Posts Tagged ‘Suffering’

On suffering, God and Stephen Fry

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has a great intellect – no doubt. His intelligence, wit and extraordinary life were clearly displayed during an interview broadcast recently on the ABC’s Compass program. When asked what he would say to God if he happened to get to the pearly gates, Fry, a declared atheist, didn’t Read more

It’s OK to despair and swear at God

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Job did. Jesus did, too. Sooner or later, we all do.Life pushes us to the brink and we’re left hanging over the cliff with one hand grasping a clump of grass and looking down at the abyss. Despair clutches our throat and what’s left of our heart cries out to a silent God. Our only Read more

End-of-life protocol to be abolished in UK

Friday, July 19th, 2013

A controversial end-of-life protocol is to be abolished in Britain following an independent review that found numerous cases of abuse and suffering among dying patients. The report on the Liverpool Care Pathway echoed concerns raised by Catholic physicians and by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, who said doctors were being asked “to make a definitive Read more

Pope urges action to relieve suffering in Congo

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has for the second time in two months appealed for the international community to send aid to the suffering people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The eastern part of the African nation is being convulsed by a second wave of violence and spreading hunger, leading the Pope to describe the suffering Read more

The Church should make life harder for Catholics

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Church in England is losing the fight against secularism. With the opponents of the Church gaining the upper hand we have to ask if Catholics are well- trained and strong enough to fight back. We are outnumbered and, at best, considered superstitious and irrelevant – at worst, a danger to society. In such circumstances Read more

Divine punishment

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The Governor of Tokyo suggested that Divine punishment was the cause of both the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which have devastated Japan, caused the deaths of thousands and the suffering of an entire nation. He “took back” his comments because he said that in making them, he failed to take into account the “feeling of the victims.” Read more

Pope Benedict: No full answer to suffering

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Pope Benedict admitted to asking himself why so many children had to suffer in natural disasters such as the Japanese earthquake. The admission came on a television programme the pontiff participated in. Pope Benedict went on to say “We don’t have the answers, but we know that Jesus suffered as innocent children suffer.” The pope’s comments on Read more

Where was God at 9 minutes to 1?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

John Lennox, who calls himself a Christian apologist,  recently made a public speaking tour through New Zealand. In a number of his lectures he addressed the question many have been asking themselves,  “Where was God at 9 minutes to 1?” Lennox  was appalled at some of the answers people come up with. “I have no simplistic answers and Read more