Pope Francis's Sacrilegious Nativity Scene
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I think all I can really say at this point is to offer a couple of definitions from the Modern Catholic Dictionary.  Someone should send Pope Francis a copy.

MATERIALISM. The theory that all reality is only matter, or a function of matter, or ultimately derived from matter. There is no real distinction between matter and spirit; even man's soul is essentially material and not uniquely created by God. In ethical philosophy, materialism holds that material goods and interests, the pleasures of the body and emotional experience, are the only or at least the main reason for human existence. In social philosophy, the view that economics and this-worldly interests are the main functions of society.

BLASPHEMY. Speaking against God in a contemptuous, scornful, or abusive manner. Included under blasphemy are offenses committed by thought, word, or action. Serious contemptuous ridicule of the saints, sacred objects, or of persons consecrated to God is also blasphemous because God is indirectly attacked. Blasphemy is a grave violation of charity toward God. Its gravity may be judged by the capital punishment in the Old Testament, severe penalties of the Church, and in many cases also of the State for blasphemous speech or conduct. In order for a person to sin gravely in this manner, he must use blasphemous expressions and realize the contemptuous meaning of what he says or does. (Etym. Latin blasphemia, blasphemy; from Greek blasphēmein, to speak ill of.)

Is it "contemptuous ridicule" to ridicule a consecrated person who contemptuously ridicules their own consecration, or to speak out honestly against their unjust behavior?
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RE: Pope Francis's Sacrilegious Nativity Scene - by Credidi Propter - 12-15-2017, 02:58 AM



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