What about those “more Catholic than the Church Neener-Neener-Neener” people?

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Posted by Anonymous August 30, 2013
at 2:11 PM

And what of the harm that Voris and this site exemplify, the harm that jerk-evangelists (force-feeding the false gospel of “more Catholic than the Church Neener-Neener-Neener”) can do to God’s Church?! And then Voris and this blogger have the huevos to insult laymen who have devoted their professional and personal lives to strengthening people in the Faith! I’ll take one Kresta or Akin or Shea to ten Vorises any day. I refuse to watch Church Militant (formerly “Real Catholic”) TV, or follow a rising number of these sorts of blogs, simply on principle.

Furthermore, there is a profound difference between being a “mercenary” or climber and a Catholic professional. Our Lord said that we have a right to our pay, and the Church certainly supports laymen making an honest living. Finally this post does nothing to address Catholic priest (not “NeoCatholic” — that old hateful fiction) Fr. Longenecker’s larger point that we have _no idea_ if these men are in fact plowing most of their salaries right back into their ministries!

Kristen J — profoundlycatholic.wordpress.com
(and former full-time paid Catholic reporter at Phoenix’ The Catholic Sun)

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Editor’s note: What a lovely bunch of coconuts – Catholics all! Who says God has no sense of humor? Seriously though – how much was the (Luke 5) massive harvest of fishes worth – in 1st century AD dollars – or drachmas? Knowing how God typically works – it probably constituted about three years worth of ordinary fishing income. That may also be the reason Jesus later needed to pluck a gold coin from the mouth of a fish, in order to pay the taxes due on all of that! (See Matthew 17)

Luke 5:1-11 And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth, (2) And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. (3) And going into one of the ships that was Simon’s, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting, he taught the multitudes out of the ship. (4) Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught. (5) And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have laboured all the night and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net. (6) And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes: and their net broke. (7) And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking. (8) Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (9) For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. (10) And so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. (11) And having brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him.

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From the Gospel account one could easily infer that Peter and the other apostles were able to promptly leave everything behind and follow Jesus because they now had the means at their disposal – thanks to Christ and the supernatural draught of fishes – to provide for their family’s needs, during their absence. God takes care if his people today as well, so let’s not be overly critical, when it comes to cash.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with money and there’s nothing inherently wrong with earning a good salary. It’s the inordinate love of money that gets people into trouble – often leading them to make dangerous compromises. There’s the problem!

1 Timothy 6:7-12 For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out. (8) But having food and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content. (9) For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. (10) For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. (11) But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness. (12) Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called and be it confessed a good confession before many witnesses.

Amen!

Whenever a created thing becomes no longer a means to love God but an end it itself, then you have a “love” that is idolatry.

Do you “love” the idea of finding the perfect mate? To have a better love life within marriage? To have a child? To get a job? To win an athletic championship? To get a college degree? To flourish in business? The desire for all these things can be good indeed. The avid pursuit of each of these things can actually be a duty, depending on one’s state it life.

The question, though, is whether these desires and achievements are stepping stones on the road to God or are disastrous detours. Ultimately, a gut check is needed. Are we most intent on things below or on things above? (Col 3) We should be passionate about many things below – but is our zeal for health, love, kids, education, job, financial security truly a function of our zeal for loving God and doing his will?

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Want to understand what Obama and company are attempting to do to the United States? Follow the money!

Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked, ‘Account overdrawn.’

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Bitter memories of a long-past abortion

My own story – more accurately a story involving two people, but told from my own perspective – begins in an evening in early September 1967, when my girlfriend of a few months meets me off a train at Glasgow Central. She has something she needs to tell me. We cross the street to a pub, the Corn Exchange, where over half-pints of beer I learn that she’s pregnant. How do I react to the news? Am I comforting, cold, or just scared and confused? I have no idea, but a few days later I or we decide that we should be married. We write letters to our parents – hers live in Northern Ireland and mine in Fife. My letter is written in the Mitchell library – all these years later I can still see the desk and the notepaper – but what it says I have again no idea (though I imagine its tone to be chipper, which was my 22-year-old style).

