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  • Rebranding Tradition

    07/02/2015 8:22:40 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here’s the problem with getting rid of standards you find outdated, such as the Ten Commandments or traditional morality: In the chaos that inevitably results from their absence you wind up trying to concoct something to replace them with without calling it by the same name. Consequently, you wind up trying to disguise the original guidelines. David Brooks fumbled around with this in a recent column and Yale has created an entire center devoted to bringing back self-control and discipline without ever once using that old-fashioned terminology. “Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations...
  • Removing Jesus

    06/25/2015 1:13:01 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 284 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | June 1, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Long before Jesus turned water into wine, He turned Mary’s amniotic fluid into meconium, and her breast milk into transitional stools. Anyone who has ever changed a child’s diaper knows that the resulting odor offends the nostrils greatly. As Jesus would later instruct us, “whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly” and ends up in the toilet (Matthew 15:17), or in His case as an infant, in the diaper. Thus did Jesus’ lower gastrointestinal tract operate as it must for all men, and thus did our Lord endure the gastrocolic reflex, as all we mortals do. We...
  • “Truth” received on no authority at all

    06/11/2015 8:19:28 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 330 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 14, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    The sincere Roman Catholic will no doubt bristle at our summary of Tradition in our previous post: The pattern for Rome is this: “we already know this to be true, so there is no error in creating evidence to support it.” This is why I call ‘Tradition’ the historical revisionism that it clearly is. It is nonetheless a true, and verifiable statement. John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the most famous converts to Rome from the Church of England, was a prolific writer and, after his conversion, a staunch apologist for Rome. He provides one of the best examples in...
  • All the Way Back

    06/10/2015 7:44:27 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 54 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 8, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    St. Paul still holds out the written Word of God to His people. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Word of God is transmitted to the Church by Tradition, the Scriptures and the Magisterium (i.e., popes, councils, etc…). According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (81), Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their...
  • How to resolve an historical paradox

    06/03/2015 8:54:19 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 103 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | TIMOTHY F. KAUFFMAN
    M. C. Escher’s Drawing Hands shows two drawn hands drawing each other, each hand getting its power to draw from the other. True to Escher’s style, a paradox is presented to the eye of the beholder, and the paradox is never resolved—the eye must continually move from one object to the other. Each time the eye settles on an apparently solid 3-dimensional object that can make sense of the rest of the picture, the paradox reappears. The search for the original, “authoritative” hand never ends. We believe this is a good illustration of Roman Catholicism’s view of Tradition because Tradition...

    05/22/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 260 replies
    Ex Catholics for Christ ^ | Circa 2014 | unknown
    When sharing with catholics the wonderful news about the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of the world, one of the most tragic and miserable deceptions that many of them have blindly bought into is their worship and idolization of the eucharist.   Breaking bread is something that all Bible believers cherish and take very seriously, especially after reading Paul's solemn admonition not to come to the Lord's table with any unconfessed sin in our hearts (1 Cor. 11:23-34). However, communion is only for those of us that have already been saved from...
  • Guest-note: Did one of the main Vatican II documents distort the Words of Our Lord in the Gospel?

    05/11/2015 7:05:51 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/11/15 | Dr. John Lamont
    Those who wish to apply a 'hermeneutic of continuity' to Vatican II, or who deny that there can be any opposition or rupture between the documents of that council and Catholic tradition, or who claim that the assertion that the authentic teachings of Vatican II formally contradict the tradition of the Church is false, might consider the following passage from the council's pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes: Gaudium et Spes 24: 'Quapropter dilectio Dei et proximi primum et maximum mandatum est.' For non-Latinists, this claim (it is a complete sentence in the conciliar document) can be translated as follows: 'For...
  • What Is The Brown Scapular

    05/09/2015 7:44:31 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 721 replies
    Eternal Life Blog ^ | August 29,2014 | Eternal life
    Millions of sincere Catholics wear the brown scapular thinking by doing so it will help them spiritually. They believed the report that Mary made and is backing a salvation promise in connection with the brown scapular hundreds of years ago based on their religious traditions. Over the years wearing the brown scapular has been perpetuated by sincere Catholic leaders, such as the one in this video, but it is in complete futility that it is worn. It is a false hope and a spiritual snare. It is not based on God’s truth and is, therefore, just as deadly for...
  • Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat

