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.

Category: Rant

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.

BE CATHOLIC.

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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.

We Have To Stop The (Dolphin) Bullies

Seriously?

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.

SSPX. LCWR. Benedict XVI.

This week has been interesting due to the fact that the SSPX vs. Rome discussions may be coming to a positive end soon. In addition, the CDF’s “crackdown on nuns” is also making a ripple in the news.

Some things that I have noticed is that the some folks in the media have no idea what the SSPX really is. To them, they see SS and think, “Oh that must be like the Hitler Youth that the Pope was in.” Or, they think it’s some airport call sign.

Some good things to remember is that at the end of the day, we need to consider which groups have upheld church teachings and which groups have not.

Some people in the media are foaming at the mouth to call the SSPX position schismatic–but they aren’t extending the criticism to other groups that could be considered schismatic due to their positions on abortion, contraception, and wymmynprsts. The latter groups causing an increased measure of soul-risk.

It’s easy for the mainstream media to side with the church of kum-ba-ya because they seem not to have any understanding of authentic Catholic thought.

One thing that is for certain however, is that the Holy Father is up to something interesting.

It is time to get serious.

Remember the words of the Holy Father’s Chrism Mass homily:

Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination, for which Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord. Is disobedience a path of renewal for the Church?

And from the Easter Vigil homily:

The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil. The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general. If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other “lights”, that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk. Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars of the sky are no longer visible. Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment? With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light.

And from his April 18th General Audience:

In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn from the prayer of Mary and the Apostles awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to the “little Pentecost” described in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. After the arrest and release of Peter and John, the community joined in prayer and “the place where they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (v. 31). This prayer shows the unity of the early community, which asks only to proclaim the word of God fearlessly in the face of persecution. It seeks to discern present events in the light of God’s saving plan and the fulfillment of prophecy in the mystery of Christ. It also begs God to accompany by his power the preaching of the Gospel. May this prayer of the early Church inspire our own prayer. May we seek to discern God’s loving plan in the light of Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who bestows the hope which does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5).

Emphasis mine.

Couple that with the idea that Benedict XVI has made comments in the past about how the church in the future will be smaller.

Things are heating up in Rome. The Holy Father has expressed that he is in the last stretch of his life. That sentiment is probably quite normal for any octogenarian.

However, his statements coupled with the actions from Rome (i.e. CDF corrective documents) this month seem to be colored with a sense of urgency.

The Holy Spirit has been known to provide in one’s weakest moments.

Fiat.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Visible Satan Invisible Satan

Jo Piazza over at Fox News has written a report that suggests that pop stars are using satanic imagery to gain media attention.

Piazza uses recent the recent controversy of Nicki Minaj’s Grammy awards flop and Minaj’s apparent alter ego.

The pop star continues to feed into the buzz machine and has even gone so far as to explain that she believes a demon named Roman lives inside her.

“His name is Roman. Basically, the religious figure is there because he was called by Roman’s mom to rehabilitate him. That’s pretty much it,” she said post-Grammys.  “I had this vision for Roman. I had this vision for him to be sort of exorcised. People around him tell him he’s not good enough ‘cause he’s not normal, and he’s not blending in with the average Joe. People around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. Not only is he amazing, sure of himself and confident, but he’s never going to be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he rises above.”

And while her statements may be dark, bizarre and have religious groups up in arms, they have translated to massive sales for Minaj. Her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” debuted at Number one last week with an impressive 250,000 album sales.

This leads me to the question as to whether or not this is satanic or just a good ol’ case of self-absorption.

The article mentions how artists like Minaj and Lady Gag-Gag are coat-tailing on the successes of bands like KISS and others.

Maybe so.

Yet, I think the quartet of dudes in face-paint pales in comparison to some of the crap in the current cesspool of anti-culture.

I don’t quite get the idea of playing exorcism or playing possessed as entertainment.  However, to a culture that is so mired in figurative fecal matter this stuff is apparently attractive. What’s a little more smeared on when you’re wearing so much of it already?

Now I’m not calling to burn anybody at the stake because it’s hard for me to really believe that these performers really know what they are doing (in terms of soul cost). At the same time, this re-affirms why Catholics need a stronger voice in the arts culture.  The love affair with the sewage-run-off called Popular Culture is a telling sign of a culture that rejects objective truth and order.

We’re living in the secular society that believes in relativism and chaos. It is no surprise that the “art” that is popular reflects that mindset. What is important to ask is when do these acts cease to be acts?

It’s quite possible that they have already become something more than attention and money grabbing vehicles as the article suggests. Furthermore, this continues to cast light on the problem of hip-hop culture writ large. It’s not liberating anyone.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who wander throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Sexual Intercourse with Robots, the Future, and a Caveat.

