Who Said This About the Evils of Contraception?

June 30, 2008

Hint: The Catholic Church is not the answer to any of them.

1) Contraception is the one sin for which the penalty is national death; a sin for which there is no atonement.

2) The abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all sexual perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it has given up the aim of reproduction and pursues the attainment of pleasure as an aim independent of it.

3) “Contraceptive methods are like putting a premium on vice. They make men and women reckless. Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws…If contraceptive methods become the order of the day nothing but moral degradation can be the result. As it is, man has sufficiently degraded woman for his lust, and contraception, no matter how well-meaning the advocates may be, will still further degrade her.”

4) “By accepting contraception, the world is trying …to form a civilized but non-Christian, mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization and save the world from suicide.”

Prior to 1930 all of Christendom condemned the use of contraception as an evil. But, then in 1930 the Anglican Church decreed that the use of contraception was permissible when the life of the mother was in danger. What periodical ridiculed that decision? Hint: It is still published today.

5) “Carried to its logical conclusions, (contraceptives)…would sound the death knell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality: The suggestion that the use of legalized contraceptives would be ‘careful and restrained’ is preposterous.”

1) President Theodore Roosevelt
2) Freud
3) Ghandi
4) T.S. Eliot
5) The Washington Post-“Forgetting Religion” 3/22/1931

Source: The Good News About Sex and Marriage by Christopher West

The Eldery Say The Darnedest Things!

June 30, 2008

Like dressing up as deacons… or something.  Nice stoles!

I’M The Boss! My Wife Said I Could Be!

June 30, 2008

5 bob to Father Dwight Longenecker who writes:

Just when you thought the Anglicans didn’t have any more surprises up their sleeve, here’s today’s news: a Church of England bishop has ordained his wife. You can read all about it here.
That would be Rt. Rev. Nigel McCullough and Rev. Mrs. McCullough in the photograph.
 I wonder if they share clerical shirts.


Soon enough they may share mitres!

Anglicans, eh?

Reminds me of a bumper sticker on my neighbor’s truck: I’m the boss!  My wife said I could be!

Ben & Bart

June 30, 2008

5 bob to Overheard in the Sacristy

Now if they could just get +++Al to join them…

ComBox Hero: Charlie Zeaiter on “What Calendar Are Ya Using?”

June 29, 2008

The Julian Calendar was invented by the Romans (I think under the reign of Julius Ceasar). It was a calendar that had 365 days a year, except every 4 years was a leap year which had 366 days.

Sounds famililar? It sounds like the calendar we use today, right? Wrong! We use the Gregorian Calendar. We don’t have a leap year every 4 years… well, we kind of do, but we really don’t.

If the year is divisible by 4 it may be a leap year; You see, if the year is divisible by 100, it must also be divisible by 400.

For example, the year 2000 was a leap year. But the year 1900 wasn’t. And neither will the year 2100 be a leap year. (But in the Julian Calendar, years like 1900 and 2100 will be leap years.)

This error was discovered In the 16th Century when they noticed that the Vernal Equinox (1st day of Spring) was 10 days later than it was back in the 4th century (which was when the Council of Nicea was held and determined a date formula for Easter). So Pope Gregory XIII authorised the use of the new calendar (hence the name, Gregorian Calendar). Basically, people went to bed on Thursday October 4th 1582, and woke up the next day on Friday October 15th 1582.

Eventually, other parts of the world would adapt the Gregorian Calendar. But the Orthodox won’t accept this new calendar.

Since the 16th Century, there have been 3 more erroneous leap years in the Julian Caledar (1700, 1800, and 1900). Hence now, the Julian Calendar is 13 days out of whack. That’s why some Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas 13 days later than us. (After the year 2100, they’ll celebrate Christmas 14 days later than us.)

(The Easter date formula has other factors involved. I’m not sure if the Orthodox use the Julian Calendar to determine Easter.)


Consolers of the Heart of Jesus and of the Holy Face

June 29, 2008

Thanks to Father Mark for letting us know who they were!


