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Womenpriests -- Or Priestesses -- Are Not Catholic

The recent so called "ordinations" of women as "priests" in Kentucky has inspired this article.  Now if you're expecting political correctness, you've visited the wrong blog. It is not just a matter of personal opinion, on my part, that women cannot be priests. (Though I do fully agree with the Church on this.) Rather, it is the infallible and unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church, which all Catholics are obliged to submit to, regardless of their personal opinions. Sorry, like it or lump it, that's just the facts.

Now every so often we hear of this in the news, of some group of "dissident Catholics" ordaining a woman as a priest, in some parish or facility. Usually, the people involved are long gone before the matter is released to the press, but the news media is ready and eager to take the bait. It's publicised all over the news, sometimes internationally, as if this is some kind of big deal, invoking all sorts of discussion…

We Are Rome

We've all heard the saying many times.  America will never be conquered from an outside military force, but she will fall from within.  I think the truth of this statement is beyond dispute now, for I don't know many people who would deny that America is currently falling from within.  What is of greater curiosity is how America is falling from within.  On the one hand, there is a tendency to pin it all on economics and social safety nets.  On the other hand, there are those that point to America's wars overseas that are stretching her resources.  Both sides point to the national debt and trade deficit, along with the poor economy and unemployment figures.  Not to minimise these things, for they certainly all play a role, but I think the most important thing we can do to understand this is pause and try to back away from an Amero-centric world view.  Often times we Americans look at the United States in an isolated way, as if the rest of the Western world didn't matte…

Kneeling For Communion

Cardinal Francis Arinze served as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and
the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2002 to 2008.
Today something interesting happened.  My 9-year old son, Michael, has recently taken up the habit of kneeling for communion and receiving the holy sacrament on the tongue in the traditional Catholic and Anglican manner.  It took him a long time to do this.  He was under tremendous peer pressure from his classmates in parochial school, who all receive communion in the hand while standing.  I am not aware of anything ever being said to him about it, and he denies that anyone ever told him he couldn't receive on the tongue while kneeling.  That's good to know, as it seems like receiving communion according to the traditional manner is often frowned upon in my area.  Yet, I've never heard anyone say it shouldn't be done, and apparently my son has had a similar experience.  Nevertheless, the peer pressure for children is there, and I hav…

Capitalism, Socialism and the Common Good

Here in the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri, most people would consider themselves "conservative."  In the American sense of the word (which is different from the European, Canadian and Australian sense) that usually means socially traditional on issues like family, morality, marriage and life.  On fiscal issues however, being "conservative" is linked together with classic liberalism, or what Americans like to call "Libertarianism."  This typically means "let the free market prevail" with minimal government regulation.  Such is the so-called "conservative" movement in the United States, which is what many have dubbed "Neoconservatism."  Those who follow this brand of ideology are sometimes called "Neoconservatives" or "Neocons" for short.  Granted, this term is often used in a pejorative way.

Now not all people in the Ozarks are Neoconservatives.  A small minority classify themselves as "progres…

This Zeitgeist of Modernism

I used to get very caught up into politics.  I was raised by Democrat parents.  My father was a huge supporter of John F. Kennedy.  My mother came from a blue-collar family in the South.  There was perhaps no family more Democratic than mine during the 1970s.  That's why, as a ten-year old child, I cried when the television reporter announced that President Jimmy Carter just lost his 1980 bid for re-election.  My parents were just heading out the door to vote, as the polls hadn't closed in California yet.  My mother started to put her purse away.  My father asked "What are you doing?"  She said, "What's the point?  He already lost!"  My father picked up her purse, handed it back to her, and said: "we can still go vote against Reagan as a protest."  They left the house and returned about thirty minutes later.  By that time my tears had dried, but I still had the awful pit in my stomach.  The thought of going back to school the next day was hor…