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(01-08-2016, 10:45 AM)BC Wrote: One of the last acts of Pope Benedict XVI addressed this issue;

http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xv...ritas.html

Which issue is addressed, specifically? Appearances of religious indifferentism...love of false religions....syncretism...?
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This issue is that when charity is given it is part of the evangelism of the Catholic Church. It is against the appearance of indifferentism. 
It happens sometimes when I am at the Saint Vincent de Paul giving out food that there come people who are really looking for something more than to fill themselves with than just food. 
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(01-09-2016, 12:20 AM)Poche Wrote:
(01-08-2016, 10:45 AM)BC Wrote: One of the last acts of Pope Benedict XVI addressed this issue;

http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xv...ritas.html

Which issue is addressed, specifically? Appearances of religious indifferentism...love of false religions....syncretism...?

This issue is that when charity is given it is part of the evangelism of the Catholic Church. It is against the appearance of indifferentism. 
It happens sometimes when I am at the Saint Vincent de Paul giving out food that there come people who are really looking for something more than to fill themselves with than just food. 
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Yes, charity is against the appearance of indifferentism.  Therefore that is why the examples cited above are precisely such a problem .

Never before in the history of the Church can one find any saint doing corporal works of mercy to non-Catholics while affirming them in their false religions or saying that they love those people's false religions (!).  In fact, it was always quite the opposite.  Loving the individuals in those false religions, yes of course, but loving the false religions themselves?  Certainly not. 

Feeding bodies is very commendable, but what of it ultimately if those bodies along with their souls are damned because an ostensibly holy Catholic religious told them to stay in their false religion and just be a "better person"?

"It must not be forgotten that the works of mercy demand more than a humanitarian basis if they are to serve as instruments in bringing about our eternal salvation. The proper motive is indispensable and this must be one drawn from the supernatural order." (The Catholic Encyclopedia [1911], s.v. "Mercy, Corporal and Spiritual Works of")

"...since charity is based on a complete and sincere faith, the disciples of Christ must be united principally by the bond of one faith." (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos [1928], par. 9)

Most importantly, in regards to the 1st commandment, how can a Catholic worship with non-Christians who have just desecrated a Catholic altar by putting a statue of Buddha on it?



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Mother Theresa may not have had it all right, she may have been horribly wrong, but in any case she was a very loving and caring individual and love covers a multitude of sins. I'm not saying that loving other religions isn't gravely evil, but she must have done something right or she wouldn't be where she is now. Showing mercy to others was her way of evangelizing.
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