Thursday, June 20, 2019

Abortion is murder

  Abortion is the horrible slaughter of a child.  I'm not describing it to you, because medical textbooks do a much better job.  So, why is Hollywood pushing so hard for the wholesale killing of babies?  Money.  In the 60s/70s, there arose a belief that a woman could not have a career and have children, so, what better what than to solve that dilemma, than hiring a hitman?  Abortion is not simply removing a "clump of cells" (which is literally what a multi-cellular organism is), or biological material (biological means something that is alive), no, it's the taking of a human life.  We have, in my country (the United States of America), a Supreme Court that makes laws instead of interprets them, and refuses to overturn one of the greatest injustices in American history (Roe V. Wade).  Abortion is discriminatory, it always targets women and children.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bishop Hurley and Fr. Dwyer

  I'm not sure what's going on.  I am someone that has no problem with "traditional" worship.  So traditional, in fact, I prefer Byzantine liturgy to the Tridentine Mass. (which is true, but, that doesn't mean I have a problem with either, I don't mind praise and worship music either, the Church is diverse, so there's room for many different expressions).  The priest was doing things the Vatican allows, so, did the bishop just have an issue with things he didn't like?  I don't see why he should care, as he's not the one celebrating Mass (usually) at Fr. Dwyer's parish church.  The bishop said Dwyer was causing turmoil, but if that's true, then he needs to produce evidence of such.  And so what?   Why couldn't the people complaining change parishes?  I had a priest that used his homilies to bash Pope Francis.  So, I started going to a different church. (Though, still Catholic, don't confuse the parish church with the parish, there is a difference).  It was a tough decision, and I could understand a priest being removed for that (or at least reprimanded), but I haven't seen evidence that Fr. Dwyer has done that.  I don't know much about Michigan (I know some people from there, and I haven't been there for many years), but I know many times (at least here in the south), smaller parishes get priests no one else wants.  The priest that brought me into the Church was unfortunately supportive of legal abortion (though, to be fair, he never preached it was okay, and did say it's a sin), and whilst I love the man to death, I think that's a problem.  The Pope bashing priest is certainly pro-life (as far as I know, and his non pope bashing homilies indicate that).  These are the types of priests that are often sent to smaller parishes.  The conservative Pope bashing priest is in charge of the only Catholic church in a town of a little over 4,700, and one of only two Catholic churches in an area of  507 square miles, 1313 km squared.  The adjacent county is much larger, and has only  has four Catholic churches, two very large ones and two small ones.  One of the smaller ones (where I came into the Church), had an abortion supporting priest (and is the second parish of the Pope bashing one), and the other small one, has a very kind Nigerian priest, who is theologically orthodox but has some health problems.  He used to be the pastor of the smaller church in my county.  I'm not sure what the bishops are thinking (or even if they are thinking).  I am someone that really dislikes it when people bash bishops, but at this point, I can kind of understand their frustration.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Mary is the Mother of God

  I can hear your collective groans.  "That would mean she's God's origin"!  Nope.  Put down your torches and pitchforks.  Think about this logically.  Jesus is God.  (John 20:28, Phil 2:6, John 1:1-14, amongst others).  Mary is his mother. (Luke 1:31).  Therefore, since Jesus is God, and Mary is his mother, Mary is the Mother of God. See how easy that is? 
I bring this up because I know a priest that doesn't care for this phrase.  I think it's not precise enough, but it's completely accurate. I agree with him that Theotokos (God-bearer) is a better description, but I think he's making the same mistake Nestorius did with the term "Theotokos".  God does have a mother, as God choose to be born as a boy to a humble Jewish woman.  God was brought up a good Jewish boy, by a good Jewish mother, and did a very painful death.  If God died (which orthodox theologians agree to), than what in the world is wrong with saying Mary is the Mother of God?  Okay, I'll end right here, through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Is Jesus a Zombie?

  No.  Let's clear up a few misconceptions: zombie does not mean "one that is dead but is still alive", what we might call "undead".  Zombie has to do with the voodoo religion and mind control, what you're thinking of is a ghoul.  So, is Jesus a ghoul?  Nope.  So, why am I talking about Jesus's death and resurrection at the beginning of advent?  Because I can.  So, we know from the Bible that Jesus came back from the dead, and that half a thousand people say the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:5).  We also know, that, since Jesus was born and grew (Luke 2), so we know that he was truly human, and John 1 tells us he was truly God.  So, did Jesus die?  This is another question that we must ask before we answer why Jesus is not a ghoul.  Indeed, he did. (Mark 15:37)  So, why is Jesus not a ghoul?  Well, let me ask you this, do ghouls have intellect?  No.  Jesus, having an intellect, wouldn't be a ghoul, much less a "zombie".  I would argue those claiming that Jesus is a "zombie" are more of one than Jesus will ever be.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Did Jesus think the end of the world was imminent?

