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  3. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    I did get some insight into hierarchical thinking when I was asked (Aust Catholic Bishops Conference) to contribute a good news story re mental illness for a newsletter going out to the parishes. I advised that I had a story, but it was not good news. The response was that they wanted only good news stories as any bad news might discourage parishes. I was astounded, gobsmacked, speechless.........nay, horrified! I voiced my disposition and why to no direction changing avail, of course.......wrongly and very sadly in my book. I do wonder if this is what is happening and has happened in Catholicism today. We are receiving only the 'good' news (not the full Good News) without acknowledging that Heaven awaits for sure, but so does Hell. The Good News of Scripture is that we are saved and no longer mandatorily Hell destined. Heaven is opened for us all. We can still choose Hell, however, through mortal sin. Our free will remains intact fully. Not only is Hell hardly ever mentioned in Catholic thought, I also tend to think that Catholics have a poor understanding of mortal sin. It is many years since I have heard the word Hell from a pulpit. Hence, we are being preached and receive only half the good news. Often grave matter is adjudged as another term for mortal sin. The two are totally different in nature while one can be a factor of the other.
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  5. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    I do tend to think that in the main our hierarchy is out of touch with the ordinary everyday lives of ordinary everyday Catholics and hence do not have hands on experience to understand the why's and wherefore's of the problems of everyday people, the sheep they are called to shepherd, whom today we know are struggling and missing the mark in a big way. Our hierarchy are called not only to shepherd the flock but also "preach the Gospel to every creature".
  6. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    Generalisations. I think that there is holiness in The Church, meaning holy people. Holy people who strive to live a Gospel life in union with Jesus and who Hope for Heaven - but might be humbly aware that they might need Purgatory before Heaven. Actually aiming for Purgatory is another matter entirely and I certainly have never met someone who had that aim. It seems to me it could be a matter of presumption and always serious. Again, a generalisation.
  7. BigJon16

    Been a while..

    Been a while since I've logged on to this forum. For some reason today the idea occurred to me, "I wonder if that Phatmass thing is still around?" And here it is! If I remember right, I was somewhat active around the 2012ish time, probably until sometime during my first year of college in late 2013. But I don't really remember. Maybe I logged on a couple times during college? Either way, it's been a while. I'm gonna go read through old posts of mine and cringe about how much of an idiot I was back then. And then cringe more knowing that I'm still the same idiot, just with better social skills. Ha! Maybe I'll make a return to being active again, or not. Depends. Young adulthood smells of elderberries and good community is too far and few in between. Edit: I was wrong! My most recent post was from like 2017. I totally forgot. Ha! God bless you all and see you around the Phorum!
  8. ToJesusMyHeart

    i got married!

    thank you very much!! pray for a healthy pregnancy
  9. ReinnieR

    Francis Church Is 666? Or Nah?

    Hello all. I like that song by @Akalyte
  10. little2add

    Catholic Church incompetant

    The Parable of the Wedding Feast. Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying,2“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast* for his son.3* He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.4A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’5Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.6b The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.7* The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.8Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.9Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’10The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,* and the hall was filled with guests.11* But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.12He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence.13* c Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’14Many are invited, but few are chosen
  11. St. Benedict's Abbey (Kansas Monks) - December 8 at 9:55 AM · The First Profession of Br. Maximilian Anderson and Br. Angelus Atkinson – Second Sunday of Advent, 2019.
  12. BarbaraTherese

