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Of Popes and Protestants

I live in two worlds.  While my conversion to Catholicism is complete, I try to never lose myself and forget where I came from, who I was, or where I began.  It's happened before.  I did on occasion forget my roots, and in those rare circumstances, I had to be reminded, because what I became was not very nice.  Once I was reminded by a bishop, who lovingly and privately brought me back to my senses.  I am grateful to him for this.  I am a Catholic, but I was a Protestant.  My theology is orthodox, but my manner of thinking was trained in the Protestant world.  I look at things differently and I always will.  I have to be honest with myself for who and what I am.  I am a convert, with two feet firmly planted in both worlds, and I can't be any other way.

Perhaps it's because I am accustomed to feeling religiously uncomfortable that I am willing to accept the uncomfortable feeling this latest pope gives us.  The truth is, I haven't felt "comfortable" in a relig…

Pope Responds to Rush Limbaugh

If Rush Limbaugh were to say this Monday that his accusation of Marxism in the papacy provoked a response from the pope himself, he would be 100% right.  Pope Francis responded to the following question in his latest interview with Andrea Tornielli (Vatican Insider)...
TORNIELLI: Some of the passages in the “Evangelii Gaudium” attracted the criticism of ultraconservatives in the USA. As a Pope, what does it feel like to be called a “Marxist”? POPE FRANCIS: “The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” The term "ultraconservatives in the USA" is umbrella speak for Rush Limbaugh and those who followed his lead in the right-wing media.  If you would like to see Limbaugh's monologue that led to this little exchange between "golden EIB microphone" and the Chair of Peter, I have linked to a video here in a previous article.
In Limbaugh's own words: "this is just pure Marxism coming out…

Rush Limbaugh versus Pope Francis

I include the Rush Limbaugh video above because I want to be fair.  I'm not going to paraphrase Rush Limbaugh here.  I want you to hear his own words.  This is extremely important, because you see, Rush Limbaugh is wrong about some things here, and he's making some pretty profound judgements against not only Pope Francis, but Catholic social teaching in general, going back over 120 years!

Worse than that, Rush Limbaugh has the largest talk show following in the United States, with at least 15 million regular listeners.  So now that this heavyweight has thrown his hat into the ring, the battle lines are clearly drawn.  What this man said will reverberate through other conservative talk show syndications as well, and before the week is done, we can expect somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 to 30 million people in the United States believing that Pope Francis is a Marxist.  Priests and bishops be warned, you're going to have a very serious problem on your hands before 2013…

Is Pope Francis a Distributist?

I'm still unpacking the pope's apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.  There is much to glean here, but at this point I think it is now safe to say that the mainstream media got it 100% wrong on Pope Francis. He is not the liberal-modernist "hippy pope" they made him out to be. Quite to the contrary, the pope is a conservative, a radical and a traditionalist all rolled into one.  He is John Paul II + Benedict XVI + Leo XIII + Pius XI + a massive dose of steroids!  I'll be mining this apostolic exhortation in the weeks to come. Today, however, something stood out in a very glaring way. There is no way around this one.  Pope Frances does not support supply-side ("trickle down") economics. In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father had these stinging words to say about Western capitalism...
53. Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say …

How to Revive the Catholic Church

Fast forward the feed to about 29:30 to see my chat with Voris.
Now that I have your attention with the title of this article, please forgive me for being presumptuous.  I am, after all, just a convert.  However, I think it is my history as a Protestant that gives me a glimpse of insight into this topic.  Why?  I think it's because I've seen allot, from different strains of Christian tradition, so I've learnt a bit.  I also know what it was that attracted me to the Catholic Church, and I think that too gives me a glimpse of insight into this topic.  You can take my words here for whatever their worth to you.  Dismiss them if you like.  That's fine.  It's no skin off my back.  Or you can listen.  That's fine too.  I hope you will

Last week Michael Voris invited me back onto his Mic'd Up talk show to discuss some comments I wrote on his Facebook page.  The segment begins at about 29:30 on the video feed above.  Some Catholics take issue with Voris over his h…

Is Pope Francis Too Liberal ?

I post this today, not to get into politics, but to point out something related to Catholicism...

Sarah Palin, former Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, and icon of American Neoconservatism, commented that she thought Pope Francis sounded a little too liberal for her. To her credit, she did say this may be tainted by the news media so she will not judge with any certainty. (We should give her credit for that.) I think however, this comment is reflective of a particular problem in American society.

We tend to measure people by sound bites and then compare them to our own ideology. Sarah Palin was raised Catholic, but she and her parents left the Church when she was in her pre-teen years. Usually when Catholics do this, it is because they've judged the Church through sound bites. They've taken little snippets of Church teaching and/or practice, and compared them with their own ideology. Finding a discrepancy, they leave the Church, rather than dig deeper into…