31 January 2011


Hi, everyone, welcome to a lovely Monday Midwest weather day. I am getting a kick out of the combox discussion on the Colleen Hammond post about previous USCCB statements in favor of eventual disarmament of the American public. There is so much sloganeering in what passes for political discourse today that one can't hold a given opinion on some issue-- like the Second Amendment in this case-- without being told that one then must hold a whole set of predetermined positions on other issues that have nothing to do with it. I do enjoy a chuckle when someone writes in that I am a Republican, or that I seek to advance the Bush agenda. On the other hand, I also enjoy when some, more partial to President Bush, accuse me of blaming America first or not loving my country.

Let's just deal with each issue as it comes. Though you may not believe it, I actually try to refrain from political posts. The ones I post are because sometimes I just can't help it.

When my mother found out I had a blog, and then much later when she finally understood what a blog is, she asked me who would want to read what I have to say. A good question. So I told her that it appeals to everyone-- everyone, that is, who is a Traditional Mass-loving Catholic who likes scholastic theology and philosophy, enjoys outdoorsy sports, hates "Gather Us In" and "Table of Plenty" with equal vigor, gets all geeky over liturgical vestments and history, likes to forecast the exact date of the end of Western Civilization, buys flour by the ton, reads Benson, Chesterton, Connolly, Bryson, Waugh and a select other few writers of fiction, loves St. Francis de Sales and Blessed Columba Marmion, is still upset about the English Martyrs, likes Rush and the Cranberries, thinks what passes for ecumenism is a plague, suspects that shaking hands at the sign of peace is a Communist plot, is more than reasonably suspicious of the police, loves the Church, loves the Pope, and loves the relatively few but growing number of staunch shepherds in the Church, and thinks the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (especially) and other "traditional" groups are the leaven of the Church.

You know, the typical Catholic of today.

All seven of you.


Michael Bavlsik said...


You've got a great blog. While I do not always agree with you, I read you daily because you know how to get to the heart of things and your faith shines through the minutiae.
Does anyone take the USCCB seriously? Look what they have done to liturgy and church architecture. One should view their opinions on the Second Amendment, taxation, and the ridiculous St. Louis Review/ Missouri Catholic Conference Report of last week on the "fair tax" the same way one views the laughable renovations of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, the music they approve in GIA and OCP, and their milquetoast treatment of obstinately defiant "Catholic" politicians who defy Church teaching. The USCCB is an embarrassing remnant of the early Twentieth Century Catholic Church in America- a provincial pawn of the Democratic party.
Christ's Church will overcome this.

Delena said...

Please...don't lump me in with that group.

I only buy my flour in a 25-lb. sack.

Peklet Mom said...

What? No mention of St. Stanislaus parish or Unknown Canon Lawyer X? ;) Those are my two favorite topics. :)

Badger Catholic said...


Latinmassgirl said...

Really?! I like cranberries too! Do you like the canned cranberry sauce or sauce made from fresh cranberries? :)

Anonymous said...

"Loves the Pope???"
When the soon to be beatified Pope John Paul II decried President George W Bush's intent on invading Iraq, you were silent and most of your readers said "Oh, that was just his personal opinion."
Same when the Pope talks about a much fairer distribution of wealth to help the poor. Or our need to be eco-friendly.
That's when most your readers become "cafeteria Catholics," holding onto their Republican belief system far more than what the Catholic church teaches.

Kind of like those who still think that the Republicans would do anything to overturn Roe v Wade. Need I remind you that for 2 full years, the Republicans had the White House, the majorities in the House and Senate, and 9 of the 11 Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Republicans. ("Don't worry, Charlie Brown. Next year, you'll see ... blah blah blah.")

thetimman said...

I started my blog in 2007. The US invaded Iraq in 2003. So, I really don't know what to say to your accusation of my silence. I suppose it's true, as I didn't know what a blog was then, but please don't blame my poor readers as they couldn't have posted here even if they knew that a brief four years later I would provide the venue.

As for loving the Pope, I guess I will stick with my post, as lots of Popes have had serious problems with US foreign policy over the last century. I love them all. If you want my current position on US foreign policy, all you have to do is read the last year or so and you'll get a representative sample.

Of course, though I want to set the record straight on that, it is true that political policies are generally--not always, but generally-- an exercise of prudential judgment. You can disagree with a Pope. I will venture a guess that many who think as you do would have disagreed with Pope St. Pius X when he called modernism the synthesis of all heresies, and sought to eradicate modernism from the Church. That is a question of doctrine and teaching on faith and morals, to which you as a Catholic are expected to give your assent and obedience. But why spoil the point you were trying to make?

GIve Freely said...

Dear Anonymous,

Pope John Paul II was very much against Communism as written in his biography, "Witness to Hope". So, the redistribution of wealth, as you call it is a total failure. There is only so much money that you can take from the working to give to the non-working or people with low paying jobs. Socialism is only a few steps away from communism as once power is given to the government, they take more, (such as GM), regulating what we eat and eventually our religion.

Of course, giving freely to the needy is always welcome, and works best as people can be quite generous, especially Americans who give far more that any other country in the world.