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Bishop Robert Barron Guest Column

Guest Column by His Excellency Bishop Robert Barron

When Islamic terrorists commit terror, it is easy to be moved to anger. That is why it is important to remember the context of these acts that seem so horrific to us. We must also not forget that some of these terrorists lost their own lives. It is easy to feel compassion for the victims. When it comes to the terrorists, we must push through our initial feelings, and into the truth of love and forgiveness that allows us to hold both up to God, equally.

There will be those that will claim these are not true representatives of Islam. I trust Catholics will not be so patronizing, and so false. The terrorists that perpetrated the awful carnage were, in fact, Muslims, and were, in fact, following their religion. As 17th century French philosopher Marquis Jean Chistophe-Gaubert said, "Comment avez-vous trouvé la pièce?" And as Hans Urs von Balthasar insisted, we must, above all, respect their authenticity.

This is an excellent moment to realize that when we say all have a reasonable hope of avoiding Hell, we mean the villain of the day, as well. Indeed, we should find joy in the fact that a man who is not Catholic, is not Christian, and dies as a mass murderer, has every reasonable hope of going to Heaven, however he has been culturally conditioned to understand that experience. Once we accept the near certainty that Hell is a non-existant phantom of the Medieval imagination, we realize there is no third alternative. If Hell does not exist, there is only Heaven, for everybody.

Even you.

What do we call people in Heaven? Saints. A Catholic who cannot with joy invoke St. Mohammed the Prophet is missing something vital in the Gospel. Even out of terror, good may come if Christian and Muslim may reflect on their own contributions to this tragedy, and understand whatever our differences on Earth, our final destination is the same. Albeit with more sensual pleasure for Muslims.

Note: Between the sheer idiocy and the (albeit small) "Parody" tag, the Bear thought he was covered, but perhaps not. Bishop Barron did not really write a guest column for SCB. This is a parody of Bishop Barron's well known "we may have a reasonable hope nobody goes to Hell" theology, published at a particularly teachable moment. Poe's Law strikes again.

Comments

  1. I am speechless. How in the world do you answer that, especially from a BISHOP? He is a bonafide heretic and should climb the ladder to the Vatican quickly!

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  2. Von Balthasar! Really... I mean...

    I was expecting better from the bear... really...

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  3. Because I tend to take things as face value and very gullible, it is a damn good thing I saw that this was labeled under "parody". It's kind of like "Huh?" spelled backwards. You are being especially grizzly...and we need grizzly bears right now.

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    1. Please. Have you ever tried to have an intelligent conversation with a grizzly bear? This Bear is the splendid brown bear, or ursus arctos. Sorry to seem bearist or speciesist but Bears take this very seriously. To say the Bear is being "very brown," would be the proper compliment, because Brown Bears are sufficiently capable of handling most situations requiring mayhem.

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    2. well then...you are very brown! :)

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  4. I have no problem with The Bear posting this. He's trying to show how deluded Barron is. The fact that Barron is a bishop shows just how far Catholicism has descended into intellectual and moral vapidity. Barron, like the vast majority of First World bishops, is a man without moral discernment nor testicles. This is what Francis' interpretation of "mercy" leads to: Everybody is the same. Neither good nor evil exist. The perpetrators of evil are no different than its victims. This is madness!!

    Nevertheless, Barron has one bit of insight, albeit accidental. The terrorists were "practicing their religion" because their religion calls upon them to subjugate the world, by coercion if not persuasion. These terrorists were "authentic" because their viciousness is the ultimate consequence of Islam! Just look at how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran govern their peoples!

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  5. I think Nancy V gets this. It's a parody. Bishop Barron didn't really write that.

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    1. Of course she does! She merely needed some gentle education on Bear etiquette, which might be lifesaving! ;-)

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  6. This, on the other hand, is NOT a parody.
    http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.com/2015/11/vatican-archbishop-speaks-about-islam.html

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    1. The President of Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella. Of course, his idea of the Trinity is their beloved "Three Amigos" Great Abrahamic Religions. He should have his face bitten by a bear.

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  7. I don't know if Bp. Barron is quite this far gone. But a great many of his confreres seem determined to remind us that the floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.

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  8. Mr Bear, while slightly exaggerated, you have captured the essence of Bishop Barron's thinking. Your parody would not funny unless fundamentally true.

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  9. You had me for a minute. But it does highlight how darn confusing relativism has made life for everybody. It has made is very difficult for the average layperson to judge right from wrong and good from evil. It messes up your thinking and that can be observed everywhere today. We need an increase in teaching of authentic Catholic morality, the kind where mercy and tolerance are taught last after justice and other values.

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  10. You had me for a minute also. My first reaction to the headline was...."What? You're actually letting Robert Barron, of all people, post here?!!" I'm Miss Gullible so it took me awhile to see the parody. :)

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