Feb 142014
 

Replica guillotine from the French Revolution. By Guillotinemodels.jpg: Model builder and photographer: Michael (last name withheld at person's request). Photos edited and resized by uploader (Wikipedia user Kauko) derivative work: NuclearWarfare (Guillotinemodels.jpg) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Frodo: I am frightened; and I do not feel any pity for Gollum. … he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.

Gandalf: Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it.
— J.R.R. Tolkein. The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring. Book One. II. The Shadow of the Past

The Great State of Missouri executed three men since November and that prompted me to get down to work on this essay again. It had been cooking in my mind since this past summer. I don’t recall the circumstances, but a conversation had turned to the topic of capital punishment. I’d cited the Catechism on the point, and asserted that in Missouri in 2013 capital punishment isn’t licit. I heard something like this in reply:

The Church is not against the death penalty – she leaves it as a matter prudential judgment by Catholics, and that means the plain, everyday Catholics. The Church does not tell them they have to take college courses in theology, or do advanced research before making prudential judgments; she trusts them to make these prudential decisions for themselves. My prudential judgment is for capital punishment. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 

LogoThe thirteenth lecture series, sponsored by the Association of Hebrew Catholics and given by Dr. Larry Feingold began on Jan. 29, 2014. The series is entitled: Creation and Covenant. Dr. Feingold is a Credo Advisory Board Member, the AHC Director of Theology, and Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis. The twelve lectures of this series, along with the question/answer sessions, may be listened to or downloaded to your computer at no cost, after they have been posted to our web site. The lecture notes are also posted and may be downloaded. When all the lectures have been given, they will also available from our web store as an mp3 disc.

For those who wish to attend, the lectures are given on Wednesdays, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gannon Room of the Cathedral Basilica Rectory. Entrance and parking is on the west (left) side of the Rectory. You may request more information here.

 Posted by at 3:58 pm
Jan 232014
 

When we say, “preaching to the choir,” we mean “preaching to the converted.” It suggests that a lot of energy is being squandered trying to convince people of something about which they are already convinced, which is why preaching to the choir, whom we assume to be among the converted, is considered a waste of time.

So why do it? Chesterton and Dale Ahlquist tell us in this article from the Bellarmine Foundation Forum.

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Jan 172014
 

Headshot Steve Wood, Speaker, Author, Founder St. Joseph's Covenant KeepersEngaged? Just Married? Been at it awhile? What have you gotten yourself into?

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Steve will give you a glimpse of the great adventure of family life according to the mind of the Church. If you already know Steve Wood, you know his practical, down-to-earth analysis and advice is the best out there for Catholics. If not, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Come find out. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:06 pm
Nov 142013
 

The current controversy over same sex “marriage” and the increasing level of social acceptance of a variety of other socially destructive behaviors and entertainments should be alarming to all of us, especially in view of the fact that the past has been prologue , and is likely to be so in the future. Each of us is a sinner, of course, no exceptions; the problem is acceptance of our destructive behaviors as harmless when, in reality, they’re sins precisely because they’re destructive.

Here’s a telling observation by a nineteenth century French economist, Frederic Bastiat: “When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress, and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.”

Wouldn’t it benefit everyone to take note, and maybe take action, even if politically incorrect, to avoid the “terrible lessons of catastrophe”?

R. E. Hurley, M.D.

Oct 302013
 

Fr. Brian HarrisonWe have heard a great deal about Religious Freedom the past couple of years, but what does that really mean? What about The Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Is Christ still King or has that teaching been dropped?

At this year’s Christ the King Forum, Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., will address one of the gravest doctrinal issues that has troubled and divided the Church since Vatican Council II. Many traditionalist Catholics complain that the Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom has “dethroned” Christ the King from his rightful sovereignty over human social and political life by embodying a twofold contradiction of weighty papal documents from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its first error, they say, is to present Church-State separation as the best constitutional arrangement for all nations, even those with predominantly Catholic populations. Secondly, they read the Declaration as teaching that non-Catholics, in every historical period and in every country on earth, have a natural right to civil freedom (i.e., immunity from government coercion) in publicly manifesting their false religious beliefs.

