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Sarah Says Turn and Face Your God

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I am reading Zola’s work on Lourdes. It focuses on that most extreme contradiction between our Faith and modernism, when the doctors have given up on certain hard cases, and in desperation the suffering people bring their awful pain to Our Lady at Lourdes and ask for a miracle.

A miracle. God intervening in our behalf to reverse nature and to cure us. Continue reading



Tea Party, or Sex Socialism? You Decide!

A post on Italian blog Cordialiter  was re-posted recently with commentary on Rorate Caeli.  Cordialiter says Catholics must not get trapped in the box the media has prepared for it, a false choice between Tea Party traditionalism or Socialist-flavored modernism. The blog says on the contrary, traditionalists must be ‘”True friends of the poor” and proceeds not exactly to say how to do that, but very definitely how not to do so: by accepting the perks of middle class existence, ignoring the social issues and focusing on worthy liturgy. That would be wrong, in Cordialiter’s thinking.

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Why Do We Get Fat? Let’s Blame the Church!

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! Continue reading



Another Plea for a Strong Church–from a Muslim Baroness!

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. Continue reading



Once Again, Obama is the Spirit of the Council

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, including his HHS legislation requiring Catholic institutions to offer what every other institution is offering: abortion and contraception. Continue reading



The Restore Point in Health Care is Christ and His Church

 

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 protesters whom he admires,  only that we tax the very rich. Continue reading



Rome Promotes Islamic Vatican II — Islam Shoots Back

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. Continue reading