November 28, 2013 at 3:14 am #41610
I’m not Catholic, and while I was raised Christian, I am not so today.
However,I really like this new pope. This guy really gets it.
He is open-minded about liberal social values, such as contraception, homosexuality, etc. These are qualities that support love, rather than judgment. Moreover, he wants to redirect the church’s attention to helping the poor and the needy. To me, in total, it shows the true spirit of love, and really what God/Source is all about.
To be honest, I think he really embodies the true spirit of Christ.
I have been most impressed by him, I have to say.December 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm #41611
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Up until now, our Western magickal community has looked into the faces our gods of light, but not into the faces of our gods of darkness. What is this darkness? Simply put, it is our inability to see what we have thrust aside. The darkness is our own.
-MISHLEN LINDEN, Typhonian Teratomas-The Shadows of the Abyss
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In every group of people there’s the gaffeur, the one who asks the wrong question at the wrong moment. And that was how the insidious question emerged: “And Jesus, then? He was a Jew. Yet he dies young, has no interest in money and thinks only about the Kingdom of Heaven….”
-UMBERTO ECO, The Prague Cemetary
In my opinion somebody like Anton Szandor LaVey would be much better as a pope for ordinary sinners, because there is no hypocrisy and he’s not too extreme or dangerous like for example Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, if we think real satanists.
LaVey is immediately totally sensual and this wordly when Catholic Church has great amount superstitions, which nobody can prove.
But for religious purposes certain type of living is necessary. Here I would personally choose primarily Trappists and Jesuits, but also Opus Dei would be good in certain conditions as a religious ‘invisibility cloak.’
What comes to being liberal that’s something which is extremely rare.
Ps. There is quite much misinformation about l’Abbé Boullan available. For example in the video below even the portrait is wrong, because person there is Jean Bricaud. For Eugène Vintras picture is right. Sorry for my broken English.
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