June 29, 2008

90034Mykolay Charneckyj, Vescovo, 2 aprile
90656Hryhorij Khomysyn, Vescovo, 28 dicembre
90654Josafat Kocylovskyj, Vescovo, 17 novembre
92942Symeon Lukac, Vescovo, 22 agosto
90036Vasyl Velyckovskyj, Vescovo, 30 giugno
92932Ivan Slezyuk, Vescovo, 2 dicembre
92937Mykyta Budka, Vescovo, 28 settembre
92931Hryhorij Lakota, Vescovo, 5 novembre
92946Leonid Fedorov, Sacerdote, 7 marzo
92938Mykola Konrad, Sacerdote, 26 giugno
92945Andrij Iscak, Sacerdote, 26 giugno
92941Roman Lysko, Sacerdote, 14 ottobre
92936Mykola Cehelskyj, Sacerdote, 25 maggio
92940Petro Verhun, Sacerdote, 7 febbraio
92939Oleksa Zaryckyj, Sacerdote, 30 ottobre
92934Klymentij Septyckyj, Sacerdote, 1 maggio
92933Severijan Baranyk, Sacerdote, 28 giugno
92933Jakym Senkivskyj, Sacerdote, 28 giugno
90035Zynovij Kovalyk, Sacerdote, 30 giugno
92944Vitalij Volodymyr Bajrak, Sacerdote, 16 maggio
90037Ivan Ziatyk, Sacerdote, 17 maggio
92943Tarsykia (Olha) Mackiv, Suora, 18 luglio
90655Olympia (Olha) Bidà, Suora, 28 gennaio
92935Laurentia (Leukadia) Harasymiv, Suora, 26 agosto
92938Volodymyr Pryjma, Laico, 26 giugno


2005: Blessed Andrés Solá Molist
2005: Blessed Antonio Pérez Lários
2005: Blessed Anacleto González Flores
2005: Blessed Clemens August von Galen
2005: Blessed Eurosia Fabris
2005: Blessed Florentina Nicol Goni
2005: Blessed Francisco Castells Brenuy
2005: Blessed José Boher Foix
2005: Blessed José Juan Perot Juanmarti
2005: Blessed Jose Tàpies Sirvant
2005: Blessed Ladislaus Findysz
2005: Blessed Maria Crucified 2005: Blessed Marianne Cope
2005: Blessed María De Los Ángeles Ginard Martí
2005: Blessed Teresa Maria Mastena 2005: Blessed Pascual Araguàs Guàrdia
2005: Blessed Pedro Martret Molet
2005: Blessed Silvestre Arnau Pascuet
2006: Blessed Margarita de Maturana
2006: Blessed Augustine Thevarparampil
2006: Blessed Eustáquio van Lieshout
2006: Blessed Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Eluvathingal
2006: Blessed Luigi Monza
2006: Blessed Luigi Biraghi
2006: Blessed Marie Therese of Saint Joseph
2006: Blessed Mosè Tovini
2006: Blessed Margarita de Maturana
2006: Blessed Maria Teresa of Jesus
2006: Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio
2006: Blessed Maria Grazia Tarallo
2006: Blessed Paul Josef Nardini
2006: Blessed Rita Amada de Jesus
2006: Blessed Sára Salkaházi
2007: Blessed Francesco Spoto 2007: Blessed Luigi Boccardo
2005: Saint Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga
2005: Saint Felice da Nicosia
2005: Saint Gaetano Catanoso
2005: Saint Jósef Bilczewski
2005: Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski
2006: Saint Filippo Smaldone
2006: Saint Raphael Guizar Valencia
2006: Saint Rose Venerini
2006: Saint Theodore Guerin
2007: Saint Antonio of Saint Anne 2007: Saint Charles of Mount Argus 2007: Saint George Preca
2007: Saint Marie Eugénie de Jésus 2007: Saint Simon of Lipnicza


To Hear The SSPX Tell It….

June 29, 2008


One hopes the Pope of Rome can be found Catholic enough!

Western Rite Orthodoxy?

June 29, 2008

Over at A Conservative Blog for Peace, an interesting discussion has been in process. Namely, on the recent phenomena of the Orthodox “Western Rite“. The combox discussion can be found here.

The Western Rite Orthodox concept has been around for about 100 years. Not to be confused with the Eastern notion that the west “used to be” Orthodox prior to 1054 (but no longer is) when I speak of WRO, I mean to discuss the movement to create parishes worshipping according to traditional western styles under Eastern Orthodox bishops.

Like Eastern Catholics who are Easterners in communion with the Roman See, the broad idea here was that these folks would be Latins in communion with Orthodoxy. The main reason and focus for this sort of effort has often been to accommodate Anglicans and Ultrajectines and Catholics.

The history of WRO has been an interesting one. A good deal of the finer points of its creation and authorization have been hotly dispu Read the rest of this entry »

Superstitious Catholics?

June 28, 2008

Q. Why do Catholics use “good luck charms” like medals and relics of the saints in order to perfom miracles? Why is that not superstitious?

A. It does sound superstitious at first. And perhaps there have been Catholics who used these things in a purely superstitious way. But we would not know for sure unless we questioned them.

