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Challenges posed by opposing ideologies

[…] “The Bishop of Shrewsbury…the Rt. Rev. Mark Davies says that family life is in crisis from challenges posed by opposing ideologies.

Particularly, he says that these oppositions, including the acceptance of [practising] homosexuals into the Church, are hostile to the sanctity of human life and the truth of marriage.

‘Deceptive mercy’

Bishop Davies says: ‘It would be the ultimate failure in pastoral care or charity, to mislead people by encouraging them to remain in sin, or fail to call them to repentance and renewal.

‘Pope Francis describes this approach as ‘deceptive mercy’, a false mercy which bandages wounds but fails to heal them.’ …

Encouraging a ‘pagan world’

Bishop Davies … said acceptance of homosexuality would be encouraging a ‘pagan world’. He continues: ‘I want to dispel any misleading impression that the Church will abandon her witness in the face of hostile trends in public opinion or the destructive ideologies of our time.

The call for unwavering courage

‘The first Christians required courage to overcome and transform a vast, pagan world whose ideas about marriage and sexuality were not unlike those which prevail in our own culture.

‘Today we need this same, supernatural courage to live and give witness to all the Church believes and teaches about marriage, the family and human sexuality.’

Hostile trends in public opinion

He will also highlight that both Pope Francis and Cardinal Vincent Nichols have rejected wrongful assumptions that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held at the Vatican between 5th-19th October, could lead to changes in the constant teaching of the Church on marriage.

Bishop Davies quotes Pope Francis in explaining that the ‘pastoral response’ sought by the synod to the crisis of our time is primarily to find answers to the ‘many discouragements that surround and suffocate families’.

Pope St John Paul II and Blessed Paul VI

He will also suggest that the canonisation of Pope St John Paul II and the subsequent beatification of Blessed Paul VI represent fresh invitations to ‘look to the great inheritance of their teaching’ and expressed the hope that their courage and prayer will inspire us to seek a deeper understanding of what Christ and his Church teach about marriage, the family and human sexuality.”

– These are excerpts (headings in bold added afterwards) of an article published in the Catholic Universe on 7th November 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.the catholic [external link]



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[Last Sunday was] designated as a day of prayer for Peace on Earth. The theme this year links the anniversaries of Vatican II, the encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (Peace on Earth, 1963) and the Year of Faith, and so provides a year-long opportunity to reflect on faith in action through peacemaking. Here are a few quotes for us to reflect on today:

• “First keep peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” (Thomas a Kempis)

• “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” (Martin Luther King Jr)

• “A smile is the beginning of peace.” (Blessed Mother Teresa)

• “If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.” (Thomas Merton, monk and writer)

• “Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.” (Indian proverb)

• “This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” (Peace pilgrim)

• “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” (Blessed Mother Teresa)

• “To get peace you must work for justice.” (Pope Paul VI)

• “Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.” (African proverb)
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”


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