This video on Bill Kristol comparing how the media treats Radical Islam & the Catholic church is required watching.

Absolutely fantastic. (via elder of Ziyon)

Fyi speaking of the church why is everyone so surprised that the Pope, the head of the Catholic Church was unwilling to endorse blasphemy?

A Pope will always advise loving one’s neighbor over insulting them in fact that is part of the whole loving thy neighbor business.

(FYI “insult” & “critique” and “admonish” are not the same thing,sometimes love requires one to speak frankly on a sensitive subject even if someone doesn’t want to hear it)

JB Books: I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people & I require the same from them.

The Shootist 1976

Cardinal: Now — you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunchtime, with only a cup of coffee at 11.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus The Spanish Inquisition 1970

This weekend Sally Kohn made an amazing discovery, the fact that just because one has the ability to offend, it doesn’t mean one should do so for the sake of offending:

Of course, I unequivocally support the right to free speech. Period. And I also believe in choosing to exercise that right responsibly and respectfully. That’s why I would not have published cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed, insulting 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide in the process (and no, I wouldn’t have published many of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons insulting Judaism and Christianity, either).

Now this isn’t all that different for something I’ve said in the past. I’m not a fan of having my religion insulted and I’ve taken part in public steps to prevent such insults.

But while Ms. Cohen gives her screed on the subject she takes the time to build an interesting straw man of moral equivalence, first in terms of religious texts:

Unfortunately, there are some in the West who think all of Islam is tainted, and who — despite there being plenty of violence and intolerance in the texts and histories of Judaism and Christianity

The key word being “History” you have to go back a very long time to find,  for example, a pope endorsing violence, and the definition of “intolerance” is very flexible.

But that point pales against the favorite straw man of the left.

Sadly, I have to wonder if Charlie Hebdo had been attacked for cartoons insulting Christians, whether there would be a similar outpouring in support of the magazine, especially in the United States. After all, many of the same people outraged just a month ago about the alleged “War on Christmas” have no qualms about launching a “War on Islam” because, well, it’s not their religion being mischaracterized and insulted.

Here Ms. Cohn manages to beclown herself without even realizing it because her very hypotheticals disprove her entire point.

Ms. Kohn notes that Charlie Hibdo did in fact produce highly insulting, one might even say blasphemous cartoons insulting Catholics.

Yet in all that time where is the hint that Catholics were taking any action to harm them for doing so?  Was there any moment that anyone at that magazine feared they would be subjected to even as mild a punishment as the soft cushions or the comfy chair?

Meanwhile she gives a hypothetical concerning the “War on Christmas” but that very act demolishes her point, because if she HAD an example of those who like me object to the left’s War on Christmas taking violent action in any way supporting such provocative action she would produce it.

So the bottom line, for all her moral equivalence and argument not even liberal icon Sally Kohn expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Closing thought: I don’t seem to recall Ms.Kohn or any of her ilk giving speeches about free speech and responsibility when the Catholic Church was the target of such insult by Charlie Hebdo or anyone else.

I wonder why?


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There are plenty of things in Jo Piazza’s tirade against against the Catholic Church in Time that are worthy of critique. The lack of any detail on the clashes between the LCWR & the Vatican, the fact that one of her “hero” nuns Sr. Jeannine Gramick has been publicly pushing abortion, The fact that the Vatican waited eight years  for the LCWR  to answer their concerns before acting,  her ignoring Habit wearing orders faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church like the Sister Servants who flourishing rather than rapidly dying out.

All of these things of course are familiar to DaTechGuyblog readers but while Ms. Piazza piece is laughable at best, she unknowingly includes an anecdote that shows exactly where she and the LCWR has it wrong (emphasis mine):

I recently spoke to a young woman who was discerning to be a Catholic sister, but changed her mind before she took perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

I asked her why and the answer was very simple and yet disheartening.

“I want to work for an employer that values what I do.”

She plans to work for an NGO. She wanted to be of service to the world, but she also wanted to feel empowered in her job.

And that my dear friends is exactly why I’m so pleased this young woman is not going to be a nun as she clearly doesn’t have a vocation.

