4th Doctor: …I’m taking the day off.
1st Romana: The day off?
4th Doctor: Yes. After a journey of four hundred years and twelve parsecs, I’m allowed a rest of fifty years.
1st Romana: Where does it say that?
4th Doctor: Section ninety three, paragraph two, laws governing Time Lords. You look it up. Go on.
1st Romana: What? You just made that up.

Doctor Who The Androids of Tara 1978

The first in a series on the Catechism of the Catholic church and what it teaches. Full quotes from the Catechism will be block quoted with the “verse” number of the passage before it, a notation like “see #24” refers to a specific passage in the Catechism that is linked to rather than quoted as a whole.

Also be aware that you might see a numerical reference in a block quote. That refers to a reference within the Catechism that I might have accidentally forgot to remove, go to the actual page of the Catechism to see that reference point.

This document has 2865 passages so this will be a longterm project, I pray that God blesses it and the Holy Spirit on this eve of the feast of Pentecost inspires wisdom in its presentation.

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Do you know what Catholics believe? May Catholic don’t and the blame for that rests squarely on the church. 

4 Quite early on, the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ

5 “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life 

If you want to understand the biggest problem the Church has faced in my lifetime it’s “Catholics” who do not know their faith. This not only makes it more difficult to make people stronger in faith but it’s a lot easier for the foes of the church & it’s mission to pry people away when they can paint the church as something it’s not to folks who simply don’t know better.

That is one of the purposes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

6 While not being formally identified with them, catechesis is built on a certain number of elements of the Church’s pastoral mission which have a catechetical aspect, that prepare for catechesis, or spring from it. They are: the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching to arouse faith; examination of the reasons for belief; experience of Christian living; celebration of the sacraments; integration into the ecclesial community; and apostolic and missionary witness.

7 “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life. Not only her geographical extension and numerical increase, but even more her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis.”

It’s also why St. Pope John Paul II following in the footsteps of Sts like Cyril of Jerusalem, Augustine, Charles Borromeo and other that the Modern Catechism of the Catholic Church came to be.

10 … the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 asked “that a catechism or compendium of all Catholic doctrine regarding both faith and morals be composed” The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, made the Synod’s wish his own, acknowledging that “this desire wholly corresponds to a real need of the universal Church and of the particular Churches.”He set in motion everything needed to carry out the Synod Fathers’ wish.

Ironically the primary audience for this work was the teachers who would use this as the basis to pass down these teachings to the faithful

12 This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis: first of all the bishops, as teachers of the faith and pastors of the Church. It is offered to them as an instrument in fulfilling their responsibility of teaching the People of God. Through the bishops, it is addressed to redactors of catechisms, to priests, and to catechists. It will also be useful reading for all other Christian faithful.

But thanks to the miracle of instant communication in the modern world this information, indexed with the passages from scripture and the documents of the church fathers and the Magisterium is available to not only every Catholic, but any person in he world who wishes to know what the faith actually is.

This doesn’t mean that there will not be some adaptions of how this message is presented based on the people one is trying to reach (see #24) but unlike Vatican II which was spun locally by those who wished to spin it, this reference book means that anyone who is being played false on what the church teaches is only one click away from the reality of the Catholic Church.

Illinois Blago

By John Ruberry

In a speculative Reuters column that was published last week, Keith Koffler mused about the possibility that Michelle Obama could run for the Illinois US Senate seat currently held by Republican Mark Kirk. That same office served as the launching pad for Barack Obama’s presidential run.

Kirk has varnished his bipartisian credentials–much to the chagrin of conservatives–in his four years in the upper chamber. In 2012 Kirk, then 52, suffered a major stroke and spent a year in recovery. Even though Illinois is a blue state, Kirk will be a formidable candidate assuming he runs for a second term in two years.

As for the First Lady, I’m not sure if she is up for a long campaign. As a candidate, she won’t easily get away with statements that she made during her husband’s first presidential run, such as America “is downright mean” and “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” While for the most part Illinois media leans left, in Chicago the bare-knuckle legacy of the Front Page era style of reporting carries on a bit among columnists such as the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass.

