Christianity 2.0

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Christus Rex

It seems that Christianity and “The Church” (and to be even more precise, as most people call it, “organized religion”) is a completely changed creature since the beginning of the new millenium. The pendulum has swung so far to the left that many people don’t even want to be associated with any kind of religious institution for fear of being branded in some way. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone proclaim to me, “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” I’d be retired and living in Puerto Rico by now.

It’s like the term “religious” connotes something negative and evil – and with the state of so many churches and religions these days, with their abusive behaviour sex scandals and the financial guilt inflicted on those left behind, I can’t really say that I blame the public for feeling that way.
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The Problem with Religion

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Traditional Latin Mass

This is a subject that hits close to home for me, and it was made even more evident last weekend and over this past week: The simple fact that religion – or, more specifically, worship¬†–¬†which (at least to me) should be something profoundly unchanging, continues to morph into something totally unknown and unreligious. And it’s all become somewhat of a problem.

I know that sounds really confusing, so let me try to explain this a little more.

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My! How Things Change!

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High Mass

The only constants in life are death and taxes. Or so it’s been said.

However, one could also say the only constant in life is change. And it’s that constant change that can get very wearying – especially when it affects things that are best left unchanged (like one’s faith and traditions). In my opinion (and yes, I’ll agree that opinions are like bung holes: everybody has one and they all stink), there are some things that just should not change. Just like the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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My Thoughts on Francis

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Pope Francis

There’s been a lot of speculation about the new Pope ever since he was elected, about what kind of a Pope he’ll turn out to be, and what his Papacy means for the Roman Catholic Church (and for the world-wide Christian faith at-large, for that matter). Friends have asked me what I thought of him, some other friends just out-right tell me what they think of him, and still others have posted their most inner thoughts about him online (some pro and many con). There have even been written arguments between friends on Facebook, through blog comments, on Twitter, and many places on the internet. So I thought I would just keep my thoughts quiet on the subject until he’s had some time to fully develop into the Pope he will be.

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