7 Quick Takes Friday (set #213)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Fr. Mike Schmitz asks “why be Catholic and not just Christian?” What is in a name? Is silence in the Mass just “dead air”? A wonderful new chant album from the FSSP has just been released. US District Judge William Orrick doing a yeoman’s job burying the truth on the abortion industry. A surprising commentary on leftist intolerance from a surprising source.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #54, June 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from May. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Brian Gill, Michael Seagriff, Blythe Kaufman, Frank Rega, Erin Cupp, Dn. Scott Dodge, Rick Becker, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Larry Peterson, Dave Wanat, Lianna Mueller, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Dn. John Donaghy, Victoria Clarizio, Jennifer Elia, Ashley Crane, Nancy Shuman, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Scott Smith, Tucker Cordani, Kathleen Laplante, Kirby Hoberg, Bonnie Way, David Wong, Melanie Jean Juneau, Lisa Laverty, Elizabeth Reardon, John Schroeder, David Torkington, Robert Collins, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Roxane Salonen, Vinny Carr, Vijaya Bodach, Monica McConkey, Leslie Klinger, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Claire McGarry, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Alicia, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Tom Smith, Rich Maffeo, Christian Miraglia, Rick Rice, Susan Stabile, Aimee O’Connell, Fr. Adrian Danker, Barbara Hosbach, Tom Perna, Carolyn Astfalk, Lisa Ponchak, Matt Marks, Msgr. Charles Pope, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Ellen Kolb, Laura Pearl, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, W.L. Grayson, Julian Barkin, Joe Simmons, Christina Nagy, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Bartimaeus Timeo, Brian Mullins and Drusilla.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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Is it actually important to be a Catholic Christian or is being any Christian all the same? Are the wide rainbow of denominations just alternative ways of sharing the same light?

Yes and no. Among many Christians there is some agreement yet there are many deep, even opposite, beliefs. Fundamental stuff like how do you get to heaven, is baptism important, how/when to baptize, or how to worship God. Is there no way to know the fullness of truth? Fr. Mike Schmitz has the bottom-line.

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You are not your name, but it is a big and permanent part of you given by your parents at your baptism.

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In radio, “dead air” is a big no-no. People will change the channel.

Likewise in the Mass, something must always be happening – right? No so if you understand the nature of The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the role of sacred silence in it. Cardinal Robert Sarah (an absolute super-star) has a new book on this topic. Bishop Barron discusses:

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has released a new chant album on the Requiem Mass. It looks awesome!

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William Orrick donated substantial money to President Obama’s campaign ($30,000) and helped raise other contributions ($200,000) – just as he had previously for other leftist candidates. Obama nominated William Orrick for the US District Court, a position he has aggressively used to support abortion and its commercial behemoth Planned Parenthood.

Once again shocking undercover videos reveal the complete depravity of PP so Orrick has censored them. This is how activist judges wield power (it has little to do with actual law).

The video in question is HERE (until it too is censored).

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The last word goes to CNN on-air personality Fareed Zakaria. It is shocking that such comments appeared on CNN. Shocking because he is absolutely correct about the strident intolerance of the left and that CNN did not stop him or have one of their famous “technical difficulties.” Mind you, Fareed is a true believer in leftist ideology, but kudos to him for recognizing and saying the obvious none-the-less.


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!

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New Evangelists Monthly – June 2017, Issue #54

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From the archive (set #27)

From the Archive...

This Saturday 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 — Always be nice!.


Always be nice!

When we remain silent in the face of evil, we are NOT being charitable. Charity is the manifestation of love and if we truly love another, ignoring objectively sinful behavior is not loving but enabling. Our silence is unavoidably a response in itself, a raising of no objection, the implicit sharing of a “like mind” and an apparent affirmation.

…read it all:   Always be nice!


Reformation or revolution?

In the early 16th century, there were problems in the Church founded by our Lord, Jesus Christ. These problems wounded the Church and were born of sins and poor judgment of imperfect shepherds. As a matter of fact, the institutional Church was not perfect even in the early years nor is she perfect today. She will always need renewal and reformation, but she will prevail.

…read it all:   Reformation or revolution?


