Reviews, Critiques, Surveys

A lot is being said about Laudato Si both from supporters and critics — of which I guess I am both. I would fall in the camp of the Acton Institute…

Here are eight links worth reading and watching as you digest and work through the new encyclical.

1) Acton Institute critique by my friend Kishore Jayabalan: Don’t Blame Markets, but Sin for Environmental Problems 

2) Acton Institute presents There is a ‘more hopeful and human way forward’ than what Pope Francis suggests

3) What to do when the Pope gets is wrong?

4) Eleven Things you Probably Won’t hear about Pope Francis’ Encyclical

5) Further materials from the Acton Institute on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment

6) Fr. Fessio and Mark Brumley and others frpm Ignatius Press respond to the encyclical in writing and a video presentation

7) Fr. Sirico reviews the encyclical on Fox News:

8) Cardinal Wuerl on Fox News explaining the Pope and his new encyclical (great job)

 

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Decision Coming Soon on Medjugorje

by Steve Ray on June 7, 2015

Pope on Papal Flight: We Are Nearing Making Decisions on Medjugorje; Returning from Sarajevo, Responds to Journalists’ Questions
By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Vatican City State, June 07, 2015 (ZENIT.org):
On his return flight from Sarajevo last night, Pope Francis spoke to reporters where he discussed Medjugorje, arms dealers, the right way for young people to use technology, and a possible visit to Francis.

Medjugorje
Returning from his pastoral visit to the Bosnian capital, the Holy Father was asked on the current position of the Church regarding the apparitions of Medjugorje. ”We are about to make decisions and then they will be communicated,” the Pontiff replied.

In 1981, six children first reported visions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town. Since then, it has been a major pilgrimage site. However, some believe the apparitions are a hoax.

The commission of inquiry on Medjugorje, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, did a good job, the Pope said. He added that Cardinal Gerard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, held a special meeting on the theme of the Marian apparitions in the Bosnian town.

For more, read http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-on-medjugorje-its-almost-decision-time-19185/

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Cover of the "mythical" booklet "Trail of Blood"

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct?

There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving behind a trail of blood.

I used to believe this premise and now that I have looked more carefully I wrote an article about this booklet and this the idea Baptists are the true Christians that have survived Catholic attempts to destroy them. Here is how my article begins:

“When Baptists attempt to discover the origins of their tradition they are faced with a historical dilemma. The search for Baptists roots hits a dead end in the sixteenth century. Most acknowledge that Baptist tradition is a tributary flowing out of the Protestant Reformation, but others attempt to discover a line of historical continuity, of doctrine and practice, back to Jesus and even John the Baptist. These Baptists are commonly referred to as “Baptist Successionists”. . . “

-For my full article on the Trail of Blood, click here (pdf).
-For other articles and references, click here.
-For more such articles and letters, click here.

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

February 9, 2015

If you haven’t watched this 1 hour video yet, do so. A good friend told me about it at a men’s conference this weekend where I was speaking. Janet and I turned it on tonight and were captivated. If you want to understand the homosexual lifestyle, the sadness and emptiness it brings — this is [...]

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Two Great Jewish Movies

January 3, 2015

Since we are in Jerusalem, I thought I would share two of our favorite Jewish movies. Recently watched “Everything is Illuminated” again. It is funny and profound about a young man (Elijah Wood – Frodo in “Lord of the Rings”) who discovers his Jewish past after Nazi fascists occupied Ukraine. It is one of my [...]

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The Jewish Cardinal

November 16, 2014

I met a new hero today, but only through the medium of a movie. It was entitled The Jewish Cardinal. After returning home exhausted from the Raising Rebels Conference in Manchester NH where I gave three talks yesterday, I was ready for a good movie tonight. My wife found this one on Netflix.  This drama [...]

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Have They Discovered a New “Lost Gospel” that Says Jesus was Married?

November 13, 2014

Jimmy Akin writes: It’s getting near Christmas, and you know what that means. That’s right! It’s time for another book to be released telling us the sensationalistic “truth” about Christianity. This time we have The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson. [...]

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Bishop Conley’s Comments on our Cruise: “In the Footprints of St. Paul”

November 12, 2014

The ancient Christian writer and theologian Tertullian once asked the Church, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” He asked the question as Christianity spread from Israel into the Greek world; and as Greek intellectuals looked for deeper insight into the Christian mystery. Tertullian was asking whether pagan Greek culture—philosophy, poetry, the arts, history [...]

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Judge Gives Restraining Order to Black Mass Leaders – Consecrated Host Belongs to the Catholic Church

August 21, 2014

Says Host Cannot Be Damaged or Taken From Oklahoma City Pending Hearing WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City on Wednesday filed a lawsuit asking a judge to halt the desecration of a Eucharistic Host as part of a planned satanic black mass scheduled for September in the city’s [...]

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Prepare for the Fringe Geocentric People: Catholics Claiming the Earth is the Motionless Center of the Universe

July 18, 2014

UPDATE 7/20/14, 9:15 PM Eastern: There must be a network of Geocentrists who quickly call each other to defend their position. As soon as I posted this blog about the geocentric system I got a bunch of comments within that matter of a few hours which demonstrated to me that someone sent out the message [...]

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A New Creed for the Modern World

July 8, 2014

Everyone knows the ancient Christian creeds are outdated and passé. It is time we have a new creed that fits everyone.  We believe that God is in all of us; He has been created in our image We believe that each one must find the truth that is right for him. Reality will adapt accordingly. [...]

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Making the Case for Tea Party Catholics – recommended reading

June 12, 2014

ROME, December 11, 2013 (Zenit.org) – In his latest book Tea Party Catholic, Dr. Samuel Gregg develops a Catholic case for the values and institutions associated with the free economy, limited government, and America’s experiment in ordered liberty. He underscores the moral and economic benefits of business and markets, addresses the welfare state’s problems, and [...]

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The Bible out of Context

May 3, 2014

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and [...]

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New Research Supports Authenticity of Holy Shroud of Turin – Join Us on Shroud Pilgrimage Next Year!!

February 14, 2014

Scientists Believe Image Caused by Radiation from Earthquake in 33 AD ROME, February 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) – A group scientists in Italy have claimed that neutron radiation caused by an earthquake in 33 AD could have induced the image that many believe to be Christ on the Holy Shroud of Turin. They also believe the [...]

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Mixed Reviews on How Great Mandela Really Was

December 10, 2013

While the world has it’s eyes on South Africa and the funeral of Nelson Mandela, his praises are being sung around the world. No doubt he was a huge figure on the world stage, was unjustly imprisoned and did some important things for South Africa, but his legacy is mixed. He was a huge pro-abortion [...]

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Medjugorje “Seer” Banned from Making Presentations in U.S.

November 9, 2013

Congregation for the Defense of the Faith prefect says alleged apparitions have yet to be ruled authentic VATICAN CITY, November 07, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has reiterated that the Vatican has yet to rule the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as authentic. [...]

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