    04/30/2015 10:26:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Bugay
    Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat Galileo: “If I can do it, Bergoglio can do it” A “presupposition” is an elementary assumption in one’s reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed… [In the case of Protestant/Catholic discussions], a “presupposition” is not just any assumption in an argument, but a personal commitment that is held at the most basic level of one’s network of beliefs. Presuppositions form a wide-ranging foundational perspective (or starting point) in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated. As such, presuppositions have the greatest authority in one’s thinking,...
  • On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium

    04/28/2015 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 108 replies ^ | December 16, 2005 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium 1. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Magisterium are a reflection of the Most Holy Trinity. Tradition is a reflection of the Father; Scripture is a reflection of the Son; Magisterium is a reflection of the Spirit. Scripture proceeds from Tradition, just as the Son proceeds from the Father. Magisterium proceeds primarily from Tradition and Secondarily from Scripture, just as the Spirit proceeds primarily from the Father and secondarily from the Son. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium are three distinct aspects of One Divine Gift, just as the Trinity is three distinct Persons of One...
  • ‘Water Gandhi’ of India Turns Dust Bowls Into Lush Villages Using Ancient Ways

    04/25/2015 10:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Good News Network ^ | March 22, 2015 | Staff
    A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting. For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. 30 years ago, Singh went to the poverty-stricken state of Rajasthan with the aim of setting up health clinics. He was told by villagers, however, that their greatest...
  • [Response to 2013 WSJ article] Cultural Catholicism and the End of Life: “You Earned It”

    04/17/2015 12:12:16 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 337 replies
    309 words of Wall Street Journal article posted on triablogue Blogspot ^ | Wall Street Journal August 29, 2013 : blog on August 30, 2013 | by PAUL MOSES Wall Street Journal copied by John Bugay
    I’ve mentioned that Roman Catholicism is so onerous because it puts its hooks in you at various times in your life – from baptism as a child, to “first confession” and “first holy communion”, then Confirmation as an early teen, then marriage, baptism of your own children, etc. It’s a programmatic cycle. There is another point at which Rome is prominent, and that is at death. As the “Baby Boom” generation continues to age and die, people will continue to be focused on this phase of life, either as people focused on the end of their own lives, or that...
  • The Catholic Dogma of Infallibility

    04/16/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 84 replies
    Apologitics Press ^ | 2005 | Moisés Pinedo
    When the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA...he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable (Vatican I, 1869b, chap. 4, s. 9). This is the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX, and approved by the Vatican I Council, in regard to the alleged infallible teaching authority of the Roman pontiff. For more than a century, this dogma has pressed greatly...
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 2:11:17 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 355 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 17, 2014 | TurretinFan
    Never Thirst - Taking Jesus "Literally" can be Fatal Roman Catholics like to try to claim that they are just taking Jesus "literally" when they interpret "this is my body" to mean that what was in Jesus' hands was not bread but his physical body [FN1]. Three passages in John help to illustrate the problem with that approach: John 4, John 6, and John 7.  In the first, Jesus refers metaphorically to living water, in the second Jesus refers to himself as food and drink, and in the third Jesus offers drink to those who thirst. In John 4, Jesus...
  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/29/2015 5:59:11 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 143 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 16, 2005 | Steve
    On taking John 6 literally Roman Catholics claim to take Jn 6 literally, unlike the Baptists. But what exactly does it mean to take Jn 6 literally, and who is more literal, the Catholic or the Baptist? 1.Here is what I take a literal interpretation of Jn 6 to mean. Some time around the year AD 30 or so, Jesus performed three nature miracles (the multiplication of food, walking on water, stilling the storm) situated on or about (the E. shore of) the Sea of Galilee. The next day, in a synagogue located in Capernaum, on the NW shore...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/28/2015 12:21:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Fallibility ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many Introduction In Roman Catholic theology, every particular mass is itself a sacrifice, not merely the memorial of a sacrifice. At the same time, however, the mass is essentially the same sacrifice as Calvary, even though the mass is not in every respect Calvary itself. The Council of Trent says: And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross,...
  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: PART 2

