Question About Infallibility

05/02/2011 Comments (7)

A reader writes:

I just read your article about Infallibility. Of course, you didn’t write the article to address my specific question, so it would be unfair of me to expect too much from it—but I get the impression from your article that it all comes down to Peter being the Rock of the one and only institutional Church. But it appears that this phrase, while loosely grounded in Matthew 16, is really an article of faith that must be accepted. Once you accept the idea that Peter (and every one of his successors) leads the one and only institutional Church, then the Catholic Church is the place to be. And I would agree with you, if I give you that article of faith.

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News of This World and the Next

04/25/2011 Comments (90)

Big Sis Defends Marshalling the Forces of the Empire to Grope This Little Girl:

It was “professional”—and as anybody can see, she could well have been a terrorist.

The People’s National Security State: Keeping Us Safe from our Ourselves and Wrestling Us to the Ground and Cuffing Us if We Resist!

Meanwhile, wingnuts led by Donald Trump (whose significant poll numbers on the Right are a complete indictment of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism) are getting het up about Birtherism—again.

Ahem. Unless you believe in time-travel conspiracy theories to alter Hawaiian newspapers, the dude was born in Hawaii. Get over it. Oh, and the World Trade Center was destroyed by al Quaida, not by...READ MORE

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By a Curious Coincidence

04/22/2011 Comments (15)

Good Friday and Earth Day happen to coincide. Recently, the UN outdid itself in sheer pagan silliness by hitting the headlines with some nonsense about giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as human beings.

The notion of treating nature as a person is, in this context, just pure political scam artistry of a particularly ham-fisted type, of course. It is a classic watermelon tactic: green on the outside, red on the inside. An excuse for some bureaucrat to seize draconian power over human beings by pretending to be a Lorax and speaking for the trees (who, for persons, are quite taciturn and not at all demonstrative about their supposed equal rights). That’s the problem with Voiceless Nature:...READ MORE

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Just War Doctrine Question

04/20/2011 Comments (37)

A reader asks:

Was pondering something a while back with our third War for Freedom, or to Save Civilians lives, or something ... and I was wondering:

Is Just War Theory “binding” in the sense that the Resurrection is “binding” on the faithful? I wondered, given that it is Just War “Theory” after all. I don’t ask lightly or to look for a way to deny it (a moral theory that is 1,700 years old probably has something going for it), but I was curious as to where this falls on the spectrum of De Fide vs. pious opinion.

Just War Theory is a synthesis of the Church’s best good faith effort to apply the basic principles of its moral teaching in a fallen world. It is not de fide and thus not...READ MORE

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Half Empty or Half Full?

04/18/2011 Comments (22)

Over at Catholic Vote we encounter the sort of story that could only emerge from the PC precincts of my beloved and absurd home town, Seattle. Jessica, a 16-year-old private school kid, decided to volunteer at a public school in our famously wretched and embattled Seattle system. Here’s her story:

“At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about “their abstract behavior rules.”

“I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted...READ MORE

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This Sunday We Celebrate the Triumphal Entry

04/15/2011 Comments (6)

John reminds us that Jesus’ triumphal entry is a fulfillment of what was written by the prophet Zechariah:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9).

Zechariah (particularly chapters 9 through 14) is one of the richest sources for prophetic passages fulfilled by Jesus in the last week of his life. So, in addition to Zechariah’s prophecy of the triumphal entry of the King “humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey,” the prophet goes on to describe that King establishing a dominion “from sea to...READ MORE

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The Anointing at Bethany

04/13/2011 Comments (13)

One of the things that has always given the Gospels the ring of a truthful recounting of historical memory by eyewitnesses is the story of the anointing at Bethany. What is interesting to me are these passages:

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and took his place at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had...READ MORE

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A Zealous New Convert Writes…

04/11/2011 Comments (12)

I have followed your blog for some time now and want to thank you for all that you do. You might be happy to know that a group of somewhat recent converts (myself included) to the Faith discuss your writings on a regular basis (especially your recent clarifications on lying). I am from Lafayette, Louisiana, and converted to the Church two years ago this coming Easter. Men like Lewis, Chesterton, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Thomas Aquinas are who led my friends and my family into the Catholic Church.

For about four years now I have been studying the Faith and maturing in it (ever so slowly) through the writings and sacraments of the Church. About two weeks ago, my wife and I were asked...READ MORE

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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.