Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Green Catholics, Uncategorized, Vatican II | Tags: carbohydrates, Catholic, Catholic values, culture, Gary Taubes, malnutrition, morality, obesity, Vatican II, war on Christianity, weight loss
Gary Taubes is fighting the power. His books Good Carbs Bad Carbs and Why We Get Fat stand up to a powerful industry of misinformation and corruption. They can afford the hired guns, hackers and snoops capable at least of ruining Taubes’ reputation and making his life miserable. Perhaps worse. Perhaps he thinks of Erin Brockovich when a car pulls up behind him on a lonely road at night. But he probably doesn’t. Instead of following the money, Taubes blames–the Church! (more…)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic, Catholic values, Hungarian Constitution, morality, religious freedom, religious liberty, Sateed Warsi, secularism, SSPX, Vatican Insider, Viktor Orband
The world is finally beginning to realize the full import of the doctrinal changes made in the Catholic church by Vatican 2, because now we can see in practical terms rather than philosophical how the liberal doctrine, especially so-called religious liberty promoted by the Council, affects society. Hungary has recently formally rejected secularism, one of the Council’ s novelties, by raising the modest call to promote and celebrate the Christianity at the core of their society. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, was interviewed by a Polish Catholic weekly, in which he called for the Church to step up to the crisis. If the Church were stronger, he argued, our country would be stronger. It was a plea on the ground, from the heart, because Hungary is in the fight of its life, literally to survive, after years of socialist corruption and moral degeneration that has left the country enormous debt and a dangerously falling birth rate.
Now the call for a stronger church has come from another surprising voice–a woman, a Baroness, and a Muslim. (more…)
Filed under: abortion, Culture and Catholicism, Nobama, Vatican II | Tags: Barack Obama, Benedict XVI, Catholic, economics, marriage, morality, Obama, Sibelius, SSPX
During the Obama election campaign, this blog published a link to liberal Catholic magazine America that made the audacious claim that Obama was “the spirit of Vatican II.” The magazine got it right. Obama’s take on secularism is exactly the take on secularism put forward by the Council, and now we are moving to stage 2 with his HHS legislation. (more…)
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism | Tags: abortion, Catholic, Catholic church, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, health care debate, National Public Radio, religious freedom, SSPX, stock market, The Price of Civilization, traditional mass, Vatican II, Wall Street
As part of the health care debate, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs uncompromisingly indicts capitalism on NPR’s production of the Commonwealth Club on October 26; it is apparently not archived, but similar views may be expected in his book, The Price of Civilization. His conclusion is wrong, insofar as he ultimately recommends, like the Wall Street protestors whom he admires, only that we tax the very rich. (more…)
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Muslim feminism, Uncategorized, Vatican II | Tags: abortion, Catholic, Catholic values, ecumenism, feminism, Islam, koran, middle east, middle eastern synod of bishops, Muslim, religious freedom, secularism, SSPX, Vatican II
Although Benedict might have trouble spouting the old ‘springtime of Vatican II’ fable in the West now, without stirring further theological skepticism, he and his bishops are continuing to promote full-bore Vatican II religious modernism in, of all places, the middle east, where the war between secularism and Islam is fierce. The results are not surprising. Muslims don’t like it, and, unlike Archbishop Lefebvre, they shoot back. (more…)
Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic, SSPX, Vatican II, collegiality, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Father Ralph Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, Siguad, Carli
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic, Catholic values, collegiality, liturgical abuse, papal power, SSPX, Vatican II
They’re teaching your kid Centering Prayer instead of the rosary at your parish, and you don’t like it. The Catholic university you went to, at major cost, is still hosting ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the annual reunion. The Catholic politician you voted for has just endorsed gay marriage, and your pastor sits during communion while other folks distribute the hosts. You thought the Holy Father was going to do something about all these things, eventually, but he seems pretty content to be a good example and let it go at that. His promising beginning has just about petered out (heh). You ask an SSPX friend what he thinks. He says, “Collegiality,” and you hand him a tissue. “God bless you,” you say. “Good one,” he says, and then he gives you a website.
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic, Christianity, Islam, SSPX, third party, Vatican II, Wall Street
The pictures from Baghdad are unbearably hard to view. Catholics on the steps of their altar, the blood pooled around them. Killed in the very act of worship. Killed ironically during the holy sacrifice of the Mass, in which the Body and Blood of Christ are offered once again to His Father for the salvation of the world. This time they, too, were sacrificed. The attack on 31 October comes after many months of increased violence against Catholics, generally perpetuated by Muslims, but also by Hindus.
When one uses the term ‘increased’ one indicates that there was a preceding period in which there was less violence, and it is true that there preceded this period one in which Catholics and Muslims, and Catholics and Hindus, lived in a state of mutual tolerance occasionally punctuated by breaks in that norm. This escalation is recent. It is new, and it is well to ask ourselves why.
The reason is Vatican II. Don’t sigh! Read on!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Catholic, Catholic values, Christianity, feminism, John Bossy, SSPX, the Reformation, traditional mass, women ordination to the priesthood, women saints
Sometimes one learns well from one’s detractors, and this is the case with John Bossy’s work on the Reformation. He tells the story of Catholic women of the gentry during that bloody time. (Apparently they are still causing mischief to the bad guys.) (more…)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benedict XVI, Bruno Gherardini, Catholic, liturgy, schism, SSPX, The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion, traditional mass, Vatican II
Msgr. Bruno Gherardini has served as a canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, undersecretary of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, professor emeritus at the Pontifical Lateran University, and postulator of the canonization cause of Blessed Pope Pius IX. He is now eighty-five years old and has been called the last living theologian of the pre-Conciliar “Roman School.” In 2009, he released The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: a Much Needed Discussion. Because of his credentials, and because of his independence from traditionalist organizations, the book is especially important. It provides a firm response to those who say that ‘the council was fine but the implementation was wrong’, or that the ‘only thing wrong with Vatican II was the mass that accompanied its implementation.’ Gherardini argues clearly that the Council has doctrinal issues that cannot be dismissed. (more…)