Friday, May 15, 2009

After all that "dialogue" comes ...

Clarity.

Following in the footsteps of the Apostle, I wish to proclaim anew, to the men and women of our time, the Church’s firm faith that Jesus Christ “was crucified, died and was buried”, and that “on the third day he rose from the dead”. Exalted at the right hand of the Father, he has sent us his Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. Apart from him, whom God has made Lord and Christ, “there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we are to be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Amen Holy Father.

There were moments during this trip that I felt like throwing something through my television set.  One moment in particular was during a speech by someone other than Pope Benedict, in which the unamed speaker was talking about a "symphony" of religions existing side by side or some such nonsense.

Now, I need to clarify what I just said.  Inter-religious dialogue is not a bad thing properly applied.  It is a wonderful to work together in feeding the poor, promoting peace, justice, and in fostering reconciliation between warring peoples.  These are all noble!  It is noble to want religious peoples to stop killing each other over who owns what plot of land.  And I think the inter-religious dialogue movement has done a very great job in all of the above areas.

But the fact is that we cannot all be right.  If Christianity is true, then the Jews are certainly wrong.  If Christianity is true then Islam is not.   Likewise, if Islam is true then everyone else is wrong.  See what I'm getting at?  This "symphony" of religious co-existence is something NOBODY should desire if we really love the Truth.

And anyone who watched the Holy Father over the past week will have noticed that during his speeches he constantly pointed to the Truth.  When he was here in New York City at the ecumenical meeting he stressed the Truth (and some squirmed at that).  Truth Truth Truth.
 

Jesus saith to him: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me."  -John 14:6


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