Dialogue with Demas

09/25/2014 Comments (80)

The teachings of the Faith are not optional, though many Catholics erroneously believe that one can dissent from particular teachings of the Church that one happens to find unsatisfactory or unpleasant and still remain a "faithful Catholic." One such confused person is my friend "Demas." Demas has the remarkable knack of speaking aloud some of the most common mis-perceptions that modern Catholics have about their own Church. Recently, I had a conversation with him which was a veritable inventory of many of the confusions afoot in the modern American Church. So it seemed to me that a summary of our conversation might be useful to others who are confronting the same confusions and...READ MORE

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What Happens In Church Stays in Church

09/25/2014 Comments (153)

A parish in Montana is terribly divided over the decision the pastor made to refuse Communion to two men who were recently civilly married.

This is one of the predominant issues of our time and I think we'll be hearing more stories like it in the near future. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reportedly said after speaking with parishioners about the issue that "there obviously is polarization."

He said he wishes to bring healing to the parish but added, "At the same time, as a Catholic bishop, I uphold our Catholic teachings."

This is a sad situation but I'm more interested in what one of the men involved said to the media. Exhibiting incrdulity, he said, "We...READ MORE

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Joe Biden Hitches a Ride With Nuns on the Bus

09/24/2014 Comments (81)

Recent news reports about the 2014 Nuns on the Bus initiative — a 10-state trip to encourage people to vote in the Nov. 4 midterms — are so bizarre they have me pinching myself to see if I’m really awake.

Consider this: Vice President Joe Biden flew to Iowa on Air Force Two Sept. 17 at taxpayers’ expense to help kick off the Nuns on the Bus 2014 campaign to encourage voter registration. And, according to The New York Times, he praised the sisters for fighting “like the devil” for passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

He was referring, of course, to the role of Network, the sisters’ lobbying organization that sponsors Nuns on the Bus. Network...READ MORE

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A Taste of History That’s Neither Dull Nor Boring

09/24/2014 Comment

In high school, I slept through history class and aced it. In college, I told my honors advisor that I would take science classes instead of history. He argued with me, insisting that history was so easy and on and on. I didn’t care. I’d had enough classroom naps.

Fast forward a few years, and a friend of mine lent me The Frontiersman, by Allan Eckert. My husband—who does not, I should not, think of reading as a hobby or as a fun-to-do evening activity—whipped through it in a week. I finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down.

That was my first taste that I’d been misled in my belief that history was boring. Over the course of the next several years, I realized something stunning:...READ MORE

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Should Catholics Read Anti-Catholic Materials?

09/23/2014 Comments (119)

Yesterday, someone shared this picture with me.

 

 

Well, that's silly. The statue labelled "Semiramis" and "Nimrod" is clearly European and clearly Medieval, which is about as far from "Ancient Babylon" as you can get. A few hardy souls went to the source of the meme and let its anti-Catholic authors know that the statue of "Semiramis" was, in fact, indisputably a Madonna and Child who reside in the South Portal of the Cologne Cathedral.

And guess what? No one cared. They didn't even have the good grace to feel sheepish over the goofy historical error. What mattered to them was that Catholics are wrong, Catholics are always wrong, and if Catholics defend themselves with demonstrable...READ MORE

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Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay Hold 'Cordial' Meeting

09/23/2014 Comments (15)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this morning met Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the Vatican has announced. 

In a statement, the Vatican said:

"On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

"The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.,...READ MORE

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Streamlined Annulment Of Marriages or Jesus?

09/22/2014 Comments (114)

There is real danger in the decision, announced on Saturday some 7 weeks after the fact, Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law, read annulments.

The Holy See Press Office states that the commission has as "its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony."

Simpler and more streamlined while safeguarding principles, who could possibly be opposed to that?

Let's just get this out of the way and state that if the result of the commission is...READ MORE

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Chosenness

09/21/2014 Comments (104)

Some time back, a reader wrote me with an interesting observation:

You know, I just thought of something. I used to have a part-time job as a pest caller (phone surveys, mostly) and so I met a lot of Wiccans. (In the '90's they congregated in phone & restaurant work, for some reason; don't know about now.) And every single one of them was a High Priestess. Every single one. I don't know what that means, if anything, but I noticed it.

I hadn’t thought of it till she pointed it out, but yeah, there does seem to be a glut of High Priestesses and High Priests when it comes to Wicca. Nobody is just a plain old priest, let a alone a mere parishioner. Similarly, all Past Life Regressives seem...READ MORE

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