If your primary concern is to “feel empowered” and to find “an employer who values you”  then by all means look for such an employer that advertisers such an environment.

If however, your primary concern is to serve Christ and his Church spreading the good news of the Gospel by way of works & prayer for the salvation of souls and feel the call of God calling to such service, have we Catholic got some vocations for you!

You will not likely get glowing articles in Time Magazine, Maureen Dowd will not lionize you in the NY Times and gay multi-millionaires will likely not finance any of the good works but as promised you will be gaining treasure in heaven.

If  Jo Piazza was as concerned about Nuns as she pretends rather than disheartened she would be delighted that this  young woman will not be taking vows that mean nothing for her.   I suspect her priority isn’t so much helping the Catholic Church serve the God of Christianity as seeking a Catholic Church that exists to serve the God she apparently worships: progressivism and liberalism,

As for the nuns she lionized.

Many of the women who are nuns today joined the vocation because it was a way to become highly educated, travel the world and dedicate themselves to a higher good without being beholden to a husband or children.

Notice the words “God” or “Christ”  are nowhere in that sentence, but, in fairness,  you will not find the words “God” or “Christ” either anywhere in the piece.  After all what does Christ have to do with being a Catholic Nun?

There is a reason why the sin of Pride is #1 on the list of deadly sins.

I would suggest prayer for all of these ladies and for the nuns in question as well, and rest assured if they the young lady in question has a vocation within her, God will call her to it.

Closing thought:  It’s no accident that Ms. Piazza used a photo of young nuns in her article, because if she showed a photo like this that more accurately  represents her heroes, nobody would realize they were nuns.

Update: Fr. Z picks up the story and notices something I missed:

The Vatican doesn’t celebrate these women. In fact, it has done the very opposite. Attacks on American nuns have been happening since 2008, when the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life initiated an “Apostolic Visitation,” a euphemism for investigation, of the nuns.

To put it in perspective, previous “visitations” conducted by the Church were designed to investigate things like the priest sex abuse scandal.

This is simply wrong.  Visitations happen all the time and for various reasons.  From time to time check ups are needed in all manner of the Church’s institutions.  But the silly writer is trying to paint the Holy See in the worst possible light by leading you to accept a false equivalence.

And via e-mail Roxeanne DeLuca reminds us who the employer of a nun actually is:

I would suggest that a nun’s employer – her boss’ boss – deeply values what she does and will reward her for eternity for it. In fact, He has said that for thousands of years through the prophets, the Church, and His son.

The religious orders have a great CEO.

One of the advantages of the Catholic faith is that there are a wide variety of devotions one might do to increase and express one’s faith.

From the Saints to the angels to the various Marian, Christocentric (Sacred Heart etc) & Holy Spirit devotions all of these brings one closer to God.

So today lets hear from Marian about one of her devotions, 1st Saturdays.

YOu can find out more about the 1st Saturdays here.

The next in my series of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Today we examine Part 1 The Profession of Faith, Section 1 I Believe We Believe, and Chapter 1  Man’s capacity for God.

If you’re going to talk about faith you have to talk about belief,  the Catechism addresses this first by looking at the subject in general arguing that this is an innate part of man and that God draws men to him noting that Man has been searching for God since day 1.

28 In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behaviour: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being:

There have been studies suggesting man is “Hardwired” to believe in God but that hard wiring can be overridden for many reasons:

29 But this “intimate and vital bond of man to God” can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man. Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear and flee his call.

These are all things we’ve heard:  The day before I wrote this I was tweeted

It’s a variant “Why would a good God allow evil” but this comes in all flavors, Modern culture belief, narcissism, basic evil, fear (some of the greatest believers spent plenty of their early lives fleeing from God, and the least favorite scandalous behavior by believers.

People searching for God have two basic path to discover him, one of these methods is simply to look at the world around him.

32 The world: starting from movement, becoming, contingency, and the world’s order and beauty, one can come to a knowledge of God as the origin and the end of the universe.As St. Paul says of the Gentiles: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made…

While the Catechism doesn’t put it this way I look at the mathematics and the odds and they simply scream God meanwhile there is humanity itself, are we just another animal, is there anything more?  The basic and one might even say instinctive and the basic moral codes in fact the conclusion of the existence of God

34 Thus, in different ways, man can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and final end of all things, a reality “that everyone calls God”.

