“The Integral Place of Philosophy in Catholic Higher Education”

“The Integral Place of Philosophy in Catholic Higher Education”

American Catholic Philosophical Asociation Statement on the Role of Philosophy

[A sort-of summary from an article about the statement that led me to the statement]

The American Catholic Philosophical Association this month released a statement on the “integral place of philosophy in Catholic higher education.” It did so partly in response to threats to the future of philosophy programs nationwide and at Catholic institutions in particular. The statement says that “defenders of philosophy typically emphasize the practical relevance of the skills inculcated through philosophical study.” And while philosophy develops skills such as critical thinking, logical analysis, careful reading, problem solving, qualitative reasoning, consideration of alternative opinions and ethical reflection, it says, “philosophy provides much more. It cultivates the mind’s native capacity to understand the world and to approach life’s important questions with humility, courage and balance.” read more

NuVatican Document and Youth Synod Try to Impose “LGBTQUEER” Propaganda on the Church

NuVatican Document and Youth Synod Try to Impose “LGBTQUEER” Propaganda on the Church

en.news – 6/19/18

The Vatican published on June 19 the working document for the upcoming Synod on the Youth.

The text insinuates that the major questions for today’s young [Catholic] people are sex, homosexuality and feminism.

However, a preparation meeting earlier this year showed that the major question among young Catholics was the Old Latin Mass. But the Vatican does not want to hear this.

The document is obviously written by gay-propagandists. It is the first time, that a Vatican document uses the propaganda term “LGBT” to describe what the bible calls “abomination”. read more

Yes, political leanings matter a great deal

Yes, political leanings matter a great deal

Louie Verrecchio – June 18, 2018

Commonweal Magazine, which dwells on the “peripheries” (to borrow a Bergoglian favorite expression) of liberal Catholicism (if you will allow), recently posted a blog article by Michael Wright titled, Silent Grace: Finding Peace in the Latin Mass.

By way of background, Mr. Wright is a self-described “Green Catholic” living in Texas, and whose 2017 bio at the website of National Catholic Reporter (another far left media outlet) stated that he “leads the environmental justice ministry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.” read more

Is FrankenPope the Last Hope for Life and Family in Argentina?

Is FrankenPope the Last Hope for Life and Family in Argentina?

Why is Rome sidelining the Ukrainian Catholics?

Why is Rome sidelining the Ukrainian Catholics?

by Fr Raymond de Souza – posted Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk at his enthronement ceremony at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Kiev (Getty Images)

Recent events show growing resentment within the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Relations between the largest of the eastern Catholic Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), and the Holy See have been frayed in recent years, as the former has found the latter’s support lacking in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine in general and the UGCC in particular.

Ukrainian Catholics believe that the Holy See wants to maintain good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church, which is strongly allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The consequence is that the Holy See does not protest too strongly against Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. read more

Silence In The Face Of Errors – Even The Pope’s – Means Culpability In Those Errors

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Silence In The Face Of Errors – Even The Pope’s – Means Culpability In Those Errors

In the June 15th edition of the Vortex, Michael Voris addresses the prelates who are more orthodox in comparison with some of their more progressive brethren.  He challenges them on their silence in regards to the homosexual poison that permeates Church life.  He prefaced the video by saying that it could put some noses out of joint but it had to be done.

While I stand in agreement with the content of that video, I now have a proposition for the CM staff.  I realize that it could cause them some heartburn, but so be it.  I’d propose that they take the transcript of that video and make some substitutions as they recite it to themselves in a mirror.   They could ask themselves why they are so silent about the role that Pope Francis has had in fostering the de facto implosion of the Church on so many fronts.  I recall mentioning that there was some awakening when they acknowledged that Pope Francis’ words to Juan Carlos Cruz were harmful, but shortly thereafter they backpedaled by suggesting that the pope didn’t utter those words.  As Voris asked the bishops if they feared losing friendships, etc, they might ask themselves what they might fear losing if they face the “elephant in the living room” that is the pope’s undeniable culpability in the Church’s situation.  Could it be certain donors? read more

On Ideology 

On Ideology  James V. Schall, S.J. – 6/19/18 The reason ideology has crept into our political process and laws is because it doesn’t conform to reality. Thus, reality is rejected.

he word “ideology” first appeared in French. In the 1790s, a gentleman with the wonderful name of Antoine Louis Claude Destutt, Comte de Tracy used it. Marx and Engels in 1846 wrote a manuscript called The German Ideology that never found a publisher till 1932 at the German-English Institute in Moscow.

The word itself circles around the issue of whether our minds have any contact with the world that is. Much is at stake here. If no connection exists between what is out there and our minds, then all we know or can know is our own thoughts. And since our minds have no connection with things, we can formulate whatever world that we would like to have. Everybody lives in his own separate world. Our minds have no reality check. read more

Why Be (or Continue to Be) Catholic?

Why Be (or Continue to Be) Catholic?

On a recent book review TV interview program called Q/A, Ross Douthat, author of To Change the Church, was asked about his own beliefs. He responded quite frankly that he was a Catholic. When asked why, Douthat replied that, as far as he could see, a divine intervention did take place in this world around the time and appearance of Christ. He added that the essence of this intervention has been best preserved down the subsequent ages by the Catholic Church. This sensible view is one that many Catholics would also accept as valid for them. Indeed, probably the best way to see this view of the divine intervention spelled out step by step is in Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth. After reviewing most of the scholarly literature on this topic, Benedict concluded that the evidence seems to show that Christ was “who He said He was.”

But few are much concerned with the intellectual facts of the matter. Something else is going on. Not many really seem to worry about the truth of these issues, though that is where the real drama lies. Freely to assent to truth is the heart of what it means to be civilized. In a way, however, our culture is beyond truth. We make up our own universe. The Supreme Court tells us it is our “right.” Such a development, wherein we impose our ideas on reality rather than let reality instruct us about what it is, usually means to opt for one or other current fantasy or ideology that is custom-designed to explain away things that we choose not to accept, no matter what evidence can be given for them. read more