Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Saints Valentine/The Pope

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Saints Valentine

From New Advent: The Catholic Encyclopedia

New Advent

At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyologies 14 February. One is described as a priest from Rome, another as a Bishop from of Interamna (modern Central Italy, and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city. Of both these St. Valentines some sort of Acta (official records) are preserved but they are of relatively late date and of no historical value. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.

Saint Valentine's Day had its origin in England and France during the Middle Ages. 

KNIGHT, KEVIN (2009) Saint Valentine, New York, New Advent.

The Pope

Thank you, Jeff Jenkins of Facebook and Thoughts and Theology blog for sending this to me.  To be very clear, I am not one that believes in or submits to Papal authority as a non-Roman Catholic. I am instead a definite and definitive Reformed Theologian and Philosopher. Personally I do not have a problem with the Pope resigning if he has become too old and physically unable to do the work to the best of his ability. Perhaps from this satirical photo the idea is that one could hypothetically argue that God would surely sustain and maintain his Papal mission/ministry until death if legitimate. Therefore concluding his Papal mission/ministry false, and perhaps the Papacy false. But that is not the only possible reasonable related set of propositions and conclusions.  It could be stated for example, that without death he still performed reasonably well the duties of the Papal mission/ministry and therefore this would not make his Papal mission/ministry false or the papacy.  My take is that although I do not hold to a Papacy, as noted, and therefore he is not infallible or the Vicar of Christ, he still even with many errors may be used by God as a Christian representative holding to certain Christian essentials such as the Biblical nature of God, the Trinity, the atonement of Christ, the resurrection, and the exclusivity of Christ for salvation, in his mission/ministry although certainly, he is not my Christian representative or those of the Reformed Church or Protestant Church.

More of the same...
Something to ponder on...Not that I am against a nice, quality ring, but I find the two months 'rule' amusing.

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