The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

If our obligation to follow the 6th Commandment is conditional on the state of life we have created for ourselves based on the culmination of our own free will actions and choices then why would God have given us this Commandment?  Is God forgetful?  Was he wrong?  Are all the other Commandments conditional?  Why is it conditional now and not before?  Maybe these questions are to rigid.

Source: The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia


Why Google Must Be Regulated

Tucker’s Thoughts: Google fired James Damore just because he expressed his alternate views on their diversity philosophy and practice. We once trusted Google not to be evil.

Google is an international corporation pushing its own social and political agendas through the manipulation of its services while providing a significant service to all internet users.  Like any other monopolies in the areas of power, water, gas, and food it needs to be regulated.

Source: Tucker: Why Google Must Be Regulated

“Sensus Fidei” and Fr. Martin

The authority of the Church’s teachings cannot be tested by consulting the inner senses of practicing Catholics—regardless of what Father James Martin, SJ believes.

I am continually amazed at the lengths leaders and trusted consultants of the Vatican will go to confuse and distort great magisterial documents.  It’s shocking that someone hired to be a high ranking communications expert can’t seem to read a rigorous document like Sensus Fidei  and properly communicate it.

“The faithful must reflect on the teaching that has been given, making every effort to understand and accept it. Resistance, as a matter of principle, to the teaching of the magisterium is incompatible with the authentic sensus fidei.” (SF 80) (To understand public opinion vs Sensus Fidei read p. 113-119)

Source: “Sensus Fidei” and Fr. Martin | Gregory Brown

A Memo to Google Employees on the Recent Outrage

To: All Google Employees From: Unoi’m Carasee, Vice President of Mutually Exclusive Propositions Subject: The Recent Outrage Dear Google Employees: In light of the horrific assault on Google values recently made by a former employee, we feel it is necessary to add a few further propositions to the official Google List of Mandatory Beliefs.

Based on restrictive initiatives by large social media companies like Facebook and Twitter on free speech (you should really question why you support them by your participation) this “tongue in cheek” memo strikes close to reality.

I guess the question is who is really in control and who’s the slave?  It’s likely you’ve thought about that at work recently with the increasing “voluntary” social initiatives and “encouraged” health checkups to save on your health plan costs.  Who really owns me and the data about me?

Source: A Memo to Google Employees on the Recent Outrage – Crisis Magazine

Cardinal Burke’s 10 Ways to Overcome Crisis of Confusion, Division in the Church

The U.S. cardinal says disorientation and error have entered into the Church “in a diabolical way,” but encourages Catholics to remain steadfast in the faith as well as courageous and serene, knowing Christ’s victory is “already written.”

We have here solid and sure council from one of our wisest living Cardinals. Notice how his 10 ways are steeped in prayer and loving concern for our hierarchy.  We don’t hear this from others.

This is an interesting fact: Bl. Pope Paul VI, he said, “would never permit the publication of one of his sermons without thoroughly studying the printed text” and once told a young prelate: “I am the Vicar of Christ on earth, and I have a most serious responsibility to make certain that no word of mine could be interpreted in a way contrary to Church teaching.”

Source: Cardinal Burke’s 10 Ways to Overcome Crisis of Confusion, Division in the Church

The Power of a Habit

Support your priest and religious.  Their collars, Cassocks, and habit and a true sign to our culture of the Catholic faith.  When we pass do people say of us, “there goes a Catholic?” Let your faith show through.

Source: The Power of a Habit

Bored at Mass? A 7-step method to fix that

If you or your youth are bored at Mass try these 7 steps.  How about playing a game with your youth where you give a quick finger score, 1 to 10, right after the homily and discuss why in the car ride home?

Source: Bored at Mass? A 7-step method to fix that

What the Baltimore Catechism has to say to adults

In this day of tremendous ambiguity and the confusion it engenders we need to get back to basics and foundational truth.  How about picking up the Bible and the Baltimore Catechism.  I think you’ll find it refreshing.

Source: What the Baltimore Catechism has to say to adults

Google changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad

Google is bowing to pressure from Muslims without considering whether those who are demanding that the search results be skewed in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive.

Source: Google changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad

Metaphysical Mischief: The Bergoglio Gloss

“Every theology necessarily incorporates a philosophy, for there will always be a natural way of thinking that under-girds the exposition of revelation. Like everyman, popes have philosophies, and although it is not the business of a pope to advocate any philosophy, the philosophy every pope presupposes will influence his representation of the Catholic faith…”

A really nice article highlighting the break we see between the philosophical underpinnings of the last two pope’s theologies and that of Pope Francis.

It highlights the negative effects of holding reality above the ideal.  We must recognize that Christ didn’t call us to live according to reality but to the ideal of the Gospel.  Christ was not a rigorist.

One might suggest that without the ideal and hope of health a person would not go to a hospital.  We don’t go to a hospital to stay sick or call sickness health.  Doing that is a form of eventual euthanasia to the soul.

Source: Metaphysical Mischief: The Bergoglio Gloss – Crisis Magazine

Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptions

The ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 years

This hard science topic, which you likely haven’t heard much about within the constant cascade of global warming chatter, is a great example of facts verses theory.  Not that theories don’t lead us to breakthroughs but they are secondary to facts.

Take for instance the facts in this article and the links highlighted between hundreds of volcano eruptions over the last 2500 years and significant global cooling events.  If humans could put as much sulphates into the air at one time and in one place we might have some correlation and support for global warming propaganda but it’s not even close.

I wonder if we don’t think about these macro processes much because it makes us feel to insignificant.  I mean, doesn’t everything revolve around our navels?  How could the earth survive without us?


Source: Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptions

No Apology Necessary: Of Harbors, Harbingers, and Kids at Mass

“Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me” (Mt 19.14).

Do everything you can to help young families feel accepted and appreciated the next time you see them in Mass.  Go out of your way to talk with the new young family that is visiting your parish.  They are very courageous in confronting the stodgy Catholic culture often expressed by those of us that have forgotten the oppression felt by scornful looks we received regarding our own children not so many years ago.  Your children were exactly the same.  Help them.  Don’t hurt them.

These children are the future of the Church.  Are you being a good example to these Mass novices? Do you even care?  Jesus does.  Maybe you should too.  Step up.

Source: No Apology Necessary: Of Harbors, Harbingers, and Kids at Mass

On “The Land of Lunatics”

Thousands of young, urbane professionals are moving into your neighborhood but are not joining the local Catholic parish. Why?  Maybe they are already part of a growing and popular church with its own rites and rituals.  So faithful and convinced that they are fortified against conversion or even carrying.  How do you reach the church of the living dead?

Source: On “The Land of Lunatics” – The Catholic Thing

A Kneeling Theology

In order to be a compelling force in social renewal, theological wisdom needs the animating power of mystical wisdom. The study of theology needs to be imbued with a deeper contemplation of the Word made flesh.

Source: A Kneeling Theology

Remembering St. Padre Pio’s Words on Abortion

The stigmata saint’s stark warning, amid signs that some in the Church are losing, or perhaps never had, a horror for such a grave sin.

Source: Remembering St. Padre Pio’s Words on Abortion