Archive for Artemus

Marvel’s Daredevil

I have to admit it – I’m hooked. The latest Avengers movie – heavy on action and light on a good plot – was a superhero let-down. But after my son recommended Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil as having an engaging superhero character development, I found some down time over the weekend and watched the first episode- and then watched quite a few more. I confess to being 100% illiterate when it comes to comic book superheros, so I went into this blind (pun intended). But what pleasantly surprised me in this well-done production is the Catholic undertones in the plot-lines and in the

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Losing our Religion – to What?

One news item this week has been the Pew poll on religion in America.  Most of the conclusions confirm what we already knew – Americans are becoming less religious and less Christian, although Christianity is still professed by 70% of the citizens.  What is most striking however is the spike in those adhering to “nothing in particular” – the “nones” that emerged into significance in recent years.  Now comprising almost 16% of the populace, these are not the doubtful agnostics or the confident atheists, rather they are those that just don’t give a damn – period.  Their posture of “anything related to religion

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Rogue Bishops

Greetings from Italy. Not having time to prepare a much of a post during my business trip, I am posting this announcement on the German bishop’s conference decision to relax the Church’s labor employment standards. Not by a slim majority either – over a 2/3’s margin. Now the line has been drawn in the sand – will Rome react or retreat? Since the church in Germany is essentially decimated by increasing secularism, there isn’t much to be lost by a mass excommunication of the Bishops that voted for the relaxation.

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AOTM – California style

In a happy coincidence to Wednesday’s post by Hytholay lamenting the lost art of cordial debating, I ran across this advertisement for a debate to take place tonight at Biola University in California.  I am not familiar with Biola University Center for Christian Thought other than they are a conservative evangelical institution. In a cursory reading of their site, it appears that they are undertaking a worthy goal of fostering civil discourse in the face of our “shout-down and shut-down the opposition” culture by devoting the entire academic year to this theme. From their site: Current Theme (2014-2015): Intellectual Virtue and

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You WILL Be Offended; Get Used To It

“Trigger warning”  Apparently this is a term that has been around for a while in in blogs and more recently in academia but one that I have not been aware of until recent events in the news.  Established as a way to protect delicate and pampered minds and thoughts against “offensive” content, it now is being morphed into a form of thuggish censorship by extremists to shut down forms of discussion that are deemed politically incorrect. Some examples can be found here, here and here. While we should be sensitive to the after-effects of legitimate traumatic episodes, forced avoidance of any

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When Enough Isn’t Quite Enough

The gay advocacy group GLAAD recently published report cards on how well the Hollywood studios are advocating the gay lifestyle and characters in films and television. Support article here. A few observations from my perspective: – No studios received an “excellent” grade. There is a wide chasm in respective worldviews since us traditionally-minded folks have for a long time relegated Hollywood into the category of Sodom and Gomorrah. Apparently they haven’t quite arrived there yet. – I’m impressed that GLAAD can manage statistics down to the percentage decimal-point level for shows that are inclusive and track the number of seconds that “non-straight”

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Dilemma in Education

I just ran across this article and noticed that the Des Moines diocese is headed by Bishop Pates, born locally and previously was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul – Minneapolis. This is more evidence that something is seriously wrong in Catholic education.  The protesting students should have been suspended for leaving classes and the teachers who joined the protest should have been seriously disciplined.  I am pleased that the Bishop and Superintendent clearly stated the Church position, but I fault the school administration for not treating the situation more seriously.  It is time to start closing Catholic

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Diminishing Freedom

I have been following the unfolding events in Indiana and Arkansas regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act with increasing levels of dismay.  This Register article has a good synopsis of the situation. The level of hyperbole, hateful intolerance and outright lying by the radical agitators is sickening.  One really has to wonder where this will end up if those of goodwill won’t rise up in righteous response to defend the legislators that have authored the bills.  The enemy is inside the gate, senses victory and will show no mercy.

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The Real Issue About Marriage

In a previous post I considered how the example of St. Joseph can be used to give encouragement to men who are struggling to live their vocation in marriage and parenthood.  Upon further reflection on our culture’s crisis in the breakdown of marriage, and it’s subsequent rush for redefining marriage into what it is not, I found this article pertinent and interesting. Divorce, cohabitation, and out-of-wedlock births are what have caused the institution of marriage to become soiled to the point where it has become attractive to the homosexual agitators and the uninformed public.  We can wring our hands in dispair about the recent redefinition

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Celebrate St. Joseph

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph.   Since St. Joseph happens to be my patron saint, I thought it appropriate to reflect on some of his attributes based on the gospel accounts.  This article by Msgr. Charles Pope, although written for the Feast of the Holy Family, is pertinent to what we as husbands and fathers should aspire to in our lives.  If there ever were lessons to be learned by reflecting on actions alone, St. Joseph is the place to start.  His was a life devoted to Mary and Jesus, even in the face of outward contradictions

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