Category Archives: Politics and Society
Politics and Society
Christendom no longer exists, but, nevertheless, Catholics must be active members of their respective societies and agents of justice in a world bereft of moral values. We must know history, not merely current events. European history, after the conversion of the nations, was the history of the Church. This history is certainly important to know. But, as Americans, we cannot afford to be ignorant of our own history. The virtue of patriotism, which is actually a natural manifestation of the supernatural gift of piety, demands that we have an appreciation for whatever is good in the history of this land of ours, not just after 1776, but since events were recorded here. The virtue of patriotism also obligates us to recognize the sins of our nation. “My country right or wrong,” is an evil axiom that changes patriotism into self-adulating nationalism.
As Catholics, we ought to be justly concerned about world events, especially about the persecution of the Church that is going on in other countries. Advantage ought to be taken of the many good Catholic outlets of information that are available today. Our website is a good source of the news that counts. From our religious perspective, we are able to bypass the useless information and disinformation that fills the major media, and provide the news that affects our lives as members of the Church militant. If it doesn’t help anyone sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity) we don’t post it.
In September John McCain, someone who seems never to have met a war he didn’t love, went before television news cameras to spew vitriol on Vladimir Putin and Russia for thwarting plans to spread freedom and democracy by means of “air strikes” on Syria. This was not surprising. McCain represents the right wing of the national liberalism that calls itself conservative but is liberal nonetheless. … More →
The agenda rolls on. This video reminded me that I have heard of old people from Eastern Bloc countries anxiously warning Americans that our country looks now like theirs did just prior to the Communist takeover. The consequences of homosexual marriage: Most people have no idea what REALLY happens when “gay marriage” is imposed. This information-packed video from MassResistance gives you the extremely disturbing truth … More →
Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, of the Springfield, Illinois Diocese, deserves to be thanked. Yes, he’s just doing his job — or, more properly, fulfilling the demands of his office. But when one does such in these days, he incurs the wrath of the world. He ought, also, to incur the love and gratitude of the faithful. The Bishop’s good words, and the reactions to them, … More →
When society rejects the natural law and Catholics buy into the lie that the moral law we learn in our religious instruction has nothing to do with the governing of civil society, a dangerous trajectory has been established. Just where it will lead is anyone’s guess, but as liberal “progress” is generally defined in terms antipodal to tradition, the end of it all could be … More →
If you haven’t heard of Common Core, you should. This the first video below, is a brief resume of the issue by Michael Voris. In the second, “Michael Voris is joined by Reverend Peter Stravinskas Ph.D., S.T.D. to discuss the Bill and Melinda Gates funded and Obama supported Common Core Curriculum; being instituted in Catholic classrooms across the country. Fr. Stravinskas is the Executive Director … More →
Recently a future King of England, dressed in an open-collared shirt and without a jacket, slid behind the steering wheel of a car and drove his wife, new-born son and himself away from a maternity hospital in London. He drove, not a chauffeur or bodyguard. I couldn’t tell from the video I saw on You Tube what kind of car Prince William drove but it … More →
Read the comments below by Vladimir Putin, who is constantly berated by Western glitterati (e.g., Madonna, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John) for his stance on unnatural relations. The man speaks like a Christian, nay, like a Catholic (he is a self-professed Russian Orthodox Christian). Imagine an American politician in high office speaking in such a way. On the other hand, some there are who think … More →
In the 1970 calendar, the feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary was moved from August 22 to June in order to show its alignment with the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the feast of the Queenship of Mary was transferred from May 31 to that date. Whether or not this was a good idea,1 it does give us another reason to meditate on Our Lady’s role … More →
I feel bad for the British, and that’s not being a bit ironic. Tony Blair did the bidding of George Bush and now David Cameron is doing that of the present self-appointed leader of the free world. It’s almost as if, beyond gaining independence of the Crown in 1776, the Americans made Britain a suffragan of her Colonies. Do the British really have to do … More →
It has been over six months since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre took place. It was on December 14, 2012 that Adam Lanza, a twenty year old disgruntled and deeply troubled young man, shot and murdered 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza was responsible for what has been described as the worst killing of young children in our nation’s history. … More →
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the eight candidates for Mayor of Boston who indicated they would engage in unlawful discrimination against religious believers who defend traditional morality. In a poll released yesterday by The Boston Globe, one of the questions asked by the newspaper was “As mayor, would you have made it hard for Chick-fil-A to open in Boston?” The query was … More →
The Boy Scouts were a huge part of my personal formation. At the age of nine I joined the Cubs, becoming successively a Bear and Webelo, and doing the usual Cub activities. This culminated with my entrance into the Boy Scouts proper in 1971. Rising through the ranks to Eagle Scout six years later, I acquired the skills and merit badges required of each, and … More →