 17th)

A call to hold to the Word of God

Fidelity to the Word of God, precisely because it is a true Word, demands of us an obedience which leads us together to a deeper understanding of the Lord’s will, an obedience which must be free of intellectual conformism or facile accommodation to the spirit of the age”.    (Westminster Abbey – Fri 17th)

A Call for Real Christian Witness

“How much contemporary society needs this witness!” How much we need, in the Church and in society, witnesses of the beauty of holiness, witnesses of the splendour of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ! One of the greatest challenges facing us today is how to speak convincingly of the wisdom and liberating power of God’s Word to a world which all too often sees the Gospel as a constriction of human freedom, instead of the truth which liberates our minds and enlightens our efforts to live wisely and well, both as individuals and as members of society.   (Ongoing at the Mass – Sat 18th)

There is a truth to counter relativism

Here is the first lesson we can learn from his life: in our day, when an intellectual and moral relativism threatens to sap the very foundations of our society, Newman reminds us that, as men and women made in the image and likeness of God, we were created to know the truth, to find in that truth our ultimate freedom and the fulfilment of our deepest human aspirations. In a word, we are meant to know Christ Who is Himself ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’.   (Hyde Park – referring to Cardinal Newman – Sat 18th)

Truth is for Sharing

“Newman’s life”, the Holy Father added, “also teaches us that passion for the truth, intellectual honesty and genuine conversion are costly. The truth that sets us free cannot be kept to ourselves; it calls for testimony, it begs to be heard, and in the end its convincing power comes from itself and not from the human eloquence or arguments in which it may be couched.  (Ongoing Hyde Park – referring to Cardinal Newman – Sat 18th)

A Challenge to counter Unbelief

No-one who looks realistically at our world today could think that Christians can afford to go on with business as usual, ignoring the profound crisis of faith which has overtaken our society, or simply trusting that the patrimony of values handed down by the Christian centuries will continue to inspire and shape the future of our society. (Ongoing Hyde Park – referring to Cardinal Newman – Sat 18th)

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