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• 2002: The early Christians banned homosexual behaviour. (However, also check about spurious scriptures.)
Women Devil's Gateway, and, The Most Shameful Activity. Information of some anti-women and anti-sex extremists in the early Churches.
Spurious changes to the Bible, Bible Text Spurious Intrusions, Falsifications, Deletions, and Errors in the Bible.
Scriptural and Church sex and marriage teachings -- which? Are these authentic apostolic teachings on marriage and sex?
Anti-women and anti-sex readings, ancient and modern leaders, and religious teachings
Arguments over ordination of practising homosexuals and 'gay marriage'
The Bible has had spurious additions and changes, knowingly reproduced for centuries.
So are we sure of what seems to be authentic scriptural sex and marriage teachings, etc.?
What about the anti-women and anti-sex readings, leaders and teachers in Christianity?
There are disputes about ordaining homosexuals and "marrying" "gays".
Catholic Church's official Bible and translations had "she" instead of "he" for hundreds of years at Genesis 3:15, and the RCC declines to repent. April 22, 2003
Questionable, objectionable, difficult parts of Hebrew-Aramaic Scriptures (Old Testament).  Originally in spurious.htm, then in difficult.htm as a combined webpage with the N.T., June 20, 2008, separated out on 17 July 2013
Difficult, questionable, and objectionable parts of Greek Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Originally in spurious.htm, then in difficult.htm as a combined webpage with the O.T, June 20, 2008, separated out on 17 July 2013
• Is Islam paganism? Or related to Christianity somewhat like Judaism? or a Heresy?
    PAGANISM? The first Crusade "did free from the filth of the pagans" the city of Jerusalem, according to Pope Eugene III issuing a summons to a second crusade against the Muslim rulers of parts of Palestine on December 1, 1145. -- The Papal Encyclicals in their Historical Context, Anne Fremantle (ed), 1956, Mentor Books, New York, p 67. (In other parts of the summons the words "pagan" and "infidel" were applied to the enemies to be fought in those formerly Christian areas.)
   "It has been already stated that there are three kinds or species of unbelief, viz., Paganism, Judaism, and Heresy. By Paganism we understand the state of those who are altogether without faith, both in reality and profession. To this class belong Atheists, who deny the existence of God ; Idolaters, who worship false gods ; Deists, who believe the existence of God but deny His providence and reject all revelation ; and Mohametans, or the disciples of Mohamet." -- A manual of instructions in Christian doctrine, 1909, 24th edition, Provost Wenham (ed), St Anslem's Society, London, p 11. (Imprimatur: + N. Card. Wiseman, Westm, Aug. 1, 1861; Imprimatur Editio Tertiadecima, Herbertus Card. Vaughan, Archiep. Westmonast., West., die 14 Maii, 1898.)
   KINDRED? The Catholics' Second Vatican Council deviated from the above teaching, and stated: "There is first [the Judaists] … But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Moslems: these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day." (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church," 21 Nov 1964, section 16, p 367 in the Austin Flannery 1977 paperback edition.) See also Vatican II Nostra Aetate, 28 Oct 1965, section 3, p 739, which says the Church "has also a high regard for the Muslims …" and "pleads with all to forget the past."
   Are these variations all supposed to be God's word, that is supposedly "The same yesterday, today, and forever." (?!?!) (In fact, some modern Christian writers list Mohametanism as an Abrahamic religion along with Judaism and Christianity. Past Papal teachings such as the "filth of the pagans" we are, evidently, to forget!)
   HERETIC? In parts of the Koran there is a rewriting of Hebrew history and the story of Jesus and Mary. Some old-fashioned Christians might call Islam a Heresy! -- Religion Clarity Campaign, possibly on or after Sep 28 03
Refugees and Immigration: Does Christianity have a coherent policy?
Well, Community Support for Refugees (CSR) in a leaflet distributed Sep-Oct 2003 in Perth, Western Australia, quotes the following:
   "Then I am going to take you from among the nations and gather you together from all the foreign countries, and bring you home to your own land." Ezekiel 36: 24-25, Hebrew Scriptures.
   "I was a stranger and you made me welcome." Matthew, 25: 35, Christian Scriptures.
   First of all, read Ezekiel again -- God is supposedly saying he will gather the Hebrew people back to their land, NOT to scatter people of various cultures all over the place! This scripture has quite a different meaning to what the people who help refugees (and by so doing mix up people of conflicting cultures) think it means!
   If you have an Old Testament, look a few verses back at Ezekiel 36: 23, which claims to be quoting the Lord: "23. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the Gentiles, which you have profaned in the midst of them; …" (Douay, Catholic, Ezechiel 36:23)
   Well, verses 16 to 19 say the Israelites had been scattered among the nations because they shed blood and defiled their land with idols. Reading the verse above it looks as if mixing with the Gentile heathens had not helped the Hebrews to really turn back to the Lord. Evidently multiculturalism didn't have wonderful results in those days, even under the Lord's watchful eye!
   Then look at the Christian scripture quote -- welcoming a stranger isn't the same as inviting him to PERMANENTLY take over part of your dwelling or your country!
   Furthermore, this song by Moses in the Hebrew scriptures suggests that the boundaries of nations are God-given.
   "When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam : he appointed the bounds of people according to the number of the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 32: 8; Douay translation 1609, Catholic)
   And didn't a Christian scripture say that God had set bounds to where each nation dwelt?
   "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." (The Acts 17: 26, Authorised Version, 1611, English reformers).
   The meaning of The Acts passage still comes through in the newer translations:
   "… he has given to each the cycles it was to pass through and the fixed limits of its habitation." (Knox, Catholic, N.T. 1945)
   "… He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live." (Good News, 1966)
   "… he decreed the set times and the set limits of the dwelling of [man] …" (New World, 1984)
   "… he decreed the times and limits of their habitation." (New Jerusalem, 1985).
   [COMMENT: Isn't it strange that these Christians' various translations nearly all have a similar meaning, but the invasions of parts of Africa, then the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa occurred, often with the cross of Christ as a banner, pretext, or "feel-good" excuse? And, now that the fashion has swung towards multiculturalism and the facilitation of a kind of "reverse invasion" wave into Christian lands, the Christian leaders have done a U-turn, but still disobey this sacred text, nowadays in a different way. COMMENT ENDS]

   And had Jesus of Nazareth contradicted the traditional way of thinking, that is, excluding people of other cultures if they did not conform to his teachings?
   "If your brother sins, reprove him … if he does not listen take along with you one or two more … if he does not listen … tell the Church … if he does not listen even to the Church, let him be to you as the Gentiles and the tax-collectors." (Matthew 18: 15-18)
   Well, the "Gentiles" were of different religion and race to the Judeans. So, would this teaching, which is said to be among the really original teachings of Jesus, breach the present-day man-made laws against religious and racial discrimination, or was it based on common sense? Or, dare we say it, was it part of the divine plan? -- Anonymous response, Perth, 21 Oct 03, expanded 02 Nov 03 and 08 Dec 03, revised 04 Aug 04
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religcont.htm#refugees

• Is the Bible the letters of the Father to his own children, and from the seat of God's Majesty; or is it the product of human tradition? Let us compare what earlier Catholics said, with one of today's. According to Cardinal Bernard Griffin, Archbishop of Westminster, England, writing in 1955, the First Vatican Council declared that the Scriptures "being written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost they have God as their author and, as such, have been delivered to the Church herself."
   In the words of Pope Pius XII, he continues, Almighty God has "most providently sent us these books from the seat of His Majesty, as the letters of a Father to His own children." -- The Holy Bible, Douay Version, 1956, Catholic Truth Society, London, Preface by + Bernard Cardinal Griffin, 1st page, 2nd paragraph.
   But what does Australia's premier Catholic Archbishop, being elevated to a Cardinal, think of the Bible? In a letter of May 7 2003 he writes: "I think it is important to be clear that the bible is the product of tradition, … " -- + George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, letter regarding a scripture translation alteration brought to his attention by letter.

• Did Christianity derive from Africa, and Islam from Judaism? Christianity will say that it is pure, yet Christianity was born in Africa. Still, today you see no signs of Africa in Christianity. Judaism may say that it is pure, yet it derived from Zoroastrianism, just as Buddhism originated out of Hinduism. Islam will say that is pure, but Islam derived from Judaism. There are many signs of disunity among religions and each religion puts the other under a microscope and dissects it. But they all believe in God and consider their religion to be highly spiritual and sacred. -- Le Peristyle Haitian Sanctuary (© 1997), http://www.leperistylehaitiansanctuary.com/nuedit.htm (found Oct 18 03)
Because the Bible tells us so. AUSTRALIA: In a roguish article, Phillip Adams starts off seriously discussing the dangers of "fundamentalism" in religions and philosophical or pseudo-scientific cults, and political extremist organisations such as Mao's Red Guards and the Nazi Party. Then he quotes an e-mail from his magician friend James Randi who says there are newsitems on how a presidential prayer team is urging Americans to "pray for the President." President George W. Bush evidently is expected to legally codify the definition of marriage, because of the variant definitions many forces are seeking. So James looks into the Old Testament, and proposes that its marriage laws become part of the U.S. Constitution. There would be no divorce, execution of brides who were not virgins, concubines would be permitted, no non-believer could marry a believer, etc., etc. -- The Weekend Australian Magazine, "Because the Bible tells us so," by Phillip Adams, p 11, October 11-12 2003
   [COMMENT: This article exposes part of the problem Christians have had ever since the defeat of the early moves to deny "scriptural authority" to the Judaic Hebrew Scriptures. It has been like trying to sew new cloth to an old garment. (Matt 9:16, Mark 2:21, Luke 5:36) COMMENT ENDS.] Oct 11-12 03
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ARE THESE AUTHENTIC APOSTOLIC TEACHINGS ON MARRIAGE AND SEX?
24 A.D. approx.: Adultery and longing for it forbidden: Jesus Christ said: "You have heard that it was said, 'You must not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who keeps looking at a woman so as to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Bible, Matthew 5:28)
1st Century A.D.: Fornication banned: The New Testament writers forbade fornication, which is understood by many people to be sex between a person and an unmarried person of the opposite sex. Read: The Acts of the Apostles 15:20, 29; 21:25, Romans 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:13, 18; 7:2; 2 Cor 12:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 5:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, and Jude 7.
   Homosexual behaviour condemned: The early Christians also forbade homosexual and similar behaviour. Read the Letter to the Romans 1:24-27, which in the original Greek condemned "uncleanness," "bodies dishonoured," "passions of dishonour," "females changed the natural use into the one beside nature," "the males, having left the natural use of the female, became burning with lust toward one another, males in males," calling it "indecency," and "error". In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 it says that many kinds of sinners will not inherit God's kingdom, and the list includes "soft men" (which has been interpreted as being "men kept for unnatural purposes") and "liers with males." Jude verse 7 condemns Sodom and Gomorrah people for going out "after different flesh," which is interpreted as homosexual activity.
   Prostitution forbidden: "… shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh." (1 Cor 6:15-16, Authorised Version = Church of England's King James Version)
   The positive recommended standard was outlined in the early writings: " … to avoid fornication every man ought to have his own wife and every woman her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:2) Read verses 3 to 5 to gain greater understanding that the authentic early Church, while opposed to incontinence in sexual matters, at the same time wanted married couples to be generous with each other.
   2nd Century A.D. document: The Didache, the oldest existing commentary on the gospels, early second century, commands in item 2.2: "Thou shalt not seduce young boys." [pronounce Didache "di dah KAY".] -- adapted from Dr Barry Coldrey's book, Religious Life Without Integrity, 2002, P & B Press, Como (W.A.), page 27.
Find online Didache translations list through: www.earlychristianwritings.com/didache.html .
   • Compulsory celibacy crept in from the outside [slowly to the Latin-rite clergy at all levels, but earlier for bishops in some Oriental rites], i.e., from antiquated and partly pagan notions such as from the religions of Thebes, Astarte, and Dodona, and the Vestal Virgins of Rome, according to Thomas Lederer 1992 at www.arthurstreet.com/celibacy1993.html quoting Richard Sipe and David Rice. -- Faith Purification Programme, Oct 7 02
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Pell not good choice for cardinal. PERTH, W. Australia: Letter to the Catholic Church's official Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano. I respectfully suggest that Dr George Pell be NOT admitted to the College of Cardinals, because:
• He made erroneous statements about clergy child sex abuse when being videotaped for television's "60 Minutes" on June 2 2002, yet for 10 days denied the truthful statements he had made to that programme,
• He failed to correct the perception that he had given incorrect information, even after reviewing his own denial and then admission about the parents of the two girls, and after Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby explained around June 3 2002 that some victims were signing secrecy clauses, and other cases around Australia were being publicised.
• All along he knew that the Australian Catholic Bishops' document "Towards Healing," saying that confidentiality would not be required from victims, was directly contrary to traditional Church practice and has virtually no status at the Vatican, and is unenforceable in Canon Law,
• He knew, or ought to have known, that secrecy is at the heart of the policy of sex-abusing clergy being transferred by their superiors, because of the waste of time in holding diocesan trials, with the strong possibility that the Vatican will overturn the expulsion of sinful clergy, and
• Promotion will be perceived as approval of the Church's traditional sex-abuse practices that have harmed so many thousands of lives, plus the officially sanctioned secrecy and dishonesty.
   I'll pray for the Pope to get well soon.. -- "Pell not good choice for cardinal" letter, Oct 11 2003
Why promote leaders who paid parents not to prosecute? PERTH: Letter to traditional Catholic Church magazine AD2000, Melbourne: Has anyone thought, "What might have been" in relation to Michael Charles Glennon, 59, Australia's "sex monster" who around October 10 to 13 was being attacked in the Victorian and some other States' news media? Are we still promoting the monsignors and bishops who were telling parents of his victims in Victoria not to tell the police or anybody else, and who were offering them $20,000 to $50,000 compensation, which included a silence clause? One name, publicised last year on television, springs immediately to my mind. Do readers have other names to share? … But, "what if," when the bishops first learnt that he was sexually-abusing children, they had tried hard to break through the Vatican "red tape" and dismiss him from the priesthood? And "what if" the decent 90% of clergy from high to low had encouraged the victims and their parents to go to the police, so that he would be prosecuted and gaoled, thus being removed from the areas of temptation for a time? Isn't it possible Glennon might not have wasted years (not to mention public funds), in and out of courts and prisons? He has been let down by those supposed to lead him. … -- "Why promote leaders who paid parents not to prosecute?" letter, Oct 14 03
Transgender Scriptures! PERTH, W.Australia: This can serve as an open letter to the Catholic Church dignitaries I have addressed regarding a simple Scripture question I first raised by letter on April 22, 2003, with the premier Australian Archbishop, Most Rev. Dr George Pell (about to be made a cardinal), and continuing up and down the hierarchy.
   Sex change operation? In Genesis 3:15, the Catholic bible translations say: "15. I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel." (Catholic Douay) The correct translations from the Hebrew are "he" and "his." None of the answers, from Apostolic Nuncio in Sydney to local parish priest, admitted that a misleading change had been made, leading to the innovative doctrine, with sermons, pictures and statues, of Mary trampling on the serpent's neck, and the serpent trying to strike her heel.  . . . How can we can expect the world community to take us seriously when we pontificate against homosexual ordinations and "marriages", contraception, and celibacy, but we can't even separate the He's from the She's in scripture?
   Trinity trick: A whole Greek manuscript was forged in England around 1520, with an "inserted" verse, to induce the great Continental scripture scholar and debunker Erasmus Desiderius (1466-1536) to insert a bogus verse, which had been unheard of before about 800, in his third edition Greek Bible. It is in the 1st Epistle of John, 5:7:-
   "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one."
   This trick, in the Latin, could not deceive the Eastern Churches; but because of this bogus Greek "manuscript" deceiving Erasmus, the forged verse has been printed in Protestant (as well as Catholic) Bibles to this day! -- "Transgender Scriptures!" Letter to Catholic Church international newspaper Osservatore Romano as an Open Letter through the chain of comand from the local Parish Priest to the Pope, Oct 16, 2003
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READ ABOUT MYTHS OF SCRIPTURE SCHOLARS, AND HIGHLIGHTS (?) FROM UNIVERSAL COUNCILS THROUGH THE CENTURIES