    03/28/2015 7:46:37 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 25 replies
    One Fold ^ | April 7, 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 2April 7, 2009 In part one of “The Evolution of the Mass,” we explored the elucidation of second century apologist, Justin Martyr, concerning “sacrifice.” Justin had stated that the only perfect and well-pleasing sacrifices to God are prayers and giving of thanks offered by worthy men. So how did the church go from that understanding to the belief that Christ must be re-sacrificed in an un-bloody manner? Justin plainly associates this only sacrifice of prayers and giving of thanks with the Eucharist of the bread and the cup saying, “which are...
  • Why I Don't Observe Lent

    02/18/2015 5:44:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    The Aquaila Report ^ | March 3, 2014 | Roland Barnes
    Why I Don’t Observe Lent The practice of self-denial is to be the daily experience of the believer. Written by Roland Barnes | Monday, March 3, 2014 79 What merit or benefit is there in abstaining from something which God Himself has given us to enjoy and to bless our lives? If something is sinful, we ought to abstain from it, fast from it, every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every week of the year. If something is not sinful and not forbidden to us by God in His Word, then we are free to...
  • How the fictional early papacy became real

    02/14/2015 1:16:14 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 527 replies
    Beggars All Martin Luther's Mariology ^ | June 7,2010 | John Bugay
    "Historically, Catholics have argued that the papacy was a divinely-given institution papacy (Matt 16:17-19) etc., and they have relied on the notion that there have been bishops of Rome extending all the way back to the time of Peter. This notion of bishops extending all the way back was thought to be actual history. In fact, as Shotwell and Loomis pointed out, in the General Introduction to their 1927 work "The See of Peter": With reference to the Petrine doctrine, however, the Catholic attitude is much more than a "pre-disposition to believe." That doctrine is the fundamental basis of the...
  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition

    02/12/2015 2:08:16 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Christian Truth ^ | Feb.12,2015 | William Webster
    Rome's New and Novel Concept of TraditionLiving Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say) A Repudiation of the Patristic Concept of Tradition by William Webster In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that...
  • Hostility to Tradition

    01/30/2015 4:27:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 30, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In the 90s, the Clinton Administration formed a bipartisan coalition to pass the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Nineteen states followed suit. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court decision that had seen an American Indian suffer legally for having used a drug during a well-established American-Indian religious ceremony. RFRA's framework was common sense. "Under RFRA, the government may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion unless it can demonstrate that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and it is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling interest." See Perez...
  • What May Christians Safely Disbelieve?

    01/17/2015 5:23:38 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 52 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | January 10, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    My Roman Catholic friend, Michael Liccione, has written on his Facebook page that "the main disagreement among American Catholics is not about whether we should believe 'all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, professes, and teaches,' but which teachings we may safely disbelieve." I responded, "Aggiornamento has that effect on us! There is an interesting parallel between the Roman Catholic Church in the USA and the Anglicans in the USA in that liturgical reform suggested to many that the historic Catholic faith had changed. The Vatican II liturgical changes and the Episcopal Church's 1979 prayer book changed words and forms....
  • Celtic Woman’ Quartet Sings Beautiful Rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ (Awesome)

    12/16/2014 10:13:52 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    Listen to the gorgeous Irish singing quartet “Celtic Woman” sing the beautiful Christmas classic “O Holy Night” at Slane Castle, in Ireland, in a version that was never broadcast on television or released on DVD. Try to not get chills.
  • For Advent: Two Canons: Scripture & Tradition

    12/05/2014 7:18:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 312 replies ^ | 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Two Canons: Scripture & Tradition by Jimmy AkinMany Protestants would say, “Apostolic traditions would be binding on us if we could identify which traditions are apostolic and which are not. Obiously we want to obey and accept anything the apostles commanded and taught in the name of God.”That is good. Protestants who say this recognize the authority of the apostles’ teaching; they simply need to see the mechanism by which we can recognize the apostles’ teachings.1. THE CANON PRINCIPLEHow do we do that? The answer is that we recognize apostolic tradition the same way we recognized apostolic scripture. Today...
  • The Dutch Say No to PC and Win

