29 10, 2021

TCE 31: The spirit of the antichrist

By |2021-10-30T12:56:55+00:00October 29th, 2021|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Theology and Current Events (TCE) #31 is on the spirit of the antichrist and the false-prophet. "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God."—1 John 4:2-3a. https://youtu.be/3kLDjScZk4g  

28 10, 2021

The Great Ones Part 3 of 3

By |2021-10-26T17:53:36+00:00October 28th, 2021|Theology|

by Guest Writer “And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’” - Luke 23:34 I’ll admit that I’ve long harbored an idea, albeit subconsciously, that only God could forgive heroically. What I mean is that only an infinite God of infinite magnanimity towards the most treacherous of His creatures could speak words of forgiveness while wasting away on the cross. For the rest of us finite humans, there has to be a limit. It’s the same mentality that St. Peter had when he thought he hit it out of the park with his question of forgiving a brother who sins against him seven times.  In [...]

26 10, 2021

The Great Ones Part 2 of 3

By |2021-10-23T20:56:03+00:00October 26th, 2021|Theology|

Above top left is my friend, Msgr. Philip J. Reilly, a priest of the diocese of Brooklyn who has saved tens of thousands of babies from abortion.  Above top right is a man who he helped convert, Dr. Bernard Nathanson MD who killed 75,000 babies before being baptized a Catholic.  The good news of the blog post will eventually get to these two men. But first, I want to admit that I was going to write a blog post on these two men.  The top left (second set of pictures) is Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele. Wikipedia says of him that he was "known as the Angel of Death (German: Todesengel), [...]

24 10, 2021

The Great Ones Part 1 of 3

By |2021-10-23T20:20:29+00:00October 24th, 2021|Theology|

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to Him with her sons, and kneeling before Him she asked Him for something. And He said to her, “What do you want?” She said to Him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at Your right hand and one at Your left, in Your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink My cup, but to sit at My right hand and at My left is [...]

23 10, 2021

Why Am I Always Dreaming of the Past?

By |2021-10-19T01:54:53+00:00October 23rd, 2021|Life|

Even though you can already see horizontalism, communitarianism and ecumenism creeping into the vocabulary of a modern Pope in 1961, it's interesting that Pope John XXIII insisted that the Catholic Church was "vibrant with vitality" just before convoking his council in 1962: ​ Then, if we turn our attention to the Church, we see that it has not remained a lifeless spectator in the face of these events, but has followed step by step the evolution of peoples, scientific progress, and social revolution. It has opposed decisively the materialistic ideologies which deny faith. Lastly, it has witnessed the rise and growth of the immense energies of the apostolate of prayer, [...]

21 10, 2021

Are Diocesan Priests “Self-Employed”?

By |2021-10-17T13:28:32+00:00October 21st, 2021|Theology|

There's a lot of talk of bishops being the "spiritual fathers" to their priests.  I like that idea a lot, but let's see if it's true. In 1997 in Connecticut, there was a priestly scandal in Bridgeport that was brought to light several years before the "summer of shame" in the nearly-neighboring Archdiocese of Boston.   The Hartfort Courant ran the story of an accused priest titled The Priest as Independent Contractor and I'll include the first 135 words here: More should be expected from a man of the cloth than Bridgeport Roman Catholic Bishop Edward M. Egan delivered earlier this month at a federal trial in New Haven.  Bishop [...]

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