Category: Politics

Pope Francis responds to attacks from EWTN, other church critics: ‘They are the work of the devil.’ | America Magazine

There is, for example, a large Catholic television channel that has no hesitation in continually speaking ill of the pope.” He said: “I personally deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the church does not deserve them. They are the work of the devil. I have also said this to some of them.” — Read on http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/09/21/pope-francis-ewtn-critics-241472 A Pope who strives … Read More Pope Francis responds to attacks from EWTN, other church critics: ‘They are the work of the devil.’ | America Magazine

The church in the West is in decline—and nationalism won’t save it | America Magazine

Recently my Catholic grammar school along with 20 others were formerly announced to be closing. Catholicism in the west is in a death spiral. Christianity is in a similar spiral while attempting to align itself with republican extremism known as Trumpism – which is a highly driven nationalism party with some very unchristian ideals. Political parties aside, this article above in American magazine points … Read More The church in the West is in decline—and nationalism won’t save it | America Magazine

Germans bucking establishment!

This is no small story. The leaders of Germany today are a generation or two removed from the cloud of 1933 dictatorship and allegiance to one man or institution but not ignorant of the dangers of autocracies. Yes, you can have religious or political autocracies – or even more dangerous, when they are one and the same. They come in many shapes and sizes. … Read More Germans bucking establishment!

The Business of Western Catholicism

An interesting article in NCR looked at wealthy Catholics choreographing think tanks, not for profits, multi-media message to portray Catholic values in a way that supports big business and far right ideology. Many Catholics are informed by this voice rather then scripture, traditions, and Pope Francis. The silver lining is enough Catholics are educated enough to sniff out secularized or politicized Catholicism to avoid … Read More The Business of Western Catholicism

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

The lines I have highlighted may be different than the ones that catch your eye so I have reposted here without commentary. I cannot imagine anyone not having heard her inauguration poem. Her oration and presentation equaled her writing. She at the young age of 22 was unknown to me, but famous to many as a youth poet Laurette at age 19. Her story … Read More The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Arrows of God

The recent Washington Capital riot and our national response has sent me to a quiet place to reflect and contemplate where we went wrong. Pursuit of power by any means became evident. “Too often, even in our own Catholic tradition, we have aligned our power with the power of the state, with the power of money, with the power of control, with the power … Read More Arrows of God

Surrender the Chase

What does it mean to “chase” something?  Is it something you find positive as an adult?  Webster’s dictionary uses several analogies.  The Chase for… Hunting of wild animals, Pursuit of robbers, Frenzied seeking or earnest desire for an object or ideal. Any of these three can ideas present an anticipation of acquiring some pursued affection that we want to possess.  Killing that duck or … Read More Surrender the Chase

Fratelli Tutti & the Catholic Vote

The newest Encyclical Letter FRATELLLI TUTTI of the HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP includes a strong diet of healthy Catholic values like Love of thy neighbor, universal love, truth, kindness, gratuitousness, and forgiveness. Pope Francis provides ample liturgical context and scripture to ground these starting with the parable of the Good Samaritan assisting a stranger on the road followed by multiple … Read More Fratelli Tutti & the Catholic Vote

The Heretical Voter

Objectively my political views lean left in American politics. I have plenty of company among Catholic voters. However, a solid group of the Catholics vote staunchly republican based on two issues: abortion and taxation. Abortion is the high moral ground vote. Taxation tends to be the selfishly motivated vote. Less taxes paid by the upper middle class and wealthy, less services for the lower … Read More The Heretical Voter

Wolf or Sheep?

My church leadership is silent regarding Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s letter to Donald Trump. Donald Trump has referred to the letter to conservative news sites as evidence of his support from Catholics. Nowhere is it mentioned this Archbishop is hiding from the Vatican. I guess it is wise not to feed this news cycle or this disgruntled letter-writer priest in hiding.  I will follow their … Read More Wolf or Sheep?

Morning Dews – #4

I am need of Rabbi in my study.  Still wandering in the book of Genesis, Abraham denies his wife, Sarah, saying she is his sister, and she does the same, claiming to be his brother.  Abraham concocted this scheme to keep himself self while they journeyed into other kingdoms.  He believed he would be killed so that others could take his beautiful wife.   And … Read More Morning Dews – #4

Wealth, Debt, Giving and You

“Give enough that it feels risky — if you feel comfortable, you’re probably not stretching enough. If you feel destabilized, it might be too much.”

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