• 1926: Forgery in Christianity, by Joseph Wheless. To receive a free zip copy e-mail Galatians@cox.net . An exposition, see www.intp.us/galatians/fa.htm , of the fables and mythology of Christian scripture scholars, and of the impostures of theology, By Joseph Wheless, 2nd revised edition, of 1926

• 1990: Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils: From Nicea I to Vatican II book, Norman P. Tanner (Editor).
   Some facts that might be found:
Council of Nicæa, A. D. 325
Canon 1. Self-mutilation incompatible with clerical office.
Canon 3. 'Sub-introduced' women not to dwell with clerics.
Canon 17. Clerics are forbidden to take interest or devise other schemes of dishonest profit. Schroeder tells us the bishops were demanding 50% interest.
Council of Constantinople, A. D. 381
Canon 6. On accusation against bishops. Due to the growing number of accusations of evil doings directed toward the ruling bishops by the general populace, certain rules were instituted for the purpose of suppressing truth.
Council of Chalcedon, A. D. 451
Canon 2. Against simoniacal ordinations The Dominican Schroeder informs us, "When over and above the ecclesiastical power, the bishops began to exercise also considerable civil power in the community, a power that increased rather than diminished with subsequent centuries, the way was opened for the worst kind of ecclesiastical venality and intrigue."
Canon 3. No bishop, cleric or monk shall engage in secular business. Schroeder quotes Cyprian: "Many bishops … abandon their Churches, desert their people, and wander up and down through foreign provinces scanning the markets for profitable merchandise ; while their brethren in the Church hunger, they covet money in abundance, seizing lands by deceit and fraudulent practices and increasing their capital by compound interest." [De lapsis, 6].
Canon 4. Against disorderly conduct in monks. Promiscuity is denounced to those religious who, rather than "embrace a quiet life and attend to fasting and prayer only," continue to attend those places, in secrecy, which they publicly renounced. -- and on and on -- (Extracts from various books on Church ecumenical councils, by courtesy of an article by Rand Windburn on Iconbusters webpage www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/lechery/current-lechery1.htm)
Review of the Tanner book Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils: Mike, Doctoral student studying theology, July 25, 2002, 5 out of 5 stars: One of the best collections for any scholar. These two volumes represent one of the best collections of the ecumenical documents of the Church from the first councils to the present day. Having a critical edition of the works has been long overdue and this is truly one of the best. I can recommend this to any scholar from the beginner to the established scholar. The introductions are informative and the source documentation is very valuable. A bit pricey but well worth it.
Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils: From Nicea I to Vatican II, Norman P. Tanner (Editor). ISBN: 0878404902, Hardcover, 2498pp, Pub. Date: July 1990, Publisher: Georgetown University Press, Barnes & Noble Sales Rank: 167,079, New Book Price: $US 175.00
   See also: Disciplinary Decrees of the General Councils, by Rev. H. J. Schroeder, O. P.; [St. Louis, MO and London: B. Herder Book Co., 1937]; and Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European History, Vol. IV., Canons and Creeds of the First Four General Councils, [Philadelphia: University of PA Press, circa 1900.] [For a mere skeleton of all Church "ecumenical" councils, visit www.catholicapologetics.org/ap040400.htm]. Tanner book published: July 1990
• Cardinal-elect questions Church stance on controversial issues. ABERDEEN, Scotland, Oct. 01 (CWNews.com): Archbishop Keith O'Brien of St. Andrews-Edinburgh, Scotland, who was named by Pope John Paul II (bio - news ) to become a cardinal, used a Mass of thanksgiving as an occasion to question Church teaching and discipline regarding contraception, homosexuality, and clerical celibacy.
   Archbishop O'Brien, who is to become only the third Scottish cardinal since the Reformation, said that the Church should re-examine her teaching regarding contraception. He said that he assumed a large number of Catholic priests are homosexual, and is not troubled by that fact if they maintain their vows of celibacy. But he also questioned whether the discipline of priestly celibacy is necessary, pointing out that "throughout the world there are married priests and in England there are a number of converts from Anglicanism who are married and who became Roman Catholic priests."
   The archbishop's public statements-- delivered just one day after the announcement that he would soon receive a cardinal's red hat-- stood in sharp contrast to the stands taken by the late Cardinal Thomas Winning, Scotland's most recent representative in the College of Cardinals. They also contrasted with the stated views of Scotland's other leading prelate, Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow. A spokesman for the Glasgow archdiocese declined to comment on the statements by Cardinal-elect O'Brien, but announced that Archbishop Conti would release his own public statement this coming Sunday, underlining his own "more traditionally Catholic" teachings regarding marriage.
   -- Catholic World News, online, "Cardinal-elect questions Church stance on controversial issues," www.cwnews. com/ news/ viewstory. cfm?rec num=25029 , Oct 1, 2003
• Reverting to male-dominant language in Catholic formal divine service books. VATICAN CITY: Amidst the packed schedule of celebrations in Rome during the week of the papal jubilee, a vital gathering went virtually unnoticed. On 23 October all the presidents of the English-speaking bishops' conferences met at the Vatican to discuss the vexed issue of translating liturgical texts. Participants spoke afterwards of their relief that work can now proceed on a new translation after years of unsightly wrangling. The "show is now back on the road", in the words of the coadjutor Bishop of Leeds, Arthur Roche, who is president of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, ICEL
     … Soon after he was appointed as ICEL executive secretary, Fr Bruce Harbert – a patristics Latin scholar rather than a trained liturgist – told this paper that he wanted to see a more "elevated" and "sacral" translation which "moves the reader towards the original rather than the original towards the reader". One consequence would be to render the Latin homines as "man" or "men" rather than to take the more gender-inclusive options which are now preferred by the media and contemporary linguistic scholarship.   … -- The Tablet, independent British Catholic paper, "Progress on liturgy - at a cost," www.thetablet. co.uk/cgi- bin/archive_ db.cgi?tab let-00799 Saturday, November 1, 2003
• Conception shepherds, or should they care for sex-abuse victims? PERTH: The Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Perth, disputing about whether human life begins at conception or 14 days after, remind me of the mediaeval disputes about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.
   A more down-to-earth consideration is how are those two Churches going to compensate sex-abuse victims of brothers and clergy.
   And how explain the continued exposure, such as about the Hobart Catholics this week, [of] institutions that early leaders called to be "holy and unspotted".
   (The internet and national media reveal these grubby dealings, including an admission that a previous public statement about a Monsignor [sic] was untrue, even if local news media don't have space to publish them all.) REFERENCE: The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, "Doyle fears plot on job," (http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,7773795%255E921,00.html) By Ellen Whinnett, Chief Reporter, Nov 5 03 (By courtesy of: Broken Rites and Poynter Abuse Tracker)
   -- The Sunday Times, "Conception shepherds, or should they care for sex-abuse victims?" UNPUBLISHED letter sent Nov 7 03
• Exact moment of conception defined -- but wrong on Galileo for centuries. WEST PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: With the Catholic Church now declaring the exact moment at which a fertilised egg [ovum] becomes a human being, it is worth examining how qualified the Church is to make such a claim.
   It has urged us to believe in virgin birth, creation of the world in seven days, walking on water, turning water into wine and returning from the dead. This amounts to a D minus on a science report card.
   I must concede that in 1991, only 400 years [sic] after Galileo, the Vatican officially accepted his evidence that the Earth revolves around the Sun. -- The West Australian, "Galileo vindicated," letter from Chris Bond of West Perth, p 19, Mon Nov 10 03
   [COMMENT: Galileo lived 1564-1642, and was condemned by the Inquisition, but saved his life by outwardly recanting. The Anglican Archbishop of Perth (Very Rev Dr Carnley) got into print first, solemnly telling us that human existence begins 14 days after conception (or something). Next day the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth (Most Rev Barry Hickey) was reported as saying that the foetus was human from the very moment of conception.
   Although readers might not know it, there is a Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Perth, and there might be other archbishops there. Here's a tip to them -- keep out of the argument. The early Christians argued about it, proving they had no "Jesus teaching" to guide them, so there was no divine help there.
   The two religions who have already spoken have a poor record of not stopping their own clergy from sexually abusing children, youths, and women, and have a set practice of hiding and promoting such clergy, and not reporting them to the police. The Hobart R.C. Archbishop is at the moment fighting to hang on to his job because of such practices being revealed to public gaze. -- Religion Clarity Campaign, Nov 11 2003. COMMENT ENDS.] [Nov 10, 03]

