Archive for Obedience

Devil May Care? I Think He Does!

From Jimmy Akin’s latest blog post regarding Pope Francis.  As Jimmy points out, the Zenit news agency’s report that the Holy Father said “Jesus” doesn’t care what kind of Christian one is, was mixed up.  Zenit has corrected the error as of today.  Francis was actually referring to the Devil, who doesn’t care about denomination because he (the Devil, not Francis) seeks to lead astray any Christian. Thanks to Jimmy for this information– the last thing Francis needs these days is a quote taken out of context, mistranslated from Spanish, or otherwise mangled from its true intent. But… wait a

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The Other Shoe Is On Your Throat

“It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito.”  Solicitor General Donald Verrilli The cat peeked out of the bag at the Supreme Court hearing on whether States can set their own marriage policy.  The Administration’s Solicitor General as much as said that if the Supreme Court finds for a constitutional right to so-called homosexual marriage, religious schools that do not accept it would probably lose their tax-exempt status.  Our nominally Christian president and his administration did not start this aggressive civil war against orthodox Christianity (there have been firefights for decades),

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Catechetical Fading

Dr. Leonard Wong of the U.S. Army War College recently published a report entitled, “Lying to Ourselves:  Dishonesty in the Army Profession.”  After years of studying the dynamics in the Army related to the ever-growing list of various requirements (actions, audits, reports, training, tests, etc) handed down from above, Dr. Wong and his co-author interviewed over 100 officers across a range of ranks about how and whether they actually accomplished all these tasks.  They don’t, because they can’t possibly do them all. However, most reports turned in indicate near 100% compliance.  Thus, Dr. Wong’s titular conclusion that a form of

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Can We Have It Both Ways?

The Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula provides an unusual, somewhat disconcerting, vision of Jesus, with each half of his face portraying a very different expression. Some have suggested this portrayal is meant to underscore his divine and human aspects, while others characterize his visage as combining God’s justice and mercy. A number of events and issues, both in the wide world and my own life, have me thinking more deeply about the role of, and balance between, justice and mercy in our Catholic faith. Over the years, different priests have guided me back to Church and the Catholic

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Great German Bishops (No, Really!)

It is ironic that the German bishops have such a loud voice in trying to dictate policy for the universal Church.  While raking in billions of dollars every year from government taxes, they have presided over the spiritual death of a once great Catholic nation.  Weekly Mass attendance among Catholics has fallen from 22% to less than 10% in the past 25 years.  Their solution, in the name of “mercy,” is to  seek every accommodation with the culture instead of convicting it.  Continuing to go their own way on communion for divorced and ‘remarried’ people, Cardinal Marx, the current president

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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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Persecution Watch

Sometimes it is good to “get into the belly of the beast” when it comes to better understanding our opponents with different worldviews.  This article is from a very progressive website that I occasionally review.  If you have been following the career of Archbishop Cordileone, you will know that he has been one of the most outspoken Bishops advocating for preservation of the historical definition of marriage. Not one to back down when being challenged, he is probably one of only a few that would have the constitution to be the leader in the San Francisco Archdiocese. As a result

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Fraternal Leadership Trumps Fraternal Weakness

This evening my wife began reading aloud a story which had been posted by a friend, of a bizarre development in Norfolk, Virginia involving Knights of Columbus council 3548.  The Knights leadership there has invited, for the second year in a row, a St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal who holds views directly contrary to the Catholic Church.  You can read the story here at LifeSiteNews. Apparently in 2014, Father Dan Beeman of Holy Trinity Church in Norfolk, to which the Knights council was attached, rebuked the Knights and eventually talked them into selecting a new marshal.  This year, however,

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The Enemy of My Enemy

I have certainly not been at all shy about expressing my misgivings over Pope Francis’ pastoral strategy, especially as it is coupled with an apparent shoot-from-the-hip disposition.  However, in no way am I in doubt as to his validity as the Successor of Peter and I certainly do recognize the need to be obedient, even when dissenting on areas where it is permissible to do so.  Furthermore, I would like nothing more than for his pontificate to be a true success that brings about holiness in our world and strengthens the deposit of faith. I must say that I do

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The Journey of Mortification

Last evening my family and I received ashes and heard the admonition “Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Another Lent has arrived, a time to make an extra effort to put our bodily and spiritual affairs in order in preparation for the great Easter celebration. Each year, I make great efforts at bodily mortification by giving up many pleasurable foods and drinks. While this is difficult enough, I find it more challenging to mortify the will – such as controlling the tongue and uncharitable thoughts. A number of years ago, I started attending a

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