Indult: Temporary favor granted by the Holy See to bishops to permit them to do something not otherwise allowed. This does not mean that the Pope can give permission for something evil, but rather that he can dispense with certain aspects of the Church's law or liturgical practices. For those unaware, the reference to the "Holy See" is a reference to the authority of the Pope. In Catholicism, the bishops are invested by Christ Himself with authority to shepherd the Church. The Pope, or Holy Father, is the chief shepherd and all other bishops must be in communion with Him. For a good explanation of this relationship, see the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church (Christus Dominus).
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Invincible Ignorance: A lack of knowledge for which a person is not morally responsible. For instance, if you were born in a remote region of Africa, and had never heard of Christianity (or Judaism), then you wouldn't be responsible for observing the third commandment (Keep holy the Lord's day). The reason you are not culpable for breaking the third commandment is because you could not possibly know of its existence. This is not the same as Christians who feign ignorance because they chose not to learn about God's commandments. It also does not apply to those who break the natural law (murder, theft, perjury, etc.) which all men can know through reason and adequate reflection.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
...says someone who wants your money. I just got done reading an excellent post about parenting and heartache. I have to admit, every now and then I think, "If I just do this exactly right then my kids will be saints" or "If I can just work out this program properly then the teens will start going to Mass." Now, those thoughts don't last very long because inevitably I mess up and realize that God is their only hope (as it should be). Still, when you love your kids and know the dangers that are out in the world you want a certain degree of certainty regarding their everlasting soul. Unfortunately, out of all the amazing gifts God has given us, scientific, unquestionable certainty isn't one of them. Go check out What I'm Never Going to Tell You at In the Heart of My Home.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
2. Speaking of unnatural and wrong, some dude has 150 kids thanks to his "donations". Now, thanks to situations like this, everyone who has been conceived via IVF gets to wonder if they are attracted to their sibling. Yeah! Well, at least when they aren't thinking about that identical sister mom chose to kill. But it's ok, honey, mommy loves you because you were on the left. She much prefers the left.
3. That concludes the pessimistic doom saying portion of my quick takes. On a more joyful note, Eddie had a good first Halloween. We didn't go Trick or Treating because I felt weird, as a grown man, going door to door with a baby who could barely crawl. Still, he wore his costume and looked really cute. We even did Facetime via iphone so that Grandma got to see the fun.
4. Unfortunately, not all phone conversations are fun. I have the distinct displeasure this week of calling all the Confirmation students who have been skipping Mass and explaining to their parents why, if they don't start coming to Mass, their children will not be Confirmed. Why is this so hard? This isn't a party for your kid. It is a sacrament of God's Holy Church to strengthen your child to live life as a Catholic in a dangerous world. A life which, I might add, holds as foundational the nourishment of the Holy Eucharist which is, except for extreme circumstances, only to be had at MASS. If I offered $500 to Mass attendees I would have a full Church every Sunday. Unfortunately all we have is the body and blood of the savior of the world.
5. Sorry, I went back to doom saying... I know that I said I was done, but I'm weak. Its been that type of week. I feel like righteously smiting something. Anyone have a dragon?
6. G.K. Chesterton Quote of the Week: “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
7. In atonement for all my doom saying, I propose the counterweight of Nyan Cat!