Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) by Crappy Wildlife Photography on Flickr.
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deadbilly asked: What do you see as the major difference between Protestants and Catholics?
Well as someone who has attended both protestant and catholic churches, there are a few major differences but as far as western Christianity goes most of the theological tradition is the same and came from the Catholic Church. Also if you’re not part of the Catholic Church you’re not getting the benefits of the sacraments.
But when I went to the protestant church because my mom remarried, I couldn’t take it seriously but I was raised in a very Catholic household so that’s probably why. I honestly thought it was a joke because of all the Christian rock n roll they played.
Personally I’d only marry another Roman Catholic or someone who was willing to convert.
Don’t need the hassle otherwise.
If there’s one thing I Iove more than office supplies, it’s airports.
SAME. I love airports, I love hotels, I love anything that symbolizes travel. Airports are amazing.Yeah but have you considered this 1. Trains. Like they’re so calming and serene and I would SO live on a train if I could
Trains are amazing, too! I just love ALL means of travel (besides buses) boats, trains, airplanes, cars. Trains are lovely, I wish there were more train based travel nowadays.
My family has a lake house in NJ, and the biggest freight trains in the country go past there late at night. I have videos on my phone.
I <3 trains.
Somebody say trains?
I do love potato salad.
I too carry a 1911 around all the time so it just works better that way.
mistakendisenchantment asked: Is it weird that I read all your text posts in Ron Swanson's voice?
You should actually read them in Walter Sobchak’s voice as he fits my personality better.
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Yep. I’m hiding skin.
I’m hiding a dark and seedy past full of terror, intrigue, murder, espionage, sex, crime and international infamy.
I’m hiding bacon and alcohol.
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cometsandcommentary asked: What are your thoughts on Christians serving in the military?
That only really argues that one has a right to self-defense.
And it confuses militarism with self-defense. Gearing up with weaponry, going over to someone else’s land, blindly following orders given by illegitimate human authority, contributing to the death and destruction and mayhem of people who are not a legitimate threat is not self-defense.
Sorry, you guys are doing the Jesus thing very wrong, and you disappoint him:
None of what you described is condoned or allowed under ius in bello or ius ad bellum principles as laid out in Just War Theory.
"Just War (2307-17)
All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war.Despite this admonition of the Church, it sometimes becomes necessary to use force to obtain the end of justice. This is the right, and the duty, of those who have responsibilities for others, such as civil leaders and police forces. While individuals may renounce all violence those who must preserve justice may not do so, though it should be the last resort, “once all peace efforts have failed.” [Cf. Vatican II, Gaudium et spes 79, 4]
As with all moral acts the use of force to obtain justice must comply with three conditions to be morally good. First, the act must be good in itself. The use of force to obtain justice is morally licit in itself. Second, it must be done with a good intention, which as noted earlier must be to correct vice, to restore justice or to restrain evil, and not to inflict evil for its own sake. Thirdly, it must be appropriate in the circumstances. An act which may otherwise be good and well motivated can be sinful by reason of imprudent judgment and execution.
In this regard Just War doctrine gives certain conditions for the legitimate exercise of force, all of which must be met:
"1. the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
2. all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
3. there must be serious prospects of success;
4. the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition” [CCC 2309].
The responsibility for determining whether these conditions are met belongs to “the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.” The Church’s role consists in enunciating clearly the principles, in forming the consciences of men and in insisting on the moral exercise of just war.
The Church greatly respects those who have dedicated their lives to the defense of their nation. “If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace. [Cf. Gaudium et spes 79, 5]” However, she cautions combatants that not everything is licit in war. Actions which are forbidden, and which constitute morally unlawful orders that may not be followed, include:
My thoughts are those of the Catholic Magisterium as taught through the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2310 Public authorities, in this case, have the right and duty to impose on citizens the obligations necessary for national defense.
Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.
See this link which gives a more amplified explanation of the Catholic Church’s stance toward the sanctity of all human life and the preservation of peace between peoples:
In the early Church, Christians were fiercely pacifist and did not accept military service, for a number of reasons, including the violence it might entail, and the worship by soldiers of the Roman emperor. But as the Church acquired practice experience of what happens when there is not a military force to protect peace, its attitude changed. It no longer accepted entire peoples to subject themselves to annihilation or genocide merely for the defense of the ideal of Christian peace.
God bless and take care! Fr. Angel
- attacks against, and mistreatment of, non-combatants, wounded soldiers, and prisoners;
- genocide, whether of a people, nation or ethnic minorities;
- indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants.
Given the modern means of warfare, especially nuclear, biological and chemical, these crimes against humanity must be especially guarded against.
In the end it is not enough to wage war to achieve justice without treating the underlying causes. “Injustice, excessive economic or social inequalities, envy, distrust, and pride raging among men and nations constantly threaten peace and cause wars. Everything done to overcome these disorders contributes to building up peace and avoiding war” [CCC 2317]. The Church has no illusions that true justice and peace can be attained before the Coming of the Lord. It is the duty of men of good will to work towards it, nonetheless. In the words of the spiritual dictum, we should work as if everything depended upon our efforts, and pray as if everything depended upon God.”