Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween is not Pagan

  No matter what some Neopagans and well-meaning Fundamentalists think. (Unfortunately, even some Catholics fall into this, see here, https://adamcharleshovey.blogspot.com/2016/10/what-to-do-when-your-pastor-is-wrong.html).  Now, there are causes for concern.  Tarot cards and Ouija boards are major issues, but trick-or-treating isn't going to send you to hell.

       That said, I think we need to take back Halloween to its Christian origins, not its alleged Pagan origins.  Anyone with me?  People think Christians are scary anyway, let’s show them what it means to be a soldier of Christ.  I’ve actually gotten Bible verses going trick-or-treating.  Let’s do it!   Give them verses on the Eucharist to show their parents!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Transgenderism" and the bandwagon effect

  A funny thing happened.  When I typed in the word "transgenderism", but my computer is telling me to correct it.  Anyway, we have a phrase used in American English, and I'd imagine some other dialects of English, called "Jumping the bandwagon".  Say you hate sports team A, until sports team A is going to make it to sports championship.  All the sudden, the sports team you despised, is now your favourite sports team.  This is what happened with transgenderism here in America.  A few short years ago, it was understand, that most people could be classified as male of female.  It was understand that even someone who was a transsexual was actually their birth gender, as most people knew that gender could not actually be changed.  Where have we gotten to?  I remember listening to a show on the radio, where a lady called in saying the Bible says "nothing about gender".  I think she would do well to read Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God, male and female he created them".  Now, children are being told that they can be told they are the opposite gender.  Where does this nonsense end?  It's not even about the Bible saying it, it's about common sense.  Why we can't understand that a man with a mutilated genitals is not a woman (or vice versa) is beyond me.  Liking silky clothes doesn't make a boy a girl.  Preferring to wear slacks and ties doesn't make a woman a man.  And no, transgender "men" can't aren't pregnant men, they're women.  You can't change biology, and no, contrary to Justice Kennedy, you can't define your own reality. ("Concept of existence").  And so, it happens with the transgenderism bandwagon.  People support it because it's the popular thing to do.  Not because it actually makes sense to support.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Why football (Soccer) is the most Catholic sport

  Right now, I am watching the CONCACAF Gold Cup.  The match is US-El Salvador.  I am convinced that Soccer is the most Catholic sport.  Not because its immense popularity (it is the most popular sport on Earth), not because of the witnessing of some of its players (making the sign of the cross), not because people of all colours play it.  It's all of these things.  We are told to go "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15), and this is how we witness.  Soccer players make really witnesses for Catholicism.  True, not all of them always live their faith, but at least, for the most part, they aren't afraid to show it.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Presumption of guilt is the antithesis of a liberal society

                In the United States, we have a phrase, "innocent until proven guilty",(See Coffin V. United States, 1895)  this is allegedly one of the foundations of our classical liberal society, though our legal system seems to think otherwise.  The United States is not alone in this, the Universal Declaration of Human rights, article 11 declares: "Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence".  I bring this up, because, it seems, this does not apply to Catholic clergy.  The presumption is (and this is often pushed by the media), "Accused means guilty".  Unfortunately, this pushes public thinking into that, and even when the media does admit the case was dismissed OR the accused is found not guilty or innocent, the damage is already done.  I bring this up because, well, I'm sick of people assuming that accused means guilty.  It does not.  People tend to forget that one important thing about human nature is that money makes the world go 'round.  We're much more content serving mammon than serving God.  There's no chance for a high profile cleric, even if he is found not guilty.  But he most likely won't be.  The media has already made up its mind, and its mind is that he is guilty. 

