Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Words of Wisdom from Our New Saints - part two

Yesterday, in honor of the double canonization of Pope John XIII and Pope John Paul II, we looked at a few of my favorite passages from John XIII. Today, I was planning on doing the same with JP2, but instead I wanted to present a few of John Paul's teachings that are a bit more challenging to certain people that are hijacking the message of Pope Francis. As you read these, remember Francis just canonized this man

John Paul the Great
St Pope John Paul II, pray for us!

On female ordination:
Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful. (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis)

On abortion:
Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an "unspeakable crime."
But today, in many people's consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behavior and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil.
Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name. Procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth. (Evangelium Vitae)

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