• No right to judge us. PERTH: As an IVF patient of 10 years I would like to respond to the letters about when life begins (7/11). Thank you, Dr Carnley, your speech gave IVF patients like me great comfort in what is one of the most stressful times that a couple can experience.
   As a carrier of muscular dystophry who underwent four terminations of infected boys I also took great comfort in the words of Pope John Paul II in May 1981 in reference to testing 12-week-old foetuses. He said: " … that for such a serious disease every mother should act according to her conscience and that the church had decided many years before to sanction the course of least harm in unhappy circumstances such as these."
   I am disgusted that in 2003 we are still defending our rights to make informed choices … These embryos belong to us
   … future … medical treatment … feel free … to choose not to have that treatment. -- The West Australian, "No right to judge us," letter from Sonja Jenkins, Woodlands, p 22, Thur Nov 13 03.
• Only God knows about homosexuality. PERTH: Finally, a voice of reason in the midst of a cacophony of emotion and innuendo about homosexuality and the Church. Gavin Simpson [the paper's religion writer] spoke the truth in reminding us that we are fickle human beings when it comes to our interpretation of what God thinks (God willing? Weekend Extra, 8/11).  …
   Whether or not homosexual behaviour offends God more than adultery, or greed, pride, arrogance or any other human condition, is for God alone to know.
   … We should spend the greatest energy in loving our neighbour as we do ourselves. -- The West Australian, "Only God knows," letter from Steve Broadway, Dianella, p 23, Thur Nov 13 03.
• Human embryos and Galileo. PERTH:
   LETTER AS SENT TO THE NEWSPAPER Nov 11 2003:
HUMAN EMBRYOS AND GALILEO
   Well done, Chris Bond (10/11) who wrote that the Catholic Church's sad mistake with Galileo makes it unqualified to offer opinions on the exact moment at which a fertilised egg becomes a human being.
   If both the Catholic and Anglican archbishops, who gave conflicting views, want to give advice about sexual matters, perhaps they ought to ensure they aren't hiding and promoting sex-abusing clergy, and denying they are doing so.
   Two notable leaders of their Churches were doing so in 2002, and one is fighting for his career in Hobart right now.
   LETTER AS PUBLISHED Nov 13 2003
I AGREE
   WELL done, Chris Bond (Galileo vindicated, 10/11) who wrote that the Catholic Church's sad mistake with Galileo makes it unqualified to offer opinions on the exact moment at which a fertilised egg becomes a human being.
   If the Catholic and Anglican archbishops, who gave conflicting views, want to give advice about sexual matters, perhaps they ought to remember that two notable leaders of their Churches were denying knowledge of sex-abusing clergy in 2002, and one is fighting for his career in Hobart. -- The West Australian, "I agree," letter, p 23, Thur Nov 13 03.
[MORE INFORMATION (Not published): The government inquiry in Ireland is moving to Britain to take evidence. Malta and the Philippines clergy are in turmoil as the secrecy barrier breaks down. ENDS.]
Neither repentance nor scholarship in Church leaders' responses about Bible. AUSTRALIA: Church leaders challenged since April 2003 about contradictory translations of Genesis 3:15 gave four conflicting answers, with no expression of regret for centuries of wrong teaching, including sermons, pictures and statues of Mary treading on a serpent, and quotations in religious teaching books.
   When given more documentation and other examples, including the fictitious verse 1 John 5:7, ("For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.") not one responded. (The letter implied that this verse found its way also into the Church of England's Authorised Version because of centuries-long fraud in certain circles of the Catholic Church before the C. of E. was formed.) The Catholic Church's head office did not reply at all.
   The writer wonders whether the ease with which Church leaders dissemble and lie about clergy child sex and other abuse is related to a kind of split personality developed through learning, while in seminaries, that Bible translations are contradictory, that various hands other than the supposed authors have contributed to most of the various books, and that spurious additions and false changes have been made for centuries. (He did not quote the worrying "lying pen of the scribes" verse, Jeremiah 8:8)
   The reference notes provide a brief introductory "reading course" for those interested in the falsification of Scripture, and a key document or two about the entrenched dishonest denial of clergy child abuse.
   The writer ends with a call to public repentance and retraction prayers in churches at weekends. -- Religion Clarity Campaign, Australia, Nov 21 03
• An Open Letter To The Hierarchy Of The Roman Catholic Church Regarding The Pastoral Care Of Gay And Lesbian Persons. Posted January 5, 2004
   CHICAGO, Illinois, USA:
National Catholic Reporter , The Independent Newsweekly, USA; www.natcath.org/mainpage/chicagoletter.htm ,
Posted January 5, 2004
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HIERARCHY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REGARDING THE PASTORAL CARE OF GAY AND LESBIAN PERSONS
   As Catholic pastors, we have become increasingly disturbed by the tone and, in some cases, content of documents and statements from the Vatican, bishops' conferences and individual bishops on issues categorized under the heading of "homosexual" or "gay/lesbian." We respect the teaching authority of the Church. Because of this, we find particularly troubling the increase in the use of violent and abusive language directed at any human person. Such language is inappropriate. This is especially so when addressing members of the community of the faithful. These divisive and exclusionary statements from the Church are contrary to sound pastoral practice.
   The life journey in faith is unique and sacred, including the personal integration of sexuality and spirituality. Condemnations leveled at sincere Catholics attempting to make sense out of their journey are inappropriate and pastorally destructive.
   As priests and pastors we are speaking out to make clear that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are all members of God's family, brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus and deserving of the same dignity and respect owed any human being. Recognition of the inalienable dignity of the human person is the only path toward justice and reconciliation. We affirm the goodness of all homosexual persons. We root ourselves in the U.S. Bishops' statement "Always Our Children." Additionally, we re-affirm the understanding of the goodness of the human person as put forth throughout the papacy of Pope John Paul II. Further, we want to state clearly that ministering to and with our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters is mutually beneficial, as is all ministerial activity. Pre-judging where any believer's journey will take them is inappropriate. Walking with them, as we do with our heterosexual brothers and sisters, is the appropriate Christian response.
   In the recent past, individual bishops, bishops' conferences and the Vatican have assumed a tone of such violence and abusiveness toward these sons and daughters of the Church, we can no longer remain silent. Has any other group of people within the Body of Christ been so assaulted and violated by such mean-spirited language? Examples from the most recent Vatican document show all too clearly the demonization of these children of God, referring to homosexuality as a "troubling moral and social phenomenon," "a serious depravity," "the spread of the phenomenon," "approval or legalization of evil," "grave detriment to the common good," "harmful to the proper development of human society," "intrinsically disordered." Does anyone consider this vile and toxic language invitational?
   For many gay and lesbian Catholics, this most recent series of attacks has forced them, out of self-respect and self-love, to withdraw from active participation in the Church and question how they can remain members of a Church they experience as abusive. It is not possible to minister to and with the needs of our homosexual brothers and sisters with language of this tone as a foundation.
   The Catholic Church is most catholic when it is inclusive and embracing, and least reflective of the gospel of Jesus when it is exclusive and rigid. For this reason, we also want to affirm the many pastoral and positive statements by certain bishops and bishops' conferences (e.g. "Always Our Children").
   The Church's theology, including her moral teaching, is always in dialogue with the broader lived experience of her members, which shapes and rearticulates the ancient deposit of faith. We encourage a new atmosphere of openness to dialogue which includes the lived experience of many Catholic members. We recognize the blessings of countless homosexuals in a variety of relationships. We believe their experiences must be listened to respectfully.
   While we do not know the reasons for the increasingly violent and abusive language, we deplore it as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and ask that it stop immediately. Furthermore, we request that all those in official positions of teaching authority in the Church refrain from any more statements directed AT the gay and lesbian members of the Body of Christ, and instead begin an earnest dialogue WITH those same members of the Body of Christ.
   For our part, we pledge to treat all who seek to continue their faith journey with us with respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation.
   We join the countless men and women, heterosexual and homosexual, who seek justice, mercy and compassion in and through the Catholic Church.
   We extend an invitation to all who share our concern to duplicate this letter, sign it, and send it to their pastor, local bishop, National Bishops' Conference or the Vatican.

 
(Parish names are listed for identification purposes only.)
Rev. David Baldwin, St. Benedict the African-East, Chicago, IL
Rev. Daniel Cassidy, St. Mark, Chicago, IL
Rev. Dennis Condon, St. Marcelline, Schaumburg, IL
Rev. Lloyd Cunningham, S.V.D., Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
Rev. Nicholas Desmond, St. Aloysius, Chicago, IL
Rev. Brian Fischer, St. Gregory the Great, Chicago, IL
Rev. Donald Headley, St. Mary of the Woods, Chicago, IL
Rev. Robert P. Heinz, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prospect Heights, IL
Rev. Michael Herman, St. Sylvester, Chicago, IL
Rev. Thomas Hickey, St. Clement, Chicago, IL
Rev. John Hoffman, St. Teresa of Avila, Chicago, IL
Rev. Richard Homa, Sacred Heart, Palos Hills, IL
Rev. Terry Johnson, St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, IL
Rev. Patrick Lee, Immaculate Conception, Chicago, IL
Rev. Robert McLaughlin, Mary Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge, IL
Rev. Dennis O'Neill, St. Martha, Morton Grove, IL
Rev. Thomas Pelton, Maternity BVM, Chicago, IL
Rev. Richard Prendergast, St. Mary of Celle, Berwyn, IL
Rev. Michael Shanahan, St. Mark, Chicago, IL
Rev. William J. Stenzel, St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, IL
Rev. Patrick Tucker, St. Bernardine, Forest Park, IL
Rev. Daniel Whiteside, St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy, Oak Park, IL
Rev. Bart Winters, St. Gregory the Great, Chicago, IL
Distributed by: Religion Clarity Campaign,
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religcont.htm#openletter
with no endorsement of the views expressed therein

[COMMENT: Religion Clarity Campaign publishes the above so that the public, who might not otherwise obtain this news, will know what is happening. The New Testament, as we now have it, seems to oppose homosexual and lesbian sex, as shown elsewhere on this website. However, as is shown elsewhere in the Religion Clarity Campaign section, there are so many important additions, changes, mistranslations, and unworthy interpretations, of both Old (see Jeremiah 8:8, read N.Carter 1985) and New (read Origen, and B.M. Metzger 1992 et al) Testaments, that pronouncements about these matters might be best carried on in a temperate manner. Copying this "open letter" here ought not to imply an endorsement of the views expressed by these clergymen. -- Religion Clarity Campaign, Jan 23, 2004. COMMENT ENDS.]
Posted January 5, 2004
• Cardinal's second cousin, former nun, takes lesbian stance, .
   Catholic News, Jan 12, 2004 AUSTRALIA: The main religious news story in Australia this morning concerns an open letter to Cardinal Pell from his second cousin, Monica Hingston, critical of the Church's position on gays.
   A response from Dr Pell has been obtained by the media and is published also. The issue is drawing headlines because of her relationship to the Cardinal, because she is a former religious sister, as well as because of the innate controversial aspects of this issue in the Churches at the moment.
   The subject of sex was also the focus of attention on the ABC's prime religious affairs television program on Sunday night. Entitled "The Trouble with Sex" the program was principally a panel discussion on the challenges facing the churches because of changing lay expectations and mores concerning human sexuality.
   SOURCE: The Age – Pell cousin takes issue on gay stance www.theage. com.au/artic les/2004/ 01/11/1073 7694528 33.html
   LINK: The Open Letter
   OTHER HEADLINES & LINKS:
SMH – Cry from the heart by a cardinal's cousin www.smh.com. au/articles/ 2004/01/11/ 10737694 54887.html
West Australian – Challenge to Pell by lesbian cousin www.thewest. com.au/2004 0112/news/ general/tw- news-general- home-sto1182 82.html
CathNews story from last Friday – U.S. priests protest to hierarchy on Church language against gays www.cathnews. com/news/ 401/43.php
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Considerations regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons (English official text) www.vatican. va/roman_curia/ congregations/ cfaith/docu ments/rc_con_ cfaith_doc_2003 0731_homo sexual-unions_ en.html
ABC Television, Compass – The trouble with sex www.abc.net. au/compass/ s1023992.htm
   Illustration is that used by the SMH for its story with the caption: "On one level, he's a personable and caring sort of man" … Cardinal Pell's cousin, Monica Hingston, left, with her partner, Peg Moran, in Torquay. Photo: Shaney Balcombe. -- Catholic News, Australia, Cardinal's cousin, former nun, takes gay stance, www.cathnews. com/news/ 401/50.php , Monday, Jan 12, 2004
Bible forgery quoted to oppose lesbianism
From Faith Purification Programme, Australia, January 12, 2004:
   AUSTRALIA: In defending the traditional Catholic opposition to lesbianism (women in same-gender love affairs), Cardinal George Pell has blundered (news report 12/1). [1]
   He quoted the well-loved story of the "Woman Taken in Adultery" whom a Judean group wanted to execute, which includes "Let he who is without sin among you cast the first stone," "Neither do I condemn you," and "Go and sin no more", supposedly in John's gospel 8:1-11, but the story is one of several bible forgeries.
   This has been known for hundreds of years. Knox's 1945 Catholic translation warned of it (NT page 96), and the Good News Bible 1966 translators noted that this incident does not appear in several good Greek manuscripts and early translations, and in others it can appear at any of three locations in John, and even in a different gospel (after Luke 21:38) (1976 ed., page 129). Multiplicity of locations is an almost certain sign of an "addition". [2]
   Once the forgery is known, a little reflection about how Jesus supposedly saved the woman from execution, leads to asking how the same gospel at 18:31, in relating Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate, could contain these words: "Pilate said therefore to them Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law. The Jews said to him It is not lawful for us to execute anyone .[3]" [4]
   To oppose lesbianism, Christian leaders perhaps could quote Romans 1:26 or 27 " … their women changed the natural use into the one beside nature …" Then, if we decide what behaviour is "sin," there is a "go and sin no more" line to use at John 5:14.
   Cardinal Pell ought to concentrate more on eradicating the causes of child abuse among his own sex-starved clergy, one of whom, during the trial of Father John Barry Gwillim, 71, of Coburg, Victoria, said in December [2003] it was an "occupational hazard." [5] He received a suspended sentence of two years and eight months on nine charges. [6]
   In January it was revealed that a Queensland priest, Michael Joseph McArdle, wrote in an affidavit that he went to confession to other priests countless times, telling them he was a child abuser, but was told to go home and pray. Fr McArdle says he was twice summoned by different Catholic bishops but was simply moved to another parish after allegations arose. [7]
   McArdle is serving a six year prison term on more than 60 child abuse charges. [8]
   Surely a genuine Christian child protection policy would have seen Fr McArdle counselled to surrender himself to the police, and to leave the "celibate" priesthood, before the harm he did warranted a long prison sentence.

