Back at it again

Well, I haven’t written anything on here since last fall. I let it fall by the wayside, but in hindsight I wish I hadn’t. Although I considered shutting down, it seemed untimely. So for now, you’ll have to put up with me!

In the last six months, I have completed two university courses by correspondence, applied for scholarships in the manner of a desperate student, finished a music history self-study course, written a music harmony exam, and gained a provincial recommendation at the local music festival. I have also taken up running again, gotten accepted into university, worked more towards my grade 10 piano exam, and made some more plans for the future (God must be laughing pretty hard at these!).

Now about the Pope. There is some buzz going around about deaconesses (or deaconettes, if you prefer). Nutty business. I fail to understand how some leaders in the Church can have Truth staring them in the face, and yet they ignore it. A shepherd shrouded in ambiguity does nothing to help.

Frankly (pardon the pun), I have been trying to ignore him of late. No, I am not a sedevacantist, nor shall I ever be. Our Lord’s Will is simply so much clearer when I rely upon His Word, Apostolic Tradition, teachings of past popes, and writings of the saints. I cannot abide by ambiguity in this time of moral depravity.

Credo.

 

Post-Synod Analysis

The Synod is finished, thanks be to God!  The fallout and response is somewhat varied though, and the overall outcome is yet to be seen.

The first bit of analysis that I read was on Sunday morning. Christine Niles’ article at Church Militant basically sunk most of my hopes, but then later in the day, I saw this from the Catholic News Agency, saying that the final report backs Church teaching. On Facebook, I found this jewel from Fr. Martin, SJ:

I was very disappointed by this today. One question at this morning’s press conference, by Thomas J. Reese, SJ, exposed a serious flaw in the Synod on the Family, and an instance of clear sexism. While before I had thought that ordination was a prerequisite for voting at the Synod (and one could make that theological argument: it was a synod of bishops, and priests participate in the ministry of the bishop through the sacrament of holy orders), today I learned that Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, also had voting rights. That is, he is not ordained. That is, his canonical status is technically that of a layman or laywoman. Thus, ordination was not a prerequisite for voting. So where were the women religious who had voting rights, where were the laymen with voting rights, and where were the laywomen with voting rights? (If you follow the link you can see the exchange on video.)

This was a huge missed opportunity for the Synod, and it goes against Pope Francis’s explicit desire, as stated in “Evangelii Gaudium,” to have more women in leadership roles.

Trust me, man, you would NOT want a woman like me at the Synod. Can you please get off the equality bandwagon for once and focus on something of substance?

On Twitter, apparently he had this: martin

One Mad Mom dishes on that here. Go Mad Mom!

So I clicked over to Fr. Z’s blog (you know he HATES Vatican II 😉 ) to try and get some balanced review on the Synod. If you’re still looking for some, I strongly urge you to read his latest posts.  This one was particularly good, especially if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan.

Rorate Caeli had some good observations, as well as the Catholic News Service’s interview with Cardinal Pell here.

A more hopeful but still realistic view is over at Catholicism Pure. Originally from Fr. Ed Tomlinson, the post contains more exhortations to pray, fast, and stay faithful to the Church, as well as practical things we can do.

The articles which I found the most “to the point” were from Steve Skojec at 1Peter5. If you have the time to read it, check out “No, the “Conservatives” did not “win”.  Strong commentary there.

Pray for the Holy Father. Please.

 

Make 2014 a year for learning!

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While I was reading my daily dose of Catholic blogs over on Big Pulpit, I came across something cool. Please note, I’m only saying its cool because I’m one of those scholarly young Catholics who like to read more about the Catholic faith (and because Vatican II fascinates me 😉 ). Nonetheless, its good for all Catholics to try and learn more, and what better time than the new year!

The cool thing I found was a reading plan that takes you through all of the Vatican II documents in fifty-two weeks. Each reading is a few paragraphs long (be warned: parts of it can be a little difficult to understand) and you only have to do one reading per day. You can find these documents online, or you can use the handy-dandy link I have included below.

For the reading plan, click here.

For links to the documents, click here.

May God bless each and every one of you!

All in the name of “equality”

So apparently there has been some rumbling and shaking on the earth due to the recent remarks of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. He paraphrased 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (which is supposedly equivalent to “hateful speech”) and as a result he is being removed from the show. Now the “vast majority” of Duck Dynasty viewers who support gay marriage and homosexuality will get their wish and will finally be able to watch a TV show that supports all of their beliefs with exception.

Ah, 21st century America. Land of truth and religious freedom.

But see, here’s the part that I find ironic. The LGBT community can say whatever they want to the Christians who object to their view.

“You bigot! Christian sucker!”

“Its all about love, man. Can’t you see that?”

“If two people love each other, who are you to say they can’t get married?”

And so on and so forth. Its all fine and dandy for the media because they can show all of these liberated, happy people kissing and having a good time. It all looks really good, therefore it must be good.

But when a Christian says something along the lines of, “Well, I don’t believe that same-sex marriage is right,” the LGBT activists will jump on it with, “Well don’t force your religion/beliefs on us!” Heck, I’m surprised they haven’t accused WordPress itself of being anti-gay just because it puts a red squiggly line under “LGBT.”

Great. So they’re entitled to total freedom of speech and Christians aren’t?

Right. Whatever happened to, “one nation under God?”

No clue. *sigh* And all of this is in the name of “equality.”

Duck Dynasty patriarch suspended from show after anti-gay comments

Duck Dynasty star refuses to back down on ‘anti-gay’ remarks

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11