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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! As 2015 comes to a close, I want to thank all of my faithful readers both here, and on Facebook, for following my blog. I have completed my schooling and should be able to get back to blogging a little more frequently now.

I also want to take this moment to announce a return to a more traditional style. Back when I started this blog, I called it 'Catholic in the Ozarks', and its focus was primarily on Catholic apologetics and random musings about life as a Catholic in this part of the United States. However, ever since the election of Pope Francis, and particularly after the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, my focus had shifted more on to current events within the Church. I've decided to get away from that now, and go back to what I do best, which is apologetics and random musings. Naturally, I may still touch on a current event from time to time, but this will no longer be something I put a lot of time into. There are many other Catholic bloggers …

Saving Europe -- and the World

In the wake of the horrible terrorist attack on Paris last week, we are just now beginning to see the repercussions. France has bombed ISIS targets in Syria. Nationalist protests are breaking out across Europe. Border fences are being erected in some countries. The European Union is gradually becoming defunct as nation-states move to protect their people from both the liberal immigration policies of Germany and the E.U., as well as the austerity policies of the same that are breaking the backs of small debt-laden countries like Greece. What we are witnessing is the slow death of the European Union and a return to nationalism in Europe. This is necessary, because the foundation the E.U. is built on is flawed, but it will be a painful transition to be sure. The recent terrorist attack on Paris has only accelerated this process.

Air strikes and military intervention against Islamic terrorism is only a temporary solution. It is a necessary step, but only a short-term fix. Deporting Musli…

Pray for the Pope

We have just reached the end of the Synod on the Family in Rome. It's been a very tense several weeks leading up to the Synod, during and now after. As I pledged several months ago, I have no intention on going into the inner workings of the Synod, nor do I intend to comment on the details of the final document produced. I'll leave that to people far more competent than myself. I will only say these general things...

The African bishops, Polish bishops, and others came through. They successfully prevented a bad document from being produced.The document they did produce was vague on some points, which has allowed both sides to claim 'victory'.The document is now in the hands of the pope who will make a final decision on his own.The dynamics in the Synod really revealed nothing new, but only highlighted what was already known, namely that there is a power struggle surrounding the pope, with both orthodox and heterodox bishops vying for his ear. The synod revealed that th…

Anglicanism Collapses -- Officially

Five years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI met with Archbishop Rowan Williams for evening prayer at Westminster Abbey in London. The meeting was more than ecumenical. Benedict was also on a pastoral mission to the Catholic bishops of the UK. He urged them, no commanded them, to accept with welcome the Anglicans entering the Catholic Church through the personal ordinariates he would soon create. Five years later, yesterday, Archbishop William's successor (Justin Welby), officially announced what is effectively the end of the worldwide Anglican Communion as we know it. Internal divisions over doctrinal matters have made any kind of cohesive religious union impossible on any kind of substantial doctrinal level. Instead, Archbishop Welby has summonsed all of the Anglican primates of the world together (whether officially united with Canterbury or not) to discuss the possibility of forming a 'new communion', based on lesser doctrinal standards. What he proposes is effectively a l…

Religious Persecution Comes to America

September 3, 2015 is a date that will live in infamy. It is the date that religious liberty died in America.

Today, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Rowan County Kentucky was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses after demands by homosexuals that she issue marriage licenses to them for a same-sex 'marriage'. Her lawyer stated she would not stand in the way of the county issuing marriage licenses without her name and signature on the document, however, current Kentucky law does not allow for that. Davis is an Apostolic Christian, which is a Trinitarian Pentecostal denomination, and she is a member of the Democratic Party. She was elected to the office of county clerk in 2014, defeating Republican candidate John Cox.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning (who was raised Roman Catholic) found Davis to be in contempt of court, and said: 'Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defence.' According to USA Today, Bunning's mother said her son does not agree w…

Vatican II Actually Saved Catholicism

I'm going to make a radical statement here, that many of my traditional Catholic friends will not like, and simultaneously, some will be thrilled with.

Many traditional Catholics blame Vatican II for all the turmoil the Catholic Church has endured for the last 50 years. Some fundamentalist Catholics outright reject Vatican II entirely. However, after studying the history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, I am convinced that the collapse of the Catholic Church in the Western world, in the latter half of the 20th century, was inevitable and was going to happen anyway, with or without Vatican II. I'm also going to say this. In spite of its flaws (and there were some flaws of ambiguity which many have taken advantage of) the Second Vatican Council, combined with the witness of Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, are what breathed life back into the Catholic Church during that inevitable and unavoidable Western collapse in the latter half of the 20th century.

What …

Where Do Episcopalians Go From Here?

When I tell other Catholics that I am part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, I get some inquisitive looks. When I explain that it is a provision within the Roman Rite that allows Anglican converts to govern ourselves, using our own liturgy and customs, that inquisitive look turns confused. It's to be expected really. Most Roman Catholics are still unfamiliar with the Anglican Patrimony within the Roman Catholic Church, and so when you present it to them, it often results in confusion.

Lately, I've tried a slightly different method of explaining this. Instead of using the word Anglican up front, I'll throw out the word English, and for some reason, this seems to get through a little better. I'll tell them I'm part of a special jurisdiction within the Roman Catholic Church that puts an emphasis on traditional English Catholic heritage.

POW! That nails it!

All of a sudden they get it, and that inquisitive look turns into curiosity. I then go on …

Will The Protestant House of Cards Come Tumbling Down?

By now we should all know what happened last week on June 26, 2015, a date that will live in infamy. Five Supreme Court justices violated their oath of office and invented a 'right' out of thin air, overturning constitutional amendments in various states, which were voted on by the people with overwhelming majorities, imposing upon every state and all Americans, same-sex 'marriage' as the law of the land. The implications of this are staggering.

The minority opinions written by the dissenting justices were no less historic. They heralded the end of American democracy and the rise of persecution for Christians who oppose this judicial fiat. The news media and Internet are filled with commentary on this decision, so I will not go into it in detail here. I will say only this. This third branch of government, headed by the United States Supreme Court, has historically been the most tyrannical branch of government in the failed American political system. It was this branch…