5 07, 2020

Earthly Things Part 2: The Days of Lawlessness

By |2020-07-05T01:48:00+00:00July 5th, 2020|Theology|

Many prayerful Catholics have been noticing that much of 2 Thessalonians 2 seems to be materializing over the past few years. In fact, it seems prophesies from the Old Testament are being fulfilled. One older friend of mine who is a covert from evangelical Protestant to Catholic believes the "abomination of desolation" (Dan 9:27 and Mt 24:15) was the placement of the Martin Luther statute into the Vatican in October of 2016 (nearly four years ago): Consider also how a priest friend of mine recently pointed out that 2 Thess 2:10 asserts that a group of people during a global "rebellion" will "refuse to love the truth and so be [...]

2 07, 2020

An Albanian Convert Speaks on Totalitarianism and Catholicism

By |2020-07-02T17:02:41+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

On today's podcast we have an Albanian immigrant to the USA (also a convert from Islam to Catholicism.)  He speaks about Muslim and Marxist regimes and he recounts why he later became an American and even later a traditional Catholic.  Michael is a bit of a living “Josip” from Michael O’Brien’s “Island of the World."  Bumper music credit to Byzantine Chant Albanian-Agni Parthene.

30 06, 2020

Earthly Things: Part 1

By |2020-06-30T22:52:36+00:00June 30th, 2020|Theology|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8wXNUdMO8 Consider four current issues of "debated" truth: 1) In the above video, Sean Hannity names numerous racist things that Joe Biden said starting at minute 3:30.  This includes terms like "racial jungle" and "predators on our streets."  Biden even describes South Asians as having a "slight Indian Accent..at 7-11 or Dunkin' Donuts."  This is not to mention Biden's newest goof of telling a black radio host that unless he vote for him, "You ain't black."  Of course, President Trump has never said anything remotely close to this racist (before or during his presidency. ) 2) In the below tweet, I mention a medical fact that many young women in first [...]

23 05, 2020

Can Adult Baptisms Be Canonically Suspended during COVID-19?

By |2020-05-23T21:29:34+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Theology|

This was an email I received from out of country. He gave me permission to reproduce it below under condition of anonymity. I changed his name and retracted the country of origin: Dear Father Nix, Here in COUNTRY-X, the government have banned all baptisms, and, by extension, all receptions into the Church. The bishops'conference have followed suit issuing their own edicts to this effect. There is, at the time of writing, no end date in sight for these measures, or even a vague time frame. Two catechumens, one whom was being prepared for unconditional Baptism, and the other who was being prepared to be received (with conditional Baptism), have asked [...]

16 05, 2020

Chernobyl and Coronavirus

By |2020-05-16T16:09:23+00:00May 16th, 2020|Theology|

34 years ago last month, the former states of the USSR remembered the anniversary of the most destructive nuclear meltdown in world history: Chernobyl. Although the HBO series takes Chernobyl takes some historical-fiction liberties with what happened under the Russian government in the 1980s, there's some similarities to what we are currently facing in the USA: Both governments manipulated statistics of a health crisis so as to maintain authoritarian control over their people. The difference is that the Russian government downplayed Chernobyl so as to manipulate the people into submission, where the US government is currently overplaying a real flu so as to manipulate the American people into submission. But [...]

12 05, 2020

The Nanny-State Wants to Babysit Your Family

By |2020-05-12T16:49:57+00:00May 12th, 2020|Theology|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPrbGU0Wyh4 Last week, on 28 April 2020, Tucker Carlson had a 15 minute segment on Fox News (above) called “Big Tech Censors Dissent Over Coronavirus Lockdowns."  At minute 5, Tucker talks about how Dr. Erickson MD (the doctor who countered corona-hype with data that was unwelcome) was removed from numerous internet platforms. The CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, justified such removals on a CNN clip that Fox News borrowed.  She said anything “medically unsubstantiated..anything that would go against World Health Organization” would be removed from YouTube. Tucker continues his critique: “Big Technology companies are using this tragedy [of COVID-19] to increase their power over the American population. They’re working in concert [...]

9 05, 2020

The Designation “Essential” Goes Against Catholic Social Teaching

By |2020-05-12T02:18:15+00:00May 9th, 2020|Theology|

I took the above picture today at a parking lot near Denver International Airport.  I'm sure they're a fine company, and this is not a blog post against them.  But as I left the lot, it hit me that what most US governors now consider "essential" is really just a categorization that is at best arbitrary and at worst discriminatory against the small business owner. My words above do not reveal a very brilliant epiphany, to be sure. Every one of us have noted the long lines to get into Home Depot or Wal-Mart (big business) while a Dallas hair stylist (small business) gets thrown in jail for trying to stay [...]

4 05, 2020

3 Ways Out of Coronavirus

By |2020-05-08T17:12:41+00:00May 4th, 2020|Theology|

https://youtu.be/Lze-rMYLf2E In this 15-minute video (24 Apr 2020) Bill Maher interviews Dr. David Katz, a physician helping in an Emergency Department in the Bronx that is treating COVID-19 patients.  Dr. Katz went to the Einstein college of medicine and got his degree from the Yale school of Public Health.  He is also the founding director of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and recently wrote in the New York Times about COVID-19. In the above video, both of these men mock Trump and Fox News, and yet they propose a moderate solution for our country to come out of lockdown now. I quote two liberals proposing an end to the lockdown not because [...]

30 04, 2020

Catholics Facing a Police-State

By |2020-04-30T16:37:24+00:00April 30th, 2020|Theology|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJgRk1p8ktY In the above 10 minute Fox News segment from this week (April 2020) Tucker Carlson says: "People in power abuse their power. That may be the lesson here. The arrival of a terrifying new virus from China gave our leaders more power than anyone has had in the history of this country. Six weeks ago, America was something resembling an imperfect democracy...But suddenly everything has changed. Now, this is an oligarchy managed by bureaucrats and tech-moguls, none of whom are accountable to voters. Our leaders are making decisions that will affect your family forever with no oversight or accountability. And of course they love it. We shouldn't be surprised [...]

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