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Extra, Extra! News and views for December 28, 2022

Here are some articles, essays, and editorials that caught our attention this past week or so.*

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An Authentic Christian Artist – “She will never receive the Church patronage that the corrupt Jesuit mosaicist Marko Rupnik has, but this Ukrainian Catholic mom creates extraordinary images that glorify God” Ivanka Demchuk, Christian Artist (The American Conservative)

Colorful, Shameless Smearing – Saddling conservatives with the color of communist tyranny is repugnant. The New “Reds” (The American Mind)

Why Pavone? – “Catholics are asking why Frank Pavone was given such a severe penalty, especially when other malefactors are not dismissed from the priesthood.” Pavone’s Dismissal Could Have Been Avoided (National Catholic Register)

Outrageous Laws in Nigeria – “Nigeria has before it a crucial opportunity to step out as an international leader by abolishing once and for all its Sharia blasphemy law.” As Christians Face Death Sentences, Nigerian Court Can And Should Overturn Its Dangerous Blasphemy Law (The Federalist)

Loving the Latin Mass – “There are people who are interested in the Latin Mass, that are drawn to it because of the intellectual aspect of it… But there are people like me who are drawn to it for the beauty.” A new generation of Catholics discovers Latin Mass 60 years after Vatican II (New York Post)

Priests Matter – “Without you, consecrated priests, nothing. No Mass. No Eucharist. No absolution. No anointing. If you disappeared, we would be left to our lack, our poverty, our desert.” Black-Clad Lives Matter (The Catholic Thing)

British Big Brother – “A recent event in suburban Birmingham offers a stark reminder of the threat to free speech posed by Britain’s censorious state.” Thoughtcrime is now a reality in Britain (Spiked-Online)

Twittered Manipulation – “The platform suppressed true information from doctors and public-health experts that was at odds with U.S. government policy.” How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate (The Free Press)

Spending and Spirituality – “As somebody who teaches Christian theology, I get a bit tired of the worried refrains we hear every year about how American Christians have become too materialistic in our celebration.” Cheers to Godly Materialism This Christmas (AMAC)

Rising Individualism – “God can bring good out of seemingly irremediable circumstances. Furthermore, he often uses pairs of people and their choices to teach us lessons about good and evil, or the right and wrong paths.” Sobornost or Ego? Two Women and Two Paths (Catholic Exchange)

Stoic Influence – “Most significantly, both stoicism and Catholicism recognize a logos, which undergirds the intelligibility of the universe.” Stoicism and Catholicism (Summa Catholic)

A Journalist’s Conversion – The reflections of a Roman convert, six years since baptism. See, Here Is Water (The American Conservative)

The Secret to Life – “Science can measure some characteristics and reveal some physical structures, but it can never tell us what something is and why it was given the privilege of existing.” Scientism Has a Problem — It Can’t Be Verified Scientifically (National Catholic Register)

History or Myth? – We often treat Christmas as another occasion for a Hallmark greeting card. Is the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem historical, or is it a pious myth? Here are several points for consideration. The Lord of History (Catholic Culture)

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  1. @ Rising Individualism
    Ann Rand, brilliant, antagonistic to authority nonetheless implies authority must exist if the individual is to find cause for asserting their individuality. A contrast in self contradiction, the signature of the intellect lost. Denial of God will do that.
    Madonna House girls [most were kids comparatively] were some of the most honestly nice persons I’ve known as a priest. We had Madonna House established in the Gallup Diocese invited by our then Bishop, Jerome Hastrich. They were perfect. Spiritually, loyal to the faith, joyful, always reaching out. Looking back I’m sorry I didn’t respond better.
    Author Greg Cook makes the comparative point of two opposite approaches to our existence. What will bring us happiness? “Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!” (Ps 31:16).

  2. “God can bring good out of seemingly irremediable circumstances. Furthermore, God often uses pairs of people and their choices to teach us lessons about good and evil, or the right and wrong paths.”

    Yes, yes, & yes again! This universe exists so we will mature in godly, right ethics!

    We could emphasize that for those who perseveringly relate to King Jesus Christ, nothing can shake us; neither our own crass & embarrassing blunders, nor severe catastrophes & devastating loss, nor the intentional malice of other people, nor the worst wickedness of the devil’s cohort.

    Those covered in The Precious Blood of Jesus have no Achilles heel . . .

    In King Jesus Christ, our eternal royal future is assured.

    It’s good to remind each other that in the perfect humility of Our Lord we are unshakeable, unbreakable, unbeatable.

    Christmas love and blessings to all; from marty

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