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How I Became Conservative as a Catholic

Short answer: To become Catholic is to become conservative. You go to mass, you hear what is said, you move your lips to participate in the mass but you don’t know what it means, so you look it up. You look it up because you want to know what you are doing, you want to be sincere…

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Does a Bear Defecate on the Papal Chair?

Things I don’t like about Pope Francis: That ironic waste of dead trees known as Laudato Si, the long-winded papal encyclical that argued that the world is a pile of garbage, it’s all your fault, and all the governments should band together and take over private industry to fix it. It should have been called…

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Pentecost, an Atonement for the Tower of Babel

Three days ago I intimated that the Most Reverend Archbishop Hebda used Holy Scripture to promote a humanist agenda divorced of theology.¹ He used the story of the Tower of Babel as a segue into “celebrating diversity,” which, if you read the story, you know is a stretch, to say the least. The diversity to which God treated the men in the story was not a…

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Hebda’s Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity

The night before the Most Reverend Bernard Anthony Hebda’s installation as Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis¹, he pronounced the Profession of Faith, which includes the Apostles’ Creed, which all Catholics must profess, and the Oath of Fidelity required for all ecclesial offices.² He placed his hand on a Bible and signed a printed copy of the two statements before…

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At Hebda Reception, Diversity Trumps Substance

Archbishop-designate of St. Paul and Minneapolis Bernard Hebda was welcomed last night to much hoopla in a prayer service at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. I was there. It opened with an American Indian dance, drum, and flute spectacle, followed by Hebda knocking on the door of the church and Father John Bauer presenting him with the cross and holy water.…

The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel

Update, 5/19/2016: I submitted this post to a confessional Lutheran pastor whom I am in contact with and whom I respect, asking him to please correct any egregious errors made by this Catholic layman, and he graciously responded to me with some crucial corrections. Therefore you must please read this post as an example of…