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Is the Pope a globalist?

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:59

It has been alleged that the Pope is a globalist. I believe the person who declared this incorrectly derived this notion from the fact that the Catholic Church is, by definition and by history, the universal (meaning world-wide) Church. (As it says in the Creed, the Church is "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.")

Sham Rock of Ages

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 03/09/2019 - 10:21

St. Patrick (whose feast day, March 17, happens to fall on a Sunday - the 2nd Sunday of Lent - this year) is known for converting the Irish people from paganism to Christianity. In his effort to do so, he chose the shamrock as an image of the Trinity. How curious it is, then, that Satan has chosen to beguile us with a variety of shams intended to turn us away from the path of true faith, to present us with, as it were, a sham rock of ages.

Alluding to Daniel 2:34-35, Jesus declared to Simon (see Matthew 16:17-20)…

Celebration in New York

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:34

The Cuomo bill (now a law) in New York is, from the "progressive" perspective, an effort to protect what the majority in their legislature regard as a human right - the right to kill the child in the womb. They recognize that the "Roe v. Wade" and "Doe v. Bolton" decisions were decided on specious grounds and would soon be overturned by a Supreme Court that actually respects the Constitution.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:16

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., devoted his life to rectifying some of the worst evils in our society. By using tactics similar to those used by Mohandas K. Gandhi in his leadership of the Salt March, Dr. King was able to touch the conscience of America. In the process he inspired us to rethink the "separate but equal" fiction of the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of the Supreme Court, which found the Jim Crow laws to be constitutional

On the Miracle of the Sun

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:58

The "Miracle of the Sun", experienced in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917, has been reflected upon many times and by people far more illustrious than I. Yet, I cannot find anything on the Internet that speaks of a possible metaphorical significance or meaning to the event. Did the Blessed Virgin Mary provide a miracle with a lot of pizzazz, but no special meaning or significance?

Is scientific morality possible?

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 11/03/2018 - 14:16

There is such a thing as natural theology, a theology that doesn't presume the truth of revealed scripture from any religious tradition. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle had interesting approximations (acknowledging that there are limits to what finite human beings can know about an infinite God) to a monotheistic concept of God that is as far above paganism as quantum physics is above Aristotle's concepts of motion, attraction, form and matter, etc.

Right vs. Left, revisited

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 08/21/2018 - 18:58

In more than one video, I've heard Jordan Peterson speak of a right/left divide in what strikes me as simplistic terms. For him, the right is characterized as preferring the efficiency of hierarchy, while the left prefers to advocate for those at the bottom. I've also heard him say that no matter what system of individual value you set up (whether based on IQ, on skill, on education, on the "purity" of "political correctness"...) any system you set up will naturally evolve into a hierarchy. We have, of course, seen this in every government system in recorded human history. The end of history described by Marx and Engels was, according to this view (and all human experience) pure fantasy. We can recognize the truth of this, in part, by acknowledging the point that all systems develop a hierarchy.