And this is a conclusion that can come via reason (though not without difficulty as Pope Pius XXII notes #37).  That’s  important because…

39 In defending the ability of human reason to know God, the Church is expressing her confidence in the possibility of speaking about him to all men and with all men, and therefore of dialogue with other religions, with philosophy and science, as well as with unbelievers and atheists.

And it’s that function that keeps us trying to help other get there

49 Without the Creator, the creature vanishes. This is the reason why believers know that the love of Christ urges them to bring the light of the living God to those who do not know him or who reject him.

Penn Jillette the noted atheist of all people noted this:

Believe me it would be a lot easier to not worry and let people burn but given what Christ went through for us, that would be kinda low.

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.


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.

♫  And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,

  Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 1970

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Constitution of the United States Article 6 Paragraph 3

Yesterday MSNBC made clear where its customer base is as host Joy Reid discussed the Hobby Lobby case.  (emphasis mine)

The court that will decide includes six Catholic justices, some of whom have not been shy about asserting their religion. And all of this is taking place as the country becomes more secular. Even as the fervently religious fight even harder than ever to push creationism in taxpayer funded schools, and on science TV shows. And where the question of corporate personhood has gone from whether the railroad has to pay its taxes to whether corporations can be religious people. The question is do you trust this court to make those decisions?

Now there is an obvious point to make concerning such a statement that  Yid with Lid has already alluded to.  If the host of the show had substituted:  “Muslim”, Jewish”, “Black”, “Gay”,  “Atheist”, “Hispanic”, in place of “Catholic”  the outrage of the left would be incredible and the demand for both an apology and the firing of Ms. Reid would become a cause célèbre among all the right people but as her statement concerned Catholics, and more importantly believing catholics this shall not happen because as I’ve asserted before,  the common thread of the left is the targeting of Christianity.

What I find more interesting is the video itself.

That is a long speech to make and Ms. Reid is clearly reading from a teleprompter as she delivers it. That means it that speech was written, edited and loaded into the prompter for her to deliver. Since it makes assertions concerning court cases and had video of quotes from said cases would have gone through editors and producers before it began to roll on that screen for her to read.

Yet not a one of them suggested this might be a problem, Nobody figured it would offend their Catholic audience in general or Latino’s who are highly Catholic in particular. Nobody thought the clear mandate of the Constitution concerning religious tests would make them look foolish, nor did they think there was any chance of a backlash might cause trouble for a relatively new host.

Or if they considered any of those things, they decided the need to defend the White House would be more important to their audience than any such attack on religion.

And it’s worse than that.  The TV industry is constantly in flux, one day you have a job the next you don’t.  Yet not a person on that set figured that their boss, or an official at NBC or someone from the corporate ownership at Comcast might decide that mainstreaming a modern version of “know nothingism” on a major cable network under their name would cause any problems for their brands.

I suspect they will get more critique for having Jazz Shaw of Hotair on Morning Joe today then they will for the acts of Joy Reid yesterday.

This says something both about the culture at MSNBC,  the perception of its audience and their ownership and what it says is not good.

Update: Creative Minority Reports says:

I, as a Catholic, can honestly say no. I don’t trust this court at all. Sonia Sotomayor? Uhm no. Anthony Kennedy? Not exactly. I don’t trust John Roberts either.

Ed Morrissey:

It’s worth noting that the six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court rarely reach any kind of consensus, unless it is a consensus shared by the whole court. Reid bases her argument of religious bias on literally nothing at all but her own prejudice. One suspects it’s because of the desperation the Left has over the Hobby Lobby case and the HHS mandate in general, but it may just be that Reid has a bias against Catholics in public life apart from this, too.


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The Sun’s gotta rise, birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim and da left’s gotta spin Pope Francis…

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to support governments that recognize civil unions to provide non-traditional couples with access to benefits:

Of course they take the time to attack Pope Benedict while spinning Francis, however in cherry picking the Pope’s words and spinning them they seemed to miss this:

In the interview, Pope Francis praised Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which prohibited the use of contraception.

Somehow think progress missed that bit.

