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September 27, 2021

From the article, “Musician Audrey Assad seeks ‘permission and freedom for all to feel at home'” (Stephanie DePrez, National Catholic Reporter, 9-24-21): On March 3, musician Audrey Assad quietly dropped a bomb that rippled through Catholic spaces when she announced that she’s no longer Christian. The beloved chart-topping singer-songwriter has over 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and millions of streams on YouTube. Her albums, which gently weave new takes on traditional hymns with intelligent lyrics that capture the modern Catholic… Read more

September 27, 2021

It Was Also Answered (with the Same Answers) by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2019 This is one of the standard objections that Francis-critics have against Pope Francis: “why hasn’t he answered the dubia?” I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve heard that. The dubia are five questions asked of Pope Francis, by Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, and recently deceased Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra: dated 9 September 2016. My friend, Dr. Robert Fastiggi,… Read more

September 25, 2021

Atheist anti-theist “Captain Cassidy” runs the Roll to Disbelieve blog. Here’s how she describes herself: I post as Captain Cassidy, aka Cassidy McGillicuddy, but you can call me Cas. . . .  I was raised Catholic by a very fervent family, converted to evangelicalism in my teens, and became a full-on fundamentalist shortly thereafter, throwing myself into religion like it was the only thing that mattered at all in the whole wide world (I’ve put a timeline at the bottom of… Read more

September 25, 2021

Pope Francis stated the following, from the “official” transcript of his conversation with Slovakian Jesuits (9-12-21): A Jesuit asks, “How are you?” He replies “Still alive, even though some people wanted me to die. I know there were even meetings between prelates who thought the pope’s condition was more serious than the official version. They were preparing for the conclave. Patience! Thank God, I’m all right. No doubt, there will be some [legitimate] traditionalist Catholics and extremist radical Catholic reactionaries… Read more

September 24, 2021

This took place on the atheist A Tippling Philosopher blog, under a post by Bert Bigelow, entitled, “Would Jesus Get Vaccinated?” (9-23-21). Word of eric will be in blue. ***** No; for at least two reasons: 1) He wasn’t scared to death of catching a disease; hence, He touched even lepers (and healed them). 2) He could heal Himself if He got it, anyway, being omnipotent. No need for “preventive medicine.” Well, that was partly tongue-in-cheek, but only partly . . …. Read more

September 24, 2021

He’s Supposed to Not Utter a Peep About All the Slanderous, Worthless Gossip & Rumormongering Today Among Catholics This is a follow-up to my article, Pope Francis Did Not Say EWTN = “Work of the Devil” (Case Study in “Conservative” Catholic Media Bias, Which is Becoming as Problematic as Mainstream Liberal Media Bias) [9-22-21] The usual prattle and negativism was occurring on one Facebook page, which was about an article from pope-basher Phil Lawler, and I chimed in. A few… Read more

September 23, 2021

The Actual Biblical Data Brought to Bear, Rather Than Late (Post-Luther and Post-Calvin) Protestant Traditions of Men Protestant anti-Catholic apologist and polemicist Jason Engwer follows the standard theologically liberal take that Jesus had literal blood brothers / siblings. This was not Martin Luther’s or John Calvin’s view. It didn’t come from classic, original Protestantism, but from skeptical theological liberalism hundreds of years later. Jason wrote an article entitled, “Some Undesigned Coincidences Related To Peter’s Names” (9-19-21) that presupposed the existence… Read more

September 22, 2021

These took place in a combox on anti-theist atheist Jonathan Pearce’s A Tippling Philosopher blog. JMallett’s words will be in blue, Traveller’s in green, Geoff Benson’s in brown, Erp’s in purple. ***** [I posted a link to a recent article of mine]: OT & Archaeology: 25 Fascinating Confirmations (“From Noah to Joshua”: the Hebrew Scripture is Extraordinarily Accurate & True to History). Your blurb reads like a National Enquirer headline, Mr. Spam. Thanx! If it’s spam, then I’m sure Jonathan… Read more

September 22, 2021

Case Study in “Conservative” Catholic Media Bias, Which is Becoming as Problematic as Mainstream Liberal Media Bias Here we go again. The slant alluded to in my title is (surprise!) a distortion of what the pope said. As a matter concerning media bias, this will provide a helpful example: with different levels of “anti-Francis” bias or lack thereof readily observed, depending on the viewpoint of the commentator. It’s always good (and the best “policy”) to simply write and print truth,… Read more

September 21, 2021

I shall be responding to Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap. and his article, “Is Pope Francis a Heretic?” (First Things, 5-7-19). His words will be in blue. ***** Nineteen theologians and academics recently released a letter to all Catholic bishops throughout the world, accusing Pope Francis of being a heretic and urging the bishops to take action, even canonical, in order to rectify this dire state of affairs. That sounds impressive, doesn’t it, until one realizes that at least… Read more




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