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We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pope: Christians in Politics Defend Life, Family & Common Good

Pope: Christians in politics defend life, family, common good

(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI today received the participants in the meeting of the Christian Democrat international organization’s Executive Committee, which took place on Friday in Rome. The Holy Father encouraged the committee members to continue in their commitment to improving the quality of human relationships and conditions of life in ammanner consonant with Christian principles. “This commitment,” said Pope Benedict, “must know no bending or folding, but instead should be lavished with renewed vitality, in view of the continuing and - in some ways - the deepening of the problems we face.”

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The Holy Father encouraged his guests to speak to the ongoing economic and financial crisis with a “prophetic spirit” proper to Christians.

Pope Benedict went on to say, “The political and institutional contributions that you make will not only be required to respond to the urgent needs of a market-logic, but should continue to take as central and essential the pursuit of the common good, rightly understood, as well as the promotion and protection of the inalienable dignity of the human person.”

The Pope went on to discuss the importance of defending the traditional family founded on marriage as the basic unit of society and the building-block of community. Noting how Blessed John Paul II had included among the basic human rights, “The right to live in a united family and in a moral environment conducive to the development of his personality.” “The family,” said Pope Benedict, “is the principle and most incisive locus of the education of the human person.” Pope Benedict went on to say, “The family, the original cell of society, is therefore the root that nourishes not only the individual, but also the very basis of social coexistence.”

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