First, the caveat. There comes a time in every blog’s life where tough decisions need to be made. Since the sub-purpose of Unholy Nation is to find further evidence of societal decay, some stories covered here will be awful.

CBS Las Vegas is reporting that some Australian researchers are claiming that in the future, sex robots will replace conventional brothels. Beware of the comments below the article, as they contain some questionable material. Actually, beware of the whole article because it’s just that awful. But then you ask me, “oh Unholy Nation why do you bring it up?”

The content in the article is seriously sick, but it points to some interesting points about how the world is interpreting the purpose of sexual activity.

One of the notable quotations from the article is that:

“One of the benefits of sex robots is that they remove exploitation of women from the equation, and the sex trade of underage [partners],” Hines added. “Underage women are exploited to meet the desires of others, whereas with the robots, there is no exploitation of anyone.”

Except the user, the producer of the device, and the society writ large.  Wait, that sounds familiar.

(CCC 2354): Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.

Emphasis mine.

This is the classic case of ignoring the root problem of sexual exploitation and disordered sexuality.

Sidebar: The Creed

In the previous post, there was an excerpt that suggested that nothing in the most complete Baptismal vows say anything about being against gay marriage.

Hold that thought.

I’m currently reading  The Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger. It is a beautiful edition published by Baronius Press (although the price is a little high for the size of the book, you get what you pay for in the book’s construction).

Gueranger talks about the development of the Credo during Holy Mass. There he talks about how the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed was developed out of the Apostle’s Creed in order to combat (or target) heresy.

Coupled with the sentiment from the letter in the previous post, I had an interesting thought.

How long do you think an updated Creed would be in order to cover all of the misunderstandings and heresies of the 21st century?

Of course, I’m not advocating for an updated Creed for liturgical use, but it seems that some have become just so litigious enough to demand some kind of Roman Catholic’s Terms of Service type document.  You know, the “where does it SAY that?” people.

I’m rambling now.

Cheers!

When You Ignore History: You Can Be Played Like A Fiddle

This quotation:

“If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society,” he said. “They would not have believed that the world was round.”

Is from this source.

Any reasonable student of history knows there’s a problem in that statement.

People only want to pay attention to the truth when it’s advantageous.

 

 

Culture of Death = Death of Culture

When we are reduced to fulfilling every bodily desire, no matter what, problems arise.

When our media kindles such behavior, it will infiltrate minds.  A lot of folks take what they hear and see in the news as truth. “It’s in the New York Times, it must be true. These people are experts, experts I tell you!”

It has become clear to the Unholy Nation Division of Demography that a large amount of American citizens lack the critical ability to make judgments on what they read or see because:

1) We live in a culture where any judgment is bad.

2) Their parents let the TV babysit them in their formative years, so they just used to getting passively hit by noise.

3) They didn’t have anyone in their lives to tell them the importance of critical thinking skills.

The breakdown of the ability to judge things (a vague, but technical term) that passively hit the observer is linked to the breakdown of the individual’s ability to order his own desires and judge his own actions. Come on, you know you don’t like reading  his or her, his or her, his or her, his or her, his or her, his or her.

The lack of the ability to make any judgment whatsoever flies in the face of the system of natural order–to translate: everything breaks down.

When you touch a hot saucepan after boiling water, it hurts. Your brain is sent a signal that is processed. You then (hopefully) remember that touching that hot saucepan is not a good idea.

Likewise, when you drink too much alcohol, you get a hangover. Your brain is sent a signal that is processed. You then (hopefully) remember that you should better moderate your alcohol consumption.

Likewise, when you tell a lie, you negatively affect relationships. Your brain is sent a signal that is processed. You then (hopefully) remember that telling lies is not  good idea because it negatively affects relationships.

Likewise, when you punch a police officer, you get tazed, cuffed, thrown into a police car, and charged with assault. Your brain is sent a signal that is processed. You then (hopefully) remember that punching a police officer is not a good idea because you’ll be (at least) tazed, cuffed, thrown into a police car, and charged with assault.

This is not to mention the secondary effects of those actions. For example, not being able to go bowling because you have a blister on your throwing hand, or not being able to enjoy the family party because you are vomiting in the pool, or not being able to have a best friend because you’ve been awful to all of your associates, or not being able to get the job you want because of your record.

And on, and on.

You see, we are living in an age where we are constantly told that the saucepan isn’t hot, alcohol consumption has no effects, lying is innocuous, and assaulting public officials is your human right and your civic duty (#Occupy_Cop_Car_Bro_!).

We all know the world is upside down, that hot is cold, and good is bad. We were warned about this.

A culture that thrives is a culture that is build upon the natural order of things. We’ve seen this type of culture in history before.

When the natural order of things is proclaimed dead, the culture will follow.