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‘Be open to surprises,’ says Cebu prelate

MANILA, Philippines—“Be open to surprises from the Holy Spirit.”

The head of the country’s bishops gave this advice on Saturday to Filipinos after the Vatican announced that the conclave that will elect the next Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that while Filipinos were rooting for Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, they should also pray for the election of a Pope who would address the current needs of the Church.

“At the heart of it is our belief that it is the work of the Holy Spirit … we should be open to the surprises of the Spirit,” Palma said in an interview.

“Whoever the cardinal-electors vote for, he would be another great Pope in the making,” he added.  Philip C. Tubeza

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Satan Knight – Martin Luther deleted the books in the Old Testament to suit his own doctrine!

    The Catholic Bible contains seven books of the Old Testament not contained in the Protestant Bible.  These books are:
     The Wisdom of Solomon Tobit Sirach Judith 1st Maccabees 2nd Maccabees Baruch

    Additional parts of Esther and Daniel are also not in the Protestant Bible.  These books were not written in Hebrew, but in Greek instead. The Catholic Church, through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, discerned that these books were divinely inspired and included them in the Bible in the year 382 AD. at the Council of Rome, under Pope Damasus I.  After all, God is not limited by language.  Martin Luther, over 1000 years later during the Protestant Reformation, thought that these books were not divinely inspired, and unilaterally threw them out, deriding them as the “apocrypha”.   Luther also tried to throw out the Books of James and Revelation in the New Testament, but luckily was blocked from doing so.  He actually called the Book of James an “epistle of straw”.  Anyone who wants to start a new church today by deleting books of the current Bible would probably not have too much success, but would probably be labeled as a heretic.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone) is a false doctrine of Team HERETICS. Satan Knights-Born Again Fundamentalist likes it.
    Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the sole authority on religious matters.  As a matter of fact, the Bible does say that the Church of the Living God is the pillar and bulwark of Truth (1 Timothy 3:15), which means that the Church is the primary transmitter of truth, rather than the Bible.  When the subject of whether or not one had to be circumcised first before becoming a Christian came up (Acts 15:1), no one “searched the scriptures”, but rather, they had a Church Council in Jerusalem where St. James declared the solution to be straight from the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:28).  When St. Peter declared that all foods were now OK to eat, he didn’t “search the scriptures” from the Old Testament to find this out (he certainly would be looking a long time for that!).  Rather, God revealed this to him in a DREAM  (Acts 11:9)!

    • batangpaslit

      curiously amusing
      you invoke passages in the New Testament, but denies the authority of the Scripture.
      what a confusion, eh
      the Scriptures is the inspired written word of GOD, whose true Author is the Holy Spirit.
      Jesus Christ is the Living Word of GOD.
      the Scriptures is supreme (I not use sole) in matters of faith and conduct.
      what you said about the food—-kosher food—GOD declared that since the people of GOD are now under the dispensation of grace, the ceremonial law of old are now dispensed.
      even the order of priesthood is rendered passe, since Jesus Chirst, the High Priest offered His life for the ransom of many.
      and those who  profess and confess the Lordship of Christ belong to the kingdom of royal priesthood.
      you are partly correct about your view of the Scriptures. yes, the Scriptures is not the sole authority. Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is likewise an authority.
      But I just wonder that how come you believe in GOD’s revelelation to Peter as recorded in the New Testament, but you defy what the Book of Hebrews says about proper worship to GOD?
      you are selective in citing the Scriptures.
      if it suits your wrong teachings, you cite it. if it contradicts your false tradition, you deny the authority of the Scriptures.

  • batangpaslit

    yes, he who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit is a child of GOD
    but only those who have personal relationship with the Begotten Son of GOD are indwelt by the Holy Spirit

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