7 Quick Takes Friday (set #216)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. 10 facts about Catholics. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra is the second “dubia cardinal” to die ignored. Fr. Mike Schmitz looks at “judging someone.” An Indian restaurateur helps the hungry. Feminists excuse the treatment of Muslim women. A grandmom shows grandpop a fun magic trick.

— 1 —

New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #57, September 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from August. Contributing authors this month include: Virginia Lieto, Carolyn Astfalk, Robert Collins, Aimee O’Connell, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Dennis McGeehan, Larry Fox, Susan Fox, Chris Capolino, Jenn Tatum, Fr. Joseph Mungai, Vijaya Bodach, John Schroeder, Vinny Carr, Nancy Ward, Elizabeth Reardon, Julia Harrell, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Monica McConkey, Fr. Stephen Morris, Stephen Korsman, Dn. Scott Dodge, Philip Kosloski, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Rick Rice, Bonnie Way, Rich Maffeo, Lisa Laverty, Brian Gill, Tom Perna, David Torkington, Michael Seagriff, Lianna Mueller, Leslie Klinger, De Maria, Ellen Kolb, Bartimaeus Timeo, Claire McGarry, Lisa Ponchak, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Barbara Hosbach, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Rick Becker, David Wong, Larry Peterson, Fr. Adrian Danker, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Frank Rega, Dave Wanat, Jim Hahn, Christian Miraglia, Laura Pearl, Margaret Felice, Roxane Salonen, Miriam Westen, Christina Nagy, Desiree Hausam, David Cooney, Susan Stabile, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Julian Barkin and Jennifer Elia.

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

Read Now

— 2 —

Here are 10 (out of about a zillion) interesting facts about Catholics. If you are not Catholic, they will be interesting. If you are Catholic, you probably know them so just share the video with your non-Catholic friends:

— 3 —

Four cardinals have 5 clear questions, raised by conflicting understanding of our faith. Our faith is universal, but in recent years even neighboring bishops can have completely opposite practices for the civilly remarried. Truth does not vary diocese to diocese nor does it change over time. EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo covered the controversy a couple months ago:

Sadly, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has now died. Along with the recent death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, only 2 of the 4 cardinals remain. The questions remain unaddressed and left unanswered.

— 4 —

Yes, judge. Evil is evil, see it, judge it, recognize it. I wrote about this several years ago. Fr. Mike Schmitz addresses this topic too in his video this week:

— 5 —

Restaurants have to throw out a lot of food. One restaurant owner in India noticed the hungry going through her garbage to retrieve it. She then did something wonderful.

— 6 —

To have any credibility at all, a person, a movement or political ideology must be at least somewhat consistent. Prager asks then, why don’t feminists fight for Muslim women?

— 7 —

In case you missed it, this woman amazes her husband with an amazing magic trick:


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!

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #215)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. St. Stanislaus Oratory celebrates. KLM inadvertently promotes truth while attempting to promote the opposite. Were the policies of our only Catholic president Democrat or Republican? A recent graduate reflects on her college education. Millennials and real work, imagined as lumberjacks.

— 1 —

New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #56, August 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from July. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Dave Wanat, Blythe Kaufman, David Wong, Dn. Scott Dodge, Ellen Gable Hrkach, David Gray, Carolyn Astfalk, Birgit Jones, Lisa Laverty, Melanie Jean Juneau, Reese Cumming, Susan Fox, Fr. Joseph Mungai, Fr. John Paul Shea, Scott Smith, Vijaya Bodach, Tony Agnesi, Bonnie Way, Tom Perna, Frank Rega, Matt Marks, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Michael Seagriff, Larry Peterson, Julia Harrell, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Elizabeth Reardon, Brian Gill, Rich Maffeo, Kirby Hoberg, Susan Stabile, Sarah, De Maria, Rick Becker, John Schroeder, Aimee O’Connell, Leslie Klinger, Lisa Ponchak, Dn. John Donaghy, Robert Collins, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Barbara Hosbach, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Alicia, Christian Miraglia, Tom Smith, Ellen Kolb, Nancy Shuman, David Torkington, Victoria Clarizio, Claire McGarry, Bianca, Christina Nagy, Brian Mullins, Julian Barkin, Fr. Adrian Danker, Erin Cupp, Roy Cooney, Roxane Salonen, Rick Rice, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Jennifer Elia, Deanna Babineau, Bartimaeus Timeo, Dn. Allen Tatara and Br. Nicholas.