Of course, the Catholic Church teaches that only God can perform a miracle. However, everyone will agree that He can perform these miracles any way He wants to. So He can act directly or indirectly. We know that He usually likes to work through people, like Moses-to free the people of Israel, Jacob and the people of Israel -to conquer the land of Canaan, Mary -to usher in the Messiah, etc. God could have just zapped it and gotten it done but He didn’t.

At other times He has acted through inanimate objects like the time in 2 Kings 13:20.

Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

When a dead man came back to life when he touched the bones of the long dead prophet Elisha.

And in Acts 5:15-16 miraculous cures occurred through Peter’s shadow.

As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

And, people who touched handkerchiefs that St. Paul had touched were healed (Acts 19:11-12).

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

The miracles that occurred through the inanimate objects above showed the intercessory power of these saints of God. So, also today, miracles that occur when praying with an object related to one of the saints is simply a variation of intercessory prayer. The saint prays to God and He answers the prayer –or He doesn’t. It is not a slam dunk.

The historical facts and foundation of this practice is simply because, at various times and in various ways God Himself chose to act in supernatural ways in response to prayers and the use of medals and relics. So, apparently He doesn’t see anything wrong with the practice.

Dead Man Feels Pretty Good

June 28, 2008

Dead Man Feels Pretty Good

I bet he does.

Our Lady of Madagascar

June 28, 2008

Stuff Catholics Like Telling It Straight On The Brown Scapular or “What Can Brown Do For You?”

June 28, 2008

4. Do I think if you wear a Brown Scapular and lead a sinful life and are not sorry ever but just run around saying, “Ha ha, I’m wearing a brown Scapular! Satan will never get me!” that you won’t see the fires of hell? Not a chance. Satan already has you. The one time you take it off to shower, you’ll slip on the soap and crack your head open. The bus that knocks you out of your shoes will knock you right out of your scapular. The flood waters that wash you away will wash the scapular off your neck. Your evil boyfriend will remove it while you sleep and murder you for your jewels. The paramedic will take it off to give you a shot of adrenaline that doesn’t work. The nursing home worker will steal it from you. The atomic blast will vaporize the Scapular one millisecond before it vaporizes you. As you tumble, end over end, down the basement stairs with no one home to hear all the thumping, your scapular will be tossed off and land right before your eyes along with you at the foot of the stairs. As the life drains from you as you lay bleeding from your head wound, you will reach pathetically for your scapular, but the cat will grab it and run out the basement window. At some point, you are going to want to throw it in the wash. When you do, you’ll drop dead.

You are not going to get away with it, mark my words. (READ ALL)

Well there you have it!

C of E bishop will defect to RomeC of E bishop will defect to Rome

June 27, 2008

C of E bishop will defect to Rome

C of E bishop will defect to Rome

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 08:13 PM GMT [General]

At least one Church of England bishop will defect to Rome soon after the Lambeth Conference, I gather from Anglo-Catholic sources. And there could be more to follow.

I can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, because the negotiations with Rome are so sensitive – and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, who distrust Anglican traditionalists, are quite capable of throwing a spanner in the works. (READ ALL…)


Who will it be?

Time will tell! (Note, image included in post is randomly chosen – no idea who those blokes are… if it just so happens that one of them is the rumored bishop, Rob owes me a Miller Lite™.)

Is Today Your Day To Come Home?

June 27, 2008

Prayers Requested…

June 27, 2008

This gal spends a lot of time baiting Catholics and quoting notoriously inaccurate sources about what the Catholic Church teaches. So far none of the comments I have offered have made it out of moderation. Go figure!

Please offer a decade for her. She will make an exceptional Catholic one day.

The Best Hope for GAFCON

June 26, 2008

I have not always been a fan of Rev. Matt Kennedy. But, lately my estimation of him, a conservative Anglican cleric, has risen significantly. First, he changed his mind on WO and is now opposed. Second, he led his parish out of TEC. Both, are very good moves for this evangelical Anglican who has now written enough on Catholic theology at Stand Firm to make me wonder if he is edging toward becoming a crypto-Catholic.

Anyway, here is his very lucid explanation of what may come of GAFCON:

The brighter vision is that of a “Communion within a Communion.”

If we might leave here with at least the foundations laid for a new confessional and conciliar entity with its own leadership, its own “instruments of communion”, its own process of decision-making and discipline distinct from Canterbury then we will have created, or be well along the path to creating, a cohesive entity capable of gathering, growing, and empowering orthodox Anglicans that is not dependent upon the invitational decisions of one man. Read the rest of this entry »

Rosary vs. Repetitious Prayer

June 26, 2008

Q. Isn’t the Rosary condemned by Jesus in Matthew 6:7?

Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words

A. Jesus is not condemning all repeated prayer. If He was, we would be left with no idea how many times any prayer could be repeated. Never? Once? Twice? Three times? Once a day? Once a year? Once a lifetime? Twice…etc. How exactly could we obey Jesus IF in this verse He WAS condemning ALL repeated prayer? We have no concrete direction.

