The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice — sermon material here

Would you want a sermon like this?

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

I’d take a sermon like this any day. Has punch, gets to the heart of a major, burning issue: how react to a society that rarely hears such talk. Society? How about parish mass-attenders?

First few ‘graphs:

According to atheist Richard Dawkins in his best-selling book The God Delusion, the God of the Old Testament is “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

That remark indicates far more familiarity with the dictionary than with the Bible. I wonder, how much fiction has Dawkins read? More seriously, how carefully has he actually read the Bible?

Sadly, Dawkins merely appeals to the tired notion that the “God of the Old Testament” is a cruel tyrant with little love for His creation. I suspect that…

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IT’S OFFICIAL: President Trump announces Rep. John Ratcliffe to replace DNI Dan Coats

Conspirators should beware the Ides of March, or whenever (sooner than later, apparently) this new Trump appointee comes up with results.

Neither should they ask for whom the indictment bell tolls . . .

Let’s see, what else they should worry about? . . .  Suggestions, anyone? Scatological ok, but keep it literary . . .


The Comma: “When in Doubt, Leave it Out” (Don’t We Wish!)

Something I heard from my father (born 1895), which he had been taught at mostly public schools on West Side of Chi (two years at Presentation, 7th and 8th grades), which comes to my mind regularly or used to.

Once I taught grammar to frosh at St. Ignatius HS Chi and Loyola Academy Wilmette (note my leaving commas out*), I had the various uses down cold.

So does this writer, who has a very good site.

via Gone Writing

* FYI: Leaving them out in this case is a matter of blogspeak, not to be emulated in other kids of writing. Verb sat sap.

Pelosi: I’m not slow-walking impeachment inquiry. Nadler: It’s ‘in effect’ anyway

Nadler like the incurably optimistic boy, parents trying to cure him, gave him a pile of dung for Christmas, explained gleefully: “A pony can’t be far away.”

via Pelosi: I’m not slow-walking impeachment inquiry. Nadler: It’s ‘in effect’ anyway

Amazon synod to take church into uncharted territory?

The people who wrote this apparently have very high regard for their boss, quoting him as sufficient authority for apparently heavy changes to come:

Indigenous peoples “have much to teach us” (Evangelii Gaudium 198).

In their love for their land and their relationship with the ecosystem, they know
the Creator God, the source of life. “In their difficulties they know the suffering Christ” (ditto).

In their concept of a social life in dialogue, they are moved by the Holy Spirit.

How he knows that is another mystery.

For this reason, Pope Francis pointed out that “we need to let ourselves be evangelized by them” and by their cultures, and that the new evangelization implies “lending our voice to their causes, but also [we are called] to be
their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them, and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them” (EG 198).

Go with the hitherto unrecognized Amazonian flow.

His teachings, therefore, could set the direction of priorities for the new paths of the Church in the Amazon.

If the November synod votes his way, but he’s generally good at that.

via Preparatory Document for the Synod for the Amazon

All profs suspended, president dismissed as part of ‘destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

War on the traditionalist.

ROME, July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In what critics see as an attack on the Catholic Church’s moral teaching, the successor of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra at the Institute on Marriage and family founded by John Paul II has been dismissed and the institute’s course  on fundamental and specialized moral theology has been eliminated.

Named after a saint. Shut down by a . . .

Marriage and family matters.

via LifeSite