There is a principle in management called the "Peter Principle" which states that a person who is successful in a job will eventually be promoted to a level in a company that they are not qualified for and will become a liability rather than an asset. Right now I can't think of a person that … Continue reading The Chair of Peter Principle or the Difference between being a Bad Pope and a Bad Man or Priest
Apparently some things never change: Yes, the West looked the other way during the 1930s, when people were starving. But the West is also looking the other way in 2019, refusing to see the concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang province. These camps have been designed to suppress the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority whose status … Continue reading Communism remains Murderous, Activists don’t care, Mr. McCarrick & Cardinal Farrell, Gosnell Movie on Amazon, 9th Inning Nightmare for 2004 Boston vs 1924 Washington.
Capt Renault: I'm shocked shocked to find gambling going on here.Coupier: Your winnings sirCapt Renault: Oh thank you very much, now everybody out at once!Casablanca 1942 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all … Continue reading The Holy Father, Capt Renault and the Irony of Truth
At mass Saturday today our pastor made an interesting anouncement. The Holy Father has determined that this is an era of Crisis in the Church and has suggested that the Prayer of St. Michael which had been added to the end of the mass in the late 19th century and removed after Vatican 2 be … Continue reading Pope Francis gets another one right St. Michael Prayer Returns to Mass
If there has been one constant in the last few years it has been the media/left rushing to quote Pope Francis on the subject of migration, on wealth and, out of context, on our duties to our fellow man who happens to be gay. We have had liberal stalwarts from Nancy Pelosi to Bernie Sanders … Continue reading The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Media/Left Suddenly Not Quoting Pope Francis
Monday Pope Francis gave a homily at daily masses whose main points should be taken to heart by every Christian in general and Catholic in particular: Beware, the Pope warned, of the devil’s seduction. “The devil is a seducer,” Francis reminded, saying, he “knows what words to tell us” and this is dangerous as “we … Continue reading Quoting Some Solid Papal Advice on Day Two of Our Three Days of Fasting and Prayer
This week the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop called "Biological Extinction: How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend." If you read the declaration on the workshop, or look at the workshop agenda, or read any of the articles linked on the Vatican's website, it doesn't seem controversial at all, and … Continue reading More fake news about the Pope?
As the year of Mercy Closes Pope Francis has made some significant moves in the context of mercy in an Apostolic Letter: Mercy and Peace 16. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is closed. But the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open. We have learned that God bends … Continue reading Francis unspun on Mercy
Tuesday Pope Francis very decisively reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teaching on an all male priesthood emphatically citing St. Pope John Paul II in an interview: The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden's … Continue reading The Hole is the Woman Priests “Culture” argument: Jesus is God
The latest in my series of showing Amoris Laetitia as it is vs what some pretend it to be. Just a reminder Patience is a virtue and also makes things work 92. Being patient does not mean letting ourselves be constantly mistreated, tolerating physical aggression or allowing other people to use us. We encounter problems … Continue reading Amoris Laetitia as it actually is V: Patience, Envy, Blame and forgiveness
The latest in a series of post looking at Amoris Laetitia as it's actually written as opposed to how it's spun. Did you know that marriage has obligations in terms of parenthood? This pope does 68. “Blessed Paul VI, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, further developed the Church’s teaching on marriage and … Continue reading Amoris Laetitia as it actually is IV: Obligations, Conversions, Abortion & School Choice
The latest in a series of posts looking at what the Pope's document Amoris Laetitia actually says vs the spin that has been applied to it by examining individual paragraphs that nobody is talking about: Trigger warning to our friends on the left: Assertion of Objective Truth imminent: 34. When these factors affect our understanding … Continue reading Amoris Laetitia as it actually is II Truth, Conscience, Birth control and Same Sex unions
By now you have seen plenty of spin on Amoris Laetitia from journalists, from pundits all telling you that this is all about either the Pope advancing their values or in the case of a few betraying the church. It's why I said this on day 1: The best advice I can give you on #amorislaetitia … Continue reading Amoris Laetitia My take
You know the Boston Globe has for years had the best coverage of Baseball period, with John Allen they now have the best Catholic reporter in the world and he proved it again: Pope Francis can be understood as a living, breathing embodiment of the “both/and” instinct that’s so much a part of Catholic DNA, … Continue reading John Allen Nails it Twice on the Church and the Pope
I had lunch with my pastor on Tuesday and the subject of Pope Francis came up. One of the things he noted is that Francis tends to talk like a pastor counseling an individual in a specific situation rather than like a theologian making pronouncements on the faith. The problem with this approach being that … Continue reading Pope Francis In Context and Unspun on Mexico, Trump, Zika et/all