In contradicting contemporary pressures for population control, Pope Paul’s “genius was prophetic, he had the courage to side against the majority, defend moral discipline, put a brake on the culture, oppose neo-Malthusianism, present and future,” Pope Francis said.

But he also noted that Pope Paul had instructed confessors to interpret his encyclical with “much mercy, attention to concrete situations.”

Now that’s the Pope Francis I’ve been following closely mercy and confession, confession and mercy. But that’s not the Pope they want, they want a pope to beat conservatives over the head with and it frustrates me to no end that people fall for it.

A Christian friend who supports gay marriage has always insisted to me that there’s no real contradiction between her faith and her views on SSM. Religion has its sphere and civil society has its sphere; so long as the Church gets to set the rules in its own house, i.e. by not having to recognize or perform same-sex marriages, it can be agnostic about which sorts of relationships the government chooses to legally recognize. I don’t know if Francis would go that far, although there are credible reports that he privately endorsed civil unions for gays in Argentina as a potential compromise position while the country was debating legalizing gay marriage. Either way, the bit above about taking care not to vaccinate people against faith is consistent with his pronouncements on family/sexual matters so far: He seems reluctant to get caught up in these disputes for fear that they’ll sidetrack his bigger-picture vision for the Church, which has more to do with charity for the poor and less with culture-war flashpoints that risk alienating more socially liberal believers. It’s not quite a “truce” a la Mitch Daniels but more a matter of emphasis. Or so it seems to a humble atheist.

If I was the boss at Hotair I’d leave this subject to Ed Morrissey who actually knows how the church works.

It frustrates me to no end that so many of my friends on the right who woudn’t buy what the media is selling on any other issue fall hook line and sinker for any spin they give on Pope Francis. but while they don’t get what is going on Francis does emphasis mine

“I like to be among people, to be with the one who is suffering, to go into the parishes”, he stated. But he denied that he has gone out at night to feed the down and outs near the Vatican. He made clear however that he detests being depicted as a kind of superman or star: “Sigmund Freud said that in every idealization there is an aggression. To depict the Pope as a kind of superman or a star seems to me offensive”.

Francis is a kind and merciful man, but he’s no sucker.

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When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,  others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,  and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 16:13-19

Do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God, have also faith in me.

John 14:1

A few weeks ago I attended a Knights of Columbus event at my Parish where they showed a film the Knights made about Pope Francis: Francis the Pope from the New World

It was the portrait of Pope Francis that the media has done its best to obscure,  my reaction was:  We need to get this into the hand of as many Conservative Catholics as possible.

I approached my pastor Fr. Bob saying that if more of my conservative Catholic friends saw this picture they would question the pope less. His answer was classic: Either we trust the Holy Spirit to guide the church or we don’t.

Now Pope Benedict has specifically said as a Cardinal that the Spirit doesn’t directly select the pope…

I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined…There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!

Consider the two most extraordinary papal elections of the last 40 years.

After the death of Pope Paul VI the college of Cardinals of picked the affable and friendly Albino Luciani yet another Italian pope in a long line of Italian popes dating back to the 1500’s. The Church seemed to be on the same path that it had been traveling for a couple of decades.

33 days later he was dead and the Papacy landed upon the Polish John Paul II one of the most active and transformational Popes of our time was selected. He would travel the world, inspire millions particularly the young, lead to a resurgence of the faith worldwide and be the ram that battered the first breach in the Iron Curtain that would be torn down before within 15 years of his election.

Jump to a few years ago, the church is under constant attack from the media who totally ignore reforms and positive action from the increasingly frail Benedict who scholarly approach seemed poorly suited to respond in an increasingly wired world.

Then comes the bombshell:

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

As Ed Morrissey reminded us last time this had happened the Printing Press had not been invented. Everyone had a bunch of ideas why he did it but few considered that as a man of deep prayer and faith he allowed the Holy Spirit to move him.

And if that wasn’t enough next came the election of Pope Francis that nobody and a full year of the media tying themselves in knots praising and honoring Francis while doing their best to ignore the Orthodox Catholic teaching that he proclaims over and over again.

