Posts Tagged ‘Fundamentalism’

Holiness does not come from following rigid rules

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Redemption is the work of God, not of human beings, so be careful and do not listen to “fundamentalists” who claim holiness comes through following certain laws, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience. The belief that holiness comes by observing particular laws “leads us to a rigid religiosity, a rigidity that eliminates that Read more

Street preacher claims his free speech right was taken away

Monday, August 12th, 2019

A man whose religious public address in Whangārei upset some listeners says the police interfered with his right to free speech by asking him to shut up. During a 20-minute fire-and-brimstone sermon in Cameron St on July 20, ”street preacher” Grant Edwards hurled denigrating comments at passers-by and people seated nearby. As well as telling Read more

Banned extremist preacher planning a trip to NZ

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Steven Anderson, an extremist Christian preacher from the United States, is planning a visit to New Zealand. Anderson made headlines last month when he attended a ‘Make America Straight Again’ conference in Orlando, Florida. In his YouTube post, he said he now planned to conduct a soul-winning and preaching event in New Zealand. He just Read more

Israel Folau finds fault with the Catholic Church

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Israel Folau has attacked the Catholic Church because Catholics do not read the Bible. Folau is a rugby player who is fullback for the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia’s national team the Wallabies. Last Wednesday in an Instagram post, Folau suggested homosexuals and other groups – including drunks and atheists – were destined for Read more

Crowds cheers when preacher on train told to shut up

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Passengers on a packed Sydney train began cheering when a man preaching about abortion was told to shut up. Phillip Blair, of Torch of Christ Ministries in America, boarded the busy train at Martin Place on Monday, he quickly began shouting about his religious beliefs. Watch the video Read more

Winston Peters compares himself to famous fundamentalist politician

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Last Tuesday, well known New Zealand politician Winston Peters compared himself to American politician William Jennings Bryan. Bryan was a fundamentalist Christian. He was opposed to the teaching of Darwinist evolutionary theory, and in 1924 drafted legislation to prevent its teaching in Florida schools as well as in other states. On Wednesday, NewstalkZB reported that Peters had compared Read more

New book on Fundamentalism receives an award

Monday, June 25th, 2018

News arrived, last week, that Fundamentalism at Home and Abroad: Analysis and Pastoral Responses, a book by Fr Gerarld Arbuckle SM won first place in the Professional Books section in the Catholic Press Association USA awards. Responding to the award, Gerald Arbuckle says he is ‘delighted’ and particularly pleased that a book on contemporary fundamentalism Read more

Leading in chaotic times: the example of Pope Francis

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

We live in chaotic times. If perchance you doubt this, I suggest you view a few episodes of the television comedy, The Simpsons. It is the longest-running American cartoon series ever. It is frequently on our screens also. Like Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, it is primarily written for adults, but it is more especially loved Read more

Vatican newspaper – Trump’s team twists scripture to promote conflict, war

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A Vatican newspaper has accused Steve Bannon, chief strategist for US President Donald Trump, of  supporting “apocalyptic geopolitics”. It also claims Trump’s team promotes an “evangelical fundamentalism” that twists scripture to promote conflict and war. The article in the Argentine issue of La Civiltà Cattolica by editor-in-chief Fr Antonio Spadaro and Argentine Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Read more

Fundamentalism: an enemy of the common good

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Pope Francis said, “Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions … Religious fundamentalism is not religious, because it lacks God. “It is idolatry, like idolatry of money … We Catholics have some — and not some, many — who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with Read more