Unholy Nation

Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Month: May, 2012

Hans Kung

Rorate has an interesting piece on Hans Kung entitled “Freak extremes meet.”


What Does it Mean to be Catholic in the 21st Century?

That question is important.

When Holy Days of Obligation are pushed to Sundays we effectively become less Catholic. Pushing all of our liturgical obligations to Sunday is said to be a decision out of modern convenience.

The Faith should not be convenient.

If you have a crucifix nearby–look at it and ask yourself if it looks convenient.

The reality is that there are multiple things that are making the Church less like her true self and much less than she is supposed to be.

The Protestantization of the Church is palpable.

The world wants our faith to be amorphous, pluralistic, and convenient.

Being less Catholic (so to speak) is not the answer to any of the crises facing the Church at this hour in history.

We can’t solve out catechetical crisis by making the teaching of the Truth obscure.

Truth is the light–it’s not the shadow.

We are given a clear message about the role of Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

There aren’t multiple Christs, multiple Fathers, and there is of course no new-age mother sophia business.

By being faithful Catholics we are called to bear sufferings. Living the Faith is not convenient and it is not supposed to be convenient. By reducing our liturgical observations to mere pseudo-reverent “activities” there is not only a loss of meaning, but a loss of identity, and a loss of faith.

There are Catholics today who do not know the Church as they should. Because of this, there is a spirit of rebellion when the church re-affirms her teachings.

Catholics rebel against the Church because they are looking at her with the eyes of the world and not with the eyes of the Truth.

The answer is clear.

We need to be Catholic.

This has been the answer for every century.

The answer for the future of the Church is not to be found in an ecumenical Bible study. It’s not to be found in failed doctrines. It’s not to be found in yoga spirituality. It’s not to be found in heretical hymns.  It’s not to be found in esoteric homilies.

The answer is found in Christ and the fullness of Tradition of His Holy Church.

The Truth is there for the taking.

With our technology and access to centuries of robust teachings, the 21st century has no excuse to lurk in the shadows. If you look close enough, the message of Be Catholic has been echoed throughout history.

The answer is (as they say) in the question.


Marty Haugen’s Liturgical Dance Party

I don’t understand why Marty Haugen’s music (?) is still being used by any Roman Catholic parish.

Maybe I’ll write more about this later.

Yet, I will say that is strange to sing a song to nature after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

There is a connection between bad liturgical music and the crisis in the Church. It almost reminds me of some Haugen lyrics:

“They blow where they will. They blow where they please.”

Those of course, are the winds that blow to please the Lord in Haugen’s “Canticle of the Sun.” Sounds relativistic.  Unholy Nation’s Board of Heretical Hymns suggests that what he’s really talking about are the winds of progressive Catholicism. We also can’t call hymnals “hymnals” because it contains the sound “him”–therefore, we must refer to them as “music issues.” The irony behind that label is that the music contained inside actually has issues.

Unfortunately, we all know where the story ends.

Some folks don’t understand that our missalettes reflect our faith.

We can’t have Catholic covers and Protestant innards.

Sancta Caecilia, ora pro nobis!

What’s More Valuable?

In some recent Delaware news, a woman has been charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty for storming into another woman’s house and squeezing some kittens to death. You can read the details at WGMD’s website.

(WGMD is a local radio station in lower Delaware. Based on their site, I like to call them We Got Mugshots Daily.)

According to GMD (that’s how the locals refer to it), the kitty squeeze was fueled by a feud over some prescription drugs.

Of course, the thought of someone squeezing fluffy’s offspring is awful. It’s normal to feel uneasy about this story; nobody likes animal abuse.

A Delaware News Urinal headline states that the big squeeze was “an unconscionable and shocking act.”

You can see the headline here:

It’s strange that our media sees cat squeezing as being so offensive. In a world where there is so much yuck going on, it’s the kitten squeeze that really hits to the heart. Forget the African church bombings, because there’s a new cat in town.

