Then and Now

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (20)

Then: “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. - JFK Inaugural

Now: 2005 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found in Fields v. Palmdale School District “that the Meyer-Pierce right [of parents to direct the upbringing of their children] does not exist beyond the threshold of the school door.”

Once abolish God and government becomes the god. - The Prophet Chesterton on the...READ MORE

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This will bring out a lot of DIY bishops

Monday, August 30, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (195)

Jack Smith over at the Catholic Key tells us that when the US Conference of Catholic Bishops launches Respect Life Month in October, one of the seven major articles made available in their Respect Life Program will concern the Church’s teaching on the Death Penalty.  Here is the article, penned by Bp. Robert W. Finn:

Divine Mercy and the death penalty

By Most Rev. Robert W. Finn

“The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy. . . . On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls—no one have I excluded!” (Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul, p.1182)

“Help us O God of our salvation; . . . according to thy...READ MORE

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Toward a Jolly-Friendly Media

Friday, August 27, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (12)

As many of you know, earlier this week I finally broke the silence and “came out”.  I am Jolly.  As I told my readers over at Inside Catholic:

I am Jolly. I can’t help it. I was just born that way. And I am no longer ashamed!

I can’t remember when I first felt Jolly. Maybe it was when I was eating that second bowl of ice cream and watching The Flying Nun when I was eight. Maybe it was that tender coming-of-age moment when an older Jolly man brought Kentucky Fried Chicken to a beach party I was invited to at the age of 15 and I ate half the bucket. I don’t claim to understand everything about the complexities of this glorious and challenging appetite God has given me. All I know is, Jolly is...READ MORE

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Questions about Jesus' Birth

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (7)

A reader writes:

I have 3 Catholic issues that I’m scratching my head over, and I was wondering if you had an answer to them.  I’ve read several of your books, so I’m fairly sure you do have an answer, I hope to counter these arguments lodged against the veracity of the Bible and our faith with sound knowledge.  Since you are probably one of the if not the most knowledgeable Catholics on the planet, I look toward you for wisdom.  There, that should be adequate buttering up ;), now to the questions.

Oh dear.  Such buttery just instills deep performance anxiety and the conviction that you vastly overestimate me.  I’m not a Scripture scholar and much of what I know or think I know is stuff I...READ MORE

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I'm Lousy at These Things

Monday, August 23, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (7)

A reader writes:

For whatever it’s worth, you’ve been “tagged” to share your five favorite Catholic devotions.  I for one would be interested in knowing ...

I’m terrible with these sorts of things, because my spiritual life is so uninspiring.  I suppose I could be a smart alec and say my five favorite devotions were Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Confession and Matrimony (I don’t want the other two sacraments especially), but that’s hardly in the spirit of the thing.

I will say, however, that “the sacraments” are in fact at the core of my devotional life and I regard my private devotions as more or less spokes on a wheel radiating out of these.  In particular, I am fond of Eucharist,...READ MORE

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It's Like He Can Read My Very Soul!

Friday, August 20, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (33)

In response to one of my periodic bleats arguing that Catholics would be better employed getting their instruction in social teaching from the Church than from Talking Hairdos on TV who teach their viewers to hyperventilate about Imminent Nazi Takeovers, a reader writes:

I know that you, and many other people like yourself, who get low television ratings and feel that you need to boost them by directing your comments to individuals who are looking out for the american people.

You learn something every day.  It turns out that the reason I write what I write is because my television program is getting low ratings, not because I think Catholic should learn their faith from the Church.  This...READ MORE

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"Simple" is Right

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (52)

A reader replies to my remarks about Anne Rice’s defection with the Usual Boilerplate from the AmChurch side of the aisle:

The church is the body of Christ and all of us are united to Christ as the head. The institutional church is an organization of ordained celibate males who have little or no regard for the opinions and wisdom of the rest of the body of Christ. The more the institutional church expands its power and authority away from the rest of the body of Christ, they sucuumb to that which corrupts all centralized institutions of humans. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. A simple reading of the history of the church shows the many ways and times where the...READ MORE

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Thoughts Occasioned by Anne Rice

Monday, August 16, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (26)

Several people have asked what I think of Anne Rice unfriending the Church on Facebook.

I can’t say I’m too surprised.  She’s always made it clear that she didn’t really grok Jesus’ own teaching about his intimate union with the body of Christ.  The entire understanding of Paul, the New Testament, and the Church following these about the relationship of Christ the head and his body is summed up in Jesus’ words to Saul of Tarsus.  They are not “Why are you persecuting my disciples?”  They are “Why you persecuting me?”  All of Paul’s subsequent writing about the nature of the Church consists of a life long labor of unpacking that statement (of which Ephesians is the highest expression).


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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.