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Bishops & Priests Given Charge over the Sacraments

2 Corinthians 5:18-20: All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

1 Corinthians 4:1: This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

John 20:21: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

Bishops and priests are the ministers of Christ in our world. They represent him and, in the sacraments, make him actively present. This is a most serious calling. A “poor” priest does not, in itself, repudiate this high calling. As living signs of contradiction, in the footsteps of the Master, they are mocked and slandered by a world that still does not understand Jesus or the Gospel.

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  1. In this ever increasing secularisation I was very concerned to hear that the High Court has, this day, ruled against a Christian Couple fostering children because they were not prepared to tell their children that homosexual sex is acceptable as an alternative to a loving, heterosexual marriage. It seems that rights of equality take precident over rights of religious freedom. This news was, predictably, welcomed by the militant fringe of overtly homosexual antagonists.

    All of us now, whether priest or pennitant, risk action in court for expressing our beliefs and those of Jesus, that any sexual act other than a loving one between husband and wife to procreate babies and cement that love, can no longer be defined as it contravenes ‘human rights’.
    Proof positive that Satan’s influence is growing ever stronger and we are indeed in the end times.
    With concern,
    Paul

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