But you dare not say that abortion is an offensive and shocking act. Oh no you must not be insensitive.

“Well you know, the kittens were viable and they are cute and we love our pets more than our own kids because–well– aren’t they just precious. My fluffy is going to take over the whole kitten kingdom. Wait until later when I dress him up like a little pageant queen; it’s going to be so precious. And after that we’re going to sit down to a nice game of pinochle. Who says it’s only the dogs who like to play cards?”

It’s sad that animal rights don’t extend to humans.

Some folks have a questionable understanding of ontological value.

I’ll give you a primer.

Human (from conception) GREATER THAN any type of cat, small, large, or imagined.

That’s right Garfield; I went there.


Surely there are norms to purify the area (that aren’t dramatized above), but regardless this video sums thing up about CITH.

Benedict XVI’s May 2nd Audience

In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now consider the speech which Saint Stephen, the first martyr, delivered before his death.  Stephen’s words are clearly grounded in a prayerful re-reading of the Christ event in the light of God’s word.  Accused of saying that Jesus would destroy the Temple and the customs handed down by Moses, Stephen responds by presenting Jesus as the Righteous One proclaimed by the prophets, in whom God has become present to humanity in a unique and definitive way.  As the Son of God made man, Jesus is himself the true temple of God in the world; by his death for our sins and his rising to new life, he has now become the definitive “place” where true worship is offered to God.  Stephen’s witness to Christ, nourished by prayer, culminates in his martyrdom.  By his intercession and example may we learn daily to unite prayer, contemplation of Christ and reflection on God’s word.  In this way we will appreciate more deeply God’s saving plan, and make Christ truly the Lord of our lives.


You can come to your own conclusions. Just remember some of the themes in his Holy Week addresses and his April 18th general audience.

That’s right. I linked to an older post.


This report from Nigeria is just another sign that the war against the Church in Africa is still heating up.

The author, Lilian Agih writes:

An explosion on Sunday rocked an area near a theater used by Christian students for worship at the Bayero University Kano. The explosion went off while the catholic mass was going on.

Ideological bombs amongst the women religious in the United States.

Real bombs amongst the faithful on the continent of Africa.

Prayers for the world needed.



We Have To Stop The (Dolphin) Bullies


You can read the story here.

The best line:

“He was scared, he was intimidated, he was bullied,” [Peter Wallerstein] said.

Animals do appear (at times) to be mean to each other. We’ve all seen robins fight each other over a worm. We’ve seen dogs fight, cats fight, deer fight, moose fight, etc.  Heck, some of us have even seen a good redneck fight in the parking lot of an Arby’s.

We don’t need to create another Czar over this.

Could you imagine the cries for help for the poor little bullied dolphins? How will they ever grow up and be successful in the government owned dolphin colleges?

First the big scary tuna nets, and now fellow dolphins? What is the world coming to?

I’m going to go bully the germs on my hands with some tricolsan laced soap.

After that, I’m going to bully some dead chicken parts (originally pre-bullied by Perdue) with lemon zest (bullied by a grater), salt (pre-bullied by Morton), pepper (bullied by a grinder), and rosemary (bullied by a dehydrator).

Then those parts are going to be further bullied over an open fire. (You sick and insensitive freak.)

After which they will be bathed with a honey-balsamic glaze. The honey, mind you, was bullied out of the hives of some poor unsuspecting bees. Don’t even let me get to the point where I tell you the story where all that bacteria bullied the wine to make balsamic vinegar– it’s a sob story.

The point is:

We live in a world where the media thinks that everything negative is a result of bullying. If you feel bad, it’s because you were bullied. If you didn’t do well on that spelling test, it’s because you were bullied.

Does that mean that since I paid taxes this year that I was financially bullied?  That’s some anti-bullying I can get behind.

Bullying is a problem, but not everything that folks are calling bullying is bullying.