Saturday, July 4, 2015 A.D. Leave a Comment
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Friday, July 3, 2015 A.D. Leave a Comment
Tomorrow is time for New Evangelists Monthly to begin a new edition. Today, I would like to bring to your attention 3 original, brief essays that you may have missed. If you don’t have time to read all three, I especially recommend the first one — Protestantism trainwreck.
As a general rule, Protestants are not protesting anything. Many, like me, were born and raised in a Protestant denomination. Like Catholics, they recall endless fond memories of religious milestones (baptisms, confirmations, marriages), religious education (Sunday school, vacation Bible school, confirmation classes), service (teachers, church council, ushers), fellowship (men/women groups, bake sales, charitable endeavors) and countless religious holidays reverently celebrated with family and friends. Their faith is an important part of their identity and they can not picture becoming Catholic any more than they could picture a gender change operation!
…read it all: Protestantism trainwreck
It is a sad fact that there are Christian communities separated from the Church. In their memberships are large numbers of people who seek God with a sincere heart and truly desire to follow His will. Through no fault of their own, they do not know or accept Christ’s Church. They may be aware of the Catholic Church, but through misinformation, conditioning and circumstance, are closed to it. While they know Christ, if not His Church, they are not cut off from God’s mercy.
…read it all: Only Catholics go to heaven?
One place all members of the communion of saints join together is at Mass. Heaven and earth are joined in the presence of Our Lord. In the Eucharist, we are joined with Jesus and through Him, with each other. Through the Eucharist we grow in communion of the Holy Spirit and reflect Him to the outside world.
…read it all: The communion of saints
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 A.D. Leave a Comment
Last week, as almost everyone now knows, the Supreme Court of the United States of America fabricated a new “right” for homosexual unions to be recognized as marriage.
A Legal Fiction
Legal fictions can be useful, although this one most certainly is not. A useful fiction, for example, is the way law treats a corporation as a “person.” As such it has certain rights and responsibilities including paying taxes or being subject to suit as if it were a person distinct from the owner or owners. This facilitates commerce and is morally neutral.
“Gay marriage” is simply a new legal fiction. What constitutes marriage and morality in general has never been up to government and never will be. Ideally, government is enlightened and informed by God, the creator, and recognizes all rights flow from Him. Our founding documents acknowledge this but we have “evolved” to an enlightened view of our own making to our detriment.
- Government long ago redefined the bond of marriage to be dissoluble. Legally marriage is a state one can enter into and exit as they wish as many times as they wish. That has also always been a fiction.
- Government redefined life itself as something that comes into existence only when it says so (contrary to science). This allows the “termination” of life to not only be without (legal) consequences, but also to be a cherished “right.”
Built on Lies
Marriage as God created it and as it has been universally understood for millennia has not changed. This Supreme Court decision is just that, a deeply flawed and seriously harmful opinion of the narrowest majority. It is a legal construct, unfortunately divorced from reality.
The people of very few states approve of this. When put to a popular vote, with very few exceptions, “gay marriage” was defeated. In many cases however, the will of the people was overruled by their legislatures and most often by federal judges. The media ignores this fact, preferring to mislead by noting only 14 states at this point did not “allow” it. That the states who did “allow” it were forced to against their will is not mentioned.
Of special note are the Catholic justices who supported this decision: Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor. Their votes were a clear rejection of God, Jesus Christ and His Church. There is no wiggle room on this. This travesty passed only because both of them supported it. In the 5-4 decision, all 4 of the dissenters (Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas) are Catholic.
There are three major effects of this:
- Religious freedom will be relentlessly attacked, long term. The heavy hand of the law will be used to bludgeon any who dare to publicly resist cooperation with this immoral fiction. Activists will seek to bully through intimidation, threats and whatever legal traps they can craft with great zeal.
- The valid role of government in fostering procreation within stable families, structured for the benefit of children, is further muddled.
- People who suffer with homosexual attraction are scandalized. Instead of helping them, they are increasingly told their unnatural and immoral temptations are actually completely normal, healthy and should be a source of pride. This will never result in their true happiness.
What to Expect
Beyond the long-lasting effects noted above, it is almost certain that further “evolutionary progress” will be made in the legal understanding of family and marriage:
- marriage of brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, etc.
