Let’s Give All This Burke News a Shave with Occam’s Razor

Let’s Give All This Burke News a Shave with Occam’s Razor

I’ve read a few articles lately about Cardinal Raymond Burke’s latest assignment and I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of it. Cardinal Burke was my choice for pope. But neither the conclave nor the Holy Spirit consulted me, and the last time I checked, that was a good thing. I’ve been known to make some horrible decisions. But this article isn’t about me and it isn’t about Cardinal Burke. It’s about Pope Francis. Other fans of Cardinal Burke have been assuming the worst, mostly due to their bias against Pope Francis on the grounds of what amounts to slander and gossip. We all know the type. So before I go further, I want to make sure we’re all on the same page: if you’re a reader who thinks Pope Francis is evil or the antichrist or an antipope because of [insert conspiracy theory here], then stop reading now. I’m not trying to make a point to you. Go on your merry way. Nothing I saw will make a difference to you because you’ve already made up your mind against the man rather than practicing the Christian virtue, recommended to us by countless saints, of assuming the best about a man and his intentions. If, however, you – like me – have a little tension and maybe a bit of apprehension in your thoughts on Pope Francis, but every intention of staying loyal to him because you want to see the best in him and love and respect him as your shepherd, then read on. I want to give this issue a shave with Occam’s Razor. Other commentators have...
1 Huge Catholic Resource You Can’t Afford Not to Have!

1 Huge Catholic Resource You Can’t Afford Not to Have!

[Full disclosure: I work for Vocation Boom.] I’ve posted plenty of articles before on free or low-cost resources for apologists and catechists. In terms of content, this one blows them all out of the water. What if you had on your computer a single, searchable resource for over 1500 classic Catholic books, 1300 papal documents, writings of the Church Fathers, Doctors of the Church, and ecumenical councils, Bible maps, sacred art, and much, much more? For a limited time, Vocation Boom has acquired codes to allow ANY DONOR, giving ANY AMOUNT equal to or greater than $1, to receive a free download of the Faith Database, an excellent resource every Catholic should have access to. Go here to donate! You’ll soon receive a follow up email with a download code. At that price, anyone out there who has even the slightest hint in their minds that they might someday want this amazing resource should go IMMEDIATELY to make a donation. Donations, by the way, are tax-deductible, so I wouldn’t limit yourself to $1. ;-) The people at Faith Database tell us: “The Faith Database is a downloadable software program for your PC computer (no Mac version available at present). It contains more than ten different translations of the Bible, more than 1,500 complete Christian classic books featuring authors such as Newman, Chesterton, Aquinas and many others, writings from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, 2,000 years of Church council documents, more than 1,300 papal writings, the Catholic Encyclopedia, links to online editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law, Bible art and...
What is the Catholic Response to the Illegal Immigrant Children Crisis?

What is the Catholic Response to the Illegal Immigrant Children Crisis?

Something tragic is happening in this country of ours. Tens of thousands of children are pouring over the border and our president has done nothing at all to stop it. In fact, while it happened, he fundraised. And fundraised. And fundraised some more. I’m pretty sure he’s not planning on using the revenue to help the situation, though. The tragedy is not the illegal immigration or the massive group of foreign-born children who’ve crossed our border. It’s what we’ve done to them. In the weeks this story has been unfolding, there have been disturbing pictures of these kids rounded up by the hundreds and dumped in confinement camps, in cramped quarters, with doctors who are not allowed to discuss their health problems, including dangerous viral strains not seen in America in decades, with the public. Senators have been turned away from the door by soldiers tasked with keeping scrutiny off their treatment. Professional politicians have used these plighted kids as convenient prop pieces for heart-string manipulation. “I wish I could take all those children home with me,” said Nancy Pelosi, not commenting on whether she would try to perform post-natal abortions on them all. Who is she kidding? Pelosi knows she can’t take any of them with her, which makes it all too easy to pretend to care about them when she’s made it clear through her policies that she cares nothing about human dignity. These children have been used by liberals to re-engage the bleeding hearts. They’ve also been used by conservatives to blame the man in the White House who, in truth, ought to secure the border...
America’s Other Border Crisis

America’s Other Border Crisis

While millions of Americans share their concerns about our southern border and the rapid influx of illegal immigrants, Catholics have been sharing their views more than most I’ve seen, with a sharply divided approach between our theological need to care for the less fortunate – in this case the orphan and the foreigner – and a genuine concern for the safety of our social and economic infrastructures, which, collapsed, would do no good for anyone, much less illegal immigrants. What has gone largely unnoticed by the Catholic populace and the American citizenry in general, however, is our other border crisis, in which myriad foreigners are crossing into our country on an hourly basis at a terrifying rate, threatening to destroy not only our social and economic infrastructures, but our culture and the very soul of our country. They’ve had a presence in our country since before even the Vikings arrived, but they are foreigners nonetheless. To make matters worse, the vast majority of our politicians are in collusion with them and we, the American people, have given them aid countless times. No, I’m not talking about the Canadians. I’m talking about demons. Native to heaven, but banished to hell, they are migrants in our world, using us as pawns in their ongoing conflict with our mutual Creator. Yet their suddenly increased numbers in our own country, markedly higher in influence than just a century ago, indicates a border crisis unparalleled in our national history. In these last hundred years, most of which was a century handed over to the devil, demons have plagued our country, dragging us into two...
Catholic Families, NFP, and the Upcoming Synod

Catholic Families, NFP, and the Upcoming Synod

Patheos is hosting a symposium on the upcoming Synod on the Family and blogger Calah Alexander has some frank, honest points about the Church’s teaching on procreative generosity in practice. It’s worth reading. Calah observes: Even so, what rankles the most is never the lack of material help. I don’t expect the Church to pick up the bill for all the kids she says I should welcome. I do, however, expect the Church to welcome them as well. And that is something I almost never see. The reality is that obedience costs a young couple something — sometimes it feels like it costs us everything. But it seems to cost the larger Church nothing. So little valued is our obedience and the sacrifice it entails that most Catholics don’t even know what the Church teaches on contraception. They’ve never heard it from the pulpit. If they do hear it, they jeer and mock, because the prospect of life without contraception seems so impossible that it’s frankly ludicrous. Equally ludicrous are those who embrace it, willingly or no. We are targets of scorn and derision, while the Church stands silently by and watches us suffer to uphold her teaching. Sometimes she even joins in the fray, building “cry rooms” to put us undesirable, multiplying masses out of sight and out of mind; providing nurseries so our children can in fact NOT come to Christ, but be put aside so the grown-ups can come to Christ in peace and quiet; interrupting homilies to ask mothers to leave the Mass with their babies, since the babies are disturbing the rest of the...