Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. - GK Chesterton

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Moving to Cleansing Fire 2.0

moving my efforts here:
http://cleansingfiredor.com/2010/06/wont-back-down/

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Focus Lauded in Catholic Courier

no teaser - read the whole thing if you haven't already.  These women are truly doing the work of the Lord on the front lines.  Please keep them in your prayers, provide baby supplies, and support them financially if you can.

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/regional-life/monroe/features/pregnancy-center-tries-to-keep-up-with-demand/

Their website is rochesterprolife.org

Bishop Clark defends Pope

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/commentary/bishops-column/preventing-sexual-abuse-of-children/

Regarding the recently published allegations and innuendo concerning Pope Benedict XVI, nothing that I have read has shaken my conviction that the pope is a man of the highest integrity. His strong words to church leaders in several European countries, as well as his past and recent public statements, could not portray a more determined hand in mandating the church use every means and resource to deal firmly with abusers and to make the church a safe and holy environment worldwide. Our interactions with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Benedict led before he became pope, were always helpful and responsive in these matters. You can read a number of the pope’s recent public statements and review Vatican resources intended to combat sexual abuse of minors at www.vatican.va/resources.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reno: "Few People Want to be Wicked"

I've mentioned R.R. Reno's series on Catholic Apologetics before and I continue to work my way through it.  It is really excellent and I've had to relisten to each episode a few times to really let it sink in.  In this audio snippet, he's talking about the pessimistic view our modern era has about man's capability to really know truth.  The "they" he refers to is non-Christians.  However, I think it also applies to those work against orthodoxy w/in the Church.  It doesn't necessarily come from an evil impulse, but nonetheless it goes wrong because they step outside the bounds of Christ and Church.  He also quotes Chesterton when he says that the modern vices are virtues gone mad.

Tim Staples on Total Depravity

This audio clip drills in a little deeper into Total Depravity, although I still don't see the huge difference, except when he quotes Calvin as saying God impels Satan toward evil. I searched briefly for the article he mentions by didn't find it. If anyone finds it, please let me know. I switched the way I'm embedding audio again, so please let me know if it works/doesn't work.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Judge Not Redux

Great post on Fr. Z's site referencing His Hermeneuticalness on a post which is pertinent especially to us bloggers.  This snippet mentions politicians, but the idea applies equally to our ecclesiastical leaders:
Judge not, that you may not be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matt 7.1-2)

How often do we see this verse quoted in response to Catholic blog posts? Criticise the public actions of a politician or a high-ranking ecclesiastic and you can be sure that someone will say that you should not be "judgmental". Should bloggers cringe in shame at failing to observe the teaching of Our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount? I think we can reasonably take a deeper look at this.

Spiritual, not Religious?

David Mills on the First Things blog offers some insight on the quirkiness of the claim, "I'm spiritual, not religious"
The word “spiritual” has no useful meaning if it does not refer to a relation to a real spirit, something from a world not our own, something supernatural, something that or someone who tells us things we do not know, judges us for our failures, and gives us ideals to strive for and maybe help in reaching them. It’s not a useful word if it means a general inclination or shape of mind or emotional pattern or set of attitudes or collection of values. There is no reason to call any of these spiritual.
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We want the spiritual-ish, because God made us to want him yet we do not want to want him, and we do not want him on his terms. If our hearts are restless without God, as St. Augustine argued, they can be tranquillized with substitutes, of which “spirituality” is easier to find and much less costly than the alternatives. Drugs and drink are bad for you, and wealth and sex are hard to get, and achievement takes work.
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The dying man is the true man, in the sense of being the one who reveals to us what we essentially are. We are on our death bed from the day we are born. To paraphrase Pascal, dying men want not the God of spirituality, but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.