   FOOTNOTES:
(1.) The West Australian, "Lesbian cousin defies Cardinal," The Age, page 1, Mon Jan 12, 2004
(2.) John 8:1-11 and 7:53: See also The New Jerusalem Bible, RC version, Notes ©1990, footnote page 1254
(3.) John 18:31: "anyone": The Douay and King James translators used "any man" instead of "anyone," presumably to quell students' dissent about this contradiction -- the "woman" was not a "man," you see, if you argue like a theologian -- but they can't fool anyone who studies a good concordance giving the meanings of the original Greek words.
(4.) John 18:31: See New Jerusalem Bible, 1990 ed., p 1268, and, Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, 1969, International Bible Students, Brooklyn, New York, p 517.
(5.) Herald Sun, Melbourne, "Catholic priest blames celibacy for assault," www.heraldsun. news.com.au/ common/story_ page/0,5478, 8105583%255 E662,00.html , Dec 9, 2003
(6.) Catholic News, "Melbourne priest freed on sex assault charges," www.cathnews.com/news/312/92.php , and, Herald Sun, "No jail time for priest, 71," www.heraldsun. news.com.au/ common/story_ page/0,5478, 8174343% 255E2862,00.html , by Philip Cullen, Dec 16 2003
(7.) The Sunday Mail, Australia, "Go home and pray," by Chris Taylor, Jan 11, 2004, www.thesundaymail. news.com.au/ common/story_ page/0,5936, 8365148% 255E902,00.html , A priest who confessed his child abuse every week or fortnight for years was just told to go home and pray, it has now been revealed.
(8.) Australian Broadcasting Corportion (ABC), "Bishop involved in abuse mediation," www.abc.net. au/westqld/ news/200312/ s10134 51.htm, Friday, December 19 2003.
   -- issued by Faith Purification Programme, Australia, Jan 12, 2004.
• The Dysfunctional Church exposed in a friar's 1991 book.
   The Dysfunctional Church; Addiction and codependency in the family of Catholicism, by Michael H. Crosby, 1991, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana. (bought Jan 22 2004)
   UNITED STATES: In this book the Rev. Michael Crosby argues that the Roman Catholic Church is dysfunctional because it is addicted to power and control plus the unmarried clergy method of working. Using modern writers' theories as a framework, he then uses parts of St Matthew's Gospel as a corrective.
[On p 43 he mentions the Jewish war of liberation of 66 to 70 AD which finally was overcome, but he does not seem to know of the authoritative age-old rabbinical colleges in Babylon, which actually continued for more than another 1000 years.]
   Some extracts:
   It is my contention that the "deadly disease" undermining the church in our day is the addiction of the papacy and its extension in the hierarchy to the preservation of the male, celibate, clerical model of the church.  … disease … progressive … addiction … codependency … (p 7-8)
   [He discusses on pages 50-51 the contrast between the authoritarian model of the Christian community proposed in Matthew's Gospel chapter 16 (like the present-day RC Church), and the collegial and affirmation model that seems to be implied in chapter 18.] (pp 50-51)
   [He discusses the way the early Christian community made decisions by consensus after conferring with members, citing The Acts 15:1-29 and Galatians 2:1-10] (p 66)
   [COMMENT: Did Fr Crosby also know of this text, that suggests the early Christians had a non-dictatorial co-operative method of working? In The Acts 8:14 we read: "When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them" COMMENT ENDS.]

   Despite Rome's increasing efforts to control the election of bishops, as late as 1829 popes appointed only a limited number of bishops outside the papal states. Two principal methods of choosing candidates for the episcopacy [rank of bishop] were election by cathedral chapters and royal or imperial patronage. (p 73)
   Adolph Guggenbühl-Craig has noted that people often enter the helping professions to control others. This can be especially true of clerics. "The power drive is given freest reign when it can appear under the guise of moral rectitude and good." 35 (p 89)
[ENDNOTE] Ch 5, 35. Adolph Guggenbühl-Craig, Power in the Helping Professions, trans. Myron Gubitz (Dallas: Spring Publications, 1986), p. 18 (p 246)
   First of all there is a no-talk rule. Silence and secrecy characterize curial transactions. (p 102) ["Curial" means relating to the Curia, i.e., the Vatican bureaucracy.]
   Besides a no-talk rule, there is a don't-feel rule, especially in terms of sexuality.  … sublimate … even more if, … homosexual orientation … loneliness … (p 102)
   Yet church leaders seem obsessed with leaving the impression that papal teachings never change. A good case in point is the way papal social teachings adapt to changes in the culture. For instance … Pope Pius X condemned … cooperatives … declared: "It is in accordance with the pattern established by God that human society should have rulers and subjects, employers and employees, rich and poor, wise and ignorant, nobles and common people." 16 Today cooperatives are praised.(p 103)
[ENDNOTE] Ch. 6, 16. Pope Pius X, Motu proprio: Fin dalla prima, December 18, 1903 Acta Sanctae Sedis 36 (1903-04), p. 341 (p 247)
   At one particularly difficult meeting of our [Capuchin Franciscans] General curia with a major official … one councillor after another presented theological, historical, textual, conciliar and other reasons why we should not put in our Constitutions the statement that we are a clerical order. The only response from the official was "You're going to be a tough group to convince." (pp 103-4)
   In 1963 Pope John XXIII … birth control question … Paul VI … just over twenty percent of the members agreed with the traditional teaching [banning artificial birth control]. Despite this overwhelming opposition … on July 29, 1968, Humanae Vitae reiterated the traditional stance … (p 104)
   … large percentages of gay men in seminaries and the clerical state. North American data suggests that among the clergy at least thirty percent are homosexual in their orientation. 21 (p 107)
[ENDNOTE]
21. The Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the Sexual Abuse of Children by Members of the Clergy (Winter Commission Report) (St. John's, Newfoundland: Archdiocese of St. John's, 1990), pp. 35-36. See also, James G. Wolf, Gay Priests. (San Francisco, Harper & Rowe, 1989). (p 247)

   Another public manifestation of confusion around sexual roles of celibates, especially in Canada and various parts of the United States, is found in the highly publicized indictments and convictions of priests for the sexual abuse of children.
   … the Canadian Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the Sexual Abuse of Children by Members of the Clergy (the "Winter Commission Report") … clergy … deviant behaviour. 22 … factors of power abuse related to the church "had a direct bearing on the occurrence of child abuse by priests of the Archdiocese." In Newfoundland clerical power had reached "a position of nearly absolute authority in everyday life." 23 "A patriarchal (adult-male dominated) system has been reinforced by the authoritarian Roman Catholic church.  … they provided a strong cultural and social support for oppression, where one person or group dominates those without power. 24  … the Archdiocesan leadership did, in fact, have knowledge, since the mid-1970s, of deviant or sexually inappropriate behaviour among some Roman Catholic clergy in this Archdiocese. This was long before the victims publicly disclosed that they had been abused as children. 25 " (p 108)
[ENDNOTES]
22. The Winter Commission, p. 1
23. Ibid, p. 13
24. Ibid, p. 2
25. Ibid.
(p 247)

   … they "denied the problems." 26 Denial is at the heart of the patriarchal clerical system, which is self-destructing (at least in North America) because of the addiction to the preservation of a male celibate clergy. (p 109)
[ENDNOTE] 26. Ibid (p 247)
   [In the Capuchin Franciscan novitiate] In the name of being mindful of the passion [sufferings and death] of Jesus we "took the discipline" -- a thrice-weekly practice of beating our bare behinds with a chain as we recited the penitential psalms. While I know now that this was physical abuse forced on us by the institution, I never questioned it. However, the abuse I did know I was experiencing -- emotional and psychological pain -- came from one of the superiors. But this was one of the things we didn't talk about.
   I know now that this man abused and invaded our sexual boundaries with his persistent questions about our practice or non-practice of celibacy before and during novitiate. (p 170)
   … it seems issues related to sex and the role of laypeople, and especially women, are the real obsessions of the present pope. (p 229)
   And, on back cover:
   Reduced to its simplest form, The Dysfunctional Church maintains that
• The Catholic Church is an addict, an institutional addict.
• It's addicted to preserving the male, celibate, clerical model of the church.
• Many Catholics exhibit patterns of codependency which reinforce this addiction.
• The result is a dysfunctional church unable to confront a problem many members know is there.
   Michael Crosby breaks the silence to talk openly about the abuse of authority in the Catholic Church. He does this in a way that offers comfort, hope and challenge to the frustrated but caring members of its family.  …
   The Dysfunctional Church is a clear, loving and unequivocal intervention. The author calls on church leaders and all other codependents in the church to face their addiction and seek recovery through spiritual conversion. Acknowledging that he himself is a recovering codependent, he invites us all to turn to God to fill the "hole" in our wholeness.  …
   Michael H. Crosby is a member of the Midwest Province of the Capuchin Franciscans [which the pope's underlings had been ordering to change from its historical brotherhood status to be "clerics"]. He is in wide demand as a speaker and retreat leader. Other books include The Spirituality of the Beatitudes and House of Discipline. He is a Master of Economics and Doctor of Theology.
   The Dysfunctional Church; Addiction and codependency in the family of Catholicism, by Michael H. CROSBY, 1991, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana; 256 pp, 15 x 22.5 cm (6 x 9 inches), soft covers, no index, endnotes (chapter by chapter), International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 0-87793-455-x (pbk.), Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 91-71250

