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«167. Every form of catechesis would do well to attend to the “way of beauty” (via pulchritudinis). Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendour and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties. Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus. This has nothing to do with fostering an aesthetic relativism which would downplay the inseparable bond between truth, goodness and beauty, but rather a renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it. If, as Saint Augustine says, we love only that which is beautiful, the incarnate Son, as the revelation of infinite beauty, is supremely lovable and draws us to himself with bonds of love. So a formation in the via pulchritudinis ought to be part of our effort to pass on the faith. Each particular Church should encourage the use of the arts in evangelization, building on the treasures of the past but also drawing upon the wide variety of contemporary expressions so as to transmit the faith in a new “language of parables”. We must be bold enough to discover new signs and new symbols, new flesh to embody and communicate the word, and different forms of beauty which are valued in different cultural settings, including those unconventional modes of beauty which may mean little to the evangelizers, yet prove particularly attractive for others».

Francis, Apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. 24 November 2013.  <…>.

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AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Why do you Catholics ignore the non-Catholic Christians who actually did a lot of good works such as: Amy Carmichael, George Muller, Hudson Taylor, Corrie ten Boom, Martin Luther King Jr.? Why, just because they are not Catholics? Do some of you guys see why I hate Catholics so much?
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Writer
The very fact that you call yourself an "anti-Roman Catholic Catholic zealot" invalidates your entire argument.
hamundr21 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Writer
For one, hating Catholics reduces the credibility of your questions a great deal in my eyes. Intolerance and viciousness are rarely signs that someone is open to real discussion. Secondly, the Church certainly does recognize the goodness other Christians do, and indeed the goodness present in all religions. It simply does not ignore the bad they do, particularly rejecting parts of the Catholic faith which is the fullness of the revelation of God we have received from Our Lord Jesus Christ. Recognizing falsehood and wrongdoing is not an uncharitable act; covering it up is far more uncharitable, just as much as ignoring the good.
AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Also the Catholic faith is NOT the "fullness of the revelation of God from Jesus." What you said there is one of the greatest lies ever told The whole Roman Catholic system is the Devil's greatest work of deception, the "Church" is the Great Whore of Babylon in the Revealations and papacy the Antichrist with Muhammad and founders of other false religions and cults such as the Falun Gong, Mormonism, Ku Klux Klan, Communism, etc. being the false prophets Jesus instructs us to be wary of. Not only is Catholicism is a false, deadly religion, but it's the deceptive cult of idolatry, sexual immorality/perversion (homosexual pedophile priests that the Roman institution routinely covers up as opposed to punishing them, fornication, etc.), historical revisionism (it was never the Catholic "Church" that compiled the Bible, it was the early Christians who would later become Orthodox when the Great Whore of Babylon and the Antichrist made their first appearances that preserved Paul's letters to the early Christian churches and the Gospels) the same way Islam is the dogma of male supremacy, world domination, barbarism, honor killings and slavery disguising itself as the bringer of "peace"(repressive, totalitarian "peace").
hamundr21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you for stating your beliefs, as I stated mine, though certainly in a very hateful and closed-minded way. You have given zero room for discussion, so I'll just let your opinion stay. You know the position of the Catholic Church; if you feel you have the personal authority and enlightened mind to protest against the Church that has existed for 2000 years, that is your choice. God bless.
AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hate and intolerance are not as bad as you think it is. Would you tolerate Communism, Nazism, State Shintoism, feudal Buddhist theocracy in Tibet prior to the Maoist take-over, etc. for the sake of love and tolerance. Even Jesus was hit hard when he had to. He would never compromise and even told us to be as wise as snakes in the adulterous, materialistic generations and separate ourselves from the wordly.
hamundr21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Writer
If you look at what you said, you never said you hated Catholicism. You said you hated Catholics. That is a big difference. Tolerance is not about tolerating evil or error; that would be a sin in itself. Tolerance is treating all people, regardless of who they are, with respect and charity. Jesus never acted with hate. As I said, the fact that you posted this here without any provocation or any real evident purpose, full of rancor, shows me you have little desire for an open, genuine, civilized conversation.
AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Here are some of the most corrupt, immoral and notorious Catholics throughout history, some of whom you may or may not know. What do you guys have to say about:

Pope Liberius (who reigned during the height of the Arian crisis during which a large majority of the Church believed that Jesus was not God, which is a heretical piece of shit, and signed a document that condemned the Patriarch of Alexandria, Athanasius, who fought such a blasphemous heresy):…

Pope John XII (who had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father's concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece - INCEST - and LITERALLY made the sacred place into a sex slavery house just like how some pimps physically abuse and manipulate the girls they take in as sex slaves today):… 

Pope Alexander VI (who had fornicated with his daughter to further consolidate the position of his children and family in the world):…

Pope Benedict IX (who was even described as "feasting on immorality" and "a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest" in the Liber Gomorrhianus by Peter Damian, who committed homosexuality and beastiality ROUTINELY, etc.)…

Francisco Franco (the Fascist dictator of Spain in the 20th century who received military support from Hitler and Mussolini)…

Augusto Pinochet (Latin America's worst and cruelest dictator who proceeded to set up one of the most feared regimes in Latin America history, whose secret police engaged in an open campaign of mass rape, torture and disappearances, and even threw a PREGNANT woman off of the HELICOPTER and made a dog RAPE a girl! And the worst part? The Vatican turned a complete blind eye and deaf ears to such atrocities even though he was slaughtering Catholics):…

Ngo Dinh Diem (a corrupt Catholic dictator of South Vietnam who brutally persecuted the Buddhists who then supported the North that later persecuted them after they won the Vietnam War):…

And Christopher Columbus, Isabella I of Castile, Mary I of England, and a whole host of others I forgot to mention. 

Before you can accuse me of picking a side, I fully acknowledge that the Protestants have a lot to answer for as well, that religious violence tainted every stream within the Protestant Reformation. For example... Henry VIII executing Thomas More, Elizabeth I executing Edmund Campion, John Calvin executing Michael Servetus, Martin Luther advocating the killing of Anabaptist leaders and the burning of Jewish synagogues and Anabaptists killing many people before their attempt to establish a "New Jerusalem" in 1534. 
Emperor-Romanov Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Franco was not that bad, he saved Spain from communism and general leftism by justly punishing the Republican dogs =D
AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wrong. He wasn't any better than his opponents. I am no commie or leftist, but Catholicism, like Islam and Communism, is a disease that must be stopped once and for all. There is no option for Catholics who all are demons in flesh and loyal servants of Satan but extermination. What makes Catholicism even worse is that it's not just a false religion, but it is an abomination that promotes all sorts of sexual immorality such as homosexuality, incest and pedophilia, fornication, adultery, Mary/saint worship (AKA idolatry), etc. The Roman Catholic "Church" is NOT of Christ, but of Satan and the Great Whore of Babylon that the Revealations mentioned.
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