Up until now Catholic priests prayed at Mass that Christ gave his blood for « all ».  Now an order has come from Rome that « all » is to be changed to « many ».   Cardinal Arinze explains the reason for the change is to emphasize that salvation is not automatic.  Which begs the questions who are excluded and by what criteria?



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    Vladimir Says:

    Does anyone know where you can get an application form? Better safe than sorry…

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    Barbara Says:

    Arinze’s comment could be taken in another way. You are assuming it is the Church or God who does the excluding. What if you assumed it was the individual who chose, knowingly, to be excluded? If God respects our individual wills, then must God not (sadly) allow us to reject salvation? This is a matter between the individual and God. Many need not be interpreted as a much smaller number than all. In mathematics, « infinity – one » is approximately equal to « infinity » but remains different from « infinity ».
    There will always be those who proclaim the Gospel in a stingy, mean-spirited way. When the Gospel is authentically proclaimed, it is expansive and inclusive. As St. Paul says: Test everything! Embrace what is good and reject every form of evil.

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    Jim Says:

    When God put humans on this earth he left them with a light side and a dark side and the power of decision.Light and dark are the hardware – decisions are the software.He wanted us to have a goal in life and that was to decide whether we wanted to love Him or not.He didn’t program us to love him, after all what kind of love would that be. No, he left it up to us to choose a side on a daily basis. The first decision on earth was made by Adam and Eve.He decided to eat the forbidden fruit – a dark sided decision, (Eve made him do it,ahem). From that day to this,down through the generations the power of decision is still left with us.

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    Paul Geraghty Says:

    Leaving questions of translation and theolgy aside the sad aspect of this issue seems to me to be the mentality behind the change. It seems to me to speak of a desire to place the generosity of God within the limits of our undertsnading nd the limits of our language rather than having us be challenged by God’s vision of things.

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    Barbara Says:

    You have a good point, Paul. But we cannot do much to change mentality. I just rejoice that God is really the One in charge and leave the hairsplitting and fretting to others.

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