After all, when asked by the disciples about how to pray Jesus gave them a prayer without any stipulations to say it only one time, or once a day, or once year. And we know that from the earliest times this prayer was used in our Christian worship. And let me remind you that this was the ONLY Christian Church in existence.

Also, again, in Matthew (same author as above)

Matthew 26: 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 42 He went away a SECOND time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the THIRD time, saying the same thing.

So, Jesus Himself prayed exactly the same prayer three times in a short time. If the author had meant to explain in 6:7 that all repetitious prayer was pagan then how to explain Jesus’ example here? I think it is safe to say that repeating prayers is not prohibited. What Jesus meant in Mt. 6:7 was to teach against the pagan practice and idea that the more you repeat a prayer the more likely you are to get what you want from the gods.

Besides, what is being missed is that the rosary is primarily a prayer of meditation on the Life of Christ with the Hail Mary prayers used to both ask for Mary’s intercession and to time the length of the meditation on each mystery or scene in the Life of Christ.

The Papal Mass – Not Enough Said, Vox Nova

June 26, 2008

Enough Said

Neither of these posts will get as wide of a reading as they deserve.  From the first:

However, as so often happens, certain elements seem determined to greet it with snottiness and mockery. That doesn’t reflect well on their own faithfulness, nor on their sense of decorum. Far too many, in the Catholic segment of cyberspace, refuse to accept the fact that their own personal preferences are not binding on the Church.
Once and for all, the United States is a multicultural nation. It always has been. In case you didn’t notice, the Holy Father has been pointing out that very multiculturalism as something to value and respect. Multiculturalism is not a dirty word, save to a few racist boors who are now showing their true colors.

From the second:

“It’s all about ME!”
That’s the opinion of so many Catholic bloggers. Never mind the miracle of the Eucharist. Never mind the Holy Father. Never mind the great national renewal I believe is about to start, as a direct result of the Holy Father’s visit. That’s not what these people want. They don’t want renewal. It’d give them less opportunity for their favorite activity, complaining.
The extent of my comments on this whole sordid business is this wasn’t a parish mass.  While I don’t care for outdoor masses or masses that require a jumbotron, I can accept the reasons why it was done and don’t attribute malice to the choices.  In fact I think the choices were an expression of love.  Everything can always be done better.

I guess I am more than a little exasperated by the “are you still kicking puppies?” assertions that seem implicit in this critiques of those who were displeased with the presentation are either “racist” (I am as white as Marty Haugen, likely moreso…) or are too small minded to understand what these critics do about the great miracle of the Eucharist.


Listed above in thumbnails are foods that please me.  If forced to choose a last meal, I have no idea what I would pick.  On a given day it could easily be PB&J. I like them all.  Like isn’t a strong enough word – I love them all – I have the waistline to prove it.

That as the case may be, I don’t want to have a ten course meal with schnitzel followed by crepes, followed by lobster, followed by a burger, washed down with beer, than a lobster, with a martini…

And it isn’t because I am racist or not as enlightened or transcendant.  Rather, it is because these things don’t go well together.  Such a meal is sloppy, disjointed and shows poor planning. 

How Do Catholics Get to Heaven?

June 24, 2008

Q. How does a Catholic get to Heaven?

A. By Faith and the Grace of God. Catholics get to Heaven by the power and grace of God. The good works that we do are in obedience to Christ and in order to purify ourselves so that we can become holy as He is holy. But it is all of Grace. We cannot do anything worth while on our own.But specifically GOD communicates His Grace to save and strengthen us to journey towards Heaven, in the following primary ways:

By being born again in baptism:

  • John 3:5 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  • 1 Peter 3:20-21 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you

By receiving communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

  • John 6:50 “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
  • John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.
  • John 6:53-58-So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
  • He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will (CH)raise him up on the last day.
  • “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
  • “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
  • As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
  • “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

By living life so that at death you are friends with God. This means that you die without mortal sin on your soul and live life so as to avoid mortal sin. But if we sin we must confess mortal sin to a priest in the sacrament of confession with true repentence and avoid it in the future.


  • I John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.


  • John20:22-23And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

Germans, eh?

June 24, 2008

5 bob to The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Virgins That Await Every Good Suicide Bomber…

June 24, 2008

Enjoy lads!