They are having fits that we couldn’t have imagined.  People are taking a 2nd look at the church and while there will be those who easily fall away as in the parable of the sower, there will be those who will find themselves embracing Christ and be snatched away from the pit of the secular world steers to drive them to.

Consider these recent tweets on Marriage…

On Pope Francis

  On Priests:

and on the Sacraments:


those are all in the last ten days, they are all diametrically opposed to the message of the world and the secular press and lets not forget the big one aimed right at the #1 sacrament of the left.

Tell me, these are the public words of the Pope unfiltered by the MSM that have gone out to over 3.6 million followers on twitter.

And that’s just in English, add the 4.7 mil in Spanish 173K in German, 950K in Portuguese 1.5 mil in Italian, 241K in french, 215k in Latin, 186K in (I think) Polish 114K in ARABIC and you got the direct message going to over 11 million worldwide.

None of this has happened in a vacuum and, in my opinion look a lot like the Holy Spirit in action, but strangely enough some of my fellow conservative Catholics who wouldn’t trust the MSM if they told them the sky was blue are putting more trust in the media spin on Pope Francis than they are in the Holy Spirit which Christ promised would be there to guide his Church.

That’s taking counsel of one’s fears but even worse it a temptation to the sin of spiritual pride and that sin will damn a soul just as easily as lust, greed, gluttony or any other.

Don’t fall for it, have faith and if you find yourself buying the media spin or worried, Watch the Knight’s movie on the Pope you’ll feel better.


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Via Joe Miller & Twitter I found this long NY Magazine interview with Antonin Scalia. It’s worth reading in its entirety but there are several sections on his faith I wish to highlight.

First Justice Scalia’s exchange on & agreement with the Pope on being evangelistic is very much worth quoting:

Q: But he also wanted to steer its emphasis away from homosexuality and abortion.

Scalia:Yeah. But he hasn’t backed off the view of the church on those issues. He’s just saying, “Don’t spend all our time talking about that stuff. Talk about Jesus Christ and evangelize.” I think there’s no indication whatever that he’s changing doctrinally.

I spent my junior year in Switzerland. On the way back home, I spent some time in England, and I remember going to Hyde Park Corner. And there was a Roman Catholic priest in his collar, standing on a soapbox, preaching the Catholic faith and being heckled by a group. And I thought, My goodness. I thought that was admirable. I have often bemoaned the fact that the Catholic church has sort of lost that evangelistic spirit. And if this pope brings it back, all the better.

Note how he didn’t allow the false narrative concerning doctrinal change. First rate, but If I had to pick something for every Catholic to read it would be the section on Heaven & Hell.

Scalia notes he will be either very happy or very unhappy after death and when the Jennifer Senior jokes about their existence he points out that belief in Hell is not a requirement for getting there. But it’s when he states his belief in the Devil Ms. Senior is totally thrown off, particularly when he notes his tactics have changed as society has:

Q: Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?

Scalia: You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil. (emphasis mine)

Q: I hope you weren’t sensing contempt from me. It wasn’t your belief that surprised me so much as how boldly you expressed it.

Scalia: I was offended by that. I really was.

This is significant, there are plenty of people who hold Christians in disdain and do their best to suggest that people who follow Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular are simply ignorant rubes, it’s ironic that many of the beautiful “enlightened” people who pooh-pooh the Devil aren’t as enlightened as they think:

We currently live in an age where people believe in psychics, witchcraft and various unseen forces. I can drive down the street in Leominster or Worcester and see the shingle for psychics advertising their services. I have Wiccan friends one who is a Wiccan priest. You see all kinds of books on harnessing various forces. Science Fiction fans talk of all kinds of planets that might be inhabited by all sorts of creatures; yet all these same people would look as if you had 4 heads if you suggest that the devil or hell exists.

Christ specifically states the existence of Heaven & Hell and I find it very interesting that people so willing to invoke him when convenient ignore this. As C.S Lewis (whose Screwtape letters Scalia approvingly cites) said

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

I think this is why Scalia is really hated. He clearly embraces Christ and the Church and at the same time upsets the ignorance equation. No matter what our friends on the left say of him, “ignorant” is not a word that can be credibly used to describe him and he take offense at those who belittle those beliefs.

The left will be very happy when he is gone.