Monday, March 24, 2014

Yes, Father Barron (and Hans U. B.), there is a Hell to be avoided! says the Pope

Though not spoken 'ex cathedra', the Holy Father, made a statement on Friday in which  real-people-real-catholics-going-to-hell is axiomatic (a foundational position which must be true for a dependent claim to be cogent). 

I only wonder why His Holiness didn't toss us Pelagians in with the mafia hit men :-)  ?  Don't get your hopes up!  I think he certainly has left room in hell for "creed-reciting, parrot Christians," or  "museum mummies,"(I think he probably meant us by that), and we really should thank His Holiness for shaking us out of any presumptous attitudes.  Hell-fire is real and can be a destination for any of us.  I hope the Holy Father developes his 'gehenna-ology' further!

It would be a great relief if a Holy Father would speak ex cathedra on this topic and banish the double speak and the great lie of universalism being peddled by Balthasar and his followers.  (even if the Pope must use us as his object lesson!)  something like...'see, there must be a hell! otherwise where will God put the Pelagians and the Parrot Christians?!'

....."On Friday, before a packed church, the pope said it was in the criminals' own interests to change their ways. "There is still time to avoid ending up in hell. That is what is waiting for you if you continue on this path," he said..... "You have had a father and a mother. Think of them. Cry a little and convert."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fr. Barron comes up on kneeling Catholic's radar, (again) hurray for Teilhard!

Father Barron has written a response to the new Cosmos series' formulaic swipe at the Catholic Church.  It is a pretty good article on the whole, but then right at  the apex of his crescendo he drops the name of Teilhard de Chardin as proof that Catholic belief produces great scientists. 

It's as if Father is saying.....

See, Seth MacFarlane, you believe that the human race gradually emerged from sub-human races who,  by the way, survived and progressed by ruthlessly killing off their nearest competitors? Well, so do we! 

You don't believe that our original parents were perfect human beings, nor that there is such a thing as Original Sin?  Well, neither do we!

Father B>>>>>>>>May I mention just a handful of the literally thousands of Catholic clerics who have made significant contributions to the sciences? Do you know about Fr. Jean Picard, a priest of the seventeenth century, who was the first person to determine the size of the earth to a reasonable degree of accuracy? Do you know about Fr. Giovanni Battista Riccioli, a seventeenth century Jesuit astronomer and the first person to measure the rate of acceleration of a free-falling body? Do you know about Fr. George Searle, a Paulist priest of the early twentieth century who discovered six galaxies? Do you know about Fr. Benedetto Castelli, a Benedictine monk and scientist of the sixteenth century, who was a very good friend and supporter of Galileo? Do you know about Fr. Francesco Grimaldi, a Jesuit priest who discovered the diffraction of light? Do you know about Fr. George Coyne, a contemporary Jesuit priest and astrophysicist, who for many years ran the Vatican Observatory outside of Tucson? Perhaps you know about Fr. Gregor Mendel, the Augustinian monk who virtually invented modern genetics, and about Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, a twentieth century Jesuit priest who wrote extensively on paleontology, and about Fr. Georges Lemaître, the formulator of the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins. <<<<<

Friday, March 14, 2014

National Security Advisor Susan Rice defines President Obama's foreign policy as a gay agenda

(March 11 speech)

>>>So, even when it is politically difficult, we ask you to find new ways to empower those who are most marginalized in their societies. In those almost eighty countries around the world where we find laws and policies that persecute or discriminate against members of the LGBT community, we need you to be a clarion voice— to decry laws that would lock people up because of who they love and to find new ways to protect vulnerable members of the LGBT community. We need you to combat restrictions, also, that close space for civil society. And, we need you to be the early-warning tripwire where an atrocity is looming so we can strive to prevent it.<<<


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cardinal Dolan applauds Michael Sams 'coming out gay'

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Your Eminence,

How does applauding homosexual acts fit in with
paragraph 1867 of the modern Catechism of the Catholic Church?

[1867 The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are "sins that cry to heaven": the blood of Abel,139 the sin of the Sodomites,140 the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt,141 the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan,142 injustice to the wage earner.143 ]

 I don't see how 'coming out' is anything but embracing the sin of the Sodomites AND expecting the rest of society to affirm you in it.  It certainly seems to me that you are saying that repenting of sins--like anal sex-- is not needed.  If that, your Eminence, is not what is intended, then what did you mean?

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