Archive for Artemus

Perón’s Pope?

Since his election and with each new utterance, many of us have been debating what labels apply to Pope Francis.  Perhaps one that we haven’t applied but may be most accurate after some study is the label “Perónist”. Juan Perón, leader of Argentina from the mid-40’s, drove government initiatives that were to be a “3rd option” to the assumed alternative extremes of capitalism or communism.  In the region, capitalism was linked to imperialism, therefore, Peron also drove a strong anti-imperialist agenda.  What we view now as something akin to a corporate socialist framework, Perón tried to find a fine balance

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Exodus Redux

I don’t believe in coincidences, particularly when it has to do with matters spiritual.  This past Saturday, the Satanic Temple in Detroit celebrated the unveiling of “Baphomet,” Satanism’s winged, goat-headed icon to a partying crowd of 700.  On Monday, the 1st reading at Mass was from the 32nd chapter of Exodus, which chronicles the idolatrous conduct of the Israelite’s at the base of Mount Sinai while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments. The similarities are striking. The Israelites received a gift of favor from God who led them out of slavery.  Many of the Detroit revelers undoubtedly in the past received

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Aware and Prepared

Mindful of the prior post from Timshel related to the Charleston church shooting and our responsibility to ensure our family’s security, I recently read in the local free newspaper an article about the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Law Enforcement Academy.  This course is offered to citizens who are interested in finding out more about the workings of local law enforcement and the criminal justice system and the article highlighted the most recent class that just graduated. During my web search to find out more about this topic, I was pleasantly surprised to find many cities and counties offering similar courses;

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Aiding and Abetting the Enemy

Our POTUS Obama, eager to put another feather in the hat of his stellar legacy, finally gave the Iranian leaders what they wanted and brokered a nuclear agreement.  For the moment, the Iranians are pleased as punch and so is Obama and the other negotiators, but few others, whether Democrat or Republican are gushing over the achievement.  One could only hope that the U.S. Senators and Congressmen would actually do the right thing and reject this agreement in its entirety, but that’s wishful thinking. Iran has been a constant source of instability and an active promoter of terrorism in the

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Supreme Dissent

It was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who in 2013 predicted “the second shoe to be dropped” in his dissenting opinion in U.S v. Windsor that overturned the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.  That second shoe came in the form of Obergefell v. Hodges and Scalia was at the ready once again with his dissenting opinion.  While popular media focused on the majority opinion – and ignored its lack of judicial jurisprudence – the dissenting opinions have been either oversimplified, mocked or attacked, as in the situation with Justice Clarence Thomas, which Smokey briefly covered in a prior post. Scathing

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No Rest for the Victors

This past Saturday morning I met with my men’s group in the parish.  After reciting the Lauds Liturgy of the Hours we dove into how the Supreme Court’s dictate of the redefinition of marriage will affect the future of the Catholic Church and individuals who adhere to objective and moral truths.  We discussed the reality of an increase in active persecution, in personal relationships as well as professionally.  We discussed how or whether we can adequately prepare our children and grandchildren to be solid in the truth against the extreme peer pressure that they will be exposed to by friends,

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The Banishment of History

Can one be “on the wrong side of history” when that history is purged because it’s judged to be racist or politically incorrect?  That is a pertinent question for us to reflect upon these days. This week we witnessed another mass murder of innocent citizens in a church by a deranged and warped young man.  The immediate talking points by those who have agendas more important than finding and fixing the root causes of the problem were along the lines of two topics: the need for stricter gun control and the need for total disavowment of a symbol – the

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Making Stronger Young Disciples

The Junto has on occasion discussed the pros and cons of the typical parish Youth Ministry program.  The discussion generally goes as such: It’s good that the youth are attending, but are they growing in the faith and equipped for adulthood, or more likely are they just there to hang out and have a good time?  Many of the activities are childish with “just a little” religion mixed in.  Certainly we all know the exceptions – the youth that take the Faith seriously and have solid roots.  But does the typical Youth Ministry program provide the best result in achieving the objective of

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Taking Christ out to the World

This Sunday marks a very special day in the Church calendar – The Feast of Corpus Christi.  Added into the calendar in 1264 by Pope Urban, this celebration is making a strong comeback after falling into disuse after the Vatican II reformers completed their handiwork. The celebration at Mass on this day culminates in a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament to outdoor altars, giving a real meaning about bringing Christ into the world for all to see.  Mindful of the dignity of the Godhead, this procession is carried out with the highest regard to reverence and adoration, and being

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Rogue Bishops – Take 2

     Fresh on the heels of the German episcopate’s recent decision to jettison the Church’s ecclesiastical law in favor of “human justice” regarding the employment of those living in irregular unions comes word of this leaked meeting – linked here. This secretive invitation-only meeting in Rome, convened by the increasing infamous Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, included Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier, presidents of the bishops conferences in Switzerland and France, as well as select clergy, theologians and … media.  The topics centered around strategies to liberalize the Church’s stance on marriage, sexuality and so-called same-sex marriage in advance of the

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