- reducing the minimum age for marriage
- polygamy is more natural than homosexuality so why limit marriage to only 2?
- polyamory, polyandry, polygyny, polyfamilies, poly-anything-goes – why not?
Most of the arguments for “gay marriage” apply to the above. Sympathetic stories will be told, individual plights of “injustice” presented in the context of fairness and civil rights, pride parades, media support followed by corporate support and it is done.
Expect to see the process of entering into and exiting marriages, however they are defined at the moment, to be streamlined.
Many more (although not all) countries will follow in our footsteps. The UN will push harder to “recognize” this as a basic human right. Hollywood will celebrate with gay weddings appearing in most television shows beginning this fall.
Our respect and love for people with same sex attraction must not diminish. We will be tested in this regard, count on it. Remember too that not all people with same sex attraction support this (although many who dissent are no doubt bullied into silence).
The word “marriage” has lost its common and proper meaning. We must separate what we mean by the life-long union of one man and one woman in formation of a family from the fiction presented by the law. Words have meaning and we clearly need a new one to replace being married, getting married, marriage ceremony, marriage invitation, etc. A word is needed to accurately convey the concept given to us by God. Continuing to use the word marriage will just contribute to confusion.
Finally, we must not cooperate. This must be opposed in every way possible for the benefit of society and every person in it. This is a major setback but not a lost cause. The cause is lost only when we accept it.
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master.
Friday, June 26, 2015 A.D. Leave a Comment
This week: Comedian Michael Jr talks about fatherhood. A funny spoof video on the new encyclical on the environment. A classic Fulton Sheen show on angels. When an “angel” visited a terrible auto accident. The Archdiocese of Washington’s vocational promotion video for the priesthood. Children are asked (tactfully) for their views on abortion. Andrew Klavan tries to make sense of “gender.”
I have never heard of this comedian (but then again, the ones I can name are mostly dead). Anyway, Michael Jr (apparently his name) recorded this video for Father’s Day and it is really good:
There was a reason the (now) Venerable Fulton J. Sheen had the #1 television show that even the popular Milton Berle could not top. Here is a wonderful episode that I watched recently on angels. Remember, this was live TV:
You may remember this story from last year of a terrible auto accident that critically hurt and trapped a young woman. Rescuers tried everything to get her out, but nothing worked. Then suddenly, a man appeared holding a bottle of anointing oil and asked to pray for and anoint the victim. As quickly as he appeared he vanished. None of the many people on the scene saw him come or leave, as if it were an angel.
The young woman survived and is recovering well. The “angel” was later identified as a Catholic priest (Fr. Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City), which makes the story no less awesome. This is what priests do. They attend, comfort – and most importantly – stand for our Lord to give desperately needed grace.
This is another great priest vocation promotion video. This one is from the Archdiocese of Washington, filmed last summer:
Children are asked, in a very tactful way appropriate to their age, for their viewpoint on abortion.
Andrew Klavan wonders what gender are you? The always sensitive commentator takes a look at the exciting world of “gender.”
Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 A.D.
Last month a Pew Research Center study (America’s Changing Religious Landscape) was widely covered in the media. Among the key findings is a significant decline in those who identify as Catholic (23.9% to 20.8%) or mainline Protestants (18.1% to 14.7%). Further, there has been a significant increase in those who identify as “none”(16.1% to 22.8%). […]
Friday, June 19, 2015 A.D.
The long awaited encyclical on the environment was officially released yesterday. Laudato Si’ (“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” which is “Praise be to you, my Lord”) is very good, taken as a whole to teach the truth of our faith. Unfortunately, my bet is that many will pull quotes out of context to buttress partisan political […]
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 A.D.
Guest contributor: Ed Trego “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”(Ephesians 6:10-11) By all accounts Adolf Hitler killed nearly six million Jews during his reign. What many don’t […]
Friday, June 12, 2015 A.D.
This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Ascension Press has launched an excellent new video evangelism initiative. Congressman Sean Duffy makes an impassioned pro-life plea. Taylor Marshall explains five common apologetical mistakes. The 2015 graduation speech that should have been given. Watch as a fan catches a foul baseball from […]