University of Chicago Hospital
Univ. of Chicago Medical Center

Michelle has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for her husband’s ObamaCare program, which, as with everywhere else in the nation, is unpopular in Illinois. And her own healthcare legacy is tainted. The then-senator’s wife was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center and under her leadership the Urban Health Initiative was launched. Surrounded by impoverished South Side neighborhoods, the U of C Med Center was being swamped by emergency room visits by poor and uninsured sick people. David Axelrod’s firm was hired to sell the program. The goal of the Urban Health Initiative was to “educate” South Siders on the other healthcare options nearby, even though the University of Chicago Medical Center is a nationally-renowned hospital. And since the U of C Med Center is a not-for-profit, it has to by law aborb the costs of emergency room visits from the poor and uninsured.

Unless of course those patients are treated elsewhere, which is an underhanded method of providing affordable healthcare.

About a mile northeast of the hospital is the Obama mansion. The media for the most part overlooked the sleazy details behind the purchase of the home, which involved the separate buy of a strip of land that was part of the home’s parcel by Rita Rezko, the wife of political fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko. Rod Blagojevich’s pal is in prison now, but it was widely known that Rezko was under federal investigation in 2005 when Barack and Michelle Obama bought their home, which appears was priced at an amount that was more they could afford–hence the assist from the Rezkos.

That’s right, Michelle was part of the scheme too.

John ruberryIn the 2010, Kirk was persistent in his attacks on his Democratic Senate opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, who the GOPer derided as a “mob banker” because of the many loans to questionable characters at the Giannoulias family’s bank. If Kirk runs for reelection–and if Michelle throws her hat in the ring–I don’t believe he’ll be a gracious loser for what the First Lady may view as her rightful ascension to the Senate.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

O you of little faith,  why did you doubt?

Matthew 14:31b

Major Blass Vivar: There is only a small French Garrison in Torrecastro. The people of the town know the legend, secretly believe it. As soon as we raise the banner over the little chapel, the people will rise up against the French invader.

Lt. Sharpe:   Rise up? For a rag on a Pole? Are you mad Major?

Louisa: It’s a legend Mr. Sharpe the People believe in it

Shapre’s Rifles 1993

In her piece about the historic prayer service today that will be offered at the Vatican today with Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (along with late addition Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople ) Elizabeth Scalia notes the skepticism as the the utility of these prayers as a reflection of Christian skepticism with their own faith:

But we don’t really believe that, do we? Even as so many Christians pretend that “meh, he didn’t really mean what he said about marriage,” and divorce again and again, or “meh, he couldn’t possibly have meant what he said about his Flesh and Blood” and therefore dismiss the Eucharist, we don’t really believe that he was pitching blarney on something as basic to the life and practice of faith as the power of prayer, do we?

If so, what was the point of his teachings? Why bother with the whole bloody sacrifice and resurrection and all the subsequent martyrdoms and miracles, if Christ’s discourses were nothing but fillers for a bad spiritual salami, comprised of 90% faith by-products, and prayer had no truck with the Father?

That’s the question isn’t it? Do we say these words, to we talk a good game in public but when it comes down to it do we believe or do we not.

It’s easy to be skeptical, to look at the Pope and critique his declaration on the family and scoff at this effort that, as Elizabeth says affirms the common humanity of all the parties involved.

But it’s even easier to scoff at them coming together and calling on the one God for aid.

To the Christians, the Jew and the Muslim who all profess belief in God to deny the significance and the power of such prayer is to deny their own faith, to deny themselves.

To the skeptic, I leave this quote from the third Godfather Movie:

Michael Corleone: What is the point of confessing if I do not repent?

Cardinal Lamberto: I hear you are a practical man. What have you got to lose, eh?

Planting a seed does not produce an orchard the next day, but planting a seed is the first step to create one.

A seed will be planted today, how well it grows will depend on those who planted it, and the faith and the works of their people.