Francis claims the Baptized cannot lose their Status as Children of God

Strikes a VERY positive note here in typically folksy style.

The mark of Baptism is never lost! Francis told  his May 9 audience of pilgrims and faithful from all over the world].

“Father, but if a person becomes a brigand, of the most famous, who kills people, who commits injustices, doesn’t the mark go away?”

No. To his own shame that son of God [a baptized person] does those things, but the mark doesn’t go away. And he continues to be a son of God who goes against God, but God never disowns His children.

Have you understood this last thing? God never disowns His children. Shall we repeat it all together? “God never disowns His children.”

A bit louder, as I’m deaf and I didn’t understand: [They repeat louder] “God never disowns His children.” There, that’s fine

When Jesus says, “Depart from me, ye cursed,” he’s not disowning them? Or was that line added by some 1st-century sourpus?

Sometimes I wonder, where did the young Jesuit Bergoglio study theology?

via  Novus Ordo Watch

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Thomas Gallatin: Tax Revenue Hits Record High; Dems Hardest Hit

Yes, tax rates go down, tax revenue goes up.

via The Patriot Post

Donald Trump’s ‘Most Wanted’ ISIS news given cold shoulder by media’s ‘big three,’ watchdog reports

It’s the narrative, stupid.

via  Washington Times

Another poll: Democrats’ generic ballot lead now down to … one point

Once you start sliding . . . 

Yesterday CNN found the Democratic advantage on the generic ballot down to three points. Today Reuters finds it down to one.

Given the feelgood spectacle this morning of Trump and Pence greeting American hostages on their return home from North Korea, it’s quite possible that a poll next week will show the GOP even — or ahead! — on the generic ballot.

On Christmas Day 2017, they trailed by 13 points on average.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

On the other hand:

The RCP [Real Clear Politics] generic-ballot average today is Dems by 6.1 points, which is another way of saying that even with CNN and Reuters baked in, the balance of polling still shows a comfortable blue advantage in November.

Woe.

Every dog has his day

The punk speaks.James Comey will be interviewed by Canadian business executive Heather Reisman at today's event.via Ex-FBI director James Comey compares Trump to a Mafia boss at talk in Toronto | The Star

Is this the picture of an inquisitor?

Mueller has reportedly gone far afield from his original mandate, probing business relationships of the Trump family and the work of his personal attorney in a hush-money case involving a pornographic actress

A grand one at that.

via Mike Pence says Mueller’s Russia probe has gone on too long | Daily Mail Online

DeVos moves to roll back regulations on federal aid to religious colleges

Another sharp change from the Regulatory State of Obama.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has moved to make it easier for faith-based entities to qualify for government grants and student aid by taking aim at regulations that go too far in restricting religious participation.

Notices posted late Wednesday as part of the federal government’s twice-yearly regulatory agenda said the department would undertake reviews to ensure that rules governing religious organizations comply with current law.

That includes the Supreme Court’s decision last year in the Trinity Lutheran case striking down a Missouri law that had prevented a church from obtaining public funds for resurfacing playgrounds.

Regulators gone wild, reined in.

via  Washington Times

Oliver North readies NRA ‘counterpunch’ against gun control activists’ ‘civil terrorism’

​Locked and loaded.​

Pope Francis’ thoughts on mercy contrasted and analyzed

Encouraging statement here, for those concerned about God’s anger.

One thing the world seems pretty certain about: Christianity is a killjoy, anti-sex religion. But this is a lie. Nothing in the Bible says that sex is wrong.

The Bible does hold the view that sex is such a mysterious and powerful thing that it ought to be subject to certain boundaries — like marriage. The Bible views the body as something important — something to be taken care of and used in God’s service, not used as a sexual toy. [Italics mine

— via CBN.com

This surely doesn’t solve a lot of problems, but it’s a good start.

That said, the writer offers this, from Colossians 3:5-10:

Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires.

Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.  [Boldface added]

Pope Francis typically takes a somewhat different tack, as in this in a Jan. 13, 2016, address:

  1. OUR LORD IS A “MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS” GOD, “SLOW TO ANGER, AND ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS”

The Lord is presented in Sacred Scriptures as “merciful God.” And this is His name, through which He reveals to us, so to speak, His face and His heart. He Himself, as narrated in the Book of Exodus, on revealing Himself to Moses describes Himself thus: “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (34:6).

We find this formula also in other texts, with some variation, but always the stress is put on mercy and on the love of God who never tires of forgiving (cf. Jonah 4:2; Joel 2:13; Psalm 86:15; 103:8;Nehemiah 9:17). Let us look together, one by one, at these words of Sacred Scripture that speak to us of God.

All Old Testament references, interestingly, when the writers were bleaguered by worshipers of all sorts of other gods. He leaves out (avoids?) St. Paul to the Colossians. I’d say that’s because he is more aware of today’s beleaguered people’s struggles than of strictures and commands. It’s how his mind works and how he sees his audience.

If  you want a mystery to plumb, theological or otherwise, by the way, think hard about how his mind works.

A Chilean scholar made a very well-aimed shot at it in a critique of Francis’ latest exhortation, Exsultate et Gaudete, in which he equates pro-life efforts with pro-immigration activism:

. . . it is utterly disquieting that, on the one hand, the Pope has been “flexible” on matters that, according to Catholic doctrine, are the object of a specific and absolute prohibition, saying for example that “we must not insist too much on such issues [of abortion]”, or speaking favorably and even inviting hardline pro-abortion personalities such as Emma Bonino while, on the other hand, supporting in an absolute and rigid manner political decisions about immigration, that are clearly the object of a prudential judgement.

In this sense, he gives the strong impression that he uses his papal influence to promote his own political ideas rather than affirming Catholic doctrine, as would be his duty.

Now that’s getting down to business. Catholic men and women can disagree about the latter, but not so the former, one being about what not to do, the other about how to do it.

Claudio Pierantoni is a Patristic Scholar of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Chile and Member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and Family. He is someone I will be looking up as a prime practitioner of the art of figuring Francis out, a guide for the perplexed, you might say, to use a phrase familiar indeed to the Medieval expert.

Saved by our bold disrupter

He said that he would do, and indeed he did.

Trump’s approach to national security leverages America’s strengths instead of being paralyzed by potential pitfalls. He is not, like his predecessor, “leading from behind” or doing nothing under the guise of “strategic patience.”

Instead, he is proving to be the same bold disrupter on the international stage that he is in domestic politics.

Yes.

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