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

Read Now

— 2 —

Blackstone Films has produced this excellent video on marriage. Marriage not in the legal and absurdly twisted sense, but authentic marriage as recognized by God:

— 3 —

St. Stanislaus is an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Milwaukee. Last year they celebrated a beautiful renovation and their 150th anniversary.

— 4 —

The Dutch airline KLM thought it would be a great idea to jump on the gay-agenda bandwagon. So they tweated the following image saying “it doesn’t matter who you click with.” Very clever, adeptly illustrating only complimentary sexes work as the maker intended. Thank you KLM, well said (even as you intended the exact opposite).

— 5 —

JFK was our first, and so far only, Catholic US President. He was a lifelong Democrat from a prominent family of Democrats. Really? Compare President Kennedy to his party today.

— 6 —

This young lady is a modern college graduate who has figured-out the nature and value of her recently completed “education”:

— 7 —

To understand millennials, this video explores what it would be like were they to do actual work (as lumberjacks):


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!

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #214)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Four cardinals have formally asked 5 clear and crucial questions – so far unanswered. Facebook and Twitter are censoring more and more Christian content – including the most basic pro-life speech. Martin Luther, “the man” as researched by a popular secular YouTube personality. Corpus Chrisi, Cologne Germany, 1947 (ironically, the good old days). A Catholic high school offers a simple prayer. Utopia University wants your children (fictional, but a proxy for much of modern academia).

— 1 —

New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #55, July 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from June. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Fr. Stephen Morris, Matthew Coffin, David Wong, Dave Wanat, Carolyn Astfalk, Erin Cupp, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Blythe Kaufman, Bonnie Way, Rick Becker, Billie Jo Stoltz, James Hahn, Michael Seagriff, Mary Cooper, Kathleen Laplante, Aimee O’Connell, Victoria Clarizio, Shannon, Tom Perna, Susan Stabile, Elizabeth Reardon, Scott Smith, Laura Pearl, Melanie Jean Juneau, Roy Cooney, Larry Peterson, Alicia, Tucker Cordani, Matt Marks, Vijaya Bodach, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Sherry Antonetti, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Nancy Shuman, David Torkington, Rich Maffeo, Dn. Scott Dodge, De Maria, Leslie Klinger, Dn. John Donaghy, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Claire McGarry, Roxane Salonen, Lisa Ponchak, Maria Johnson, Brian Gill, Robert Collins, Jennifer James, Barbara Hosbach, John Schroeder, Rae Stabosz, Mike Maturen, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rick Rice, Amy Wiggin, Margaret Felice, Tom Smith, Dn. Greg Horton, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Brian Mullins, Christian Miraglia, Larry Fox, Fr. Joseph Mungai, Jennifer Elia, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Bartimaeus Timeo and Ebeth Weidner.

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

Read Now

— 2 —

Four cardinals have 5 clear questions, raised by conflicting understanding of our faith. Our faith is universal, but in recent years even neighboring bishops can have completely opposite practices for the civilly remarried. Truth does not vary diocese to diocese nor does it change over time. If you are unaware of the controversy, this clip from EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo will be very helpful.

Sadly one of the four – Cardinal Joachim Meisner – died this week, his questions unaddressed and left unanswered.

— 3 —

Facebook and Twitter are increasingly censoring Christian pro-family content including pro-life support. They use internal and external “fact checkers,” invariably left leaning, to make their determination of “fake news”, “hate speech” and the like. Half of America, if not more, need better alternatives to these biased services.

— 4 —

It has been 500 years since the Protestant revolution which split the universal Christian Church into countless variants. This was of course, initiated by the famous heretic Martin Luther. What kind of man was he? Here is a SECULAR piece that takes a non-religious look:

— 5 —

In 1947, a devastated Germany still managed to recognize Corpus Christi. It was important to them as it should be. Today the churches still stand but are largely vacant. Their faith it would seem, lies in their government.

— 6 —

Schools welcome and embrace the most marginal of values, but at the same time vigorously reject God (* except Islam). A Catholic high school produced this piece:

— 7 —

This promotional video for Utopia University is supposed to be a spoof, but is unfortunately closer to the truth than not:

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!

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.

— 1 —

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.

Read Now

— 2 —

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.

— 3 —

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

— 4 —

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:

— 5 —

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

— 6 —

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).

— 7 —

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!

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.

— 1 —

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.

Read Now

— 2 —

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

— 3 —

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…

— 4 —

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.

— 5 —

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.).

— 6 —

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.)

— 7 —

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!

show