*When I use the term "liberal" I mean it in the traditional sense on the basis of equality, not the modern political term, which is quite different.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Yes abortion is still the most important issue

 I admit it, I get frustrated with "liberal" Catholics that support gay marriage.  I also get frustrated with Catholics that support unjust wars.  I was going across patheos's Catholic channel (is that what it's called)?  and I saw a blog post that said "abortion is the most important issue, except when it's not" or something to that effect.  See, my grandpa was a three war veteran, and pro-life democrat (God rest his soul, he was very ill-treated by the VA hospital, my mother is actually part of the group that broke open the case on said hospital system, that's a different story) that hated war (as do I), but hated abortion.  Hate is a strong word, and to quote Hank Hill, that's why I used it.  My Protestant Grandpa (who had a Catholic mother, she was an adult convert) influenced a lot of the ways I see the world.  I learned from Grandpa that the world is unfair.  Especially to the elderly.  As cruel as the world is to the elderly, it is even more cruel to the very young.  A mother's womb is where a child is supposed to be the safest.  Yet, we make jokes about abortion.  We treat it like it's not big deal.  We make fun of those who insist it isn't murder.  Ever talk to parents that suffered a miscarriage?  They don't treat losing a baby like it's a joke.  Ever talk to a young mother who lost her only child?  To them, it's not a joke.  I've had discussions with women that have had abortions, and do you know what they tell me?  They were lied to about what abortion is.  I don't know about you, but I think protecting children should be an absolute priority.  I would like to take this time to thank God for giving me a mother that taught me that abortion is murder, and has seen her own dead children.  Oh, and has a background in biology (yes, go ahead and tell my mother that they are not children, be warned, her temper is almost as bad as mine!)  I described myself as "borderline anarchist" (a bit serious, a bit jokingly, my mother said "that's what your dad was"!)  My dad, by the way (and I remember hearing this from my brother), had a bumper sticker on his truck that said "as a former fetus, I oppose abortion".  Think about that next time you write a blog post with an arrogant title.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Seriously, Catholics ARE Christian

I have noticed that many folks in my part of the country will ask things like “are you Christian or Catholic”?  *Faithpalm*.  This is a false dichotomy.  Catholics ARE Christian.  For many of them, I think it is because in their theology, they believe that someone is a Christian when they got saved.  Oddly, I don’t hear them ask Methodists and Lutherans whether or not they are “Methodist/Lutheran or Christian”.  First, let’s define terms.
Strictly speaking, a Christian is someone that believes and follows the teachings and dictates of the Christian religion, as founded by Jesus Christ.  Of course, not all Christians are the same, their theologies differ widely, and they often attack each other for not being “true Christians.  So this is a bit of a vague argument.  Okay, fine.  Then who is Christian?  Well…
From a Catholic perspective, I think it would depend on whether or not they are validly baptized.  Mormons use the Trinitarian formula and water, but have a misunderstanding (from a traditional Christian perspective) of the Trinity.  Baptists insist on full bodily immersion, but don’t believe it actually does anything, however, from a Catholic perspective, those baptisms are valid.
So, to put it bluntly, a Christian is someone who has been validly baptized.  So why do many folks not consider Catholics to be Christian?  I think it goes back to the reformation, ultimately, though getting “saved” as we know it did not exist at the time.  This idea (as I understand it) came to America with John Wesley.  Wesley was an Anglican clergyman that believed (to some extent) that you could be saved and knows you’re saved.  Oddly, he also believed you could lose your salvation.  This is not dissimilar to the Catholic view on salvation (what we might refer to as “relative assurance”).
Anyway, Wesley made a big impact in this part of the country.  Methodists and Methodism can be found in almost every town, only outnumbered by Baptists here.  The “Once saved, always saved” actually came later.  It is true that Calvinists believed your destiny was sealed when you were created, and I think that’s where this idea of “he was never really saved to begin with” came from.
Though, the “once saved, always saved” didn’t come from Wesley (He’d probably be horrified by the idea), I think many took Wesley’s message to the logical extreme.  “You’re saved, you can’t be unsaved”.  The problem with this, (besides contradicting common sense) is of course, that contradicts both the Bible, (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 24:13) and historical Christianity.
Now that I’ve defined terms, I hope when someone asks you (if you are a Catholic) “Are you a Catholic Christian”, do what I do and answer “I am a Catholic Christian”.  If you are an Evangelical Protestant, great, I love doing pro-life work with y’all, but please understand, Catholics see themselves as having more fullness of Christianity than you do.   Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re not Christian, and most Catholics would never say you aren’t, but asking someone if they’re “Catholic or Christian” is like asking someone if they’re “Black or American”, one does not negate the other.
-Adam Charles Hovey