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By Diogenes (articles) | Nov 06, 2006

"Whoever dies in mortal sin," Pope Benedict said yesterday, "unrepentant and closed off from God's love by his prideful rejection, excludes himself from the kingdom of life."

It's basic Catholic doctrine, of course, the kind of thing once taught in one's first catechism lessons. But it's a truth rarely spoken out loud today, especially by a bishop. It's bracing to hear a pastor give voice to concern for the eternal life of his sheep, and not only for their health insurance subsidy.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2010 10:12 PM ET USA

    The pamphlets are mostly to discourage the simplest way of understanding what's happening: ask a nearby Catholic. The real problem is: Does the average Catholic knows the words the pamphlets include? I respectfully submit an idea: Why don't you at Catholic Culture make a weekly test by including five of the terms and request that we, including me of course, provide the correct answer for the word by answering through the Sound Off section? The response may be, at least, illuminating.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 13, 2010 6:42 PM ET USA

    Two things, without having read the pamphlet: (1) Is "spiritual" or "uplifting" what's "enjoyable, fun exciting"? And (2) Don't you suspect that most of today's liturgists would regard themselves as "performers, artists"? OK. After writing that I went to the link and must agree 100% with the writer that it makes the Church's " public relations department look weird and disconnected from real life." I also agree that the Pope is being very badly let down.