Satan

Satan rebelled

The Catholic Church teaches:

“The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”

Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels.

“You will be like God.” The devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies”.

Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his action may cause grave injuries; nevertheless, his actions are permitted by divine providence.

It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.”

From the Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 391-395

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P1C.HTM

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  1. It’s one of the great tragedies, I think, that most churches (my own included) have recently neglected to teach about Satan’s place in theology, and so we have an entire generation ignorant about even the existence of evil. With such a vacuum in place, people start to ask nonsensical questions, like “Why would God create such a dysfunctional world?” Answer: He didn’t, of course. It was made dysfunctional by someone else who hates Him and hates us, and the sooner we understand that, the sooner we can understand and love God, as we must. It doesn’t help at all to imagine that hate doesn’t exist, or that evil doesn’t exist.

    One of the most brilliant and unique Christian books of all time is C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, and hardly anyone knows about it. But it shows us exactly how to teach about evil and the Evil One and his minions. No one can read that book without recognizing that the world we live in is truly under attack by spiritual forces. And I would add that no one can survive a career, a marriage or having children without understanding that many of the things that come into our heads, at times, are suggested to us by the mischievous voices of real demonic beings who want us to fail. We really mustn’t believe everything we think, at least not until everything we think and feel is in total union with the Good God who wants us to triumph.

    Thanks for posting this, Chrissy!

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  2. What A Hoot

    OK, I need some help on this one. Can’t be too long. Relatives are going bonkers over Michigan becoming right to work state but it is not final for five days so they are bringing out all the guns including this on facebook:

    “To my Catholic friends: If you are justifying the immoral RTW law, you need to read your encyclicals. St. Pope Leo XIII states in “Rerum Novarum” (1890) that the workingman has the right to orginize labor unions and to strike against unjust employer. The Church is strongly pro-union. Popes up to and including Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have written further of these rights granted by God and Natural Law to labor.”

    It is so important to me to be able to answer this. RTW legislation is simply the right of a worker to say no to being in the union and/or saying no to their dues going to political campaigns. Thank you in advance.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      “RTW legislation is simply the right of a worker to say no to being in the union and/or saying no to their dues going to political campaigns.” This is the part they don’t want anyone to know.

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    • I can’t provide any details. (Sorry!) But, your friend is strawmanning like a lunatic (gotta use that word before the Congressional ban takes effect 🙂 ). While it’s true that Popes have defended the right of labor to organize, THAT’S NOT THE POINT. No Pope has ever supported the notion that workers could be FORCED against their will to organize. RTW laws are certainly not immoral. Whoever is saying so is deluded.

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  3. What A Hoot

    Thank you. Used some from both of your suggestions:
    ” RTW legislation is simply the right of a worker to say no to being in the union and/or saying no to their dues going to political campaigns.
    While it’s true that Popes have defended the right of labor to organize, NO Pope has ever supported the notion that workers could be FORCED against their will to organize.
    RTW laws are certainly not immoral. Some would consider FORCED membership, in order to work (this is where the phrase “right to work” was coined) at a company and having wages FORCIBLY withdrawn to pay for FORCED membership and/or pay for politics that conflict with one’s conscience IS immoral. Natural law mirrors God’s Law and Grace of Individual Liberty, as no mediator is required for salvation. An individual worker can CHOOSE to be a part of a union, a CHOICE afforded by Natural Law of Labor. A CHOICE is not mandated or FORCED.
    Again, “While it’s true that Popes have defended the right of labor to organize, NO Pope has ever supported the notion that workers could be FORCED against their will to organize” (Or that it was immoral not to organize.)
    ***
    Here is a comment someone else posed at the same time. I was surprised someone else commented as usually I am the only one “not on the same page”:
    ” At the time being, the condition of the working classes is the pressing question of the hour, and nothing can be of higher interest to all classes of the State than that it should be rightly and reasonably settled. But it will be easy for Christian working men to solve it aright if they will form associations, choose wise guides, and follow on the path which with so much advantage to themselves and the common weal was trodden by their fathers before them. Prejudice, it is true, is mighty, and so is the greed of money; but if the sense of what is just and rightful be not deliberately stifled, their fellow citizens are sure to be won over to a kindly feeling towards men whom they see to be in earnest as regards their work and who prefer so unmistakably right dealing to mere lucre, and the sacredness of duty to every other consideration.

    As I posted on my page, the Church is pro Union only when the Union is reputable for good deeds towards the workers who freely participate in them and can freely choose to be members of them RTW makes Compulsory Union Contracts illegal. The Church does not support Compulsion. It is fundamentally against it.”
    *****
    Thank you for your quick input as I was, believe it or not, at a loss for words!

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  4. GP

    The left uses the same thinking to protest RTW as they do immigration. When they talk about the GOP being anti immigration, they always leave out the word ILLEGAL.
    When they accuse the GOP of being against workers because they promote RTW, they leave out the part about people being FORCED to join them.
    One of my first jobs was a grocery store checker. I was required to join the union in order to do this job, which took a huge hunk out of my paycheck. I had no intention of making grocery checking a career and could of cared less about union “benefits” at the time. I was trying to work my way through college. I really resented being forced to join the union, but I was told to or else.
    When I first started teaching in IL, joining the union was not required. But that soon changed when the state took over the teachers pension fund, which they soon bankrupted.
    Unions say they get members higher wages, which just go right into union dues. Check out the salaries of the union bosses!
    What part of free choice is omitted from Right to Work?

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