(bought Jan 22 2004) Comments typed Jan 24-25 2004
• ]Another view about naughtiness of child behaviour.]
   The Record, Perth RC weekly, "Another view," letter from Mrs C.V.Phillips, p 7, January 22, 2004
   PERTH: "The Record" of the 8th Jan, 2004 has another excellent Editorial, but I must disagree with it, in part, where the author essentially states that children are good, and should never be told that they are bad or naughty.
   Whilst I agree that young children cannot be bad, they can be naughty. This means that they misbehave. The Oxford Compact English Dictionary defines naughty as "(especially of a child) disobedient; badly behaved", an excellent working definition.
   From the age of about two or three years, children test the limits of the boundaries set for them. They are quite capable of learning what to do and what not to do, even though they are not making fully informed moral choices. Children can hardly be expected to know right from wrong at about the age of seven (the 'age of reason') unless in the previous years they have been taught when something is actually wrong.
   This is usually done by being told, "No, naughty!" if they misbehave. Sometimes a smack is required, especially when the behaviour is potentially dangerous, such as touching the stove or running onto the road.
   Yes, babies cannot be naughty, and yes, praise and encouragement should be used abundantly, but even very young children can, and must, learn right from wrong behaviour. This can be quite appropriately achieved by the judicious use of the words "no", "naughty", "don't touch", etc.
   Ed: The point of the editorial was that any sense of naughtiness or badness must be attached to the behaviour, not the child. Speak of what's wrong with that, not what's wrong with the child.
Pronouns in Genesis not altered by missing Latin word stirps, and can't affect the original which was in Hebrew
   "Pronouns in Genesis not altered by missing word stirps,"
   Letter to Archbishop Francesco Canalini, H. E. The Apostolic Nuncio, PO Box 3633, Manuka, (Canberra) ACT, Australia, 3 February 2004;
   AUSTRALIA: It was with disbelief I studied the Latin Vulgate, Genesis chapter 3, and was unable to trace the Latin word stirps that you had quoted in your 25th August 2003 letter as the reason that the pronoun "he" changed to "she" in the Latin Rite's Genesis 3:15. … Again I request that you study this matter, and obtain an answer to my questions. Who, what, when, where, and why was this heretical translation made? … (The Latin Vulgate, according to an internet version, reads for Gen 3:15: "15 inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem et semen tuum et semen illius ipsa conteret caput tuum et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius") In a background section, a fact that was new to the writer was uncovered:    The RC Confraternity Bible, U.S., 1953, uses the masculine pronoun "he" and the term "his heel". (This was quoted to demonstrate that for centuries the meanings of the Hebrew originals have been known to be masculine, but the RC leadership stubbornly refused to correct their official bible, the Latin Vulgate.) All four RC levels that did reply eventually in 2003 did not reply to the return letters demolishing their differing responses. Pray for them.
• "She" of Gen 3:15 changing back to "he" or "it"
   E-mail, February 5, 2004
   AUSTRALIA: Can anyone please tell me why the Douay Bible reads that in the Garden of Eden, God told the Serpent that a "she" would crush its head, but in the other translations at 3:15 it is "he" or "it", meaning the Messiah or Eve's descendants, one presumes.
   Some months ago I received an ecclesiastical answer that the Latin word "stirps" affected the pronouns, but there is no such word in the Vulgate chapter 3, the word "semen" being used instead.
   Why can't we be told why this change was made, and why RC Bibles including the New Jerusalem are now changing back to what was in Genesis 3:15 in the first place?
   Why did RCs have statues and sermons about this myth, of Mary crushing the Serpent's head (depicted as its neck usually)?
   For more background, please visit http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/pronoun.htm
• Latin word "semen" meaning "seed" is neuter, so can't make the pronouns feminine.
   From a Ph. D. of England, E-mail, February 5, 2004
   ENGLAND: Thank you for your e-mail regarding the use of 'she' in Genesis 3.15. The Douay and other Roman Catholic versions of the Scriptures have 'she will crush' because they were translated from the Latin Vulgate, which has the feminine pronoun 'ipsa'. Versions translated from the Hebrew text normally have the masculine 'he' or neuter 'it'--the pronoun is masculine in Hebrew.
   The word 'semen' (which is neuter) in Latin means 'seed', which is a valid translation of the Hebrew word 'zara'. 'Stirps' means 'race' or 'family', which would not, in my estimation, be the best rendering of 'zara', although it is possible. The editions of the Vulgate that I have to hand have 'semen', but it is possible that other editions, particularly those before the production of the Clementine and Sixtine editions, could have had 'stirps'. If 'stirps', which is feminine, was used, the pronoun 'she' would be valid (just as we tend to think of the earth as 'she'). However, that does not mean that it would properly be translated 'she' in English, since 'seed' is neuter in English; the gender of the pronoun needs to match that of the noun in the receptor language. The use of 'she' would be particularly problematic since 'she' has strong theological connotations.
   For information on why the editors of the New Jerusalem Bible have done what they have done, it would be best to contact them directly.
   The belief in a superhuman Mary goes back many centuries, and has grown from a high consideration of her as a woman to the Mariolatry that has pervaded Roman Catholicism since the Middle Ages. It is just one of the problems in this church that stems from a misunderstanding of Scripture or an alteration of it. We must continue to pray that the truth of God's Word will open the eyes of those caught up in this system of doctrine.
   Best wishes in your service for our Lord. [Feb 5, 04
• Violent ruler changed Sabbath to Sunday, not the Church
   Letter to The Editor, The West Australian, but seemingly not published, "I disagree," 9.02 am e-mail, Friday, 6 February 2004
   PERTH: The Catholic archbishop of Perth, Barry J. Hickey (letters 5/2), wrote that the Church used the authority it got from Jesus to change the main worship day from Saturday to Sunday.
   While he is commendable for faithfulness to the "official line," really it was the warrior Roman emperor Constantine the Great (280-337 AD) who caused the change [it] by declaring every Sunday, a pagan observance, a public holiday. [1]
   The Church leaders of the time conformed, although not without opposition. Branches outside the emperor's control kept up observances on the traditional Saturday, plus the traditional Passover to commemorate the Resurrection, for centuries.
   From about 313 Constantine interfered vigorously in Church affairs, even calling the famous 325 Church council of Nicaea about doctrine, although he was still officially a pagan until shortly before his death. [2]
   Conforming to outside influences has been a regular habit of Church people, although sternly foresworn. The fight to forbid statues was lost in the West but won in the East. Similarly, the battle to forbid clergy to marry took more than 1000 years to win, but only in the West, with harmful results to clergy and children.
   In modern times, several of the current "politically correct" stances of mainstream Christians are reversals of long-held beliefs and customs.
REFERENCES:
1. Funk & Wagnalls 1979, Vol 22, p 316
2. Ibid, Vol 6, p 448
   [FOOTNOTE: There was another oriental religion taking hold in the empire's dominions, the worship of Mithra, whose special day was Sunday. Constantine evidently saw the chance to unify his subjects by declaring Sunday a "no-work" day, and the Christians then looked around for reasons to conform, stating they acted with the power given to them by Jesus, and quoted a few scriptures.
   Modern conformity to "the world" and to the fashions of the day include the major Churches' switch from supporting the death penalty, to opposing it.
   Another reversal, in Australia, is in immigration policy. Major Churches up to about the 1950s used to condone the right of Australia to have and enforce its Immigration Restriction Act largely because it meant that Australia would be a Christian "beacon" to Asia, sending missionaries. The reversal followed the adoption of non-discrimination ideas, first taken up by Churches like the Methodist, and gradually permeating all the Churches. Some Churches now have an "open door" policy, welcoming all comers whether with documents or not.
   An amusing sight is to see a sort of holy picture of the Holy Family with a donkey; the baby Jesus is being taken to Egypt to escape from murderous Herod's soldiers. "Jesus was a refugee," is the wording. Nobody adds the words, "but he did not become an Egyptian citizen." FOOTNOTE ENDS.]
Pope deposes Queen Elizabeth
Frees the people from allegiance, and excommunicates those who obey her

Papal Bull Regnans in excelsis, by Pope Saint Pius V, February 25, 1570.
ST PETER'S, ROME:
Pius the Bishop, servant of the servants of God, for a perpetual memorial of the matter.
   He who reigns on high, to Whom is given all power in Heaven and on earth, has entrusted His holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which there is no salvation, to one person alone on earth, namely to Peter the Prince of the Apostles, and to Peter's successor, the Roman Pontiff, to be governed (by him) with plenitude of power. Him alone He appointed Prince over all nations and kingdoms, to root up, pull down, waste, destroy, plant and build, so that he might preserve his faithful people linked together by the bond of mutual charity in the unity of the Spirit, and might present them, saved and blameless, to their Saviour.
   In the fulfilment of this office, we, called by the goodness of God to the government of the aforesaid Church, spare no labour, striving with all zeal to preserve intact that unity and Catholic religion which its Author has allowed to be disturbed with such great tribulations for the proving of His people's faith and for our correction. But the number of the ungodly has grown so strong in power, that no place is left in the world which they have not tried to corrupt with their abominable doctrines; among others assisting in this work is the servant of vice, Elizabeth, pretended Queen of England, with whom, as in a place of sanctuary, the most nefarious wretches have found refuge. This same woman, having acquired the kingdom and outrageously usurped for herself the place of Supreme Head of the Church in all England and its chief authority and jurisdiction, has again plunged that same kingdom back in to wretchedly unhappy condition, after it had so recently been reclaimed for the Catholic Faith and prosperity.
   For having by force prohibited the practice of the true religion (which had been formerly overthrown by Henry VIII, an apostate from it, and restored by Mary, the legitimate queen of famous memory, with the help of this See) and following and embracing the errors of heretics, she has altered the composition of the royal Council representing the nobility of England and has filled it with obscure heretical men; she has suppressed the followers of the Catholic Faith, appointed shameful preachers and ministers of impieties, and abolished the Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers, fastings, choice of meats, celibacy and Catholic ceremonies; and she has commanded that books containing manifest heresy should be distributed throughout the whole kingdom and that impious rites and institutions (accepted and observed by herself according to Calvin's precept) should be observed by her subjects also. She has dared to eject bishops, rectors of churches and other Catholic priests from their churches and benefices and to bestow these and other ecclesiastical things upon heretics and she has also presumed to decide legal cases within the Church. She has forbidden the prelates, clergy and people to acknowledge the Roman Church or to obey its orders and its canonical sanctions. She has forced most of them to assent to her wishes and laws, to abjure the authority and obedience of the Roman Pontiff and to recognize her by oath as sole mistress in temporal and spiritual affairs; she has imposed pains and penalties on those who would not obey her commands and has exacted them from those who persevered in the unity of faith and the aforesaid obedience; she has cast Catholic bishops and rectors of churches into prison, where many of them, worn out with long weariness and sorrow, have miserably ended their span of life. All these things are clear and notorious to all nations and proved by the most weighty testimony of so many that there is no room whatever for excuse, defence or evasion.
   We have seen that the impieties and crimes have been multiplied, one upon the other, and that also the persecution of the faithful and the affliction of religion through the pressure and action of the said Elizabeth grow greater every day, and since we understand her spirit to be hardened and obstinate -- so that she has not only set at naught the pious prayers and warnings of Catholic princes concerning her soundness of mind and conversion, but she has not even allowed the Nuncios of this See to cross into England for this purpose -- we are necessarily compelled to take up against her the weapons of justice, although we can not disguise our sorrow that we are thus forced to proceed against one whose ancestors have deserved so well of the Commonwealth of Christendom. But being strengthened by the authority of Him, Who willed to place us on the supreme throne of justice though unequal to so great a burden, out of the plenitude of our Apostolic power we declare the aforesaid Elizabeth to be heretic and an abetter of heretics, and we declare her, together with her supporters in the abovesaid matters, to have incurred the sentence of excommunication and to be cut off from the unity of the Body of Christ.
   Furthermore we declare her to be deprived of her pretended claim to the aforesaid kingdom and of all lordship, dignity and privilege whatsoever.
   Also we declare that the lords, subjects and peoples of the said kingdom, and all others who have sworn allegiance to her in any way, are perpetually absolved from any oath of this kind and from any type of duty in relation to lordship, fidelity and obedience; consequently we absolve them by the authority of our present statements, and we deprive the same Elizabeth of her pretended claim to the kingdom and of all other claims mentioned previously. And we command and forbid all and sundry among the lords, subjects, people and others aforesaid that they have not to obey her or her admonitions, orders or laws. We shall bind those who do the contrary with a similar sentence of excommunication.

