By Bernie Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification. Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.
I am the Light of the world he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the Light of life
POPE FRANCIS ON GAYS The Theology of Love is an old Church Tenet
There is nothing monumental about Pope Francis’ statements on gays. It is the people who take it out of context that think it is a radical departure from Church teachings. Here is his statement quoted by catholicvote.org –
“When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers.”
The statement simply says gays are human beings and have to be treated as such, and I (Pope Francis) have no right to judge them. They are ‘our brothers’ and should not be condemned for having the ‘tendency’ which they cannot help. This is a very Christ-like statement based on the Theology of Love. Jesus taught us to love even our enemies, even gays. He did not point out an exception to our objects of love of other persons.
The Pope never gave a statement that homosexuality is now right, is no longer wrong, and should be condoned by the Church. Yet the statement threw off the conservatives, which included Bishops. They viewed that statement as ‘provocative’, as a ‘departure’ from Church teachings, when it was nothing but a statement of love, for people who may need help rather than condemnation.
It is like the contradicting view within the Church today about prostitutes. One view condemns. They put prostitutes on TV camera during raids to punish and shame them. The other view offers help, rehabilitation, strike at the root cause of prostitution, which is poverty. It is the same with gays, in the view of Pope Francis. Let us love them, and help them.
Elton John’s statement that Pope Francis should be canonized into sainthood made it worse. The article said “(The) British singer (Elton John) says the Pontiff’s attempt to change (the) Catholic church is ‘formidable’.” There was no attempt to ‘change’ the Church, or its teachings. It was an attempt to change the negative view of people of bias, hate, and condemnation.
Pope Francis preaches the Theology of Love that Christ has taught us. “Love thy neighbor”. email@example.com ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ MORE YOLANDAs TO COME – what to do Being pro-active involves the military on stand-by.
Since Yolanda, two super-typhoons have come, which missed the Philippines. The last one, Paeng, had winds of 195 to 230 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, nothing compared to Yolanda’s 230 to 280 kph, the strongest typhoon ever in human history.
PAGASA, the Philippine weather agency, right after Yolanda, issued a warning that there would be more strong super-typhoons to come in the future, due to climate change increasing the sun’s intensity, which in turn whips up bigger storms in the Pacific.
If Japan is the center of earthquakes, and Indonesia of volcanic eruptions, the Philippines is in the Pacific typhoon corridor, sustaining an average of 15 to 20 typhoons a year. Climatologists theorize the frequency and intensity will increase due to global warming.
There are two important preparations to typhoons. The first is spiritual, prayer to the Lord to spare us and forgive us our sins.
Lord, forgive us. Yolanda Village, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
The second is physical, a pro-active system involving the military. If Noynoy alerted the generals from Mindanao to mobilize 6,000 troops ready to move as soon as Yolanda dwindled, a lot of negative impact could have been avoided.
Yolanda Village, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
For future Yolandas, 1,500 soldiers can be assigned to rescue. They need complex logistics for this. The NDRRMCC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) is the lead agency in rescue operatons. 1,500 soldiers can be assigned to security, making sure there are no riots and thievery, especially in the large malls, which will give goods anyway to the victims. Imagine the beauty of the soldiers handing out the goods of the malls in an orderly fashion, with the mall’s help and permission. This is instant food for the hungry before relief comes later.
The day after Yolanda, the most precious commodity was water. Prices of goods and gasoline shot up 10- to 20-fold in the first month. 1,500 soldiers can be assigned to monitor an emergency order from Noynoy to freeze all prices of basic goods, food, water, medicine. The goods of anyone caught overpricing will be confiscated and given away to refugees. They can be assisted by local government. Finally, 1,500 soldiers will do nothing but transport personnel and goods from any point to any point, as request by a command center. In summary, there are four military components – rescue, security, price freeze, and transport.
The military must set up a command center where it is in touch with all other disaster relief agencies, Red Cross, UN agencies, and other foreign military like the US and UK who figured out very effectively in rapid assessment. They must all be under one roof and there must be a lead agency orchestrating everything, perhaps the NDRRMCC and the UN together. This physical command center is critical. It must have its own generator to insure communications. It must have a supply of gasoline for mobility, over and above food and medicine. firstname.lastname@example.org
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Music Corner– AVE MARIA Helene Fischer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjmK2E_WJbw (Jazz) – Bobby McFerrin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgvJg7D6Qck ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ when the large image of st michael fell from its high garden perch at the mother ignacia healing center sister raquel saw this as an omen
she sees a great worldwide battle looming never before imagined between archangels led by st michael and demons led by lucifer
they are fighting over the souls of men a great tug of war over our destinies she fears that this war has begun and will climax soon
it is a premonition of armageddon a war waged by the most powerful kings on earth the ‘final battle’ described in the book of revelation which would ravage the earth
and would see the destruction of a great portion of mankind reminding us of the fatima messages of nuclear holocausts
sister raquel later said that the great battle between st michael and lucifer rages not just in the outside world but also inside each and every one of us
all of us can save the planet but only if we light one candle each winning the battle within us a billion candles is brighter than the dawn
we must let st michael win within us with our love and good works his victory is the victory of the One he works for – our Savior Jesus
the st michael statue that fell now guards the entrance to the adoration chapel at the healing center
the same chapel where unexplained oil mysteriously appeared on the marble floor a day before ondoy and was used for healing by sister raquel resulting in many instant healings
an omen of greater human events to come
eastwind ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ before they even call I have answered Isaiah 65:24
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