Category Archives: Misc

Meet the Catholic Homeschooling Divas

Earlier I had posted an article on the “Benedict Option” that I thought provided some great options to investigate and open your mind to when seeking the critical support of a Catholic faith community in this corrosive culture. I believe that Catholic homeschooling is another such option and one, as the article points out, can include partnering with Catholic schools, parishes, and faith communities. It’s a brave new world of opportunities for those taking the step to own their children’s educational formation.  These moms did it and so can you.

Source: Meet the Catholic Homeschooling Divas – Regina Magazine

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A truly life-changing idea: The Little Free Pantry movement – For Her

We spoke with Little Free Pantry founder Jessica McClure about connecting with neighbors, and creating healthier communities.

Its all about “arms reach” ministry and service. The best way for most of us to impact our community is to serve the community.  This is how the early Church grew.  This is a great idea!

Source: A truly life-changing idea: The Little Free Pantry movement – For Her


Boy Scouts: Gender Identity Is New Standard for Admission

The move could add new difficulties for Catholic sponsors of scout troops trying to adapt to the organization’s relatively new policy on homosexuality.

This move will likely force the Church’s hand to choose either to support homosexuality and transgenderism or visibly stand against.  Having affiliations at the local and diocese levels with the Scouts and their new policies will de facto show a behavior of acceptance which will be used in court against us when we are trying to manage staff and program content.  Just think of the bathroom issues now in our parishes that we have faced this year in our schools.

We need to pull the plug, stand for our faith, and promote alternate scouting programs for our boys and girls.  There are many good ones out there so the real issue is an unwillingness to try or the fear of a Catholic parents backlash. Hmm, why would a Catholic parent do that?

Source: Boy Scouts: Gender Identity Is New Standard for Admission


How do you stay up with current Church events? Headline News

I’m passing this along because I find their daily 8 minute headline news spot very useful in keeping up with the happenings in the Church each week.  Just simple straight news without a bunch of commentary.  It also allows me to research topics on my own rather than only getting a consistent slant from one news source. Check it out.  To be honest I don’t watch a lot of the other content from Church Militant but this piece is always informative.

Source: Church Militant – Headline News


Pope told Knights of Malta chief to call out Cardinal Burke in his resignation letter

Pope Francis didn’t just reinstate the condom-promoting Knights official. He made him more powerful than before.

I told you to keeping your eye on this…step #3. Just one more to go.

Its like standing on the sidewalk watching a collision happening in slow motion.  Now we have our Pope stepping into the sovereign politics of a legal state while requesting that the guy who stood up for the Church’s teaching, by condemning the Orders distribution of condoms, to resign on the spot and “oh by the way” asking him to blackball Cardinal Burke in the same resignation letter.  What an HR fiasco.

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Order of Malta Votes in Favor of Accepting Festing’s Resignation

Albrecht von Boeselager reinstated as Grand Chancellor; Order to elect new Grand Master “soon”.

When this story broke I encouraged you to keep an eye on it given it’s similar dynamics and behaviors we are also seeing in the Curia’s mandatory requirement of obedience or replacement, the replacement of priests in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Mueller and in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments under Cardinal Sarah (don’t even think about what reforms can happen if you control both of these congregations), and the recently odd selection of Cardinals. Not to mention the consistent demonizing of cardinals, priests, and laity not inline with the “new horizon” or who are in support of clarifying Amoris Laetitia by answering the dubia.

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California Shifts Approach to Child Prostitution, and Church Steps in to Help

A new state law decriminalizes underage prostitution for the minors involved, while retaining penalties for the adults who exploit them.

I highlight this article for a few reasons.

  1. Of all we hear coming out of California this seems like a reasonable law.  Time will tell if the approach works but it should, given it relies on a rehab model used for many other situations such as for single moms.  It is critical for good intentions to be supported by the appropriate levels of social service availability which seems to be in question.

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Bye Bye Facebook

This will be my last post on Facebook. There are multiple reasons for the move and maybe I’ll post about that soon but it will be on my blog catholictorch.com. So if you’ve found the articles I’ve posted here interesting subscribe to my blog and they’ll be emailed directly to you. See you on the blogosphere.


