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A Paradigm Shift In The Catholic Church

Something very big is happening in the Catholic Church, and it's going on behind the scenes and underneath the radar. It's happening in America, France, Britain, and in other places around the globe. This trend seems to be most evident in industrialised Western nations, but we can see traces of it starting to develop in the rest of the world as well. What we are witnessing is nothing less than a massive paradigm shift. Traditional liturgy is coming back, and the Traditional Latin Mass (Vetus Ordo or "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite") is leading the way.

The United States of America, like France and Britain, is a microcosm of this worldwide trend. Everywhere we look in the Catholic Church today, the news coming out about the Vernacular Mass (Novus Ordo or "Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite") is becoming downright depressing. Parish attendance is down. The number of people who believe what the Catholic Church teaches is at an all time low. Many Catholic l…

State Secession -- A Possible Remedy

A political advertisement from the Scottish National Party now playing in the U.K.
I try not to venture into politics too much on this blog.  I've put up a few posts in the past, and eventually took them down.  When you write about religion though, it's hard not to talk about politics once in a while, because you see, politics is really just an extension of religion, believe it or not.  You can tell a lot about a person's religious beliefs by how they vote, and the political positions they hold to.  No, I'm not talking about the typical hot button issues like abortion, war and gay-marriage.  Though these are very important topics. Rather, I'm talking about a more general political philosophy.

Recent tensions in the U.S. Congress over federal funding of Obamacare has inspired this article. Some senator even said that the political climate in Washington D.C. has never been this bad since before America's Civil War. Honestly, I think he was being melodramatic wit…

Is Pope Francis The Antichrist?

As I browse through the tracking statistics of visitors to this blog, I've noticed a startling trend develop over the last several months, particularly over the last few weeks.  It appears that there is a growing interest on the web concerning a potential link between the current Pope Francis and the Biblical Antichrist.  The number of people, who have searched these keywords, "pope, francis, antichrist" as well as "peter the roman," has gone up exponentially over the last month. My blog is receiving hundreds of "hits" every day from people searching these keywords. What's going on out there?  Why all the sudden hysteria?  As a former Evangelical fundamentalist I do have some insight.

You see, the concept of connecting the pope with the Antichrist is nothing new. It began 500 years ago in 1520 Germany, when Martin Luther penned his treaties entitled "Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church." In it, Luther made his fierce oppos…

Dial A Pope -- Get A New Doctrine?

A very good reflection by Michael Voris.
I witnessed this eight years ago, and of course we are all seeing it transpire again today. I remember toward the end of Blessed John Paul II's pontificate, some "Catholics" here in the America, particularly those of the more "cafeteria" persuasion, were lamenting it. I remember comments to the extend of: "the pope needs to retire!" And "how long can he last!?!" I remember thinking to myself: "why don't you just come out and say what you really feel?  When will the pope hurry up and die already?"  Some of them actually did say that in more or less words -- believe it or not.  When the broken body of Blessed John Paul II finally did expire, I remember a very odd kind of elation on the part of some of these people. They acted mournful on the surface, almost too mournful, but gave themselves away with subtle slips of the tongue: "Maybe we'll get somebody better now." It was a…

Science And Religion

Today I want to talk about something that is a big issue for a lot of people, but really shouldn't be.  In our modern age (within the last 100 years or so), there has been a deliberate push to pit science against religion and vice-versa.  This conflict primarily exists in the Protestant world, but bleeds over into Catholicism as well.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the ongoing conflict between evolution and creationism.  The players have changed over the decades, but the conflict has not.  I'll use the modern players for this purposes of this article.

On the one hand, we have the advocates of science, who assert that man is the product of evolutionary processes, and the universe itself is the product of similar processes, spanning billions of years.  On the other hand we have Evangelical Protestants, which consist (but are not limited to) Baptists, Pentecostals and "Born Again" Christians of all stripes.  Many of these (not all but many) are staunch advocates …

Can Atheists Go To Heaven?

Well, he's done it yet again!  Pope Francis has managed to get the whole world abuzz with some new controversial statements about atheists going to heaven.  Actually, what the pope said was not all that new, nor was it even surprising to those who actually study and know the Catholic Christian faith. However, to the great majority of people in the world, including many Catholics, who are basically clueless as to what the Church teaches, the pope's written comments about atheists are the latest sensational "change" in the Catholic Church marking the new "liberal trends" of this current pope.  (Excuse me while I find a bucket to yak into.)  Sorry, but the pope said nothing new here. There has been no change in Church teaching, and there is nothing about this whole narrative that even remotely suggests the pope is taking the Church down new "liberal trends."
Before I go any further into this, let me tell you a story. Back in 2000, my wife and I were…