It's your right

Where do rights come from? This is so fundamental yet (apparently) widely misunderstood. Human rights come from God. They do not come from government. Government properly formed, accepts its role to protect human dignity through our God-given rights. The framers of the Declaration of Independence understood that, stating “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

…read it all:   It’s your right



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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #212)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Fr. Mike explores the trilemma (Jesus: liar, lunatic or Lord). Ben Shapiro takes a look at the currency of “feelings” and the increasing tendency to favor them above actual, you know, “facts”. Lia Mills claims pro-life is pro-woman and pro-choice. Young, thinking millennials discuss pro-life. Bishop Barron on the philosophical musings of Bill Nye. A big surprise when this dude exited his vehicle.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #53, May 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from April. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Brian Gill, Michael Seagriff, Dave Wanat, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Carolyn Astfalk, Virginia Lieto, Frank Rega, Mike Landry, Kirby Hoberg, Lisa Ponchak, John Schroeder, Rick Becker, Mary Cooper, Claire McGarry, Nancy Shuman, Chris Capolino, Fr. Stephen Morris, Blythe Kaufman, David Wong, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Susan Stabile, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Larry Peterson, Leslie Klinger, Laura Pearl, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Dn. John Donaghy, Dn. Scott Dodge, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Ellen Kolb, Vinny Carr, Vijaya Bodach, De Maria, Tucker Cordani, Aimee O’Connell, Allison Howell, Theresa, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Tom Perna, Fr. Adrian Danker, Robert Collins, Rich Maffeo, Rick Rice, Barbara Hosbach, Carissa Douglas, Roxane Salonen, Tom Smith, David Torkington, Ashley Crane, Alicia, Bartimaeus Timeo, Christian Miraglia, Matt Marks, Margaret Felice, Bonnie Way, Kim Padan, Erin Cupp, Christina Nagy, Monica McConkey, Anita Moore, Melanie Jean Juneau, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins and Tony Agnesi.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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Jesus — liar, lunatic or Lord? Fr. Mike Schmitz provides an excellent explanation of C.S. Lewis’ trilemma.

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Ben Shapiro looks at the role of “feelings” in the great American ideological debate.

The issue, IMHO, is broader than that. Most importantly, it applies to religious “beliefs.” I quote “beliefs” because we all have all many of them. As far as they apply to religion, beliefs and the feelings that back them up are fundamentally irrelevant. What is important are facts.

Where can we get those facts? From God, through His Son our Lord and the means He provided to spread them throughout the world until the end of time. Hint: He never mentioned any book, even one that is unerringly inspired by Him.

Anyway, the video…

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Lia Mills raps on choice and life (really, it is much better than that sounds).

One small nit, I know she meant it in a very specific context, but said “I know my rights don’t require someone to die for me” (at 8:40). Yes, they did. Many died, but most importantly Our Savior.

Also, reflect on this: science, not “religion,” says a human being is created at conception. By definition, the body containing that person is their mother. By definition, that person is her child. By definition, when that person emerges from the body of their mother they are born. “Choice” (as commonly used) refers to the legal act of a mother to decide if her child is to be killed before his or her birth.

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Young, thinking pro-life women:

They make some good points. One that popped-out at me was the need to support women in their choice (to have babies). Yes, that is called marriage. Real marriage, not the currently perverted legal and social conception of it (gender independence, dissolubility, contraception, gender roles, etc.).

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Bishop Barron takes a look at the philosophical insights of Bill Nye, the science guy. (Actually, mediocre science guy and radical, leftist political guy would be a better description – but I digress.)

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Finally, from the Convert Journal “out of the blue” department we have this guy exiting his vehicle. Always look left, then right, then left again. Or something like that:

(That was a deer. Both were apparently OK.)


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!

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New Evangelists Monthly – May 2017, Issue #53

Enjoy this month’s edition of New Evangelists Monthly – an informal, dynamic, crowd-sourced “meta-magazine” showcasing the best posts faithful Catholic bloggers. In this and every issue, you will find many different, but faithfully Catholic viewpoints, insights and perspectives.

From the archive (set #25)

This Saturday 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 — Myth: Catholic’s “re-sacrifice” Jesus at Mass. Jesus brought […]

Easter

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his […]

Good Friday

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him […]

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