If God is all good and all powerful, how can he allow suffering? The question is most pressing when the pain is most acute, and at that point, offering an intellectual response is far from satisfying. Instead, Pope John Paul II—who faced more than his fair share of pain—answers the problem of pain with a person: Jesus Christ.
How should lay people relate to their bishops, especially if the bishop doesn’t seem to be in line with Rome? If he seems to have his head in the sand? If he seems more a CEO than a shepherd? And how to deal with the frustration of not being heard? Here are seven guidelines to help you navigate the turbulent ecclesial waters.
Modern science tells us that we are a tiny planet in a tiny solar system in a tiny corner of the universe. It’s ridiculous and egocentric to think God would send his Son to save such insignificant beings, isn’t it? No. Indeed, the question reveals not a hardheaded scientific approach but a pervasive modern myth.
There’s a big difference between joining the non-denominational church around the corner and joining the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Think about it: Jesus did not say, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my churches." He said, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church."
It seems harmless enough: studying the Bible with other Christians. But even if it is called "non-denominational," a Catholic (or Orthodox) point of view is usually not welcome. It makes sense: Catholics read the Bible through the lens of Tradition. Protestants read through the lens of their own—new and unbiblical—traditions.
"We call this young man a dumb ox, but his bellowing in doctrine will one day resound throughout the world."
~ Albertus Magnus, the most learned professor of the period, in wonder at the brilliant defense of a difficult thesis by young Thomas Aquinas, whose humility and reserve had been misinterpreted as signs of dullness.