Click here to register before Wednesday 20-November Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:30 pm
Oct 012013
 

LogoThe twelfth lecture series, sponsored by the Association of Hebrew Catholics and given by Dr. Larry Feingold began on Sept. 25, 2013. The series is entitled: Introduction to Theology: Faith Seeking Understanding. Dr. Feingold is a Credo Advisory Board Member, the AHC Director of Theology, and Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis. The eleven lectures of this series, along with the question/answer sessions, may be listened to or downloaded to your computer at no cost, after they have been posted to our web site. When all the lectures have been given, they will also available from our web store as an mp3 disc.

For those who wish to attend, the lectures are given on Wednesdays, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gannon Room of the Cathedral Basilica Rectory. Entrance and parking is on the west (left) side of the Rectory. You may request more information here.

 Posted by at 4:58 pm
Jul 262013
 

One advantage I suppose to the condition of never quite having grown up is I spend time with young adults. This is becoming more and more difficult as I am less and less young myself — before my hair turned entirely grey I could fit in a little easier. Still, one thing I hear from time to time is a cry in the wilderness about what young Catholics truly want.  Maybe I get to hear it because I’m 1) not their parents, and 2) not a priest. But especially from the better educated or more sensitive, some variation on this is common

The problem is all these pastors, youth pastors and music directors keep telling us young folk what bores us, what we really like, what we find interesting. And guess what, THEY’RE WRONG!

There’s a young woman with a blog who calls herself Rachel and wrote an essay What Young Catholics Truly Want. I recommend it. Some of the comments are evidently from priests who seem to know what Young Catholics Truly Want and want (evidently) to give it to them, but they’re afraid of alienating Catholics my age on up. I don’t quite know what to tell them about that particularly, but it sure looks to me like the concept of Youth Ministry should be revisited. Any Young Catholics reading this? What do you think?

Jul 142013
 

Archbishop Designate Robert J. Carlson LaughingAs of January 1, 2014 the HHS Mandate will take full effect for religious institutions. But the Mandate itself is only one of a series of issues that have challenged religious freedom in the United States in the last few years.

Did you hear about the photographer in New Mexico (Elane Photography) who was sued for refusing to photograph a gay wedding? How about the florist in Washington (Arlene’s Flowers) who was sued – by her own state’s Attorney General – for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding? Or the baker in Colorado (Masterpiece Cakeshop) who faces not only fines but even jail time for his refusal to provide cakes for gay weddings?

In many different kinds of cases we’re seeing that the fundamental push in our culture is not really to ‘promote diversity’ or even ‘tolerate’ everyone’s views, but to enforce a new set of cultural and legal norms – even at the cost of violating religious freedom. The evidence is mounting that – as Robbie George said – the days of comfortable Catholicism are over.

How should Catholics respond when our religious freedom is threatened? And how can these challenges actually be a blessing in disguise – an invitation to draw closer to Jesus?

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This Forum will be held at the Rigali Center, not at the Crowne Plaza hotel as usual. The address is 20 Archbishop May Dr; St Louis, MO 63119, but that doesn’t help very much. The Rigali Center is off of S. Laclede Station Road, about 8/10ths of a mile north of Watson Road. Click here for a map.

Our August Forum with Archbishop Carlson will include a delicious buffet dinner, catered by Genesis. You may recall that they served us in some of our past forums and received rave reviews of their food quality.

We’re going to get underway at 6 PM sharp, so please arrive early enough to get checked-in beforehand.

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 Posted by at 8:59 pm
Jul 052013
 

In case you missed it, here is a transcription of Archbishop Carlson’s Sermon given at the closing Mass of the Fortnight For Freedom, July 3rd, 2013. For the time being at least, you can click here to hear and see the St. Louis Review’s video made at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, with about 1,500 in attendance. It may go behind the paywall, we don’t know. The transcript was made from the video by a Credo Board member, and he added some footnotes and hyperlinks. The opening greetings have been omitted. Without further ado, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis:

… As I welcome you to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, as we gather to pray this day for the protection of Religious Freedom, we do so on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. St. Thomas is probably best remembered for the passage in today’s Gospel that speaks about his doubt of the resurrection of our Lord. But through God’s great mercy and love, he was able to encounter in a personal way as each of must Jesus Christ. And through God’s good Grace, his heart was opened. And he said to the Lord as we read in today’s Gospel making his great act of faith “my Lord and my God1”. Continue reading »