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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended Pope Benedict's choice to open an account on Twitter even if it exposes him to insults and abuse.


  1. I follow the pope on Twitter and am appalled by the foul attacks on him. Then I think….oh, these are the same people who present themselves as rational, reasonable, tolerant, diverse intellectual supporters of abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage etc. They decry anyone who doesn’t think like them as right wing religious extremists, haters etc.

    Pretty funny when you think about it………I often wonder if they attack the Holy Father because their conscience is bothering them.

  2. This subject–who gets saved and how, acrncdiog to Catholic belief–can be maddening to talk about.But hope triumphs over experience! Here goes…Everyone, without exception, who is saved, is saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Period.No one is saved by works; it is by God’s grace, first, last and always. Works, however, are understood by Catholic teaching to be themselves a fruit of grace–and therefore, their being involved does not detract from the graciousness of salvation. If non-Catholics, non-Christians, and non-believers get saved (since it isn’t a sure thing for Catholics, it certainly isn’t a sure thing for everyone else), it will be through Christ’s saving work. Period.In heaven, there won’t be an atheists’ heaven, non-Christian heaven, etc. Everyone in heaven will know God as Trinity, Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Son of God.With a bit of imagination, one can describe ways this works out–e.g., how someone who spends his or her life as a non-Christian, or even an atheist, nevertheless finds him or herself adoring the Triune God. C.S. Lewis, to my mind, has done as good a job as anyone.In any case, such speculation remains speculation.

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