Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Why do evangelicals vote for Trump?

Trump and the most choosen of God, Jerry Falwell
Have you asked Trump or Cruz to come into your heart and be your temporal Lord and savior?

It's humorous to hear the talking heads [As compared to the mute heads?] blather on about the evangelicals supporting the Trump campaign. They are flustered by this support, saying they understand not how such people of faith could back such a bad candidate. [As compared to the the canadian mounte demigod]

Why is this such a wonder?

Evangelicals base their faith not on objective principles, but on the experiences that brought them to a belief in Christ Jesus.  Let us call it the magical joy of find unicorn Jesus. (since Jesus is who they make him out to be, so why not a unicorn?)  Trump is perfect for them because he is a showman. He is going to give the emotionalists their money's worth.  He will tell them what they want to hear, and whose to tell an individual evangelical they are wrong? It's a pick and choose religion, and if Trump is going to promise them something - and thump the erroneous bible he carries - of course they will love him.  He plays to the lowest common denominator, just like their faith plays to the lowest common denominator. And yes, the normalists like Wiegel and Novak do the same when they reject the kingship of Christ... oh you didn't know he did that? Hmmm....

Trump's got what evangelicals crave, he's got flag waving and emotions... maybe even tongues!

Yay go freedom! Religious freedom is soooooo much fun!

Monday, March 28, 2016

The canonization cause of Kenneth Walker FSSP

Its been a while since I wrote about Father Kenneth Walker's cause so here goes...

The cause is moving forward in some ways.  There is now a website promoting the cause, but in an informal way.

You can find the website by clicking HERE

Also, you can request a 2nd class relic be sent to you by clicking the link at the site which will give you the details.

Please pray for his soul and for the cause.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Political Messianism

Now I dont always agree with Mr. Skojak, but his podcast on the current political situation in the US

is worthwhile.  I agree with a great majority of it.

That being said, there are so many nominalists like Weigel and George that are sounding the doom alarms about Trump... but portray Cruz as America's next great hope. The same thing can be said of many traddies like Patrick Arnold who also will not allow the prospect that Cruz is not eligible for the presidential office if one claims to follow the orginalist arguments of the constitution.

I just dont understand what people really think will be, or is worth saving in this culture and the so called American founding as a whole. Trump is a goofball, and I dont trust a word he says, but neither do I just put my trust in Cruz who has bought into the #homoheresy by way of accepting the contraceptive lifestyle.  He promotes religious freedom, you may say... but I dont believe in such, and neither should any Catholic worth his salt.  The constitution is not a divine document and the preservation of the union (this blobistan) is not my concern. I dont offer incense at the altar of Lincoln, MLK jr, or Ted Cruz.  All are increadibly flawed men that bought and propagated error that currently leaves us in the cultural sewage we now see.

I for one am not voting for an ineligable protestant because I wish to follow the reasonable laws set about, which have never been amended. To do so would be to commit an injustice towards a just authority, and though a monarchist I live in a republic so I will observe the just laws therein.

Thats my rant... all hail megratron

Listen to the 1Peter5 Podcast by clicking HERE

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Update: The young messiah and the case of nominalism

Brother Andre Marie of the St. Benedict center took on this issue as well in his radio show.
You can find it by clicking HERE

So a new 'Jesus' movie came out during lent... no surprise
The movie contains grevious errors and even outright heresy... no surprise.

Catholics both lay and ordained are applauding the effort... exactly, no surprise.

You can even listen to the 3/11 show of Catholic Answers live in which Steven Grayanus reviews the movie and applauds it, all the while down playing the Christological error within as not important, because... well its complicated.

Dave Armstrong (whom I have had disagreements with in the past) has recently wrote about the nominalism and grevious problems within the movie:

"The Young Messiah is the latest “Bible movie” to appear. The problem is that it’s not (technically speaking) all that “biblical.” We know very little about Jesus’ childhood, and so the film draws from extrabiblical sources of mostly dubious historical value. For background’s sake, it’s drawn from Anne Rice‘s 2005 novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Rice has since left the Catholic Church and “organized religion” (I have written about the inadequacy of her reasoning in that respect). As soon as I saw the first TV ad for this movie my immediate reaction was to be suspicious of it. I highly suspected that it would portray the young Jesus in a way that was contrary to the Catholic faith, in terms of Jesus’ own self-consciousness and omniscience. I haven’t seen it, but this is indeed the case, according to several sources. One of my roles as a professional Catholic apologist is, of course, to be a sort of watchdog, and I write occasionally about religious films, from that standpoint — not from the purely artistic perspective (though I like art — especially music — as much as the next person).
Thus, following that distinction, I’m not asserting (I want to make it clear) that there is no good in it whatsoever or that it can’t possibly be a good movie qua movie, or move people, or even bring some into the faith or a deeper faith walk (God may use whatever and whomever He likes for that purpose); but it is so suspect that I would strongly recommend avoidance of it, lest someone receive wrong theology from it (more on that below).

