6 06, 2024

Discernment Rules on Secular Decisions

By |2024-06-06T18:52:36+00:00June 6th, 2024|Theology|

Last year I wrote an article titled, Why Do Rad-Trads Keep “Guessing” Everything Right? In it, I explained it was not a coincidence that traditional Catholics were accurate on everything from resisting "the covid vaccine" to seeing the current Church crisis accurately.  Why is this? It wasn't because my Google-button worked better than the priests that were ordained before me.  It wasn't because I wanted to save lives by avoiding an mRNA gene therapy injection while other more lukewarm Catholics wanted their loved-ones to die.  The reason was not physical.  Rather, it was spiritual.  We all might have good-wills, but we were informed by different beings. If Rad-Trads Guessing was [...]

30 05, 2024

Hope For America in the Heartland

By |2024-05-29T02:46:15+00:00May 30th, 2024|Theology|

Riding my bike around Denver as a 12 year old boy, I got good at maps.  These were obviously the days before cell-phones and GPS, so I studied my maps as a hobby.  I studied city maps of Denver and Chicago, state maps of Colorado and the Eisenhower Interstate System.  I would look at globes for hours, memorizing countries all over the world.  For me, my map study was always about both location and meaning. The current return to tradition that Catholics are making across the globe is strong, especially places like France and the United States.   As I mentioned above, for people obsessed with geography like me, I [...]

9 05, 2024

Is Homeschooling the Ideal?

By |2024-05-09T12:28:51+00:00May 9th, 2024|Theology|

Since however the younger generations must be trained in the arts and sciences for the advantage and prosperity of civil society, and since the family of itself is unequal to this task, it was necessary to create that social institution, the school. But let it be borne in mind that this institution owes its existence to the initiative of the family and of the Church, long before it was undertaken by the State. Hence considered in its historical origin, the school is by its very nature an institution subsidiary and complementary to the family and to the Church. It follows logically and necessarily that it must not be in opposition [...]

23 04, 2024

Better to Attend a Parish That Lacks Truth? Or One That Lacks Love?

By |2024-04-23T09:19:44+00:00April 23rd, 2024|Theology|

Should you attend a parish that promotes truth or charity?  The obvious answer is both.  But what if you had to choose?  I ask this parish-based question because I have been hearing horror stories lately on some unbelievably mean things that traditional priests have said in the confessional to lay people.  Also, we just saw more priest-child scandals explode from the past in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) world.  But the question I am proposing here doesn't have to do with such scandals.  Obviously, one must avoid like the plague any parish with a groomer priest.  I am talking about something slightly more nuanced than the following dilemma but here's [...]

11 04, 2024

The Three Divisions of Western Catholicism

By |2024-04-22T19:51:26+00:00April 11th, 2024|Theology|

I wish there were not divisions in Christianity, but there are.  I wish there were not any divisions in Catholicism, but there are.  In this article, I'm going to show the roots of the three factions of Western Catholicism as found in recent Church history.  This is not to further divide, but so that readers may better understand the motivations of such groups.  It's also to teach the first group listed below how to better evangelize the other three groups. Traditional Catholics are those I usually label Apostolic Catholics because their roots in both doctrine and liturgy go back historically to what Jesus Christ gave to the Apostles.  This group [...]

6 04, 2024

“Faith in Film” Part 1

By |2024-05-29T03:39:38+00:00April 6th, 2024|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

On the YouTube channel Avoiding Babylon, I have been joining my friends Anthony and Rob to have a Catholic discussion about a good movie (some of which are Catholic and some of which are not.)  We usually do this on the last Thursday of the month, and we call it our Faith in Film series.  Tap the top left of any box to leave my site for their channel: A Man for All Seasons: https://www.youtube.com/live/AJPHVDXgMTo?si=k0VDHCLzlSQO3zOe Padre Pio: Miracle Man: https://www.youtube.com/live/ZfsEaoRaGJw?si=T0om0DW-ykVqdDrb The Island (Russian): https://www.youtube.com/live/ckRRjQH1H44?si=B-emZoX8IddCPRSR I Confess by Hitchcock: https://www.youtube.com/live/CQmKIfyW2hk?si=1FJXXpRqZEp5IWUO Hacksaw (Live): https://www.youtube.com/live/ykWpdUgPQSA?si=RWb4xHa9TDcLOHQk Hacksaw (Pre-recorded) https://youtu.be/JxZP5rDT208?si=N73mfb5tunu1jCGu The Mission: https://youtu.be/u_xa21-gBWQ?si=8eDE1xbp4bK1o9Fa Becket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhFSh84d1TQ&t=6716s For Greater Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry9T9q--oh4

12 03, 2024

Relevance, Compromise and Conversion

By |2024-03-13T03:48:58+00:00March 12th, 2024|Theology|

The Bad News: The above picture is a French Catholic priest recently snapped. According to the caption I read online, his Mass vestments reflect the uniform of the French soccer (football) team.  There are not many young people around him as you can see.  Clergy seeking "relevance" among peers in modern culture has made very few converts.  "We're the exact same as you, so please join our club!" Why? Why would I join a club of old people trying to act young? Below are graphs on the Catholic Church in the United States from Index of Leading Catholic Indicators, a book written in 2003 by Kenneth Jones, a graduate of [...]

30 12, 2023

Thanks to Benefactors This Year

By |2023-12-27T05:48:29+00:00December 30th, 2023|Theology|

Merry Christmas Octave to all readers, listeners, friends and family!  The top-left pic is the tiny Christmas tree of my hermitage.  The top-right is the Roman Breviary on my altar into which I have written the perpetual-petition to pray for "all benefactors, spiritual and material" in the Roman Canon of the Traditional Latin Mass.   As you know, my blog and channel has no ads or patreon.  This approach is very unique in the Catholic world, but it means my teaching can be free and modest for everyone.  Of course, I never charge for any sacraments or blessings.  That is why I am thankful to all you who support me, [...]

30 11, 2023

A “Springtime” of Vocations

By |2023-11-30T14:32:41+00:00November 30th, 2023|Theology|

I found a website called Christendom Restoration that graphed vocations before and after the Council, as seen above.  It used very advanced calculus on the growth of American seminarians versus years, such as S(t)=47247.8e -0.0846t and S(year) = 47247.8e -0.0846(year-1965) in order to reveal only significant statistics.  The above chart shows the Pre-Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Growth functions of seminarians in the United States.  As you can see, it uses "Springtime" in a sarcastic sense for what has happened since 1965. Earlier this year. Fr. Z posted the above graph.  Notice again that American priests were on the rise until Vatican II.  After that, it tanked... ...not so for tradition in [...]

2 05, 2023

When Can You Judge Another?

By |2023-05-03T01:59:03+00:00May 2nd, 2023|Theology|

When can you judge another?  The short answer is that you can never judge another's intention, but you are required to judge the object of another's deeds when he interacts with you or tries to teach you.  You are especially required to judge the object of another's deeds when his attempts at influencing you will affect your salvation or the salvation of those who are entrusted to you. Consider some quotes from Our Lord and the saints: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.—Mt 7:1-6 When some monks [...]

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