Priests, now in 2021 is not the time for excuses, self-serving insularism or finagling excessive plans for the safety for one's own priestly congregation or personal apostolate. Look, I like being in good standing too, but I have to say: Please stop preserving your faculties at the cost of sacrificing the fullness of the faith from the pulpit in the worst Church crisis in history. It's not the time for priests to cry, whine or play-word games to appease tyrants in the hierarchy or in the globalist government. It is certainly not the time for finding a middle-ground between truth and error, as if the end could justify the means [...]
I was recently thinking about being an ex-paramedic and my desire to work with mercenaries involved in the rescue of child slaves. Mercenaries rescuing child-slaves is not something only found in the congregations of the Middle Ages like the Trinitarians or the Mercedarians or the Knights Hospitaller. The fact is that today there are Catholic organizations of laymen dedicated to rescue Christians kidnapped by Muslims. However, due to the corrupt situation found in the leadership in both Church and State, these modern mercenaries must work around the Catholic hierarchy and around European and African governments, not with them. In other words, these Catholic mercenaries fly under the radar of both [...]
Solemn High Mass at St. Patrick's. https://youtu.be/uX7y3sX0FO8
I recently read this from Harvard Business: "Highly intelligent, confident, and successful, alpha males represent about 70% of all senior executives. As the label implies, they’re the people who aren’t happy unless they’re the top dogs—the ones calling the shots. Although there are plenty of successful female leaders with equally strong personalities, we’ve found top women rarely if ever match the complete alpha profile. Alphas reach the top ranks in large organizations because they are natural leaders—comfortable with responsibility in a way nonalphas can never be. Most people feel stress when they have to make important decisions; alphas get stressed when tough decisions don’t rest in their capable hands. For them, [...]
The ABCs of Salvation is: A) Ask for Faith. B) Baptize. C) Confess. This is what a priest needs to think of every time he goes outside, every time he faces an emergency, every time he thinks of COVID-19.
On today's podcast, Oz and I discuss peaceful vigilance in lay people approaching both catechesis and priests, and how we want to avoid the two extremes of both negligence and panic.
On today's podcast Andromeda and Fr. Dave discuss persecution of Christians in the USA as well as what it means for a priest to wear his cassock or habit. As will be the custom, we will always close with a quote from the Life of the Virgin by St. Maximus the Confessor. It can be found on Amazon here.
Our Patristics professor in seminary said something that I will never forget. He said: “Don’t read the Scriptures with a higher IQ than who it was written for.” I’m going to keep coming back to this line, “Don’t read the Scriptures with a higher IQ than who it was written for,” so I need to explain first what it does not mean. My professor was a very intellectual man, so he was not saying that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was created to trick peasant-doofuses into becoming Christians or later that Catholicism would become the opium of the illiterate-masses. Nor did he mean that the Deposit of the Faith was [...]
Crux reports "When the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon rolls around in October, the long-debated possibility of ordaining mature, married men to the priesthood in areas where there are priest shortages will be brought to the table." Ever notice that when he who St. Ignatius of Loyola calls “the enemy of human nature" floats propositions to men, that proposition always begins under the guise of "safe, rare and legal"? This is not only in matters of human life, but even in liturgical matters. Fr. Heilman shows here in Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing that Holy Communion in the Hand only started in 1969 by "bestowing an [...]
Here are 10 very important Nota Benes to read before the account of homosexuality in the American Catholic Church: 1. This is not a gay-bashing blog-post. I have good friends who have struggled with same-sex attraction. Most of them were smart enough not to enter seminary or religious life. I say "smart" because it would be stupid to go live with 100 people you're sexually attracted to for over seven years in a celibate vocation. 2. I do not believe anyone is born “gay,” so the correct Catholic term is actually “someone who struggles with same-sex attraction.” However, for the sake of brevity, I will often use the term “gay” [...]