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    You keep on putting paid, Sister, to what was once a common question: "But what do they do all day?"
  13. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    We know that "the gates of Hell shall not prevail" (Matthew Ch16) against The Church. The Head and Shepherd of The Church is Jesus through the power of The Holy Spirit and to the Glory of The Father. Our hierarchy are His appointed shepherds on earth and we know now in a terrible way that they can fail us. But Jesus never will and so His Church will continue despite the attacks of Hell. It may not continue in a form we now would recognize, nor perhaps to any of our expectations and anticipations. But His Church will never fall and fail completely to the attacks of Hell. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, while still a priest I think, in his book "Faith and The Future" : https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/spiritual-life/the-church-will-become-small.html "The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.... It will be hard-going for the Church, for......"........Read more on above link. Fr Ratzinger may not be spot on, or alternatively, he could be spot on. His book, however, does illustrate that The Church as hierarchy etc. as we know it today may not persevere into the future. He continues: "The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But .."......Read more on above link. To my way of thought, I am not therefore surprised at what is happening in The Church today. Disturbed by it all and horrified - but not taken completely by surprise at what is happening now or may happen in the future. I mean if our bishops on the eve of the French Revolution thought it smart to deny God's Very Existence, nothing really should surprise I don't think. We can forget that our hierarchy remain weak mortal men, Graced stunningly by their vocation, but still weak and mortal. AND We can forget that our own sins add to a weakening of The Church:
  14. little2add

    Catholic Church incompetant

    If the shepherd fails to looks after his flock and attend to it, the wolves of the world will rule and the Shepherd And his flock will suffer and die.
  15. Maximilianus

    Mantilla

    TMI
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  17. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    Very true. Are our hierarchy understanding and coming to grips, addressing, the why of it?
  18. dominicansoul

    Mantilla

    The other day, I was walking into church, and I realized I had put my lace dress slip over my head thinking it was my mantilla....(I hadn't done my laundry, and I had grabbed my slip by accident, off my bed thinking it was my black mantilla!) I thought it was a bit too long!!! Glad I realized it before i looked even more ridiculous!
  19. dominicansoul

    i got married!

    C O N G R A T S !!!
  20. ToJesusMyHeart

    i got married!

    thank you! baby is the size of a vanilla bean seed and burrowing into my uterus!
  21. little2add

    Catholic Church incompetant

    The undoing of the catholic lies within the congregation not the hierarchy. Divorce, lack of respect for the “sanctity of marriage”, and dare I say “abortion”, pornography has damaged us (family) all!
  22. BarbaraTherese

    Catholic Church incompetant

    My dear Dad used to say "Life is long and full of pitfalls" and at my 74 years almost, I agree with him. I think many Catholics aim for holiness or saintliness but do know that life is long and full of pitfalls, hence are not overly confident now. Not overly confident, but very hopeful knowing that God's Grace in abundance is with them for great holiness in their normal everyday lives. I have known many Catholics not at all outspoken - most are rather quiet types. As I got to know them better, I came to regard them as exceptionally holy but genuinely not recognising it so as it state "I am holy". Their focus is God and neighbour. What they do state freely is of God's Abundant Qualities, rather than any self reflection. I recall being astounded when St Teresa of Avila called herself "nothing but a worm". What I have come to understand is that the closer one grows towards God the more his Absolute Holiness (for want of a better description in language) attracts even absorbs one - and the more one realises who one is in relation to God. Hence might call themselves in all honesty "nothing but a lowly worm" in comparison. On this earth, holiness will be an ever distant horizon. The Church presents to us the goal of holiness or saintliness as attainable. The problem is, I think, that we have an image, a picture in our minds of what holiness is and most often it is something unattainable to oneself......in other words, the problem is not The Church but myself and my concepts, my expectations. If there is any problem in The Church as hierarchy is their distance in reality from the ordinary everyday Catholic. Their understanding of those they lead is mostly second hand information, not hands on experience.
  23. M. Therese

    Short list of links for Mature discerners

    The Eudists of the Eleventh Hour is founded for older vocations for women. It was founded by Mother Antonia Brennar who has now passed away. https://eudistservants.org/
  24. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    http://ndfranciscans.org/read-the-blog/a-real-treat-and-pain-in-the-seat This past Friday, I was invited to go sledding at Lincoln Park with some students from the Newman Center. I hadn't been sledding in a long, long time, though I grew up less than two blocks away from the best sledding h...
  25. Ice_nine

    i got married!

    congrats!
  26. little2add

    Support human life amendment

    Baby steps...
  27. ToJesusMyHeart

    i got married!

    update! i'm pregnant! 4 weeks today! pray for a healthy pregnancy!
  28. Pax17

    Mental Illness & Bipolar Disorder

    That's good news...thanks for the update.
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