Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Two Texts Claiming to be Catholic

Sample one:

Neque enim Petri successoribus Spiritus Sanctus promissus est, ut eo revelante novam doctrinam patefacerent, sed ut eo assistente traditam per Apostolos revelationem seu fidei depositum sancte custodirent et fideliter exponerent. Quorum quidem apostolicam doctrinam omnes venerabiles Patres amplexi et sancti Doctores orthodoxi venerati atque secuti sunt; plenissime scientes, hanc sancti Petri Sedem ab omni semper errore illibatam permanere, secundum Domini Salvatoris nostri divinam pollicitationem discipulorum suorum principi factam: Ego rogavi pro te, ut non deficiat fides tua, et tu aliquando conversus confirma fratres tuos.

Vicifons Latina : Pastor Aeternus/Caput IV

My own a bit slavish translation - footnotes about obvious translation alternatives:

For not was promised to the successors of Peter the Holy Ghost, so that Him revealing they should publish a new doctrine, but so that Him assisting they should in holy manner keep and faithfully expound the revelation transmitted by the Apostles or the Deposit of Faith. Which Apostolic Doctrine then all the Venerable Fathers have hugged* and the holy orthodox Teachers** have revered and followed ; knowing in the fullest measure, that this Seat of holy Peter remains always free from every error, according to the divine promise of Our Lord Saviour*** made to the foremost of his disciples : I have prayed for thee, so that thy faith may not fail, and thou, once converted°, make strong thy brethren.

Now look at this, I read it in English, without translation :

'Big Bang needs God': Pope Francis has declared the prehistoric event that most scientists believe was the beginning of the universe was part of God's Plan

The Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.8billion years ago, was all part of God's plan, Pope Francis has declared.

The Pope said the scientific account of the beginning of the universe and the development of life through evolution are compatible with the Catholic Church's vision of creation.

He told a meeting of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Sciences: ‘The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.’ But he said Christians should reject the idea that world came into being by chance. Likewise, evolution was all part of God’s plan, he explained.

The development of each creature’s characteristics over millennia ‘does not contrast with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve,’ he said.

Reading Genesis we imagine that God is ‘a wizard with a magic wand’ capable of doing all things, he said. ‘But it is not so. He created life and let each creature develop according to the natural laws which he had given each one.’

Francis praised his predecessor, Benedict, who initiated attempts to shed the Catholic Church’s image of being anti-science, a label that stuck when it condemned the astronomer Galileo to death for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun.

The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism - the belief that God created the world in six days - and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world.

Colorado News Today : The Big Bang and evolution ARE real but they were carried out by God, says the Pope as he embraces [hugs] modern science
By Staff Writer 18 hours 24 minutes ago

And bowing down before the adulators of Galileo and Darwin was divinely revealed to St Peter and the rest? I do not think so.

Hans Georg Lundahl
Bibliothèque Audoux
Sts Simon and Jude, Apostles

* Yes, that is what the Latin really literally means. One could also translated clung to. Embraced. ** Or Doctors of the Church. Doctor being Latin for Teacher. *** Shall one dare : Our Lord and Saviour ? ° I could have taken : and thou, once [having] turned [yourself] around, etc.

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