    11/23/2014 7:23:07 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 11/23/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Last Saturday in Gouda, Holland, the police arrested as many as 90 people, the majority of whom were protesting against "Black Pete", part of a traditional pre-Christmas children's street party. We don’t normally associate a Santa Claus celebration with police arrests, so this requires a little explanation. Black Pete (Zwarte Piet in Dutch) is a blackface character in Dutch and Belgian folklore. He is the clownish helper of St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) in delivering presents to children.
  • Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

    11/08/2014 4:34:43 AM PST · by kinsman redeemer · 120 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 11/08/2014 | Damian Thompson
    ‘At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,’ said a prominent Catholic conservative last week. No big deal, you might think. Opponents of Pope Francis have been casting doubt on his leadership abilities for months — and especially since October’s Vatican Synod on the Family, at which liberal cardinals pre-emptively announced a softening of the church’s line on homosexuality and second marriages, only to have their proposals torn up by their colleagues.
  • Reconsidering Communion in the hand

    07/06/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 15 replies
    Why We Should Go Back To the Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThe Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThroughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church. This is itself the tradition of the Church and is still the norm in the Extra-Ordinary form of the Mass. It was not until the ecclesiastical revolts and dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in which this tradition started falling...
  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/09/2014 9:26:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 140 replies ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    Scripture and TraditionProtestants claim the Bible is the only rule of faith, meaning that it contains all of the material one needs for theology and that this material is sufficiently clear that one does not need apostolic tradition or the Church’s magisterium (teaching authority) to help one understand it. In the Protestant view, the whole of Christian truth is found within the Bible’s pages. Anything extraneous to the Bible is simply non-authoritative, unnecessary, or wrong—and may well hinder one in coming to God. Catholics, on the other hand, recognize that the Bible does not endorse this view and that, in...
  • Old Churches...

    06/03/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by statestreet · 21 replies
    The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny ^ | June 2, 2014 | Stuart Chessman
    Yes, there is a unique quality, difficult to capture, that the sensitive visitor experiences in the silent old churches of New York or Brooklyn. A feeling of remoteness from the surrounding city, a somewhat musty atmosphere of a past that here somehow has not disappeared and a mysterious sense of solidarity with the tens, even hundreds, of thousands who have passed through these doors. This is especially so in the old Victorian churches of New York. The few neoclassical buildings, like St. Peter’s, are stark witnesses to us of an earlier age that has vanished. The later magnificent structures of...
  • ...Bobby Jindal’s wife rappels down a building with Robertsons from ‘Duck Dynasty’

    05/12/2014 11:53:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
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  • New Book by Rabbi Moshe Meiselman on Torah, Chazal, and Science

    04/09/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ECCLESIASTICAL TRADITION, 02-08-14

    02/08/2014 9:28:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ECCLESIASTICAL TRADITION The revealed word of God as entrusted to the Church to be faithfully preserved, resolutely defended, authentically interpreted, validly developed, and effectively applied in the lives of the People of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Holy Trinity: Sound Doctrine or a Man-Made Tradition?

    01/12/2014 7:49:32 PM PST · by restornu · 772 replies ^ | Aug-28-2011 | Steve-O
    The Holy Trinity: Sound Doctrine or a Man-Made Tradition? Author: Steve-0 The Apostle Paul admonished young Timothy, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Timothy 4:1) The Greek word that was translated into English as "depart from" is aphistemi (Strong's G868) pronounced ä-fe'-sta-me meaning ... 1) to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove a) to excite to revolt 2) to stand off, to stand aloof a) to go away, to depart from anyone b) to desert, withdraw from...
  • “Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof.”