   Because it would be too difficult for the present words to be conveyed to those who need them, we desire that copies of them bearing the signature of a public notary and the sign of a prelate of the Church or his office, should have the same authentic strength before justice and extrajudicially and produce everywhere the same effect as this present document would produce, if submitted and shown.
   Given at Rome at St. Peter's, in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord 1570, on the fifth day (before the) Kalends of March, in the fifth year of our Pontificate.
   [Emphasis added]
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   SOURCE: Magnum Bullarium Romanorum, ed. Cherubini (2nd ed.), II, 303, translation in Sidney Ehler and John B. Morrall, pp. 181-83
   QUOTED IN: The Papal Encyclicals in their historical context, Part of Chapter 6, "The Church and the Reformation," by Anne Fremantle, 1st edition, 1956, Mentor Books, New York, published by The New American Library. Introduction by Gustave Weigel, Society of Jesus, of Woodstock College, Woodstock, Md, USA; pages 82-85
   [AUTHENTICATION: Nihil obstat, John A Goodwine, J.C.D., Censor Librorum; Imprimatur, + Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York. [Undated.] © 1956 by Anne Fremantle. AUTHENTICATION ENDS.]
   [ANNE FREMANTLE'S COMMENT: The popes often had excommunicated emperors, kings and queens, but the excommunication and deposition of Queen Elizabeth [1st] of England by the pope, St. Pius V, also absolved her subjects from their allegiance, and was followed by one of the bitterest persecutions the Church has ever endured. To say Mass, be a priest or to shelter one, was punished by death, and the most ghastly of deaths, accompanied by torture. Catholics were not freed from some of these penalties until 1829.
-- The Papal Encyclicals in their historical context, from Chapter 6, "The Church and the Reformation," by Anne Fremantle, 1st edition, 1956, Mentor Books, New York, published by The New American Library, page 82 COMMENT ENDS.]

   [NOTE: A Bull that says it can absolve people from their oaths is surely an immoral document. A Bull that helps cause a persecution to rage from 1570 to 1829 is, surely, a notable document. Whether it was the "bitterest" persecution is open to question, because the persecutions by other religious groups have been bitter, and one has lasted about 1400 years.
   Note the complaint about the abolition of celibacy. Alone among Christian Churches, the RCs keep on following (with exceptions when it suits, such as not presuming to contradict the traditional freedoms in the RC's Oriental Rites, and with concubinage in some cases to substitute for natural and divine needs) this man-made rule which seems to be in opposition to the New Testament, the practices of the followers of Jesus, and natural law. It's all so unnecessary.
   For an earlier example of the sort of "overlord" thinking shown in the Papal Bull of Pius V in 1570, read pp 61-65 in Anne Fremantle's book:- Pope St. Gregory VII writes on March 15, 1081, to the bishop of Metz, claiming (1) the spiritual power is superior to the temporal power, (2) kings and emperors like others can be punished by Church penalties including excommunication; (3) the spiritual power can judge the rulers for their temporal activities, and (4) the papal power includes the right to absolve the subjects from allegiance to a guilty ruler.
   Pius V's side-comment on the Roman Church, "outside which there is no salvation," was standard RC teaching for many centuries, but was seemingly reversed by some of the out-of-character decisions of the 1900s, for example the 1952 excommunication of Father Leonard Feeney, of Harvard University, for upholding it, and the reversal shown by the 1965 declaration of the Second Vatican Council that others "who sincerely search for God and who strive to do His will can win eternal salvation." (Refer The West Australian, "Theological somersaults," by Gavin Simpson, p 52, Saturday May 30 1987) -- Religion Clarity Campaign, 16 Feb 04. NOTE ENDS.]

• SPURIOUS ADULTEROUS WOMAN QUOTE DOESN'T HELP IN BATTLE WITH ANTI-TRUTH LAWS

   To The Record, Perth, and other RC serials, from Religion Clarity Campaign, February 20, 2004
   AUSTRALIA: I applaud The Record, editorial "Neither will I condemn you," (19/2) about how a Christian in Canada is being punished for proclaiming sound doctrine, due to the anti-discrimination laws.
   But it is no use quoting words from the forged episode from St John's Gospel, of the woman taken in adultery, although it is one of several forgeries so well-loved and so parallel with the "official line," that it is described as part of the "tradition." It was unknown to authentic Christians for the first 1000 years or so. (1) That's about 1000 years too late to be Christianity!
   The whole episode is a clumsy forgery, hinging around a supposed attempt in the Temple to get Jesus to agree to the woman's execution. Later in John's gospel, the accusers of Jesus told Pilate they were not allowed to execute anyone. (2)
   Knox's 1945 Catholic translation warned of it (NT page 96), and the Good News Bible 1966 translators noted that this incident does not appear in several good Greek manuscripts and early translations, and in others it can appear at any of three locations in John, and even after Luke 21:38 (1976 ed., page 129). (3) Multiplicity of locations is an almost certain sign of an "addition".
   The bad judgement of Mr Justice Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Canada, against a teacher stating that homosexuality is not as worthy as heterosexuality, has arisen from a long gradual process of reversing the decency laws of the former British Empire.
   Alert Christians saw the danger at each step in the anti-discrimination programme, but many having a warped understanding of doctrine, their arguments lacked conviction. You see, Jesus isn't just spraying forgiveness everywhere. He came "for a sign which shall be contradicted," (4) "not to send peace," (5) and commanded people he forgave to reform, "sin no more".(6)
   While we still print Bibles with forgeries such as the much-loved story quoted, we cripple ourselves.
   The Record must not feel too badly about quoting a forgery. It was quoted by a high official in the Church [Cardinal George Pell, the denier] in January as part of telling the public about the sinfulness of practising lesbianism. (7)
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(1.) McKenzie, John L., SJ, 1968, Dictionary of the Bible, London, Geoffrey Chapman; page 447 a, regarding Gospel of John, 7:53-8:11:- "The passage of the adulterous woman … is missing in most MSS; it is cited by no Gk writer earlier than the 11th century; the style is not that of Jn; and Papyrus Bodmer, dated about 200, does not contain it." Imprimi Potest: John R. Connery, SJ, Praepos. Provin.; Nihil Obstat: John B. Amberg, SJ, Archdiocesan Censor; Imprimatur: + Cletus F. O'Donnell, JCD, Vicar-General, Archdiocese of Chicago, February 18, 1965.
(2.) John 18:31
(3.) John 8:1-11 and 7:53: See also The New Jerusalem Bible, RC version, Notes ©1990, footnote page 1254
(4.) Luke 2:34
(5.) Mathew 10:34
(6.) John 5:14
(7.) The West Australian, "Lesbian cousin defies Cardinal," (The Age), page 1, Mon Jan 12, 2004

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PS: A picture published as part of the recent coverage of "The Passion of the Christ" [film] showed the inscription above the cross in Latin and Hebrew. Read John 19:20, "written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin." (Similar words in Luke 23:38 verse are a cross-copied forgery.) The film dialogue is reported as being in Hebrew and Latin. It is more likely that the main languages used during the trial and crucifixion were Aramaic (a sister language to Hebrew) and Greek.
   SpuriousAdulterousWoman HomosexualityCanada Record 20Feb04.doc