Okay, let's talk about biblical interpretation.  As many of y'all know, I am adamantly against private interpretation, though this does not mean that you can’t have a bible verse mean something to you a certain way. 
I was reading the Bible this morning, (Douay-Rheims version), and was reading the Gospel of Mark.  I came across a verse that was familiar, but out of place.  Not because of what it said, but because I usually read the Revised Standard Version Catholic edition of the Bible (Though, not solely so).  It says (in Mark 8:39 in the DR, I’m not sure other versions of the Bible have it) “Amen I say to you, that there are some here, who shall not taste death, till they see the power of God coming in”.
Now, this could be chopped up to a marginal gloss, and it parallels Matthew 16:28 and Luke 9:27.  Now, the thing is, that pretty much all Bibles have Mt 16:28 and Lk 9:27, so we can infer that Jesus did say something to this effect.  Now, did Jesus incorrectly predict the end of the world?  Nope.  Let’s talk about this.  In Lk 9:27, in the RSVCE, the word used is “power” (just as in Mark 8:39 DR), The word used in Mt 16:28 in the RSVCE says “there are some here who will not taste death before the see the Son of man coming into his kingdom”.  (DR says something similar).
Now, what are we to make of this?  Did Jesus think the end was near?  In a way, yes.  But, not in the way modern film would think.  Jesus was predicting the coming of the glory of the Kingdom of God with the establishment of the Church age and the power of God with the destruction of the temple in 70 ad.  Thus, contrary to what some skeptical biblical scholars believe, Jesus did not fail his own prediction.  Jesus’s earthly ministry was about three years, so it’s very reasonable that some of the younger people he was addressing would have lived to see that. 
            Jesus told people the truth (for he is the truth, John 14:6), and, just as today, people misunderstood him.  In Jesus’s time, the Pharisees would often twist scripture (especially the Books of Moses), to support their claims.  When a skeptic argues that Jesus’s prediction failed, they’re doing one of two things: Dismissing all evidence to the contrary, or nihilistically denying the evidence existed to begin with.  I don’t expect everyone to accept the gospel as truth (although it is true), but I at least expect people to be honest, and when skeptical scholars act like spoiled brats, they do no one favours.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Did Mary die?

  The short story is "yes".  But some of you are saying "but she was conceived without sin"!  Good point, but Jesus was sinless and still died.  Now, why people think Mary didn't die is beyond me.  She did.  THAT being said, after the time of her death, she was assumed, body and soul into Heaven.  How do we know this?  Because, we know where her tomb is.  Remember, John WAS the Bishop of Ephesus.  We have pretty well documented sources of this.  It would have made since for Mary to be where John's diocese was (John 19:25-27).  Why is it important Mary died?  Remember, Mary was conceived without sin (Luke 1:28).  Jesus called her "woman".  Think about whom held the title of "woman" (Genesis 2:23).  Now, Mary dying does make her any less important.  She, is, after all, the Theotokos, the God bearer.  She is called "woman" because she is in many ways the most human person to have ever lived.  God gave us the perfect woman, who brought forth the perfect sacrifice. Since, Jesus undid what Adam did, it would make sense that Mary would be involved in salvific history.  Jesus is God and man.  Mary is a highly exalted woman, but still a woman.  Mary is the most important woman to have ever lived, and her dying is important, because it shows that she is not less human than we are because of our sinfulness and her sinlessness, but more.  Mary is who we should all strive to be like. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Damned lies

I made a video about false representations of Christ's Church and her teaching with regards to salvation.  I stick by the claims made in the video.  It's God's judgement to make whether someone is saved or not, not mine (thank goodness).  There's only one person that can send you to Hell, and that is you.  YOU will go to Hell IF you reject God, intentionally.  Here's the thing.  If you don't know Christ died for your sins, but you still know the moral and natural law written on the hearts of all men, why would God punish you for something you had no control over?  Now, please note, I am not, have never been, and will never be a universalist.  I hope everyone DOES go to Heaven, but I know that's unlikely.  Just because someone might not go to Hell if they don't know the gospel, doesn't mean you don't have to tell them about it.  Jesus Christ is God.  He said "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the the name of the Father, and of the Son, and Of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20 RSVCE).  So, we Christians are REQUIRED to preach and live the gospel.  This is how we avoid Hell. On 16 April, 1997, my father died.  He had been suffering for a few years with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease, also called Motor Neurone disease).  My father was a Lutheran.  Did he know the truth of the Catholic Church?  Yes, he did.  But, when he died, he was probably still a Lutheran.  However, as the Church has always taught baptism of desire (not to mention Baptism by blood), there may very well be a chance my father was saved. My father could not control if he never became a formal member of the Church.  He was in a hospital.  Now, my father already had a valid baptism (I have his baptismal certificate), and I continue to pray for the repose of his soul.  But, going through that, as a child, and seeing someone say "Protestants are damned", well, it frustrates me.  The truth is, some of the holiest people I've ever met are Baptist and Methodist church ladies.  What this person said was not Catholic, no matter how much they want to portray it as such.