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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical is Here!

Today was the release of Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical - "Deus Caritas Est" (God is love). I present a link to the document and hope others will have a chance to read this.

I just learned from one of the readers of my blog that the Vatican has now made all Encyclicals copyrighted. This means I can't publish it here, but I can link to the document and read it free of charge. So please go ahead and read, but remember that it is now a copyrighted document along with all encyclicals going back to Pope John XXIII. I don't agree with this because I think that the words of our Holy Father should be free, but that's just me.

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del_button January 25, 2006 at 6:31 AM
R2K said...

God is love unless you are gay, or jewish, or black, or a muslim...

Or is the catholic church not going to be burning and torturing people anymore trying to convert them?

It is just going to be passive punishment like making us suffer the results of over population.


del_button January 25, 2006 at 6:57 AM
T.O. said...

Thanks for the heads up on the link, Moneybags! I received an advance copy last night -- isn't it wonderful? (Except the copyright, that is...)

del_button January 25, 2006 at 5:54 PM
Moneybags said...


The Church is completely for everyone! It doesn't matter what race you are!

We believe in the One True Church. Of course we are going to seek to spread this truth to all people. We may not agree at all with Judiasm or Islam, but we don't hate it's followers.

And, over population? Give me a break. There is plenty of room on this earth. Resorting to cruel abortion and contraception are horribly sinful and will never correct this problem as some believe.

God is love! You must just believe.

del_button January 25, 2006 at 7:26 PM
Paul said...

It also stands repeating that the Church never actually burned anyone at the stake. The state affixed civil penalties (all of which were, in general, quite harsh throughout most of history) to what we might consider ecclesiastical crimes such as usury or heresy. Thus, the state burned people at the stake, not the Church. Most people aren't aware of this, and some people might like to ignore the distinction, but if you're going to engage in discussion (and accusations) about intrinsically legal issues, then you need to be sensitive to the legal realities that frame those issues.

del_button January 25, 2006 at 10:21 PM
marie said...

God created ALL men in His image it is man himself who distorts God's image by projecting their inherent hate onto others and also their 'Agenda's'.

The only thing that God does NOT create is SIN, only man can SIN! And ONLY man can CHOOSE to SIN! We are not robots nor animals driven by instinct, we have the capacity to decide and to make choices for ourselves.

Unfortunately we live in a time where many are trying to live a life of unaccountability when it comes to sin, and they are encouraged by those who wish to be 'liked' to continue living in a sinful manner that is displeasing to God.

All sin is bad as it destroys our relationship with God, whether it be stealing, adultery, sins of the flesh or murder etc.

True love does not consist in telling someone a 'nice lie' over the hard truth, just to gain approval.

God created man from His Divine Love it is man who rejects this Divine Love by choosing to sin.

My two cents worth....

Peace of Christ to ALL

TY Moneybags Love reading your Blog.


del_button January 26, 2006 at 11:13 AM
Ma Beck said...

The only reason I can see that the encyclicals should be copyrighted is to prevent Jack Chick from having his way with it.
The Vatican wants it to be free, and they want people to read the Holy Father's words. But they are also not dummies when it comes to legal matters.

Yes, just last Sunday the homily was about Jewish black gay Muslim converts and how we should hate their guts.
If you knew your Catholicism, you'd know that several Church documents advise against 'converting' in your terms. Evangelicals do that. Catholics get converts not by words.
Ah, the old overpopulation garbage.
That belongs right up there with 'Catholics worship Mary'.
The Catholic Church has never said to have lots of baybees. The Catholic Church simply says if you don't want them, abstain for four days a month. Gee, it's worked for me in the past.
Do me a favor. Read the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae. Then read 'The Lamb's Supper' by Scott Hahn.
Then read the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
As I read yesterday:
"You can argue against my position all day long, as long as you can correcly state my position to my satisfaction".
Oh, and by the way, believe it or not...
I love you.
+ JMJ +

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