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If you’ve seen Avatar, I guess you have also heard of the Vatican’s comment.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/vatican-slams-avatar-prom_n_419949.html

The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron’s 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion – a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects.

In the same webpage it continues:

Most significantly, much of the Vatican criticism was directed at the movie’s central theme of man vs. nature.

L’Osservatore said the film “gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature.” Similarly, Vatican Radio said it “cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.”

“Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship,” the radio said.

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A follow-up to our previous post.

From BBC recently, the Vatican’s statement on the excommunication in Brazil:

Cardinal Re, who heads the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told La Stampa that the archbishop had been right to excommunicate the mother and doctors.

“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said.

“Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified.”

The important question here is not whether or not to protect life, but in a situation where the life of the mother is imperiled by her pregnancy, whether to prioritize the life of the mother or the unborn fetus(es).  

Other interesting views:

  • One of the bloggers on our blogroll, Objectivist Reason, described why a defense of unborn potential is inherently a fallacy.
  • Daniel Florien of Unreasonable Faith presented a couple of months back how pro-life supporters are always impassionately defending unborn life, but rarely consider the welfare of the mother.

Interesting to note also: had the 9-year old girl been of age, she would also have been excommunicated as well.

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In 1981, the town of Medjugorje gained worldwide notoriety when news spread about the appearance of the Virgin Mary to 6 Bosnian children. Since that time, Medjugorje has become one of the largest and most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholic Christians and tourists worldwide.

Local clergy remain tentative however, on confirming the supernatural nature of the events in Medjugorje and have urged the visionaries to refrain from further public manifestations ahead of the official confirmation of the Church. But lately, the Vatican has taken a more definite stance on the Catholic shrine:

The Pope has begun a crackdown on the world’s largest illicit Catholic shrine – by suspending the priest at the centre of claims that the Virgin Mary has appeared more than 40,000 times.

Benedict XVI has authorised ‘severe cautionary and disciplinary measures’ against Father Tomislav Vlasic, the former ‘spiritual director’ to six children who said Our Lady was appearing to them at Medjugorje in Bosnia.

The Franciscan priest has been suspended after he refused to cooperate into claims of scandalous sexual immorality ‘aggravated by mystical motivations’.

In 1985 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict – banned pilgrimages to the site, but this has been widely ignored.

Despite this, pilgrimages continue on the site and one of the visionaries, Mirjana Solo, claims visions from Mary continue to the present day. Here is a recent video interview and message from Mirjana Solo: (more…)

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