Sexual Sins and ‘Angelism’

abuse1After decades of revelations of clerical sex abuse, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke finally concluded that for the Church it was “possibly the worst crisis that it’s ever experienced”:

Our Lady warned us at Fatima about an apostasy from the faith. …I believe there’s been a practical apostasy from the faith with regard to all questions involving human sexuality. …Let’s be honest: we’re dealing here with the gravest of sins and ecclesiastical crimes.

The position of Pope Francis regarding these “gravest of sins” is quite the opposite, asserting in an interview with French sociologist Dominique Wolton* that sexual sins are of lesser importance: Continue reading “Sexual Sins and ‘Angelism’”

Looking back at 2021: America’s Totalitarian Trajectory

As we take a look back, we see the advancement of some distressing trends: organized mass-looting, organized indoctrination of children, organized media censorship, organized race-baiting, etc. History tells us that such destructive social behavior and policies often leads to totalitarianism. Psychologist and filmmaker Evelyn Markus recently compared it to Nazism:

What used to be unimaginable is now taking place in America. We see certain aspects of Nazi-like totalitarianism in the United States. The obsession with race, declaring an ethnic group collectively guilty, shaming, humiliations based on ethnicity, lootings, arson, racist violence, intimidation of opponents, cancel culture, controlled dissemination of news, and indoctrination of children in schools.

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Reviews of ‘The Rosary Unbound’

Among the reviews that have been posted on the Amazon page of The Rosary Unbound: Scriptural Portraits of the Mysteries, a thoughtful and encouraging one recently appeared written by Father Cassian Sama, O.P. of the Archdiocese of St. Paul:

This book unveils the beautiful truths contained in the mysteries of Christ. It enriches one’s meditations on the lives of Jesus and His mother and their roles in spiritual lives of those who have devotion to the Holy Rosary. Whoever reads this book will gain some beautiful insights into the life of Christ through Mary His beloved mother.

St. Paul’s Five Rules for Giving and the Future of the Church

collection1St. Paul’s theology of giving is extremely nuanced and deeply spiritual as evidenced by a look at some of his references to fundraising and support. Presently, the Church is in financial trouble (see below) with problems that were mainly self-inflicted. If Catholics are generous in their giving, but nuanced and spiritual as well, it might affect the future direction of the Church.

1. Giving must come from the heart. This is the core of the apostle’s appeal for financial support:

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Eric Zemmour Declares His Candidacy For President of France

Update 12/02: The Google Secret Police have restricted embedding. Click “Watch on Youtube” to see the 10-minute speech.

This is very much worth watching, if not just for the visuals. Zemmour wants to re-industrialize France and restore its sovereignty, appealing to pride for the country’s history and contributions to the world. I don’t know what his chances are, but he will make it an interesting election next year.

…rjt

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Flash-Mob Theft and the Era of the Grey Wolf

A novel crime has recently surfaced in America: a large mob of criminals storm a retail store and ransack shelves, smash glass counters, assault employees, and mostly get away with it. In Walnut Creek, California a mob of 80-90 people recently stormed the high-end department store, Nordstroms:

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St. Hildegard Warns Against Compromising Church Authority

During the twelfth century St. Hildegard had known a number of German Kings. She especially detested Frederick I Barbarossa (“Redbeard”) for his determination to usurp the authority of the pope in ecclesiastical appointments. Hildegard had received a gracious letter from the king, in which he referred to her as “beloved lady”, requesting her prayers. Not uncharacteristically, she responded with insults:

“…[I]n a mystic vision I see you like a little boy or some madman living before Living Eyes. Yet you still have time for ruling over worldly matters. Beware, therefore, that the almighty King does not lay you low because of the blindness of your eyes, which fail to see correctly how to hold the rod of proper governance in your hand. See to it that you do not act in such a way that you lose the grace of God”.*

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St. Paul: “Purge the Evil Person From Your Midst!”

biden5The apostle Paul quotes an extremely harsh passage from Deuteronomy in a letter sent to Church authorities in ancient Corinth. The Christian community there was to have nothing to do with those professing to be Christian but who had attached themselves to sin:

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people, not at all referring to the immoral of this world or the greedy and robbers or idolaters; for you would then have to leave the world. But I now write to you not to associate with anyone named a brother, if he is immoral, greedy, an idolater, a slanderer, a drunkard, or a robber, not even to eat with such a person. For why should I be judging outsiders? Is it not your business to judge those within? God will judge those outside. “Purge the evil person from your midst” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13).

The message here is that while the members of the church can’t avoid associating with unbelievers in their daily routines, the baptized, whom he refers to as “anyone named a brother”, who persist in engaging in or supporting sinful actions must be “purged”, a reference to a rather harsh but standard formula in the Mosaic Law:

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The Restive French and Next Years’ Presidential Election

zemmour3French presidential elections begin this upcoming April and are held in two rounds unless one receives a majority of votes. The two top candidates in the first round compete for the presidency in the second round. Up until recently, the likely scenario was a repeat of the 2017 runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. That was until Eric Zemmour, conservative author and T.V. personality, unofficially entered the race. In the following graphic, note the decrease in support for Le Pen (dark blue) and the dramatic rise of Zemmour (grey): Continue reading “The Restive French and Next Years’ Presidential Election”