Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Pope Comes Out Swinging

Pope Benedict XVI, as part of his Good Friday message has come out swinging against modern culture. Ruth Gledhill of the London Times Blog, Articles of Faith has a great post on this timely message. I love the title, taken from the remarks: Inane Apologia of Evil. It grabs the attention.

Some of the more memorable critiques of our modern culture include:
'Lord, we have lost our sense of sin! Today a slick campaign of propaganda is spreading an inane apologia of evil, a senseless cult of Satan, a mindless desire for transgression, a dishonest and frivolour freedom, exalting impulsiveness, immorality and selfishness as if they were new heights of sophistication. Lord Jesus, open our eyes: Let us see the filth around us and recognise it for what it is, so that a single tear of sorrow can restore us to purity of heart and the breath of true freedom.'

'Lord Jesus, our affluence is making us less human, our entertainment has become a drug, a source of alienation, and our society's incessant, tedious message is an invitation to die of selfishness.'

'Surely God is deeply pained by the attack on the family. Today we seem to be witnessing a kind of anti-Genesis, a counter-plan, a diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family. There is a move to reinvent mankind, to modify the very grammar of life as planned and willed by God.'

'Lord Jesus, purity has everywhere fallen victim to a calculated conspiracy of silence: an impure silence! People have even come to believe a complete lie: that purity is somehow the enemy of love.'

This is good stuff, and could have (and in fact has in one form or another) come directly across the pulpit at General Conference. Good for the Pope! I like this guy. I wonder if he's read the Book of Mormon, or the Family Proclamation. This is a message, like so many others that will not be well received by the world at large as it wallows away it its own sewer.


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