- Oct 2, 2018
You need to understand that St. Augustine’s thinking was extremely warped and twisted due to his perverted degenerate way of life prior to his conversion to Catholicism.What has Manichaeism to do with this?
Why do I need to prove that? Where did I claim to have privileged access to the divine intellect? Just study your Bible, the Church Fathers and the writings of other great saints. What kind of Catholic are you, if one at all?
No I didn't say that. I said that having rejected the Kingship of Christ, they fall back under the dominion of Satan. I refer you back to the scriptural passage I quoted earlier, especially this: "all the kingdoms of the world . . . have been made over to me, and I may give them to whomsoever I please." You might also like to familiarise yourself with St. Augustine City of God, namely the central theme concerning the irreconcilable opposition between the City of Man and the City of God, namely “Two lives built two Cities—the earthly, which is built up by the love of self to the contempt of God, and the heavenly, which is built up by the love of God to the contempt of self.” City of God, XIV, 28. The mark of the worldly is "the love of self to the contempt of God", hence the dominion over this world by Satan who personifies the love of self to the contempt of God, "Non serviam!"
In a letter from Pope St. Gregory VII to Hermann of Metz he says this: So the views I have expressed hitherto are entirely in line with scripture, Doctors of the Church, and sainted Popes. That someone who claims to be a Catholic finds all this controversial is thoroughly mystifying. Hmm, I wonder.
Why would I have to do that? You may have missed it but why don't you just check out the results of recent referenda where a lot of deeply deluded people think they can revise divine and natural law. That might be a good place to start, if you are so interested in what goes on in the minds of others.
He was also a believer in Manichism , the belief that flesh is evil etc.
Poor St Augustine never fully cleansed himself of his guilt hatred for the flesh and the world.
The sad thing is the mans erroneous theology infected the catholic world and was devoured by a celibate clergy who saw in these guilt laden writings oftentimes a reflection of themselves.
So be careful concerning taking St Augustine too seriously.
I say this because your attitude to the world is very Manichaean whether you are aware of it or not.
Indeed the foul results of St Augustine’s Manichaean errors still reverberate in the polarized positions many Catholics adopt concerning this daft and artificial division between pre/ post Vat 2.
But this thread concerns human freedom and mask wearing .
I wear one but support the right not to be legally obliged to do so.
What is your position on the matter.?