I was happy to learn that the director consulted Christian theologians and didn’t include some aspects of Rice’s novel that were thought to be too controversial. Indeed, The Young Messiah has been glowingly reviewed by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. These distinguished men of the Church (I once met Abp. Chaput and am a great admirer of his) seem to see nothing wrong with the movie at all, which (with all due profound respect to the office of bishop, and with trembling) is disturbing to me and a curiosity. Steven D. Greydanus, “everyone’s” favorite Catholic movie critic, wrote an almost ecstatic review. He links to a second piece he wrote specifically about Jesus’ self-awareness. I must, again, respectfully disagree with his summary of the issue of Jesus’ human knowledge (Steven’s not a bishop, but I like his work a lot!). He stated that “when and how Jesus came to the conscious human knowledge of his identity that he did not have at conception is not a matter of clear scriptural teaching or defined Catholic dogma.” This is untrue. There are several aspects of development of the human knowledge of Jesus (an extraordinarily complicated aspect of Christology) that are legitimate and perfectly orthodox. But not knowing Who He was (or growing into that awareness) is not one of these. Dr. Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma is a solid source for the determination of what the Church teaches on a doctrinal and dogmatic level. It will soon be updated, by the way. My good friend, Dr. Robert Fastiggi, of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, is involved in that. Dr. Ott provides the following dogmatic statements (his bolding):

Christ’s soul possessed the immediate vision of God from the first moment of its existence. (Sent. certa.) . . . Christ’s soul possessed it in this world . . . from the Conception. . . . (p. 162)

Christ’s human knowledge was free from positive ignorance and from error. (Sent. certa.) Cf. D2184 et seq. (p. 165)"

You can read the rest of it HERE


Thursday, March 10, 2016

What was Father Hardon's role at Vatican II

There were so many players in the work of Vatican II for better or for worse. Father Hardon, being a Jesuit, was obedient to his his vows in complete obedience to the Petrine Office.

Give a listen to the short 2 min clip and if you are scandalized at all I would ask that you realize the context is similar to Pope Leo XIII doing everything he could to reconcile the Anglicans in his time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Servant of God Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, a study

Dr. Jones gave a wonderful lecture on this Catholic statesman during the 20th century recently and here it is:


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Buckley and Malachi Martin

I am happy to write that the Firing Line episode ""The Mission of the Pope" is finally available in the Amazon video library.

I had wrote awhile back on the Buckley, Michael Davies video that Malachi had been a guest on Mr. Buckley's show beforehand, but it was not up.  Here is the short clip of the hour long exchange:

It's an interesting episode and worth watching.  You can watch this and other Catholic related Firing Line shows like "The Fight Over Catholic Orthodoxy" with Michael Davies (yes that Michael Davies) and "The Jesus Movement"for free by trying an Amazon Prime membership.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Murdered nuns are 'today's martyrs'

Pray for the poor souls, and ask our blessed martyrs their intercession in these times

Friday, March 4, 2016

Francis: Our Father's merciful invitation involves correction

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 In these weekly catecheses inspired by the present Holy Year of Divine Mercy, we have often reflected on God’s fatherly love and forgiveness. The Prophets present this love also as involving correction, a summons to conversion and the renewal of the Covenant. Every parent knows the challenge of helping children to grow in freedom and responsibility. In the Scriptures, God expresses his dismay at the rejection of his love, as seen in the disobedience and sin of his children. If he chastizes his people, it is to move them to repentance and conversion. In his mercy, he asks them to turn back to him with all their hearts and to receive a righteousness that is itself his gift. God is pleased, Isaiah tells us, not by ritual sacrifice but by rejecting evil and practicing justice. Though our sins be like scarlet, he will make them white as snow. May all of us be open, during this year of grace, to our heavenly Father’s merciful invitation to come back to him and to experience this miracle of his love and forgiveness."

The page can be found HERE

Pray for the Holy Father

I also find the lack of good will and prudence toward "correcting" the Holy Father frustrating (like the people calling themselves originalists on the constitution ignoring de Vattel on the natural born clause and supporting Cruz, the demigod). So, I give you St. Pius X

"But in order that the desired fruit may be derived from this apostolate and this zeal for teaching, and that Christ may be formed in all, be it remembered, Venerable Brethren, that no means is more efficacious than charity. “For the Lord is not in the earthquake” (III Kings xix., II) — it is vain to hope to attract souls to God by a bitter zeal. On the contrary, harm is done more often than good by taunting men harshly with their faults, and reproving their vices with asperity… This charity, “patient and kind” (1. Cor. xiii., 4.), will extend itself also to those who are hostile to us and persecute us. “We are reviled,” thus did St. Paul protest, “and we bless; we are persecuted and we suffer it; we are blasphemed and we entreat” (1. Cor., iv., 12, s.). They perhaps seem to be worse than they really are. Their associations with others, prejudice, the counsel, advice and example of others, and finally an ill-advised shame have dragged them to the side of the impious; but their wills are not so depraved as they themselves would seek to make people believe. Who will prevent us from hoping that the flame of Christian charity may dispel the darkness from their minds and bring to them light and the peace of God? It may be that the fruit of our labors may be slow in coming, but charity wearies not with waiting, knowing that God prepares His rewards not for the results of toil but for the good will shown in it."

Pio X, P.P. - "E SUPREMI" 1903