Better you than me!

If God Was Like Man We Would All Perish?

June 24, 2008

If God Was Like Man We Would All Perish?

Judgements on judging, I think.  What do you think?

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Institute of the Good Shepherd

June 24, 2008

5 bob to Traditional Vocations Blog which writes:

Institute of the Good Shepherd


ego sum pastor bonus: et cognosco meas, et cognoscunt me meæ
I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me (
Jn. 10:14)

Under the Roman calendar of 1962, yesterday was often called “Good Shepherd Sunday”, so called because the Gospel tells us of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. As pointed out on The New Liturgical Movement this also means it was a feast day for the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a Society of Apostolic Life of traditionalist Priests in full communion with the Holy See. Founded only in September 2006, the Institute has grown quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

What Novices Look Like…

June 24, 2008

Some communities may have forgotten…

These are the Sisters of Life, check out Roman Catholic Vocations for a GREAT write up about them.

Please offer at least one Hail Mary for the sisters in final vows, one for those in temporary vows, and one for those women who are discerning.

TAC-Related Announcement Post-Lambeth?

June 23, 2008

Traditional Anglicans await ruling from Holy See  

Traditionalist Anglicans applying for communion with Rome, rumor has it, may be receiving an answer after Lambeth 2008.

(One wonders if the Spouse’s Conference is now officially co-ed too…)

Personally, I prayerfully hope so.

Say a Rosary to help effect the co-ordination of the return home of those who are so clearly ready.

If I Ever Run For President…

June 23, 2008

I guess I hope that photos of me with my Muslim half brother all wearing dashikis is the worst that pops up.

Actually the photos of my pastey white posterior on the net would bother me far less.

Wie Schön! A Little Something From the Papal Visit

June 23, 2008

As seen in Washington, DC…

„Ich heiße Joseph auch!”


See Mom, taking German in high school IS practical.


June 23, 2008

A friend of mine is going through a rough patch.  I will not go into details, except to say that I loved them both, was in their wedding, and had expected to stand godfather to their children.  A serious bomb has been dropped – again, no details, and I hope you can find it in your heart to offer some prayers for my two friends who will go unnamed.  I can’t say much else, they just need your prayers.

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

June 22, 2008

Q. Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints?

A. When we “pray to Mary” we are merely asking Mary and/or the Saints to pray for us in exactly the same way as when we ask another Christian to pray for us. This is nothing more than asking for intercessory prayer. And just like most Christians ,when we are in need of prayer we ask those we consider to be closest to God. If I need prayer for healing for my mom with cancer I will not ask the drug dealer on the corner or even a nominal Christian to pray for me. Instead, I ask the holiest Christians I know. After all, James 5:16 says, “the fervent prayer of a righteous man is very powerful”.

Misunderstanding arises between Protestants and Catholics because of our use of the phrase “pray to Mary” or “pray to St. Francis” etc. For Protestants, with a shorter history, prayer is only and always directed to God. However, for Catholics the older uses of the English “pray” have endured through the centuries. In medieval English it was common to use the word “pray” as a synonym for “ask”. I pray thee, good king, give me …. Plus, as usual in human speech this phraseology has endured because it is short and sweet. It is easier to say, I will pray to Mary than to say, I will ask Mary to pray to God for me. While the second sentence is more theologically accurate it is also more than twice as long. So, no one uses it in everyday speech.

Despite this colloquialism, the prayers of the Church are theologically correct. For instance, in the Hail Mary we say, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” and in the I Confess we say, “And I ask blessed Mary, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God.”

Another difference between Protestants and Catholics is how we view those Christians who have died. Protestants remember them and miss them but once they are dead they are beyond this world and our prayers. And although Protestants certainly believe in the Body of Christ they tend to think of this consisting of living Christians only. Dead Christians are either in Heaven or Hell and no longer connected or affected or interested in events in this world.

But ,for Catholics, all Christians both the living and the “dead” are a part of the Body of Christ. We remain connected to each other. We continue to love, care and pray for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, intercessory prayer continues through the power of God, among the members of the Body of Christ, because we are all alive.

What Are You Reading?

June 21, 2008

And what would you put on my summer reading list?

Donated second hand books, always accepted at TBC.

Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, Indeed.

June 21, 2008

This gave me flashbacks to a Mass celebrated on a coffee table in the hallway of my high school one evening…

Pray for the repose of Father Ron.

Pray also that nature continues to take its course and that we are at the very tail end of all this sort of thing.

