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Living in a World of Delusion, Part II

While writing my last blog entry, Living in a World of Delusion, I recalled an iconic scene from the classic 1999 science fiction film The Matrix. In the scene Morpheus holds a little capsule in each of his palms and proposes a choice to Neo. “This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill-the story ends, you wake up in bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill-you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering is the

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Modern Love

Fly-On-The-Wall media presents an advance look at a certain European Cardinal’s upcoming talk at the Synod on the Family! Brothers, I realize that we are given only three minutes to address the synod.  However, if the winners of  the People’s Choice Awards can ignore their time limits, surely a Prince of the Church can do what he wants (check my track record; I have).  Besides, I don’t intend to follow rules that aren’t pastorally sensitive to my desires, and you guys can’t exactly cut to a commercial to get me off stage.  If I haven’t been fired by now with

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The Son Who Stayed, Redux

This morning, in a motel room outside of Kansas City, I re-read Meddlesome’s post, “What Happened to the Son Who Stayed?” In many ways, that post and the discussion and posts that followed seem to have set the tone for the Junto’s approach to discussing Pope Francis—a tone that, I continue to worry, is at times not spiritually healthy for us. It’s not that I don’t share the Junto’s concerns about the confusion that has been caused around the Church’s teachings on marriage or find the Pope’s treatment of various cardinals baffling. (And I’ve ceased to try to make sense

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The Case of the Missing “Sacred Givens”

A couple months back I waded through a theology professor’s detailed analysis of Cardinal Kasper’s intellectual foundations, upon which his troubling views on church doctine are founded. This week, George Weigel posted a much clearer and briefer summary of his understanding of Prof. Stark and Cardinal Kasper on First Things. Weigel says that by absolutizing history, Cardinal Kasper minimizes or does away with the “sacred givens” of God’s revelation. It’s a short read, and much clearer and easier to track than my earlier post — and as always, the First Things comments are interesting, as well — although many focus on Humana Vitae

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Doubling Down On Sin

Recently I listened to a lecture from a seminary professor who posited that the very first sin in the Garden, the one that initiated the entire historical cascade of evil, was intimately connected to marriage.  The lecture was recorded several months ago, and so not directed specifically toward the recent Clown Supreme Court ruling.  In any case, it is an interesting exegesis to understand the Enemy’s obsession with destroying marriage, which is now well advanced.  There is a great deal of background and nuance to the argument, but in a stripped down form and going from memory it runs roughly

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Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and

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Stranger in a Strange Land

When they were few in number, of little account, and strangers in the land”  1 Chron 16:19 I must confess that since the hellish decision from 5 lawyers last week, I have scrupulously avoided reading anything about it, except for Timshel’s excellent post a couple of days ago.  I’m not in the mood to listen to Satan speaking through his acolytes about “human rights.”  There is little of sanity left in our culture, which is why I chose instead to read from my favorite philosopher of sanity, Frank Sheed.  Below is an excerpt from his book Society and Sanity, written

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The Rainbow Road

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”  — Matthew 7:13-14   My heart aches to think how much we’ve lost to gain so small a fiction as “equality.” We were created equal in dignity; beautifully different in all else — each of us a unique image of Christ bearing a unique cross along a unique path to Paradise. But we want sameness. We fear

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Quid Est Veritas? Cardinal Kasper’s
Troubling Foundations

On Tuesday, the Catholic World Report posted a paper by Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark of the Benedict XVI Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Austria, entitled “German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper’s Theological Project.” It is a lengthy read, and reminded me of everything I disliked about the philosophy classes I took in college and my brief forays into academic writing. But I understood enough to be alarmed. Using one of Kasper’s early theological works, Prof. Stark shows the philosophical foundations that appear to have brought the cardinal to the point positions he currently holds on questions of morality, marriage, sexuality, and the sacraments. I

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‘We Need a New Boniface’

Yesterday was the Feast of St. Boniface, patron of the German people. The St. Paul Street Evangelization Facebook page published this photo of the great bishop and missionary whose statue graces our Sanctuary, as well as the excerpt below, taken from his writings: Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him: “O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.” Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the

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