“The bliss of the elect in heaven would not be perfect unless they were able to look across the abyss and enjoy the agonies of their brethren in eternal fire.”
“From the polluted fountain of that absurd and erroneous doctrine, or rather raving, which claims and defends liberty conscience for everyone … come, in a word, the worst plague of all – liberty of opinions and free speech.”
An interesting breaking news story, Cardinal Carlo Martini who died Friday aged 85 remarked in his last interview that the catholic church was 200 years behind the times. He also said in his last interview;
The Church is tired… our prayer rooms are empty.
Apparently Martini once tipped as a future pope, urged the Church to recognise its errors and to embark on a radical path of change, beginning with the Pope.
All I have to say is only 200 years? As someone mentioned on a forum I am a member of, that puts it at 1812, a good deal after the Enlightenment period. The truth is Christianity and Islam haven’t aged very well at all and have very little relevance to society and issues in the world today. I’ll admit, there’s the odd nugget of wisdom (the golden rule as its termed) but little more. How can religions change when they constantly hold on to fables and stories of the past? The only way I can foresee any change is if they readily admit most of it is pure folklore and fiction and steer it towards more of a philosophical path so to speak. If religion was less controlling and more contemporary then I’m sure it would have more appeal. To me, something like helping an old lady across the road is what I’d term a christian act and I don’t need to obey gods to do that because doing good things doesn’t require religion.
Stay positive people !