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Why stay when the clericalism of the Church has given power to men who allow their agendas to overrule the needs of a family and community to serve in love? I stay because I have found a home where healing and transformation is found. I found a place that welcomes all people and encourages spiritual growth. I have a home that sends us out into the streets to serve others in need. Why stay when the Church has disappointed us time and time again with scandals where the most vulnerable have been hurt in the most hideous ways?

Why stay when these scandals continue to hurt our reputation so badly that young people, who already are trying to find themselves, are driven away in droves? Sometimes love must shine through the sacraments alone. I stay to experience healing and to share it.

I will be part of the solution and not part of the problem by leaving. I stay to fix what is broken. Our world is changing at an alarming rate.

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I remember a time when an agreement could be made between people with their word and a handshake. I remember a time when all life was cherished and infanticide was not even in our vocabulary. And, I remember a time when shootings and terrorist attacks were an exception, not a daily occurrence. I cherish the Catholic faith. It is my rock, my anchor in this turbulent storm on this sea of life.

We have the Ten Commandments, which are unchanging, not multiple choice. We have guidance through the Bible, tradition, our pope. We have the sacraments to strengthen us on our journey, and can receive the true Body and Blood of Jesus on a daily basis. The sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and other denominations is the worst of tragedies, such a betrayal of a sacred trust. My heart goes out to all those who have endured this heinous crime, and I pray for healing for all involved. I would not consider leaving the Catholic Church because of the sexual scandal.

Through my Catholic faith, I know exactly what is expected of me, where I am going, how to get there, and most of all, I can receive Jesus through Communion every day to strengthen me. The Church is full of sinners, including myself. The range of emotions I have gone through for the victims and our Church have been many: outrage, disgust, shame, sadness. But never have I considered abandoning my faith or the Church.

The Body of Christ is deeply wounded and in need of loving care and healing, not abandonment. Jesus gave us the sacraments and the holy Mass to nourish and strengthen us. He is with us. I imagine his pain and heartache over the state of his Church is much greater than ours.

The Church is my home. I am a sinner, and I too need to be healed.

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I need the Church to help facilitate the healing. Fast forward 16 years to September I was in Washington, D. A cab was taking me to the St. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This simple truth has grown in my heart over the years and continues to be the mainstay of my faithfulness. Most importantly, we are fed by family. Jesus is the Bread of Life.

I would starve without being able to receive him. I fell in love with Jesus at my first Communion and have never fallen out of love. But, dear family, let us not hesitate to discover anew the truth, the beauty and the goodness of our Church.

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He is risen! The signs excluded the Irish but the implied message was that Catholics were not very welcome either.

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But they all hung in, not just the Irish but Catholics in general, living together and supporting one another. They were the Church: the people, the hierarchy, the organization — the whole Body of Christ, supporting each other, encouraging each other, working together to secure the rights that this wonderful country promised to those who would venture here for a new life. And this is the Church I cherish today; the Church that has advocated for me, given me guidance, family, a vision of matrimony and of myself for my whole life. She has never turned from me and now, in her hour of need, I will never turn from her, our Holy Mother Church.

Now more than ever, our world needs the Catholic Church. The Faith and Church bring so much good to our society — hospitals, universities, schools, social concern programs, lay charitable organizations, the clergy and the people bringing Christ into this world with all the good works and teachings that flow from Christ.

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I love my parish, my Catholic faith and the friends and family found therein. Thank God for it! Peter got it right. Where else can I go? Why go anywhere else? For two millennia it has instructed, inspired and comforted millions of souls around the globe. Despite the current crisis, the Catholic Church continues to strengthen my faith. It enriches my life and gives me hope for the future. When I look around, I see symbolism in everything. But, of course, everything is not just a symbol!


No other institution provides such a safe harbor from our antagonistic world of noisy materialism. The Church is a quiet refuge where I can kneel in the presence of almighty God and pray.

My search finally came to an end when I was received into the Catholic Church. This is the fullness of faith. Why am I staying? Because this is the Church that Christ founded, the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. But he also excelled in knowledge of medieval and early modern scholastic theology, and was conversant with a wide variety of seventeenth-century philosophies. Baxter was among the early English polemicists to write against the mechanical philosophy of Rene Descartes and Pierre Gassendi in the years immediately following the establishment of the Royal Society.

At the same time, he was friends with Robert Boyle and Matthew Hale, corresponded with Joseph Glanvill, and engaged in philosophical controversy with Henry More. In this book, David Sytsma presents a chronological and thematic account of Baxter's relation to the people and concepts involved in the rise of mechanical philosophy in late-seventeenth-century England.

Drawing on largely unexamined works, including Baxter's Methodus Theologiae Christianae and manuscript treatises and correspondence, Sytsma discusses Baxter's response to mechanical philosophers on the nature of substance, laws of motion, the soul, and ethics. Analysis of these topics is framed by a consideration of the growth of Christian Epicureanism in England, Baxter's overall approach to reason and philosophy, and his attempt to understand creation as an analogical reflection of God's power, wisdom, and goodness, understood as vestigia Trinitatis.

Baxter's views on reason, analogical knowledge of God, and vestigia Trinitatis draw on medieval precedents and directly inform a largely hostile, though partially accommodating, response to mechanical philosophy. Erfahrungsorientiert und lebensnah wird erkundet, was Leben mit christlicher Religion bedeuten kann. Zusatzliche Bausteine sowie das digitale Zusatzmaterial Bilder, Arbeitsblatter, Alternativ-Bausteine konnen flexibel einbezogen werden. This book recounts and analyzes the history of the church of Canada's largest Protestant denomination and its engagement with issues of social and private morality, evangelistic campaigns, and its response to the restructuring of religion in the s.

A chronological history is followed by chapters on the United Church's worship, theology, understanding of ministry, relationships with the Canadian Jewish community, Israel, and Palestinians, changing mission goals in relation to First Nations peoples, and changing social imaginary. The result is an original, accessible, and engaging account of The United Church of Canada's pilgrimage that will be useful for students, historians, and general readers.

From this account there emerges a complex portrait of the United Church as a distinctly Canadian Protestant church shaped by both its Christian faith and its engagement with the changing society of which it is a part. This book spotlights one facet of debates sparked by the subsequent encounter between Unitarianism and Buddhism--an intersection that has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature. Focusing on the cascade of events triggered by the missionary presence of the American Unitarian Association on Japanese soil between and , Michel Mohr's study sheds new light on this formative time in Japanese religious and intellectual history.

Drawing on the wealth of information contained in correspondence sent and received by Unitarian missionaries in Japan, as well as periodicals, archival materials, and Japanese sources, Mohr shows how this missionary presence elicited unprecedented debates on "universality" and how the ambiguous idea of "universal truth" was utilized by missionaries to promote their own cultural and ethnocentric agendas.