Somehow this plan changes, perhaps because my girlfriend senses that I’m not too keen. Perhaps she isn’t either. A friend of hers who’s had an abortion comes round to the flat with her husband and tells us about the possibilities. Aside from the towels and hot water, we’ll need to have a “good [coal] fire going” so as to dispose of the remains.

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How Catholics might want to choose to handle debt

As Catholics, we know that marketing techniques often play to our emotions, rather than our sense of virtue.

Waiting for things builds the habit of patience, and enhances our gratitude for what we already have.

Indulgence over and over leads to softness and selfishness, instead we’re called to a spirit of self-denial.

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Latest (improbable) Corapi installment: Follow the money!

A report from January 28, 2011 states that the Diocese of Corpus Christi, others settle in suit alleging molestation. These others are the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), the order of which Fr. Corapi was a member.

A reader at Facebook suggested the following:

SOLT in conjunction with the Diocese of Corpus Christi has just shelled out 1.96 million dollars to a young man who a priest in SOLT raped and then contracted a murder on. Bishop Mulvey then conveniently receives a letter of accusation of everything from sex to drugs – from a pair of down on their luck losers, who for two years were quietly content to live off the departure money they accepted -who are now in financial straits, whose very house is about to be foreclosed while the head of SOLT then orders Father Corapi to “come home” and give his fortune and be a good little priest.

It’s inexplicable. It’s improbable. It’s unbelievable.

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You can take the bishop out of Chicago … but (evidently) you can’t take the Chicago out of the bishop!

Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee has now been claimed as an ally by the leftists, in the Madison, Wisconsin Union Stand-Off.

It’s no wonder, since anyone who spent as much time in Chicago as he, and anyone who has been part of the perennially corrupt Chicago socio-political system as long as he was, must now be permanently suffering from something closely akin to the “Stockholm Syndrome” … where hostages begin to sympathetically identify with, and finally, adopt the ideology of their captors.

Chicago has always been a Democrat town and a union town. That’s the way things are. Just ask Governor Quinn, who gave the unions a sweet, guaranteed contract extension, in exchange for their unqualified support, just days before the last election. And it worked!

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Chicago have long been conditioned to jump when the party bosses say, to remain quiet when ordered, and to “come out” in support of party objectives, whenever necessary.

Authentic Catholic social teachings be damned. The needs and objectives of the party come first!

That can’t be, you say? Well, the last time anyone in the Chicago Archdiocese (in this case, Francis Cardinal George) tried to buck the system, Bill Daley (president Obama’s current chief of staff) promptly ran a public op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune, ordering the good Cardinal to sit down and shut up. The cardinal dutifully obeyed!

Read all about it here.

This is the abusive environment from which Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki comes. The Chicago Democratic political system still owns him. All his prior conditioning is still in effect. Can anyone really blame him for automatically “coming out” on behalf of his political bosses … in spite of the fact that they remain enemies of the church … leftists, progressives, Socialists, Marxists, pro-aborts, pro-homosexuals (and worse)?

The teachers have been similarly oppressed by their own union. Union membership is required of every teacher in Wisconsin. No union membership … no teaching job! Union dues are automatically deducted from every teacher’s paycheck. Teachers have little or nothing to say about how those dues are spent. Due to the political climate in the state, certification for alternative union organizations is virtually impossible to arrange.

In short, the Wisconsin teacher’s union already rules over Wisconsin’s teachers, with an iron fist … just like Organizer In Chief, President Barack Obama would like to be able to rule over the citizens of the United States.

For Catholics, this is really the Catholic Campaign for Human Development scandal all over again. Only this time, it’s dressed up just a little bit differently.

Keep a close eye on your wallet. By now, it should be painfully obvious that some of our bishops are not unwilling to help the unions and the politicians pick our pockets. (And for what, really? It’s not like the Catholic Church gets anything in return from these guys … except maybe, the “privilege” of doling out the proceeds from a few paltry government grants, through Catholic Charities!)

Money is like fertilizer. Corruption is like weeds. The sooner we shut off the unlimited money supply to the government, the unions, the politicians, and the bishops … the sooner the corruption will be weeded out.

1Timothy 6:9-11  For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, fly from these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.