Pope says too many Catholics don’t know basics of their faith

Pope Benedict is to launch a weekly series of talks to renew people’s enthusiasm for their beliefs.

Posted on October 18, 2012, 3:08 PM

Vatican City:“Christians today often do not even know the central core of their Catholic faith,” Pope Benedict XVI observed at his regular public audience on October 17.

At his regular weekly audience, the Holy Father announced that he was beginning a new series of catechetical talks, dedicated to the content of the faith, for the Year of Faith. He said that the goal of the Year of Faith—and thus of his weekly talks—is “to renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ.”

The faith, the Pope said, “is not something extraneous and distant from real life, but the very heart thereof.” He added that a clear and firm belief in Christian doctrine “does not limit life, but makes it human.”

The fundamental content of the Christian faith, the Pope said, can be found in the Creed. Those fundamental beliefs, in turn, form the basis for Christian moral life. “It is the Church’s duty to transmit the faith, to communicate the Gospel, so that Christian truths may become a light guiding the new cultural transformations, and Christians may be able to give reasons for the hope that is in them.”

Ignorance about the fundamentals of faith, the Pope said, leaves believers vulnerable to “certain forms of syncretism and religious relativism, with no clarity about which truths must be believed and the salvific uniqueness of Christianity.”

These problems are acute today, the Pope continued. He said: “The process of secularization and a widespread nihilist mentality, in which everything is relative, have left a strong imprint on the collective mentality.” He revealed that surveys taken among the faithful around the world in preparation for the current Synod of Bishops showed the negative effects of confusion about the fundamentals of Christian belief: “the faith lived passively or privately, the rejection of education in the faith, the rupture between faith and life.”

Source: catholic culture

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Religious buildings taxable: court on parish petition

 

The ruling came on a petition filed by St. John the Baptist Church in Kerala.

 

Posted on October 19, 2012, 8:32 AM

 

Kochi:

Kerala High Court has ruled that buildings constructed by religious groups would be taxable if used for commercial purposes.

The ruling came on a petition filed by St. John the Baptist Church at Kanjirathanam in Kottayam, Kerala.

“Using such buildings occasionally for religious purposes won’t help the groups in availing themselves of the building tax exemption provided under Kerala Building Tax Act of 1976,” it said.

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The church had constructed a centenary hall utilizing contributions from parishioners. The demand for a building tax of 142,000 by the village officer was opposed by the church, contending that the hall is mainly used for religious purposes.

Higher government officials, to whom the dispute was referred to, also asked the church to pay the building tax, following which the church approached the high court.

After conducting an inspection of the hall and enquiries with the local people, it was reported that the hall is given on rent for marriages and other functions.

The church’s contention was that the hall is given free of charges for marriage receptions hosted by those who contributed for its construction.

Besides, the hall is used for religious classes on Sundays and for prayer services and other religious programs on other days.

Dismissing the church’s arguments, the court held that in Christian marriages, religious ceremonies in connection with the solemnization of marriage are held in churches.

Receptions, which have nothing spiritual, cannot be recognized as religious functions.

As far as the contention that the auditorium is used for Sunday classes is concerned, such occasional use of the auditorium will not qualify as its principal use, the court ruled.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

 

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Catholic legislators betrayed community: NGO

It said the legislators have turned traitors and ditched their community.

Posted on October 19, 2012, 8:00 AM

Panaji:A non-government organization in Goa has accused 10 Catholic legislators, who are either in the government or supporting it from outside, of betraying the community.

“They have betrayed the Catholic community at the altar of self-seeking benefits,” said Trajano D’Mello, president of Lokancho Adhar.

He was speaking in reference to the Laadli Laxmi scheme and stated that out of the 99 Catholic beneficiaries of the scheme, there is hardly anyone from the 10 constituencies represented by these legislators.

D’Mello said he had “authentic information” that till Sept. 3, of the 592 girls who availed of the benefits of the scheme, 484 are Hindus, 99 Catholics and only nine are Muslims.

He said that the legislators have turned traitors and ditched their community.

He named the constituencies represented by the MLAs as Aldona (Glen Ticlo), Calangute (Michael Lobo), Mapusa (Francis D’Souza), Cortalim (Alina Saldanha), Vasco (Carlos Almeida), Navelim (Avertano Furtado), Nuvem (Francisco Mickky Pacheco), Velim (Benjamin D’Silva), Curchorem (Nilesh Cabral) and Benaulim (Caetano Silva).

D’Mello said he is not appealing to the Church but is only appealing to the Christian community to take cognizance of the failure of the Catholic MLAs and protect their interests.

Source: times of india

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