Catholic Teachings II

Catholic Teachings II:

Radicalism & Conservatism as applied to Theology:

  1. “In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is ‘essential’ (as in laws of Physics). “Proclaim the teachings in a new way” … Such a task is done not by changing the message, but by communicating the perennial message with “faithful creativity” to a world experiencing rapid transformations. There needs to be a theology that helps all Christians proclaim and show, most of all, the salvific face of God … Reimagine the church so that it may conform to the teachings that it must proclaim.”
  2. “A faith that doesn’t make us grow is a faith that must grow; a faith that doesn’t question us is a faith that must be questioned.”
  3. “The bold speech of the Church is that Christ is Lord, Christ is the king.”

Challenges, issues of today’s world:

  1. “We pray … that Jesus Christ will remind us all that he is the most powerful means to break the chains of hate that still bind too many hearts, a truth which lies at the center of Dr. King’s legacy.”
  2. “Let us be attentive, to all situations of injustice and to new forms of exploitation.”
  3. How harmful corruption is to our Latin American people! Corruption is preventable and calls for commitment from public entities, the private sector and civil society.”
  4. God’s word can set right not only individuals but whole societies — if we would receive it.”
    • “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
  5. “You are urged to form movements and organizations aimed at overcoming the plagues of corruption and human trafficking.”

Youth & Church:

  1. You are encouraged to study and to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to you. Do not curb your curiosity. Open your eyes to new things; bring the old and the new together in your own way.”

Technology as work of God:

  1. “God with his infinite creativity, will turn ideas that seem like science fiction and far-fetched into reality.”
  2. “.. he has the ability to repair body by reshaping it.”

The Arts & Spirit:

  1. “We offer encouragement to those who use art, literature, craftsmanship and music to share their worldview and cultural richness with the world.”

Signs:

  1. “May your tenderness awaken our sensitivity.”
  2. “Christ gathers all the nations before him.”
  3. Jesus makes demands: he tells those who seek him to leave behind the armchair of worldly comforts and the reassuring warmth of hearth and home … We must leave our comfort zone to find Jesus.”

World to come:

  1. “In the grand future, God will make all things new. In a realm of eternal light, he will rule over everything. There will be profound peace. Nations shall walk by his light. Every nation on earth will adore him.”
  2. (“The messiah will be a great political leader. He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions.”)
  3. “Christ is the ‘Supreme World Teacher’. Young as he is, he is a ‘Master’ among ‘Masters’. People of the world will lead life under his guidance.”
    • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) 
  4. “His rule will be one of unprecedented peace and prosperity and he will be king over the entire world.”
  5. “The laws of nature will change, so that predatory beasts will no longer seek prey and agriculture will bring forth supernatural abundance.”
  6. “Theological truths will be equally obvious to mankind, and there will be no reason to argue about it.”
  7. “Death will be swallowed up forever.”
  8. “In a myriad ways, according to your particular missions, bring something of heaven to earth.”

Rule over all nations:

  1. “Christ will reform education system of nations. He will administer Catholic schools, colleges and universities.”
  2. “Catholics have a duty to shape the political landscape.”
    • Survey: just 26% of American adults said the Republican and Democratic parties are doing an adequate job representing the American people, while 71% said a third party is needed.”
  3. (To Chilean youth) “The path forward, the dreams that have to be concrete, the always looking to the horizon has to be done with feet on the ground. It begins on the ground of the homeland. God calls you to love your homeland. You are asked to be catalysts for change in Chile.”

Challenges, issues of nations:

  1. “Peace and progress start with education .. We ask the Spirit to guide the steps of everyone present, so that the university is able continue to bear fruit for the good of the people and for the glory of God.”
  2. “Let us be attentive to the lack of steady employment, which destroys lives and homes.” 

Future of Church:

  1. “The Church is not alien to our problems and our lives, does not want to be aloof from our way of life and organization.”
  2. “And you see the people from east to west entering into the religion of God in multitudes.”
  3. “Each culture and each worldview that receives Christ’s teachings enriches the Church by showing a new aspect of Christ’s face.”