Compounding insult with injury: It’s time for a sabbatical!

by Doug Lawrence

More than a year after the beginning of the disastrous “Francesco” papacy, I’m still waiting for an apology from our allegedly “humble pope” for his numerous, totally uncharitable and completely uncalled for slights against conservative Catholics.

This, followed by Sunday’s politically calculated, dual canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. And now today, the pope’s personal teaching on the Gift of Understanding – as if the Holy Spirit was actually directing his bumbling last twelve months, for the greater good.

Holy Father, many conservative Catholics have long ago learned to rightly utilize the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We see and comprehend what you are doing, and in response can only pray and respectfully protest, since the Church of faith and reason, which used to be infallibly guided by the Holy Paraclete, appears to have been successfully hijacked by the likes of you and yours – and there’s no telling where that might eventually lead.

May God grant you all the desires of your heart!*

As for me - I’m taking some time off to edit a new book - so the Catholic Church will have to fend for itself.

Dear readers, I hope to see you again, in the fall!

*For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt:
open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to me.
So I let them go according to the desires of their heart:
they shall walk in their own inventions.

If my people had heard me: if Israel had walked in my ways:
I should soon have humbled their enemies,
and laid my hand on them that troubled them.
(Psalms 81:10-14)

USCCB report: Girl Scout website contains strong references to contraception and other non-abstinence measures related to sexuality

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The bishops’ report focuses on three issues: 1) Girl Scouts USA’s relationship with groups like Planned Parenthood and international affiliate World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts ; 2) Girl Scouts’ views on issues related “to human sexuality, contraception, and abortion;” and 3) various materials and resources Girl Scouts USA has that may have “inappropriate content.”

With regards to Girl Scout affiliations, the report largely accepts Girl Scouts USA’s claim that they have no relationship with Planned Parenthood. However, it says that “attentiveness” is needed to prevent local groups — which act independently as their own 501c(3) organizations — from partnering with morally objectionable organizations, including Planned Parenthood.

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Saint Anselm – Father of Scholasticism, Doctor of the Church, Faithful Catholic in all things

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Isn’t that special? Catholic priest “irresistibly moved” to idol worship

The main pagoda stood majestic and magnificent in the middle of the compound. In it, there were several statues of the Buddha and his disciples, with a huge golden Buddha placed at the center of a high stage near the back. On the left side was an altar on which sat a statue of Quanyin, commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy, whom many East Asian Catholics regard as the equivalent of Mother Mary. As I walked toward it, I saw a young woman sitting in a lotus position at a short distance in front of the statue, her head slightly bowed. Not to disturb her, I moved quietly to the back and sat on the floor some 20 feet behind her.

Intrigued by this figure immersed in prayer, I decided to stay for a while. For nearly three quarters of an hour, the young woman sat, wrapped in prayer and meditation, not a limb twitching, not a turning of the head, preternaturally immobile, like the unrippled water of an autumnal pond, under the loving gaze of the Buddha of Compassion as people walked by. Watching her, I was irresistibly moved to pray — to the Christian God, Jesus, the Buddha, Mary and Quanyin — by this Buddhist devotee in an unexpected and strange place (emphasis mine.)

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Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols. I speak as to wise men: judge ye yourselves what I say. The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? For we, being many, are one bread, one body: all that partake of one bread.

Behold Israel according to the flesh. Are not they that eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What then? Do I say that what is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? Or that the idol is any thing?

But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils. You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord and of the table of devils.  (1 Corinthians 10:13-21)

More hand-wringing about foot-washing

Christ Washing the Feet of His Disciples by Paolo Veronese 1580

Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

Pelosi’s Mimicry of Pope Is ‘Sickening and Shameful,’ ‘Sacrilegious’

Pope Pelosi Washes Feet

 

Watch this year’s politically correct, social justice, slightly over the top, occasionally sappy Way of the Cross – from Rome

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(90 minutes)

Editor’s note: This wonderful annual, highly inspirational event used to be a must-see for Holy Week. But now we have various social justice groups and specially designated “victims of circumstance” competing for attention with the Passion of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior – and that’s a bit “over the top”.

I give it one and a half stars, due to shameless popery and poorly contrived social justice connotations.

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Where there is no objective truth there can be no intelligent debate.

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While high emotion often accompanies hot topics like sex in schools what we are seeing in the current moral debate in America is more than a typical emotional reaction to sex education. Instead of this being an emotional element in a heated debate, the debate seemed to consist of nothing but heated emotions. This is not emotion about morality this is emotion instead of morality, and there is a philosophical term for it: Boo-hurrah morality.

Another term for Boo-hurrah morality is emotivism. Emotivism is a gut level theory of the origin of ethics which suggests that moral judgements are no more than emotional reactions expressed forcibly to change someone else’s attitudes and actions. If you think this is all made up academic hocus pocus you would be correct. It was first proposed by the logical positivist A. J. Ayer in his 1936 book Language, Truth and Logica book which should have been titled, There’s No Such Thing As Language, Truth and Logic. 

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