Sweet Mama Dog Interacting with a Beautiful Child with Down Syndrome

If you’re a bit tired today of all the craziness watch this YouTube video. It brings things back into perspective.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JA8VJh0UJtg


Angry with the World

It is hard not to become angry and disheartened with what we see around us today. Our government seems to be out of control, our elected officials are incompetent and act like comical snake oil salesmen of the old Wild West, liberalism and relativism and greed appear to be the new cultural religions of the day, our faith is the center of constant attacks, and in a world that demands mutual respect differing opinions are labelled mean hearted and uncaring. I’ve even begun weening myself off the news and news apps on my iPad to slow the constant flood of junk the media pours out each day.

I asked myself, how our “Christian” nation could have fallen so far so quickly? How can people be so blind and treat justice, truth, and goodness with so much contempt? It made me want to shake some sense into the world but just recently God has gotten my attention and reminded me of a few things that have really changed my outlook. Sometimes you just have to get off the merry-go-round for a while and regain your balance.

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Indifference

by GA Studdert Kennedy

When Jesus came to Golgotha, they hanged Him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;
They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham, they simply passed Him by.
They would not hurt a hair of Him, they only let Him die;
For men had grown more tender, and they would not give Him pain,
They only just passed down the street, and left Him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried, ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do,’
And still it rained the winter rain that drenched Him through and through;
The crowds went home and left the streets without a soul to see,
And Jesus crouched against a wall, and cried for Calvary.

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (27 June 1883 – 8 March 1929), was an Anglican priest and poet. He was nicknamed ‘Woodbine Willie’ during World War I for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers.


Post-Comfortable Christianity

Article from Crisis Magazine by Father George W. Rutler

This new period is not “Post-Christian” because nothing comes after Christ. We can, however, call it “Post-Comfortable Christian.”

Shortly before he died in Oxford in 1988, the Jesuit retreat master and raconteur, Bernard Bassett, in good spirits after a double leg amputation, told me that the great lights of his theological formation had been Ignatius Loyola and John Henry Newman, but if he “had to do it all over,” he’d only read Paul. “Everything is there.” There is a temptation to think that God gave us the Apostle to the Gentiles in order to have second readings at Sunday Mass, usually unrelated to the first reading and the Gospel. But everything truly is there. Paul was one of the most important figures in human history, and a great character to boot. That is, a character in the happiest sense of the word. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain” (1 Cor 15:10).
Tragedy and comedy intertwine, ultimately issuing in glory, whenever he is on trial. He longs to live and to die in the same breath: “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:210). Whenever he is on trial for his life, he invokes a forensic brilliance to save the very life he is willing to sacrifice. Just as Jesus who had come into the world to die, slipped through the mob in Nazareth because his hour had not yet come, so does Paul become his own defense when on trial, ready to die by God’s calendar and not man’s. In Caesarea, he confounds Antonius Felix, the Roman governor of Judaea and Samaria, and a little later he does the same to the successor of Felix, Procius Festus. The best court scene is Paul before Marcus Annaeus Novatus, who had taken the name of his adoptive father Junius Gallio, the rhetorician and friend of his father Seneca Sr. whose son Seneca, Jr. was the noble Stoic. Nero forced Seneca’s suicide, but before that, in Achaia where Gallio was proconsul, Paul was a bit of a Rumpole of the Bailey, in how he played the jury like a piano to the frustration of the judge. The point is this: Paul, both innocent and shrewd, was willing to suffer and did so regularly, as he was not loathe to recount at length, and he was also ready to die, but as death comes but once, he wanted it to be at the right moment. Continue reading


Home Improvements

I thought setting up a blog would be easier but I guess GK Chesterton had it right, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” (What’s Wrong with the World)  I’m anxious to get a few posts completed and hope to have them done this week.  Please check back, comment, and look for a few links and blogs that I’ll recommend in my Links page.  I am truly new to this and would appreciate any “Home Improvement” ideas from veteran bloggers especially those familiar with WordPress.  Click on my image at the bottom and send me an email.  I would love to step around a few potholes…my feet are wet already:-)