ROME - Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christianity is a big tent that welcomes everyone, including pagans, but insists that they "reject idolatry and all its expressions" as a condition for following Christ.
[Ron: Jesus the Christ taught that every ensouled being (HUman) needs to "go within" for guidance from their indwelling God fragment. He didn't come to establish a religion and didn't. It follows that he wanted HUmans "to stand in their own spiritual shoes"and be their own spiritual guide rather than have anyone follow anyone else or an external religion.].
Reflecting on a text from the Acts of the Apostles and the opening of Christianity to the pagans - those outside the Jewish faith - the pope told the crowds gathered for his general audience in Saint Peter's Square this novelty "triggered a very lively controversy."
The first Christians, led in this discussion by Saints Peter and James, came to the conclusion that new Christian converts from paganism would not be obliged to follow all the prescriptions of the Mosaic law but "only to reject idolatry and all its expressions."
[Ron: Rhubarb! Rhubarb! This statement is typical Talmudic propaganda! The words "new Christian converts" implies either that there were "old Christians" OR more likely, that those who sought to love their neighbour AS themselves FOR the love of God, as Jesus the Christ taught, were "converts" from paganism to a NEW form of 'Mosaic law' (ie Talmudic Temple worship).THAT is false and patently absurd. Jesus the Christ incarnated to refute the false ideology in the Talmudic "Mosaic law". Jesus taught that love replaces the false prescriptions of the Pharisees and their Torah and Talmud. His teachings included NONE of the prescriptions in the Mosaic law. Moreover, the words "Christian converts" implies that Jesus sought to establish a religion. He didn't. He came to teach divine truths lost over millennia and corrupted by Pharisees and others. After crucifying Jesus the Pharisees sought to eradicate his teachings and so they distorted and corrupted his message (for example the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus (St Paul) taught that women must be subjected to male authority which was totally contrary to the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus' male disciples. Eventually the Pharisees influenced Roman Emperors to establish the Christian religion to further corrupt and nullify Jesus' teachings. See eg: Donald Trump Gets an Earful After Saying US-Italy Ties Go Back to Ancient Rome - http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Donald-Trump-Gets-an-Earful-After-Saying-US-Italy-Ties-Go-Back-to-Ancient-Rome.shtml].
The Pope's emphasis on rejecting pagan "idolatry" follows hard on the heels of a hot controversy in Rome and abroad over four wooden Amazonian fertility statuettes that had been installed in a local Catholic church but were removed and dumped in the Tiber River Monday.
The wooden figures of a naked, pregnant woman had been described variously as fertility dolls, Amazonian idols, the Incan goddess "Pachamama," and "Our Lady of the Amazon," though Vatican representatives were quick to insist that they did not represent the Virgin Mary.
The introduction of the figures, first into a prayer ceremony on the Vatican gardens in the presence of Pope Francis, and later into a Catholic church just a stone's throw from Saint Peter's Basilica, caused great consternation to a significant number of the Catholic faithful, as witnessed by vigorous debates on social media.
Many wondered aloud why statuettes with - at best - no clear connection to the Catholic faith and - at worst - that represent pagan idols of life and fertility were allowed to occupy the sacred space of churches consecrated to Christian worship - which prohibits idolatry.
After two men removed the figures from the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina early Monday morning and proceeded to toss them into the nearby Tiber River, Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini dismissed the act as a "stunt."
According to Canon Lawyer Edward Peters, however, the act cannot be properly described as a mere "stunt."
"A ‘stunt' is a gesture that calls attention to a problem but does not itself solve the problem," Peters noted on his blog.
"Removing these figures from a church and tossing them into the Tiber does not simply call attention to the problem of setting up such objects in a church," he said. "It also removes the statues from the church and thus solves the problem of having them set up in a sacred place. Such an act, good act or bad, is more than a ‘stunt,' it is form of direct action against a problem."
Peters goes on to observe that from the perspective of Church law, the act could be perfectly justifiable, regardless of "whether the figures are demonic or merely faddish."
Canon 1210, for instance, states that only those things "which serve the exercise or promotion of worship, piety, or religion are permitted in a sacred place; anything not consonant with the holiness of the place is forbidden."
[Ron: Yabba, yabba, religious claptrap, yabba. Religions are ideological socio-political control mechanisms. THAT fact is very obvious with the Torah and Talmud based pseudo Pharisaic religion and also in the origins of the Christian religion establish by Roman Emperors like Constantine and Justinian.].
And Canon 1220 adds that those who are responsible of churches must take care that "whatever is inappropriate to the holiness of the place is excluded."
[Ron: YEAH RIGHT!!! Again, who actually wrote this Canon? The truth is that Jesus told us that EACH ensouled human being (HUman) is a sovereign individual ie, 'an only begotten son or daughter of God' because EACH is indwelt by a fragment of Creator consciousness that gifts each HUman with a unique mind and personality capable of exercising free will, ie the incredible ability to accept or reject their Creator. That means that EVERY HUman is a temple of God and their is no need for religious institutions or to focus on external physical places as the repositories of "holiness".].
The faithful "have the right to trust that what they see in Catholic sacred places is actually there in service to the sacred and is not simply a gesture toward some form of political correctness or the latest cause du jour, to say nothing of it possibly being simply evil," Peters writes.
[Ron: Yabba, yabba, yabba.].
As a rule, he concludes, "I hold that removing objects from private property is not an act of good order. But then, neither is setting up idols (whether to demons or to secular causes) in Catholic churches an act of good order."
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