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January 29, 2017
There are still those among us who believe in and have faith in God, and who know that the devil exists, and that he rules this world. And we who believe are held to be silly, and even paranoid by those who do not believe and do not have faith, and who laugh at the possibility of a devil even existing, let alone ruling the world.
Yet, we must stand our ground. When He comes again, He must find faith at work in the world, in spite of all the devil can do. And when it begins to look like Pope Francis might be under the control of Satan, somebody has to actually say it, out loud.
Now, he seems to be openly questioning the existence of objective reality. Which is to say, reality itself. The only reality that is.
Pope Francis urged the media to modify its coverage of news to be more positive, less negative, and less reporting of news that "sells". Indicating that he thinks news is properly something to be bought and sold rather than honestly reporting things that happen, period. In actual truth, the media reports in support of an unspoken political agenda, and it looks to me like the Catholic media is much like the secular media in that regard. There is always a hidden agenda. And it looks like Pope Francis is seeking to modify it if not control it.
In his remarks to the media, seen in full at the Catholic Herald, was this:
"Reality has no one clear meaning?" !!!
"Everything depends on the way we look at things, ..." !!!
"For us Christians ... [reality is] the Gospel of Jesus Christ ..." !!!
There is only one reality, and it is reality for everyone, not just some of us. Restore DC Catholicism highlighted this Papal denial of Objective Truth right here. And then they showed how this untruth is filtering down through his lesser demons - I mean Cardinals - in what Card. Wuerl is teaching his Pastors, right here.
Let your conscience, not your Pastor, be the final arbiter of what is mortally sinful, or not. We are now moving from Cafeteria Catholicism right on into Every-Man-For-Himself-Catholicism, under the leadership of Pope Francis.
If it feels good, do it? If it's inconvenient, don't worry about it?
Can this be of God, or of Satan?
Who am I to judge?
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Date: Sun Jan 29 10:40:37 2017
Location: Wyoming, PA
I believe you are reaching a bit on this one. The pope is speaking about mans current state in this physical life and the limitations placed on our understanding of what truly is and who we truly are. Of course this occurred ever since Genesis 3, and is TRMITM18 . It was at that moment when we became naked in our shame and when God left us with the choice either to begin the work to know Him again, which is Reality or the "true truth" as Francis Schaeffer called it, or to reject Him and Reality. Our choice is the "lens" we use, which is the worldview one chooses to lives by. In its essential form the worldview is either secular-centered (the state of denial) or God-centered (the state of acceptance). It cannot be both. It is the same massage of Paul in 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 when we tells us that see "through a glass darkly". Ultimately we each have the choice whether to see clearly through the right worldview or not.
Stripped of the verbiage the pope's massage is: Life is not succession of events, but a history. In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning...(it) depends on the lens we use. Change that lens, (and) reality itself appears different. The right lens is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God.
BTW, I stopped receiving your posts in my mailbox for awhile even though I did not unsubscribe. I hope you are well.
Date: Tue Jan 31 2017
From: Vic Biorseth
I don't think so. Reality simply is. There is only one objective reality, and it is the same objective reality for everyone. It is unaffected by whatever lens we use. We may view it differently than we should view it, but it remains the same unchanged objective reality.
When the Pope says "For us Christians, that lens can only be the good news, beginning
with the Good News par excellence: “the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of
God” " he thereby implies that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not the same objective reality for Moslems, or for any other non-Christians, or any other "lens" that may be used. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true for Moslems, too.
It is true for everyone, or it is not true at all. No exceptions. That is the very reason for the evangelization requirement.
Using the proper "lens" entails receiving the proper formative catechesis in our faith. Much is written on our hearts, in the form of the Natural Law, by the Author of Nature. Much more is given in the Revealed Truth, held unchanged in the Deposit of Faith. When Paul speaks of the "mirror" in 1 Cor 13:12-13, he is talking about those things that are real, but beyond our understanding (a virgin birth; a resurrection; miracles of all sorts). Things we cannot fully understand in this material life, but when we are face to face with God, then we will fully understand all.
We are called to accept the Revealed Truth on faith, and we are called to seek other real Truth in every material way it can be sought. Objectively. Knowing that Objective Truth exists. We don't get to make up our own truth; we need to seek the real truth.
Pope Francis' various lenses are pointing to Subjective truth, which is what we emotionally or psychologically "feel" to be true, whether it agrees with actual Objective Truth or not.
Objective Truth simply is. And it does not change, for anyone, in any circumstance. It always simply is.
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