Appearances of Mary

June 20, 2008

Q. Are we required to believe in the apparitions or miraculous appearances of Mary?

A. No.

Q. What about the Church approved apparitions, like Lourdes or Fatima?

A. No. When the Church approves of an apparition it is not done until the appearances stop. Then all the evidence is examined and if approved it means that we can be assured that there was nothing unorthodox in the revelations and they are worthy of belief. However, these are in the category of private revelation and no one is required to believe them. No matter what is said or who is appearing this information is never anything other than private revelation and is not an addition to doctrine or public revelation.

All Things Being Equal…

June 20, 2008

I rather hope that she brokers a VP slot deal…I am not quite done with my material for her.

Hillary, we hardly knew ye… And still we knew ye too much!

Whatever Happened To “Father” Guido Sarducci?

June 20, 2008

It rather seems like he would have a lot to offer about all that is going down in the world today…

Double Negatives Being What They Are…

June 20, 2008

What a rude shirt either way…

How not to Raise Funds in the Catholic Church

June 19, 2008

This past weekend at the parish where I help out we had a visiting priest make an appeal for a development organization, Cross International. It raised some red flags:

  1. To Catholic audiences, Cross International presents itself as a Catholic ministry. The term “Catholic Outreach” is all over their literature complete with pictures of the pope, religious sisters, priests and bishop. But, I suspect that “Catholic Outreach” does not refer to Catholics reaching out to the poor as it may appear, but refers to that organization’s outreach to Catholics to fund their ministries. On the phone, once I had identified myself as a Catholic priest, the spokeswoman claimed that the organization was founded by Catholic lay people some 8 years ago.
  2. Their website indicates that they are a ministry of the Kielar Family Foundation. Some further research online revealed that the organization is, in fact, a Baptist organization. See this web link: http://www.crosstv.com/crossint.htm and then click on the “Statement of Faith” link. Read the rest of this entry »

Reason #4546 It Is A Special Grace Of The Almighty To Be Born And Bred An Ohioan

June 19, 2008

5 bob to: Florida « Annunciations

What someone in Oldsmar (near Tampa) found in their kitchen yesterday morning:


See that is just like reason #4546 why Florida living would not be for this Ohioan… I don’t want to have to walk around my own home with a sidearm in case one of those ugly sorrowful things happens to be in the room I next enter…

An average American alligator’s weight and length is 800 lbs (360 kg) and 13 feet (4 m) long.


Sorry Things Have Been So Quiet

June 19, 2008

I have been exhausted.

A Purely Speculative Question « Homesick No More

June 19, 2008

A Purely Speculative Question « Homesick No More

How do the saints rule in heaven?

ComBox Hero: Ridgerunner on “The Sack of Constantinople”

June 19, 2008

Re: The Sack of Constantinople

Yes, Catholicism should forever be condemned for the 2,000 Orthodox (some of whom were combatants) in the sack of Constantinople. But, by the same token:

I think the Eastern Orthodox should forever feel guilty and be blamed for African slavery and the murder of American Indians. Being mostly white, they share the guilt, as do all white people everywhere, both living and dead, whether their ancestors, let alone they, themselves, directly participated or not.

Furthermore, they should be forever condemned for wasting their resources fighting and weakening the Zoroastrian Persians and themselves so that the Arab Muslims were able to overcome them both.

Not only that, the poor Tatars, whose empire Orthodoxy destroyed, are owed an endless apology and the restoration of the territory and loot taken from them.

And think of the innocent Turks whom they invaded shortly after WW I, massacreing many. Yet, they failed to war on the Turks when the “heretic” Armenians needed them the most. A million Armenians died needlessly because the Orthodox Greeks and Russians, who were right there, and could have stopped it, wouldn’t lift a finger.

And World War I itself. Had it not been for that Orthodox Gavrilo Princep killing the Austrian Archduke, that war would never have happened. Constantinople was amply avenged on the Somme alone.

And Orthodoxy invaded German East Prussia in WWI before ever a German shot was fired at them. And when, by the way, is Orthodoxy going to restore Eastern Poland and Konigsberg to their rightful owners?

And what of the innocent Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Czechs, Hungarians, Western Ukrainians and East Germans who groaned under the heel of Orthodox despotism after WW II? You owe much to them.

And in our own time, you should feel guilty for the killing of Turks on Cyprus.

And to this very day, Orthodoxy murders Chechens simply because they do not wish to be ruled by Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy provided to Saddam Hussein, and now provides to Iran, the materials needed to produce weapons of mass destruction.

And of course there are the 10,000 Italians to be remembered, who were massacred by the Orthodox shortly before the Fourth Crusade.

Not guilty, you say? I agree. You are no more guilty of those things than Catholics and Catholicism are guilty of the sack of Constantinople.

If God is Loving….

