William F. Buckley Jr. provided the intellectual
underpinning of the conservative movement that has shaped American politics
since 1964. He was also a devout Christian and a committed Catholic.
But let’s be clear, Buckley was a Catholic but a conservative first,
even according to his close friends.
Once, responding to a popular profanation by Nietzsche,
Buckley famously proclaimed, “And best of all it appears that God is not dead.
He seems to have survived even Vatican II.”
Sounds like Tradish humor…
I did not.
Oh here we go…
I spent early mornings every day for six or seven years on
my knees as an altar boy and I believed in the teaching of the Church and the
infallibility of the pope. Knowingly eating meat on Friday was, indeed, a
Keep in mind that knowingly and willingly disobeying a law, like a penitential
one, bound by the church, and doing it of your own free will is …. AHHHHH… a
mortal sin, yes it is. You know what
little the church asks, but people complain about little penances. Go live in the Middle East cry babies
If you stepped off the curb leaving McDonald’s just after
eating a Big Mac and were killed by a truck you were consigned to an eternity
absent the glory of God.
Because you knew not to do X, you knew the consequences so deal with
it! Actions have consequences, what are you a progressive?
Then came Pope John XXIII. He was a breath of fresh air for
a faith in need of one.
Well that’s subjective word play
Vatican II brought many changes. I was bereft over the loss
of the Latin Mass, but then I was a romantic.
Wasn’t lost, but hard to find. Yet the faith was still there. You on the otherhand being a romantic, up in
the air with emotions and politics?
More meaningful to many was the dismissal of the formerly
mortal sin of eating meat on Friday.
Read above and also note that people were still bound to practice
some form of penance if they choose to eat meat on Friday.
One had to wonder about those who had missed confession on
Saturday evening because of the truck. Would this pope retrieve them from Hell?
The rhetoric is weak here. Stop the non sense. You have a free will
to choose for or against Christ and for those that he gives authority to bind
and loose. Christ told the Apostles he
who hears you hears me and he who despises you despises me. He promised the spirit would be with them until
the end of the age and that it would lead them into all truth (see Apostolic
Authority that continues to this day by way of the Catholic Church that was
founded by Christ)
Papal infallibility began to falter in my little corner of
Pride, you want to be your own Pope be honest
Papal encyclicals are letters illuminating the pope’s
thinking on some aspect of Catholic dogma to a faith of over a billion people.
Pope Pius XII proclaimed them the final authority to end debate on a given
This is a pure lie. Pius said nothing of the sort. The texts are
part of the ordinary magestarium unless otherwise noted. Being part of the ordinary means that they
are subject to the rest of the churches immemorial teachings. If novelties exist they don’t hold binding
power. That’s Catholic teaching. Your citations please.
Papal encyclicals have spoken to life’s prosaic experience
on earth as well as the dogma of the church.
Pope Leo XIII, in Rerum Novarum,
confronted industrialists for abusing the rights of workers and argued that
man, created in God’s image, had inherent human rights to dignity and property.
Pope John XXIII’s Pacem in
Terris, issued just after the Cuban missile crisis, proclaimed Peace
on Earth and was applauded by President John F. Kennedy. Some, noting that the
pope commanded no troops, considered it well intended, but benign.
Hominis Pope John Paul II presaged his crusade on behalf of
human dignity in the face of communism. His was the most potent moral voice of
the 20th Century and his nine-day pilgrimage to Poland, just one year before
Solidarity, foreshadowed the end of Soviet domination in Poland and the
collapse of the Berlin Wall.
I guess you were asleep at the wheel with Benedict doing the same
implicit recognition during his Papacy? Its not just bad guys there, but
Catholics who the Pope cares for and wants to help however he can.
After meeting Pope Francis, Cuba’s President Raul Castro
expressed a renewed interest in Catholic teachings after his 70-year absence
from the sacraments and President Barack Obama has credited the pope for the
thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States.
Next month Pope Francis will weigh in on
climate change. We can anticipate that he will focus on the poor,
and how an increase in global temperature will exacerbate the pain in their
Global temperatures have been both higher and lower than
today’s. Warmer temperatures have produced longer growing seasons and more rain
to grow a plant to eat. CO2, the villain in the warmist’s melodrama, is
necessary for that plant to grow.
In any event, the pope’s caring and empathy for the poor
will not alter the sun’s impact on the earth’s temperature. His Father handles
Must not know too much Catholic history. For instance when the Cure of Ars was about
restoring his whole Parish, the area experienced no violent storms and was well
Pope Urban VIII insinuated the papacy into frank science by
imprisoning Galileo for
the profanation of asserting that the earth orbits the sun.
It had to do with Galileo claiming separate authority to interprete
the Bible with very little to no evidence besides his theory. Plus calling home imprisonment in his own
lavish apartment with the continued ability to provide for his studies is hardly
When Pope Francis locks up Lord
Christopher Monckton of Brenchley for the profanation of
ridiculing President Obama’s recent Global Warming silliness at the Coast Guard
Academy graduation we will know that Lord is in his Holy Place and all is right
with the world.
Perhaps mockery is your thing.
Get back to confession and quit your angry streak. This is a prudential matter and mockery is
I respectfully suggest that Pope Francis’ encyclical on this
difficult issue will not end, or even alter, the scientific debate on man’s
impact on God’s creation.
Just as the mastery of music confers no unique insights as
to nuclear war, the study of the Word of God confers no unique insights into
Oh, so now the Pope cannot put forth even principles.
Pope Francis has an elevated pulpit for instructing the
faithful on the path to salvation. His instructions on the scientific method
are not equally elevated.
If abortion, contraception, self-abuse, avarice, gluttony,
no fault divorce as well as substantial environment harming practices remain,
climate shifts will come, and they will be man made.