    01/04/2013 1:55:43 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 3, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When I was a young man, a teenager really, I did the usual crazy stuff of the early, 70s, long hair, bell bottoms, wide ties, crazy plaids, shirt open at least least three buttons, and of course, rock-n-roll.But, through it all I had this love for older things. I think it had something to do with my Grandmother, Nana, whom I loved with great affection. Often she lamented the loss of the old things and old ways. She missed the Latin Mass, she missed when manners were better, when people remembered how to dress well, when things were more certain,...
  • I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by

    04/11/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 10th, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by.By: Msgr. Charles Pope I know, I know, I am so hopelessly old fashioned. But I want to say, I miss women wearing hats. I have written before (HERE) of how I miss them wearing the veil in Church. But even before the veil, the hat was more commonly worn by women in 1940s and before (See photo  below left, of my parish taken in the early 1950s, click photo for a larger view). Veils became popular in the later 1950s and 1960s before...
  • Bride, Kosovo

    12/14/2013 1:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    National Geographic ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2013 | Photograph by Nita Zeqiri
    A tradition a thousand years old, passed on to generations in today's remote Donje Ljubinje in the Zhupa area in south Kosovo. Today, this tradition is at the verge of extinction, as only a 65-year-old lady continues preparing young brides according to their traditions. The bride's face is painted in many beautiful layers of color. Three golden circles symbolizing the cycles of life are tied to one another by the golden roads that one crosses over their lifetime. The inner red circles are symbols of fertility, where red and blue dots are born from, and the whole face is covered...
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: An American Tradition Built by Thankful Immigrants

    11/27/2013 5:45:13 AM PST · by Conservative Beacon · 11 replies
    The Conservative Beacon ^ | November 27, 2013 | Josh Price
    Like most American households tomorrow morning, the Prices’ television will be tuned to the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade has been a part of my Thanksgiving celebrations for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my parents and I would be the beneficiaries of two (count ‘em, two) Thanksgiving meals each year, one with my father’s side of the family and another with my mother’s family. Thanksgiving, and the holiday season for that matter, would kick off for us by watching the beginning of the parade coverage at 9AM while we were all getting ready for...
  • For Thanksgiving Turkeys, Presidential Pardon Gig Takes Practice

    11/25/2013 5:37:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-25-13 | Pervaiz Shallwani
    BADGER, Minn.—The last thing President Barack Obama needs this Thanksgiving is a frantic turkey fouling up Wednesday's White House pardon ceremony. It is John Burkel's job to make sure that doesn't happen. The problem is that turkeys aren't used to being paraded in front of a crowd of noisy schoolchildren, posing for flash photography or encountering the Secret Service. In past years, the stress has led the ceremonial bird to flap about and try to escape after being spooked by everything from a shiny belt buckle to First Family pets. Mr. Burkel, the fourth-generation farmer selected to supply this year's...
  • Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great (Keeping the faith)

    11/15/2013 4:26:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Quidlibet: ^ | 11/12/2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began to study organ and aspired to compose good liturgical music. To make a long story short, in a mere year or two my enthusiasm (it sure wasn’t my keyboard technique!) landed me a little scholarship at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The head of the Conservatory was Michael P. Hammond...
  • 1950s etiquette tips win teen $300K book deal

    10/30/2013 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Stoat · 85 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 30, 2013 | Kate Sheehy
    So much for Women’s Lib. An eighth-grader took cues from a 1950s etiquette book touting white gloves and girdles in a quirky bid to be popular at school a couple years ago — and now, she’s laughing all the way to the bank. Teenager Maya Van Wagenen cleverly chronicled how she used tips from the decades-old “Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide’’ to gain an edge as a student new to Brownsville, Texas. She followed some of Cornell’s sage advice, which included the gloves, white pearls and girdles, as well as how to properly squeeze pimples, shave one’s legs for summer...
  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 1:01:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 488 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Tim Staples
    "If a teaching isn’t explicit in the Bible, then we don’t accept it as doctrine!" That belief, commonly known as sola scriptura, was a central component of all I believed as a Protestant. This bedrock Protestant teaching claims that Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith and morals for Christians. Diving deeper into its meaning to defend my Protestant faith against Catholicism about twenty years ago, I found that there was no uniform understanding of this teaching among Protestant pastors and no book I could read to get a better understanding of it.What role does tradition play? How...
  • Pope: The Unbreakable Unity between Scripture and Tradition