June 18, 2008

Q. If God is love, then why does He allow evil?

A. Because God is Love, HE created man in His own image in order to extend the communion of love, that exists in the Trinity, to us. God wants us to choose to love Him, not be compelled to obey Him. In order for man to love God freely God gave man free will. He is just and will not deprive man of this free will. Man cannot be free to love and obey God, without being free to reject Him and rebel against Him.

Even God, if He wants men to be free cannot take from them the power to choose evil. If He enforces goodness, He takes away freedom. If He leaves freedom, He permits evil, even though He forbids it. It is man’s dignity that he is master of his own destiny instead of having to develop just like a tree which necessarily obeys natural law.

Men, as a matter of fact, misused their freedom, and sin and brutality resulted. But, it was impossible to give man the gift of freedom and the dignity of being master of his own destiny without risking the possibility that men would sometimes choose evil. (Radio Replies Vol. 1, p 4)

Q. What is the destiny we are supposed to choose using our free will?

A. Heaven or Hell. Eternal Joy or Eternal Misery. Our life in this world has many joys and many sorrows but none of those are the purpose of our life. The purpose of this life is to praise, love, and serve God so that we can attain eternal life with God in Heaven. Our earthly life is short compared to eternity and yet what we do with it determines our eternal destiny. We must use our free will to save our souls.

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Homosexual “Marriage”

June 17, 2008

Here is a link to the online article I have reproduced below. We, in California will be voting on this issue in November.
But it is of interest for everyone. I thought this was an excellent well- thought out article.


The National Catholic Register


Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and the Persecution of Civil Society

BY JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE June 8-14, 2008 Issue | Posted 6/3/08 at 10:48 AM

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” present the idea as a step forward for tolerance and respect. But recent developments place that interpretation very much in doubt.

Legalizing same-sex “marriage” is not a stand-alone policy, independent of all the other activities of the state. Once governments assert that same-sex unions are the equivalent of marriage, those governments must defend and enforce a whole host of other social changes.

Unfortunately, these government-enforced changes conflict with a wide array of ordinary liberties, including religious freedom and ordinary private property rights.

It began with the persecution of Catholic Charities in Boston. The archdiocese eventually closed down its adoption program, because the state of Massachusetts insisted that every adoption agency in the state must allow same-sex couples to adopt.

Recently, a Methodist organization in New Jersey lost part of its tax-exempt status because it refused to allow two lesbian couples to use their facility for a civil union ceremony. In Quebec, a Mennonite school was informed that it must conform to the official provincial curriculum, which includes teaching homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle.

At last report, the Mennonites were considering leaving the province rather than permit the imposition of the state-sponsored curriculum on their children.

And recently, a wedding photographer in New Mexico faces a hearing with the state’s Human Rights Commission because she declined the business of a lesbian couple. She didn’t want to take photos of their commitment ceremony.

The underlying pattern is unmistakable. Legalizing same-sex “marriage” has brought in its wake state regulation of other parts of society. The problem is sometimes presented as an issue of religious freedom, and so, in part, it is. But the issue runs deeper than religious freedom.

McGill University professor Douglas Farrow argues in his book A Nation of Bastards that redefining marriage allows the government to colonize all of civil society.

If same-sex couples can marry each other, they should be allowed to adopt. Anyone who says otherwise is acting against the policy of the state. If same-sex couples can have civil unions, then denying them the use of any facility they want for their ceremony amounts to unlawful discrimination. When the state says that same sex couples are equivalent to opposite-sex couples, school curriculum will inevitably have to support this claim.

Marriage between men and women is a pre-political, naturally emerging social institution. Men and women come together to create children, independently of any government. The duty of caring for those children exists even without a government or any political order.

Marriage protects children as well as the interests of each parent in their common project of raising those children.

Because marriage is an organic part of civil society, it is robust enough to sustain itself, with minimal assistance from the state.

By contrast, same-sex “marriage” is completely a creation of the state.

Same-sex couples cannot have children. Someone must give them a child or at least half the genetic material to create a child. The state must detach the parental rights of the opposite-sex parent and then attach those rights to the second parent of the same-sex couple.

The state must create parentage for the same-sex couple. For the opposite-sex couple, the state merely recognizes parentage.

In her essay in The Meaning of Marriage, Seana Sugrue argues that the state must coddle and protect same-sex “marriage” in ways that opposite-sex marriage does not require.

Precisely because same-sex unions are not the same as opposite-sex marriage, the state must intervene to make people believe (or at least make them act as if they believe) that the two types of unions are equivalent.

