22 04, 2019

Glad Trad 4.1: Tim Gordon on a Catholic Republic

By |2019-04-20T03:47:46+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In this podcast, Tim Gordon discusses where politics meets religion in his new book, “Catholic Republic: Why America Will Perish Without Rome.” Gordon argues that “America is a republic wired Catholic, labeled Protestant and is currently functioning as a secular.”

19 04, 2019

Pro Divine Mercy From a Rad-Trad

By |2019-04-20T12:34:47+00:00April 19th, 2019|Theology|

Most "EWTN Catholics” (for lack of a better term) might be surprised to find that in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) world, there is sharp divide down the middle between those who believe that the private revelations of Sr. Faustina Kowalska are authentic, versus those who do not. I am referring to the Divine Mercy Diary, a book of private revelation written by a Polish nun in the 1930s.   A modern EWTN Catholic could, in an overly-facile manner, condemn traditionalists who are wary of the Divine Mercy message for just being “Jansenist” or “disobedient.”  This would be too easy and not fair.  Indeed, one must realize that many traditionalists [...]

18 04, 2019

Why You Should Say No to Being an Organ-Donor

By |2023-03-10T14:41:42+00:00April 18th, 2019|Theology|

Edit:  USA Today wrote a very important article following my blog post called Death by Donation:  Euthanizing Patients for Organs. Although I am a Catholic priest, I am also an ex-paramedic and I graduated pre-health from Boston College. I am writing this blog post “Why you should say no to organ donation on your driver’s license” as a former paramedic, not as a priest. In other words, this blog post will be practical medical advice for all readers Catholic or non-Catholic.  There will be no overt Catholic bioethics below, except these two sentences: The Catholic Church has no problem with organ donation per-se. The problem is that certain organs are [...]

14 04, 2019

Did Christ Program the Church to Withstand Every Storm?

By |2019-04-15T05:15:21+00:00April 14th, 2019|Theology|

Between my initial conversion as a teenager (1997) and about halfway through my nine-years of priesthood (2014) I would probably have been described as a small-fish but bold-agent in the "New Evangelization" of Pope John Paul II. I don't regret those days. I came to know salvation-history through great lay leaders. I saw real miracles in the charismatic movement (as well as some evil things.) As a layman, I had many sins forgiven by priests who did not speak a word of Latin (and some invalid confessions via priests changing the words of absolution.) As much as this blog post might sound primed for a line like "But now I [...]

9 04, 2019

Why are Trads So Mean to Each Other?

By |2019-04-10T01:25:59+00:00April 9th, 2019|Theology|

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.—Jesus Christ in St. Matthew 24:10-14 Why are traditional Catholics so mean to each other? I don’t mean people like Virginia senator Tim Kaine who described himself as a “traditional Catholic.”  By “traditional Catholic” I mean people who [...]

8 04, 2019

Glad Trad Q/A 3: Leila Miller

By |2019-04-04T19:18:37+00:00April 8th, 2019|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In today's podcast Leila Miller and I talk about the complementarity of men and women including headship of family, modesty, transgender issues, male-only priesthood in the Old and New Testament, personal conversions and practical advice to those already married and a bit for those in marriage prep. "Have you noted the measure of obedience? Pay attention to love’s high standard. If you take the premise that your wife should submit to you, as the church submits to Christ, then you should also take the same kind of careful, sacrificial thought for her that Christ takes for the church. Even if you must offer your own life for her, you must [...]

3 04, 2019

Church Structures and Supernatural Faith

By |2019-04-03T20:31:21+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Theology|

About 15 years ago, I went to Colorado Springs to visit both the Focus on the Family Visitor Center and New Life Church. The latter is a Protestant community nearby with nearly 14,000 congregants. I always half-joke that Colorado Springs is the "Protestant Vatican," but I am half-serious: These two centers alone are the engines for countless missions in dozens of countries, not to mention the hundreds of other Protestant communities in Colorado Springs. In Colorado Springs, many Catholics might be surprised to see that Protestants have a relatively unabashed approach to "sacramentals." Many Protestant Mega-Church communities now sell "holy water" from the Jordan and "holy oil" made from olives [...]

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