    04/22/2013 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 97 replies
    O'Meara Ferguson News ^ | April 12, 2013 | O'Meara Ferguson
    Pope: The Unbreakable Unity between Scripture and Tradition April 12, 2013 by O'Meara Ferguson   Filed under O'Meara Ferguson News Vatican Radio – April 12, 2013 (Vatican Radio) On Friday Pope Francis received members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission at the end of their plenary assembly here at the Vatican on ‘inspiration and truth in the Bible’.Listen to the report from Emer McCarthyPope Francis told them “the Holy Scriptures are the testimony in written form of God’s Word, the canonical memorial that attests to the event of Revelation. The Word of God, therefore, precedes and exceeds the Bible. It is...
  • Regardless Of How SCOTUS Rules On "Marriage Equality" Marriage Can Never Actually Be Redefined

    03/26/2013 2:51:22 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-26-13 | The Looking Spoon
    It can only be replaced by something else that's different entirely. That's what's happening now.I've acknowledged that this is a losing fight so long as the Christian church continues to allow the culture to be ceded a totally godless element...note that it's not the wrong side of the fight.Found at Super Conservative.
  • Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal?

    03/18/2013 3:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >There have been some rumblings amongst traditionalist Catholics that Pope Francis is going to turn out to be a liturgical liberal. Apparently a few extremists are worried that Pope Benedict’s encouragement of the Latin Mass and his bringing back some of the older styles of clerical dress and papal customs are going to be thrown out in favor of happy clappy masses, clowns, balloons and big puppets.Everyone should stop and take a deep breath and get a sense of priorities. I am myself, on the more traditionalist side of the liturgy wars. I dislike anodyne, sentimental church music, a game...
  • Obama's Budget Abdication Breaks 92 Year Tradition

    03/12/2013 11:00:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 3/12/13 | Mike Flynn
    Barack Obama certainly enjoys the trappings and perks of the Office of President. The actual job of being President, however, doesn't seem to interest him. His desire to avoid being tied to any specifics of any proposal have caused him to do what no modern President has done. He is the first President since 1921 to abdicate the task of drafting a federal budget to Congress. Congress established the modern budget process in 1921. Under the terms of the law, the President is required to submit a budget for the federal government no later than the first Monday in February....
  • State of the State of the Union

    02/11/2013 1:59:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I am in Paris for one afternoon and overnight because the non-stop service from Oujda, Morocco to Dulles International Airport just outside Washington, DC hasn't yet begun. We flew into Orly Airport which is the Newark Airport of Europe. If you can arrange a trip that doesn't include Orly, I recommend you do that. But, any story that ends with, "and then we had dinner in Paris" is a pretty good story. Washington, DC is awash in activity surrounding the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night at nine Eastern time. As we have discussed before, every association, DC-based...
  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished

    01/17/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by Kenika · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - Lower 9th Ward Conservative by Bill Randall Read more: http://communiti
    What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navy’s senior enlisted ranks. In the aftermath of the “Tailhook” incident at the Las Vegas Hilton Read more: Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter
  • Is Christmas Pagan? No! It's time to learn some real history....

    12/23/2012 1:28:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 91 replies ^ | December 2012 | CatholicKnight
    Is Christmas Pagan? A Jewish Star of David Tops This Christmas Tree   THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:   About this time every year we hear the usual misnomer that Christmas is a Pagan celebration whitewashed by the medieval Catholic Church. We hear this from all corners. Secularists just accept it as fact. Catholics, rather embarrassingly, often try to gloss over it. While Protestant Fundamentalists frequently rail against it, usually calling for either a boycott of the holiday, or else a return to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. (For some ridiculous reason, some Fundamentalists subscribe to the notion that if a certain...
  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition Living Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say)

    12/17/2012 1:19:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 413 replies ^ | 12/17/2012 | William Webster
    In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that every teaching of the Church as it related to doctrine be proven from Scripture. Thomas Aquinas articulated this patristic view when he stated that canonical...
  • Press fear Obama private swearing in

    12/07/2012 3:17:23 PM PST · by thouworm · 164 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said...