Public schools in California are soon going to be required to be “gay friendly.” A doctor has been sued because she didn’t want to perform an artificial insemination on a lesbian couple. A private school is in trouble for disciplining two female students for kissing. All in the name of supporting the rights of same-sex couples to “equality” with straight couples.

The fact that opposite- and same-sex couples are different in significant ways means that there will always be scope for the state to expand its reach into more and more private areas of more and more people’s lives.

Perhaps some people think it is okay to shut down Catholic adoption agencies, because the Catholics have it coming to them: The Church’s enemies are many. Perhaps some people don’t care for Methodists, and don’t care whether they lose their tax-exempt status.

But the Mennonites? These are the most inoffensive people on the planet. They have been pacifists for centuries. Their continued existence here in North America is a testimony to the strength of our ideals of religious tolerance and pluralism, in all the best senses of those terms. But now, in the name of equality of same-sex couples, the Mennonites are being driven out of Quebec.

Perhaps you think people have a natural civil right to marry the person of their choosing. But can you really force yourself to believe that wedding photography is a civil right?

Maybe you believe that same-sex couples are entitled to have children, somehow. But is any doctor they might encounter required to inseminate them?

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” insist that theirs is a modest reform: a mere expansion of marriage to include people currently excluded. But the price of same-sex “marriage” is a reduction in tolerance for everyone else, and an expansion of the power of the state.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the senior fellow in economics at the Acton Institute and the author of Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village, newly reissued in paperback.

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VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

June 17, 2008

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church is a private association of the faithful approved by the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Bishop William Skylstad. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday American Papist!

June 17, 2008

The American Papist Blog  should be in every Catholic’s blog aggregator!

Happy Birthday Thomas Peters!

Sinlessness of Mary

June 16, 2008

Q. Do Catholics have to believe in the sinlessness and assumption of Mary?

A. Yes. We are obliged to accept and believe everything the Church teaches. If you are having trouble with any doctrine of the Catholic Church then you may have to simply choose to submit to the wisdom and authority of the Church. In other words, accept it purely on faith. But of course it is far better if you are convinced that what the Church teaches is true and makes more sense than any competing ideas. But this may take time for you to research the reasons that the Church teaches the doctrine you are having trouble with. You can ask a knowledgeable priest or research on the internet. And pray for God to help you find the answers to your questions.

I can guarantee that if you are honestly searching for the truth and not just trying to find fault with the Church, you will find answers that will be both simple and sublime. I have done this research many times and every time the answers are more intelligent, more logical and better documented than I had expected. I am thoroughly convinced by the evidence and thoughtfulness of Catholic theologians and don’t have to take blind leaps of faith.

Kinder Parking

June 16, 2008

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The Daily Maronite: Applebee’s In Lebanon

June 15, 2008



Now, we have Applebee’s, just one mile away from my parents’ house.
I will wait to visit after Great Lent.

Written March 2006

Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary

June 14, 2008

Q. How can anyone really believe that the pope was infallibly informed about the immaculate conception in 1854 and Assumption of Mary in 1950, so late in the history of the Church?

A. I would have trouble believing these doctrines too if they were first introduced nearly two centuries after Christ. However, that is not what the dates mentioned mean. The Christian Faith was taught by the apostles and those they ordained to continue the ministry. The Pope and bishops have never sat down and solemnly and systematically declared all of the doctrines of the Catholic Faith. That isn’t how she works. She evangelizes, baptizes, teaches, and administers the sacraments. Doctrines are not defined until and unless they become seriously threatened by heresy.

For instance, controversy arose in ACTS about whether Gentiles had to keep all of the Jewish laws and be circumcised. The controversy was examined and settled at the very first Church Council in Jerusalem (Acts 15). Most of the heresies in the early Church involved wrong ideas about Jesus. Was he merely a holy man? Was he a god that appeared to be a man? Was he a man who became a god at his baptism? Was he fully God and fully man? All of these were settled at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD when the Doctrine of the Trinity was defined. This doctrine was not invented or communicated to the pope for the first time at this date. The doctrine existed from the very beginning but when heresy grew and threatened the truth, the Pope and the bishops met in council and settled the issue clearly and once and for all.

Again, later, due to confusion and controversy the Pope and Council of Hippo defined the contents of the New Testament in 393 AD and 397 AD. The pope did not invent the Doctrine of the Trinity in 325 AD or the New Testament in 397 AD. This is exactly the case with the Doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption. They have been believed from the beginning. But with the rise of Protestantism these doctrines became more and more threatened and so were solemnly and clearly defined.

June 14:

June 14, 2008

Saint Teopista, Virgin & Martyr of Rome
Martyred under the reign of Emperor Valerian