• Is repeated forgiveness the way that Jesus taught? 
Is repeated forgiveness the way that Jesus taught?
This is a commentary on Church spokespeople quoting the supposed episode of the Adulterous Woman, who was saved from execution, so the disputed story goes, by Jesus saying "let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone." (John's Gospel 8:7). July 18, 2004
   Repeatedly forgiving people for serious sins is one of the unsolved contradictions in the Christian Greek Scriptures (the New Testament). The well-known verse saying forgive "seventy-seven times" (Matthew 18:22), plus the parable of the lost sheep, and the "forgive us our trespasses" part of the Lord's Prayer, have a forgiving intent. But doubt is raised because of the suspected forgeries among other pro-forgiveness texts. In addition, four contradicting texts are: Matthew 12:32, Luke 9:62, Hebrews 6:4-6, 1 John 5 :16, 18. Visit: http://www. multiline.com. au/~johnm/ ethics/ non marital. htm#impossible
   "One baptism for the forgiveness of sins" (The Nicene Creed). "In the first four or five centuries it was common to defer Baptism until death was believed to be imminent, because of the responsibilities attached to it, …" -- Elizabeth A. LIVINGSTONE (ed.), 1977, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, page 47. Baptism was the only way the earliest Christians knew of getting sins forgiven, so putting baptism off was a sensible precaution, in case they could not keep free of serious sin, and Jesus took longer to come back than everyone hoped.
   Introduced: Penance ceremony and restrictions: But people didn't stay sinless after baptism. "By the 3rd century a developed system of public Penance had emerged. After the sinner had asked the Bishop for Penance, he was enrolled in the order of penitents, excluded from Communion, and committed to a course of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving;  … Penance could then be undergone only once in a lifetime and involved life-long continence. ["continence" in this context means no sex.]  … Absolution … was at first withheld until the completion of the Penance …" -- Livingstone 1977, article "Penance" p 390 b, and see Constantine the Great, Penitents, Montanism, Novatianism, Rigorism, Tatian, and Tertullian.
   "Life-long continence" helped to create pressure for less severity. Penance in the West developed over the centuries into regular private Confession, a firm resolution to sin no more, plus a promise of making restitution, accompanied by an on-the-spot absolution restoring the penitent to immediate full communion with the rest of the believers, and "the penance" or punishment being reduced to a few prayers (usually) or other good works.
   New doctrines including Indulgences led to breakaways. Someone devised the doctrine of the huge "Treasury of the Church" from the sufferings and good works of Jesus and the saints, and the supposed power of the Roman Church to grant "Indulgences" (? 11th century) from the temporal punishment due to sin, and thus to explain the changes from the early Church's severe attitude and punishments.  Some heroes objected to Indulgences and similar innovations, and groups of believers avoided and condemned such practices, even though in several places the critics were persecuted. The Orthodox Churches' teachings continued along the more traditional lines during the centuries Rome was separating from them, and since. Among those who exposed the man-made Indulgence systems in the West were Wycliffe (1330-84) and Huss (1369-1415). The Roman system was put off balance when it had two or more Popes at a time (1378-1417), then there were the scriptural revelations of Erasmus (1469-1536), Luther (1483-1546) who opposed selling Indulgences to finance building St Peter's, Rome, the Lutheran Protestant Reformation from 1517, Zwingli (1484-1531), and Calvin (1509-64). (Did you know that the Bishop of Rome's real cathedral church was and is St John Lateran?). The indulgence-sellers got so greedy that some promised to remit next-life punishment IN ADVANCE of sinning. On the other hand, although "justification by faith" was a catchcry, balanced Reformers believed that good works followed faith (see James 2:26).
   Unapproved aberrations. The RCC, on paper, does NOT approve of misuses of Penance / Confession / Reconciliation, such as:
   AUSTRALIA: A paedophile priest went to confession more than 1500 times to admit sexually abusing boys … but was told to go home and pray. Michael Joseph McArdle's weekly and fortnightly confessions were ignored by Catholic priests [to whom he confessed face to face], and complaints were hushed up by the church bishops. [In an affidavit, he said that each Confession was followed by an intense feeling of relief.] -- The Sunday Mail (Australia), "Go home and pray," www.thesunday mail.news.com.au/ common/story_page/ 0,5936,8365148%255E902,00.html , Jan 11 2004
   CANADA: Regarding sex abuse of them as boys, "Both men said that during the years of abuse, Harper would hear their confession immediately after the alleged attacks." -- London Free Press (Canada), "London RC diocese facing new lawsuits," www.canoe. ca/News Stand/ LondonFree Press/ News/ 2004/ 07/16/544513.html , July 16, 2004.
   In the USA since 2002, under intense public criticism for hiding and transferring its serial child sex abusers, the RCC began defying the Vatican policy of keeping clergy's crimes secret. However, some bishops and religious orders such as the Salesians, e.g., in the USA and Australia, are still following the traditional policy of transferring sex-offending priests to other places, including overseas.
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   The Vatican's secrecy policy about sex sin in connection with Confession ceremony, and with animals
   UNITED STATES: Telegram & Gazette, "Vatican document instructed secrecy in abuse cases," www.telegram.com/ apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030729/NEWS/307290469/ 1025/ NEWS LET TERS 08 , by Kathleen A. Shaw, July 29, 2003. Dated March 16th, 1962, the document is Crimen Sollicitationis i.e., The Crime of Solicitation.  Links plus extracts in English are at http://www. multiline. com.au/ johnm/ethics/ crimineextracts.htm
   ROME: On August 7, 2003, Archbishop Julian Herranz, president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, said that it had been superseded by the 1983 Code of Canon Law and new 2001 norms. He told reporters on Aug. 7, "When a matter is re-ordered, the previous procedures are suspended." -- Catholic News Service, www. catholicnews. com/data/stories/ cns/20030807.htm , August 7, 2003. (This CNS newsitem disappeared off the Internet some time around July-August 2004.)
   IRELAND: An Irish newspaper The Strabane Chronicle, "Old Vatican document like nuclear weapon," http:// strabane chronicle. com/news7.htm , by Jacqueline Courtney, August 27 2003, states that Crimen Sollicitationis was confirmed in an Epistula or Letter on the Vatican website.
   VATICAN: Epistula Graviora Delicta, www.vatican.va/ roman_curia/ congregations/ cfaith/ docu ments/ rc_con_ cfaith_ doc_ 20010518_ epistula_ graviora%20 delicta_lt.html , of May 18, 2001, which cites Crimen Sollicitationis, was found on the Vatican website on August 31, 2003 (in Australia, by Faith Purification Programme).
   ROME: On February 7, 2002, officers from the Canon Law Society of America met with officials at the Roman Curia to discuss specifically the issue of child abuse and the procedures in handling child abuse, particularly and explicitly the 1962 Document.  . . . Our discussion at the Congregation focused on identification of certain aspects of procedures for clergy sexual misconduct, particularly the 1962 instruction "Crimen Sollicitationis" and the more recent instruction "Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela." -- CLSA December 2002 Newsletter, Canon Law Society of America, www. clsa. org/ news/ dec02/ dec02. htm , December 2002
   RECONSIDER STRICTNESS OF THE EARLY CHURCH: WHY did the early congregations use Baptism as their repentance procedure, and later on had severe penances and exclusions of penitents for serious sin? You see, it seemed AT THE TIME to be a reasonable teaching, given that the early apostles and preachers felt an urgency and intensity because of their belief that Jesus taught that
JESUS WAS COMING BACK IN THE LIFETIME OF SOME OF THEIR HEARERS. Anyone who doubts this is invited to read:-
   Matthew 16:28. Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here that shall not taste death till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. (Douay Version, RC NT translation of 1582)
   Luke 9:27. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. (Authorised Version = King James Bible, 1611)
   Luke 21:27, 32.  27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  … 32 In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. -- New Jerusalem Bible ©1985, p 1236 a and b. (Discovered by Keith J.J.M. 17 Jul 2004.)
   John 1:51. [Jesus said:] I am telling you the truth : you will see heaven open and God's angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man. (Good News Bible 1966)
   John 5:25. Most truly I say to YOU, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who have given heed will live. (New World Translation, ©1984) (also found by Keith J.J.M, 02 Aug 04.)
   The Acts 17:30-31. True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now he is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent. 31 Because he has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, … (The Kingdom Interlinear Translation, 1969) (Thank you, Keith J.J.M., 08 Nov 04.)
   Revelation (Apocalypse) 22:10. … the appointed time is near. 12 Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is. 20 He that bears witness of these things says, 'Yes; I am coming quickly.' Amen! Come, Lord Jesus. (KIT, pp 1144-46)
   CONFUSINGLY, besides the repeated forgiveness quotes earlier, here are two texts that go close to equating confessing sins and praying for healing, with wiping the slate clean:-
   James 5:16: So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully. (NJB ©1985)
   1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NWT ©1984)
(Written 18 Jul 04, revised 28 July, 01-02 Aug, 19 Sep, 11 Nov, 18 Dec 04, 13 Mar 05, 16 May 05;\; 23 Jan 06, 20 Jun 09) [Originally written regarding a letter sent, without effect, to The Record, Perth, W. Australia, on Feb 20, 04]
"Is repeated forgiveness the way that Jesus taught?" © Religion Clarity Campaign, 23 Jan 06.
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religcont.htm#repeated
[18 Jul 04]
SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
   "Constantine the great … He was not baptized until just before his death, but deferment of Baptism was then common." -- Livingstone pp 127-28.
   "In the 4th cent. Baptism was sometimes deferred because of the prevalent belief in the impossibility or great difficulty in the remission of post-baptismal sin, but the practice of infant Baptism soon became almost universal." -- Livingstone p 260.
   John Huss (1369-1415) also had adopted "justification by faith". In 1414 one of the three "Popes," John XXIII (not the 20th century one!) called together the Council of Constance.  Huss went to it under a safe conduct given by the Emperor, but the "Christians" of the time seized him and burnt him as a "heretic."  Jerome of Prague suffered the same fate. -- See Livingstone p 127 b.
• Recognise the original Baptism and forgiveness teachings? 
Recognise the original Baptism and forgiveness teachings?
Ceremonial system, severity, surprise current churchgoers. August 9, 2004, additions to 2006
In the early Church, baptism was normally by immersion, with a bishop officiating. From the 2nd to the 4th centuries it was generally only conferred at Easter and Pentecost. Infant baptism was not unknown, but was not common. (Elizabeth A. LIVINGSTONE (ed.), 1977, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, page 47)
   Infant baptism not common from the 2nd to 4th centuries? Well, we will try to go back even earlier. Possibly some early Christians believed that Baptism was absolutely essential for salvation, and wrote: "Unless a man be born again of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5, Authorised Version = King James Bible). Alongside this sort of thinking, some believers didn't like the idea of being in heaven without their unbaptised ancestors or babies, so they started the practice of being baptised for the dead:- "Otherwise, what are people up to who have themselves baptised on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, what is the point of being baptised on their behalf?" (1 Corinthians 15:29, New Jerusalem Bible 1985)
   For some reason, various opinion-makers in various Christian congregations didn't and don't like the teaching of being baptised for the dead. (Two 20th century references said it was done only by heretics. Strange that Paul didn't brand it as such!) In modern times it is practised by the Latter Day Saints (Mormons). As you have worked out by now, in the early centuries the doctrine of "Original Sin" had not been fully formulated, and various people were arguing about what to believe.
   Some quoted these words supposedly written in the apostolic age: "He who believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16, Authorised Version) Some said that because babies cannot "believe," they did not need to be baptised, and in God's mercy would not be damned. On the other hand, Origen [c. 185-254] (who was quite a rebel) refers to infant baptism as an established custom. (Livingstone, p 260 a)
   Babies tiling hell: St Augustine [354-430, of Hippo, North Africa] wrote that the floor of hell was tessellated with the bodies of unbaptised infants. St Fulgentius [468-533, or c. 462-527, of Ruspe, North Africa] wrote: " … little children … die without the holy sacrament of baptism … punished … everlasting punishment of fire." (Nicholas CARTER, 1985, The late great book, the Bible, page 55, Truth Missions, PO Box 3849, Manhattan Beach) Such teaching was not joyfully accepted by parents and others! It defied other New Testament teachings that Jesus had come that all people be saved, such as Ephesians 2:5, and the disputed 1 Timothy 2:4. Of course, leaders could insist on baptism but that did not stop some babies dying before baptism.
   Babies saved, Limbo invented: So, another Romanist somersault lifted all the unbaptised babies from the floor of hell, and gently laid them in the cool repose of the invented "Limbo." Polite RCC society didn't ever again talk about St Augustine's burning the babies in hell, nor about the biblical "baptism for the dead" to send the babies to heaven!
   Babies to go upstairs now? In 2005 it was announced that a Vatican group of theologians proposed that Limbo was not a doctrine, only a "theory." -- The Record (W. Australia), "Limbo only ever a theory: Theologians," December 8, 2005. The gospel says their angels see the Father's face in heaven, but Rome states it doesn't really know where the babies' souls are!
   Adult position reversal contrast: "In the 4th cent. Baptism was sometimes deferred because of the prevalent belief in the impossibility or great difficulty of the remission of post-baptismal sin …" (Livingstone p 209 a). By contrast, the current mainstream teaching is that you can be forgiven repeatedly, without limit, if you are truly sorry, make restitution, do penance, and resolve to amend your life.
   Are 1500 Confessions with no amendment of life a record? Australian RC priest Michael Joseph McArdle made about 1500 Confessions, face to face to other priests, saying he was sexually abusing children -- The Sunday Mail (Australia), "Go home and pray," Jan 11, 2004.
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   Indulgences: Returning to earlier centuries, Indulgences seem to have been systematised in the Roman Church around the 11th century, to take away some or all of the suffering in Purgatory, the imaginary place where souls were punished for sins.
   Purgatory was invented by Rome (defined at Lyons 1274 and Florence 1439). This doctrine partly arose because the old years-long punishments for serious sin had become very inconvenient. You see, straight after its invention, Penance (auricular confession) could only be received once. Severe penalty systems persisted into the Middle Ages. In a later change, Penance became repeatable.
   Indulgences began to be sold, and this led to protests that such sales were sins of simony. Other doctrines also were unravelled by "heroe-tics" such as John Wycliffe (~ 1380), John Huss (~ 1409), Martin Luther 1517, Ulrich Zwingli 1522, and John Calvin 1536.
   Adult baptism revived: After the Lutheran movement started, in 1521 Thomas Münzer and the Zwickau Prophets came to Wittenberg and re-established believers' baptism. The spreading Anabaptist groups were criticised by Luther, Zwingli and Calvin. They were persecuted by Protestants, Catholics, and Anglicans. John Smyth from 1609 is considered to be the founder of the modern Baptist movement.
   Three ceremonies at once for baptism candidates of Eastern Churches: Meanwhile, and to this day in the East (i.e., Greek-culture and/or Orthodox Churches) infant baptism by immersion is followed at once by the administration of chrism and Holy Communion (refer Livingstone, p 260 a). Orthodox children as they get bigger receive the Holy Bread with their parents.
   Original sequence recited: But, note that Roman Catholic children in the 1800s and 1900s used to recite what their Church called the seven sacraments in this order: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Order/s, and Matrimony. Refer also to the order of chapters in theology books, such as Catholic Catechism, Book Two, 1966 (orig. 1963), Australian RC Hierarchy, E.J.Dwyer, Sydney, Contents, pages (ix-x); and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1995 Pocket Edition, Society of St Paul, Homebush, pages (vii-viii).
   This traditional RC order (which puts the first three ceremonies in the Oriental order) does not PROVE the sequence of the first ceremonies in early Christianity, but, when laid alongside the Orthodox Church practices, it is an argument for ancient origins.
   The RCC baptises by pouring water. For a long time the RCC had deferred Holy Communion until the age of 10 or 11, but around the 20th century the method was: Babies Baptism; Age 7 or so Penance (Confession) and Eucharist (Communion); and then age 11 or so Confirmation. However, Penance/Confession had been put aside by most of the Reformed Churches.
   Because the writings of "heretics" of the first eight centuries went mysteriously missing from the Vatican Library, we now lack some of the evidence of what the supposedly "correct" doctrines were in the early days.
   Repeated forgiveness? The information unearthed for the article "Is repeated forgiveness the way that Jesus taught?" (July 2004) surprised and disappointed the author. History exposes as doubtful the standard teachings of some mainstream Churches that Baptism and other holy ceremonies (some of which in some Churches are called sacraments) have come down to us substantially from Jesus and the Apostles.
   The article gave evidence from scripture that the earliest Christians believed that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime, so there was real urgency about joining, and keeping out of sin. The Vatican's policy, Crimen Sollicitationis, of keeping secret the cases of priests misusing Penance to solicit unlawful sexual pleasure, was also covered in that article.
   This present article has given evidence for the thesis that before the present various Christian Churches' dogmas settled into their paths, varying forgiveness doctrines in the East and the West were called into play and/or invented -- and as with many other matters, scriptural doctrine and the traditions were set aside!
"Recognise the original Baptism and forgiveness teachings?" Aug 9, 2004, amended, a word added 17 Jul 2013
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religcont.htm#recognise

