Today is the last day of Christmas until December of this year. As is traditional for me I’ve kept my Santa hat on over my fedora during the entire season. You would be surprised how positive people react to this, particularly when this is done by a jolly chubby man with a big gray beard.
As this is the last day of Christmas some deep thoughts on the state of the church and the faith are appropriate. The best I’ve read so far on the subject comes from RR Reno at Firstthings
I have the impression that the majority of the cardinals and other churchmen in positions of responsibility are increasingly aware the Francis pontificate is a failure. This judgment need not indicate theological disagreement. Indeed, part of the concern stems from the growing realization that Francis has no theology. (“Reality is superior to the idea,” as he puts it.) Authority without principle and rule without law run on intuition and discernment, which means either tyranny (the authority of one man’s intuitions) or anarchy (the authority of everyone’s discernments). Either way, the Church loses her specific gravity, and the world and its principles invade and advance to take territory.
We have a great faith but a lousy Pope whose mediocrity, while historically not unusual, is enhanced in our eyes by the saintliness of his predecessors in living memory. The Church has survived centuries bad Popes in the past, it will survive this one.
In San Francisco People with health insurance are discovering the costs of socialized medicine the hard way:
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that ZSFG does not accept any private health insurance, describing this as a normal billing practice. He said the hospital’s focus is on serving those with public health coverage — even if that means offsetting those costs with high bills for the privately insured.
“It’s a pretty common thing,” said Brent Andrew, the hospital spokesperson. “We’re the trauma center for the whole city. Our mission is to serve people who are underserved because of their financial needs. We have to be attuned to that population.”
I’ll wager the young lady in the story with that $20K+ insurance bill never voted conservative in her life.
We’ve actually reached the point where some Starbucks bathrooms are being equipped with needle disposal boxes to avoid employees taking out trash or cleaning from being stuck by junkie’s used needles. Lots of us saw this coming decades ago when the whole: “Give free needles to junkies” debate was going on. May Starbucks and their customers be happy in the choices they have made.
Finally as a 3rd degree Knight I am highly distressed that a Catholic Comedian like Jeremy McLellan has revealed our secret conspiracy to take over the US and have state of the Union speeches given ‘in Latin with the president facing away from congress”. Not only is this revelation a breech of faith but bringing it to the forefront will be a distraction from counting the shape shifting free masons who have managed to infiltrate the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Now I know that paragraph might seem like satire, but if you have a better explanation for the rise of Harris Hirono or Cortez than shape shifting doppelgangers, I’m all ears.