Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Pope says its a sin to destroy nature

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Environmental destruction is a sin. In what can be called a very drastic and radical departure from traditional Catholic concepts of “sin,” “charity” and good deeds, Pope Francis has actually called the act of destroying environment a “sin.” This is perhaps the first time a leader of an Abrahamic religion has spoken so much about Read more

There are worse sins than priests having sex: Archbishop

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

An African archbishop has said there are worse sins than priests who have promised to be celibate having sex. Archbishop Peter Akwasi Sarpong, who is Archbishop emeritus of Kumasi archdiocese in Ghana, was responding to people accusing priests of having sex. “Of course it is against their vows and it is inimical to the growth Read more

Sins of the saints

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Augustine was not the only saint to have ‘once been a great sinner’. Beyond the hagiographies many lived lives of great scandal. When Catholics discuss saints who were once great sinners, the first one that comes to mind is St Augustine of Hippo. And for good reason: as a teenager Augustine abandoned the Catholic faith Read more

Sin-free version of Facebook a hit in Brazil

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Brazilian evangelical Christians have set up social network that looks like Facebook, but is supposed to be sin-free. Facegloria attracted 100,000 users in its first month. Users don’t click “like” – instead they click “Amen”. “On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That’s why we thought of creating a network where we Read more

US bishop tells Catholics to abstain from yoga

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A retired US bishop has advised Catholics to abstain from doing yoga, as it could be an occasion of serious sin. Comments from Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, who used to lead the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, were published last week on a US blog for women. “ … The practice of yoga, if it does not begin Read more

Things our bishops don’t want to tell us

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

“Teach your children that it is not possible to be Christian outside the Church, and it is not possible to follow Christ outside the Church, as the Church is our mother, and lets us grow in the love of Jesus Christ” (Pope Francis, 11 January 2015). It must then follow that the Catholic Church is the true Read more

Pope tells bishops not to try to change their people

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Pope Francis has asked new bishops not to be deceived by the temptation to change their people, but to love them as they are. The Pope said this in a written address on September 18 to 138 recently appointed bishops from around the world, including two from Australia. “Though jealously safeguarding the passion for truth, Read more

Charles Péguy and Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

“The privileged place for an encounter with Christ are our sins,” Pope Francis said at yesterday’s morning mass in St. Martha’s House. “It is the power of God’s Word that brings about a true change of heart.” The “encounter between [our] sins and the blood of Christ is the only salvific encounter there is.” The Read more

Mortal sin and the vote

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, having received the opinion of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, has decided that it would be appropriate to publish the present Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding Read more

Please don’t say these six things at my funeral

Friday, July 18th, 2014

There will come a day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, when the man in the coffin will be me. They say the dead don’t care, but I’m not dead yet, so as long as I’m still alive, I’d like to have some say in what goes on at my funeral. And, truth be told, I think Read more