• Cardinal thanks Federal Government for millions of school aid.
   The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, "Remarks in response to the Prime Minister's announcement," www.sydney. catholic.org. au/Archbishop /Statements/ 2004229_115.shtml , By + Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, February 29 2004
   AUSTRALIA:
   Remarks in response to the Prime Minister's announcement
   Prime Minister, Minister Nelson, Distinguished Guests,
   Your announcement today, Prime Minister, is great news for Catholic schools in Australia and for the Catholic community. It is particularly good news for parents of children in Catholic schools who make considerable sacrifices to ensure their children can have a Catholic education. On behalf of the Catholic community I thank you Prime Minister, Dr Nelson, and the Federal government for this significant increase in general recurrent funding for the Catholic school system.
   We are grateful to the Government for its continuing recognition of the systems of local parish and regional secondary schools. The socio-economic funding model fits in well with the Church's concern to make education available to all Catholics and especially to families on low incomes who make up the bulk of our schools' clientele. The additional funding this package provides will help ensure access for all Catholic families.
   The support of the major political parties for funding for non-government schools is something that I deeply appreciate. The primary responsibility for educating children lies with parents. Governments recognise this by supporting the right of parents to choose how their children are educated, and by recognising that parents are entitled to this support by virtue of the taxes they pay.
   At the same time, the important financial contribution parents make to the funding of Catholic schools reflects the fact that we do not expect a free ride. The total fees and building levies Catholic school parents pay in NSW alone are currently more than $300 million. Catholic parents across NSW are also servicing loans on school buildings in excess of $360 million.
   On this particular site at Marrickville in inner western Sydney, parents with children at Casimir College and St Brigid's in 2003 paid $1.5 million in fees, building levies and other charges. This is a real sacrifice -- and a great achievement.
   The extra funding the Government has provided is targeted at the poorest Catholic schools. For example, in NSW, this means the 225 Catholic schools that rate lowest on externally determined socio-economic factors. It will in particular direct extra support to the small Catholic schools in rural areas that are struggling with the impact of drought, rural decline and isolation. The areas which will benefit most include the economically disadvantaged districts of south-west Sydney and the small rural towns in the Armidale, Wilcannia-Forbes, Wagga and Lismore Dioceses. The Wilcannia/Forbes Diocese, for example, covers the western one-third of NSW.
   The increased funding to the Catholic systems will assist schools to provide necessary extra support for the integration of special education students into mainstream schooling and in providing for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. These are two areas where Catholic schools have been struggling to take in all the students who wish to enrol and to provide them with adequate levels of assistance.
   At present in NSW, the state and commonwealth governments contribute annually $7,832 per student to government schools, and $5,506 per student to Catholic systemic schools; a difference in favour of NSW government schools of $2,326 per student.
   The bulk of government funding for Catholic schools comes from the Federal government, although state governments also make a significant contribution. For government schools the opposite is the case, with the bulk of funding coming from state governments. Recognising the importance of parental choice in education means that we all need to work for the best possible government and non-government schools, all well-resourced, especially in areas which are socially and economically disadvantaged.
   Catholic schools are not in competition with government schools, and the Catholic community is committed to working for an excellent education for all Australian children, whatever choices their parents make about their education.
   So, thank you once again Prime Minister, and thanks especially to your Minister for Education, Dr Nelson, for this announcement today and for this enormous boost to Catholic schools and education in Australia.
   [COMMENT: The reality is that the Howard Government backed by the major parties have agreed to increase the subsidies to non-government schools, which include non-Christian schools that are growing at a great rate. This policy is as stupid and anti-Australian as the $600 payment for each child, and the thousands for each child born from July 1, 2004. The mainstream Australians, who are enthusiastically well down the contraception and abortion road, will not reap much of these disgraceful "bribes," but some will feel a warm fuzzy feeling about them, just as the RC leader quoted above. -- Religion Clarity Campaign, 18 July 04. COMMENT ENDS.] [Newsitem: Feb 29, 04]
• Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin
   CathNews by Church Resources, Australia, "Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin," www.cathnews. com/news/ 403/25.php, Mar 4 2004
   Cardinal George Pell has told The Bulletin magazine that he failed to reply to letters seeking acceptance from his lesbian second cousin Monica Hingston because he felt cornered and wanted to avoid an argument.
   "I thought I had nowhere to go," he said. "I thought the letter was crafted so I had nowhere to go."
   Ms Hingston, a 63 year old former nun, failed to receive a reply from the cardinal after she wrote to him expressing feelings of hurt over the fact the Vatican considers her a "seriously depraved person" because she has lived with a lesbian partner for 19 years. After receiving no response to the letter sent a second time, she handed the text to the Sydney Morning Herald. Publication led to widespread public discussion, and celebrity status within the gay community.
   Cardinal Pell told interviewer Jennifer Byrne that the reason for his lack of response – apart from inertia – was that: "I couldn't think of anything I might say that could placate her or make the situation better. Sometimes, rather than have an argument, it's better to say nothing, and I didn't want an argument."
   Ms Hingston's celebrity status was confirmed with yesterday's announcement that she and partner Peg Moran will lead this Saturday's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade down Sydney's Oxford Street.
   She said she decided after "some hesitation" to join the festival, which she considered a "political statement".
   "We want the church and the state authorities to listen to us … to hear what we're saying about our second-class citizenship," Ms Hingston said in a statement.
   The publicity surrounding Ms Hingston is considered to provide fresh political impetus to the newly resurrected Mardi Gras, which began as a gay rights demonstration in 1978.
   SOURCE
Thou shalt not (The Bulletin 3/3/04)
Pell cousin to lead Mardi Gras (The Australian 4/3/04)
   LINKS
Dear George, are we depraved? (text of letter as published in The Age)
Cardinal Pell's cousin to lead Mardi Gras (The Age 4/3/04)
Pell's lesbian cousin in Mardi Gras (The Age 4/3/04)
Pell's gay cousin out up front (Sydney Morning Herald 4/3/04)
Cardinal's gay cousin to lead mardi gras (AFP/iAfrica.com 3/3/04)
Cardinal's cousin, former nun, takes gay stance (CathNews 12/2/04)
'Look me in the eye and tell me' (National Catholic Reporter 30/1/04)
Cry from the heart by a cardinal's cousin (Sydney Morning Herald 12/1/04)
Archdiocese of Sydney | Cardinal George Pell
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2004
   4 Mar 2004
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• Re: Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin.
   To CathNews from Church Resources, Australia, "Re: Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin," http://membe rs4.boardhost. com/cathtele com/msg/1230 59.html , March 4, 2004
   AUSTRALIA: Posted on webpage on March 4, 2004, 3:06 pm, in reply to "Re: Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin 123033.html " 202.154.72.71
   The Church cannot answer these people, in spite of talking about the magisterium and the traditions handed down by the apostolic succession, because of the forgery-speckled bibles it and other Churches have been issuing for centuries.
   For example the Adulterous Woman episode in St John's Gospel 8:1-11 is a forgery, with its "Let he who is without sin … cast the first stone."
   When you are alerted to its appearance around the year 1000 AD, your subconscious might deal with it. Think: The crowd wanted to execute the woman, but later in John we read that the pro-crucifixion crowd told Pilate they weren't allowed to kill anyone.
   Cardinal Pell, who used a line from that episode in a previous reported statement about the lesbian cousin, has had such scripture problems pointed out to him previously, but after one answer he and the others do not reply.
   He was right when he told the media he felt cornered. But he is not right for overlooking the fact that the whole Church has a lot of repenting to do!
   Link: Pell explains no reply to lesbian cousin, www.cathnews. com/news/ 403/25.php
• No reply is possible.
   To The Editor, The Bulletin, Australia, "No reply is possible," March 4, 2004
   AUSTRALIA: Your article "Thou shalt not" (3/3) about Cardinal George Pell does worry me. His reported remarks that "the Church … must follow, precisely, the teachings of the Pope" create nervousness in me, too.
   I used to have some admiration for such fortitude, until I stumbled across a forgery in the bible, and his answer was that the bible was the product of tradition.
   After his arguments, and those of three other levels in the RC Church, were refuted, he and the others did not reply. More facts and quotes receive no answer, either.
   A bit of reading showed forgeries -- probably whole books, and certainly chapters, verses, and words in strategic places.
   For example, one he recently quoted from in relation to his lesbian ex-nun second cousin, was the Adulterous Woman episode in John's Gospel 8:1-11 (first written around 1000 AD).
   I sent the bookish references to him, but no answer did I get! He doesn't reply, because no reply is possible unless the central authority which he wants to follow agrees it is sorry that past Church leaders forged bible sections, confesses to the world, makes amends, and seeks forgiveness.
   Why, they are similar to the four steps in the RCC's Confession formula! Now we know why the US Church last Friday listed its 10,000-plus complaints of clergy sex abuse. The RC leaders there are are trying to repent! When will Australia follow suit? -- Religion Clarity Campaign, March 4, 2004
• Which early Church leader was appointed "apostle" to the Gentiles? (That is, who was commissioned to teach "the nations" other than Judaists)? Well, most churchgoers will say Paul, quoting Romans 11.13, 15:16, Galatians 2:2 and especially 2:7-9. (The possible forgeries 1 Timothy 2:7 and 2 Timothy 1:11 also back this idea.)
   Can anyone explain Peter's claim in The Acts 15:7 "… Peter rose and said to them : 'Brothers, you well know that from early days God made the choice among you that through my mouth people of the nations should hear the word of the good news and believe.' " See also verses 13 and 14, quoting James's remarks. (To WWW 11 Jul 04)
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* Deposes = Pope deposes Queen Elizabeth, Cancels all Oaths of Loyalty etc., Frees the people from allegiance, and Excommunicates those who obey her; ROME: Papal Bull Regnans in excelsis, from St Peter's, Rome, by Pope Pius V, February 25, 1570.
* Dysfunctional = The Dysfunctional Church; Addiction and codependency in the family of Catholicism, by Michael H. Crosby, 1991, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana. UNITED STATES
* Open Letter = An Open Letter To The Hierarchy Of The Roman Catholic Church Regarding The Pastoral Care Of Gay And Lesbian Persons. CHICAGO, Illinois, 23 priests signed. National Catholic Reporter, The Independent Newsweekly, USA; www.natcath.org/mainpage/chicagoletter.htm , January 5, 2004
* Pronoun = Pronouns in Genesis not altered by missing Latin word stirps, and can't affect the original which was in Hebrew. Letter to Archbishop Francesco Canalini, H. E. The Apostolic Nuncio, PO Box 3633, Manuka, (Canberra) ACT, Australia, (and similar to the Vatican, Cardinal Pell, RC Archbishop of Perth, and a Parish Priest in Australia) AUSTRALIA: It was with disbelief I studied the Latin Vulgate, Genesis chapter 3, and was unable to trace the Latin word stirps that you had quoted in your 25th August 2003 letter as the reason that the pronoun "he" changed to "she" in the Latin Rite's Genesis 3:15. 3 February 2004;
AND, Question: "She" of Gen 3:15 changing back to "he" or "it"
AND,
Latin word "semen" meaning "seed" is neuter, so can't make the pronouns feminine. From a Ph. D. of England, E-mail, February 5, 2004 ENGLAND: … The Douay and other Roman Catholic versions of the Scriptures have 'she will crush' because they were translated from the Latin Vulgate, which has the feminine pronoun 'ipsa'. Versions translated from the Hebrew text normally have the masculine 'he' or neuter 'it' -- the pronoun is masculine in Hebrew.
* Recognise = "Recognise the Baptism and forgiveness teachings of the Apostolic Age?" Forgiveness after Baptism was almost impossible, some very early Christians in some places seemed to have believed. The various swings in teaching, from hardly any infant Baptism to making it almost compulsory, and in some places refusing to be baptised until near death, and the addition of Limbo, Purgatory and Indulgences, are touched on in this article. August 9, 2004
* Repeated = "Is repeated forgiveness the way that Jesus taught?" Written in response to an RC newspaper's quotation of a much-loved but forged "repeated forgiveness" text, also quoted by Cardinal George Pell, this article is an introduction to the whole question of Penance, Confession, Forgiveness, etc. The Church of the 3rd century would not recognise either Roman or Protestant beliefs and practices relating to sin among believers. July 18, 2004
* Refugees = Refugees: Does Christianity have a coherent policy on refugees? 21 Oct 2003
* Transgender = Transgender Scriptures! An Open Letter to all levels of the Roman Catholic Church. AUSTRALIA: Sex change operation? In Genesis 3:15, the Catholic Douay Bible translation says: "15. I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel." (Catholic Douay) The correct translations from the Hebrew are "he" and "his." No level of the RC Church showed repentance, and the scholarship was abysmal. Only one answer was received after prodding from each of four levels, and after that each level of the RC Church (wisely!) did not reply. In reality, it would take a large amount of humility to admit that Scripture fraud ranks alongside other huge sins of our forefathers! Oct 16 2003
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