Sunday, February 25, 2024

Death of Synodality forcast

In my first look at a website named "The Catholic Thing", we have a question hard to argue with in the context of Synodality

The super-consultative synodal process will never recover. After all, how will the Holy Father and his advisors respond when, in the first days of the synodal assembly this coming October, someone asks, "What secret projects are the Holy Father and Roman Curia working on right now that take no account of the synod process, contradict its decisions, and undermine its credibility?"

Also hard to argue with the various recriminations, excommunications, etc that synodality has brought to Orthodoxy and Anglicanism, etc.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Centralized, decentralized, or neither?

A very interesting look on the changes in canons and practice since Vatican II that try to restore the ancient role of the bishop as a true governor of his diocese, and the tension between the current preaching of subsidiarity and the fact that bishiops can't even authorized a local religious order without running to Rome anymore.

Looking forward to a return to election of bishops, but only one candidate on the ballot (this is sarcasm).


Friday, January 26, 2024

Working as an artist and sharing your faith

Mattie Karr wanted to be an infiltrator. The 28-year-old Kansas native had big dreams of traveling to Hollywood and stealthily planting spiritual seeds in the work she did, smuggling religious themes into mainstream stories and animation.

"I loved the idea of being incognito with my art. I could be this Catholic evangelizing spy, almost," she said.
That didn't end up happening, but many other good things did. Good read.


Monday, January 22, 2024

2024 technology mood

"Ask not what your computer can do for you, but what you can do for your computer"


Thursday, December 21, 2023

Ecumenical miracle with Saint Januarius

When Patriarch Bartholomew I held the relic, the dried blood within the ampoules unexpectedly liquefied. This miraculous occurrence, which remains unexplained by science, is traditionally believed to happen in response to the dedication and prayers of the local Napolitane faithful.


Sunday, November 05, 2023

Commander X16 available for purchase

Looks amazing, but not sure if I'll buy one, my free time has been zilch for a long time. Still, looks like it could be fun to program.


Calls for an end to civil service

More or less, by cutting off the jobs in politics from average people, it cuts of all of politics from average people. On a second point, allowing someone who is supposedly working for a democratically elected position to not do what they want and still keep their job means that you do not have democracy, but some sort of aristocracy.


Pastoral practice and doctrine

Calls for being pastoral as an excuse for dodging truth seem to be very limited in their scope
The great appeal of this is that it makes the purely natural lives of both willful sinners and pastors “more comfortable”. Moreover, any competent observer will have noticed that this distinction arises primarily in relationship with the sins that are culturally thought not to be sins. To put the spotlight on an illuminating example, the Church is typically urged to be “pastoral” when it comes to those guilty of non-marital sexual relationships, but she is not urged to be “pastoral” when it comes to those guilty of environmental pollution or racial prejudice.

But being "pastoral" as a pastor is more or less if being "medical" as a doctor meant not telling patients when they were sick and needed medicine
It is just here, in fact, that the catastrophe of misguided pastoral practices becomes especially clear. What it means to be “pastoral” is to lovingly care for the flock, and the biggest failure of any authentic pastoral work is the failure to identify the spiritual and moral dangers faced by the flock.

Good read from Dr. Jeff Mirus and worth going through in detail.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Secondhand Smoke found harmless

Seems like the science behind secondhand smoke is about as solid as the nuclear winter science.
After several years of work, our paper was published by the BMJ on May 17th, 2003, addressing the same question Takeshi Hirayama had posed 22 years earlier in the same journal: whether living with a spouse who smokes increases the mortality risk of a spouse who never smoked. Based on our analysis of the American Cancer Society’s data on over 100,000 California residents, we concluded that non-smokers who lived with a smoker did not have elevated mortality and, therefore, the data did “not support a causal relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality.

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