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Distributism: Beyond Socialism and Laissez-faire Capitalism

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     JohnMédaille on Distributism and Class Conflict
The Greatest Antidote to the Marxist / Socialist Temptation is justice, fairness: in economic life and social existence; it is due process, just and reasonable laws and penalties, active peacemaking whenever possible, without promoting unreasonable and unnecessary polarizations; and giving each man and woman their due in just measure within the context of the Natural and Moral laws. - SH
-- Distributism basics
-- To vote for Joe Biden is to vote for abortion. Fr. James Altman joins Mother Miriam 

The Mystery That Dwarfs

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"For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of his reason, the story ends like a bad dream" ---Robert Jastrow, American NASA astronomer, physicist and cosmologist.
"Around every circle another circle can be drawn, under every deep another deep opens"---Ralph Waldo Emerson
The immensity of the universe dwarfs the minds and the conflicting endless theories constructed by the scientists. But these same scientists hold a secret that few fully realize: viz., The more the scientists see and 'know,' the less they know... in the face of immensity.
If we cannot "explain" or fully understand the astonishing mystery contained in a single living cell, how much less can we understand the Mystery that dwarfs us?
Absent theism, revelation and epistemological honesty, every question leads only to more questions, as does every theory. And every theory breaks down into sub-theories, all of which spawn various---nay, endless---- schools of thought, each one p…

The Seductions of Beautiful Nothing

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"Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream"---John Lennon

Maybe it is one of those curious fearful symmetries that the words of John Lennon quoted above are found in the Beatles' album titled 'Revolver'...and that he was finally gunned down, shot multiple times in the back by a "fan".
I grew up reading Kerouac (we hailed from the same city) and the Beats, intrigued in my youth by their calls for 'spiritual mindlessness,' that peculiar Western decadence and spiritual nihilism related to Eastern religions, though minus the asceticism, to be sure. In the real thing one was supposed to turn away from desire which is considered the cause of all suffering.
There is a curious seduction in it all for many. George Harrison opted for the wilderness of gods in Hinduism. John Lennon likewise rejected Christianity. "Turn off your mind...," Lennon sang, because there is no 'answer'; nothing to find, nothing to know; thus one is "free…

When Peoples Do Not Think Alike, or Share the Same Values

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Real love seeks to anticipate and prevent potentially serious problems for our grandchildren. St. Paul asked with the prophet Amos, "Can two walk together unless they be agreed?"  (Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14). And our Lord said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. The wise will listen to wisdom before trouble erupts. The foolish ruin themselves and others as fools and endanger the future.-- See also Islam in the Republic of Ireland-- Immigration, Birds of a Feather and Trojan Horses 

Apostasy in America. A New World Order. By Solange Hertz

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Adapted from her bookApostasy in America
"And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."---Acts 2:17

The late Catholic author Solange Hertz wrote at the end of the 20th century: 
"Although the soil beneath their feet was discovered and colonized by Catholics, some of it watered by Catholic blood, where the Faith is concerned Catholics in the United States tend unaccountably to behave as expatriates in their own country. 
Despite the fact that the Mother of God herself arrived literally on the heels of the first conquistadors to remind the inhabitants of America, “Am I not here, who am your mother?” they normally head for a shrine across the Atlantic when it is a question of making a pilgrimage to her of any consequence. To hear them tell it, anything directly pertaining to the universal Chur…

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 (alone). What a bloody end to Obama's reign

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Guardian, Medea Benjamin, Jan. 2017According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?Mon 9 Jan 2017 07.30 ESTShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailMost Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually been a hawk. The Iran nuclear deal, a herculean achievement, and the opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba unfortunately stand alone as President Obama’s successful uses of diplomacy over hostility.While candidate Obama came to office pledging to end George W Bush’s wars, he leaves office having been at war longer than any president in US history. He is also the only president to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operatio…

Public Resistance to Decisions of Ecclesial Authority

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Public Resistance to Decisions of Ecclesial Authority
Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier Da Silveira, Catholicismo,  no. 224, August 1969
The Church teaches that, in the face of an erroneous decision of the ecclesiastical authority, it can happen that it be not only licit for the enlightened Catholic to deny his assent to this decision, but also, in certain extreme cases, to oppose them even in public. Furthermore, such opposition may constitute a true obligation (1)
A. BISHOPS AND LOWER ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITIES
In taking up this matter, we prefer not to mix our voice with those of the great Saints and of the theologians approved in the Holy Church. Such being the case, in the present item and in the one which follows, we shall limit ourselves to reproducing what some of them have said. To them we shall leave the charge of teaching us not only the extension of the theses which they defend, but also which are the arguments upon which they are founded.
We shall not occupy ourselves, except in passing, …

Robert Bork on the Erosion of Traditional Values in the Interests of Internationalism

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"What has long been true has now become obtrusively apparent: There exists a fundamental contradiction between America’s most basic ordinance, its constitutional law, and the values by which Americans have lived and wish to continue to live. That disjunction promises to become even more acute as the United States, along with Europe, moves toward the internationalization of law. 

Elite Domination and The Cultural Left

Several things are to be observed about these developments. First, much constitutional law bears little or no relation to the Constitution. 
Second, the Supreme Court’s departures from the Constitution are driven by “elites” against the express wishes of a majority of the public. The tendency of elite domination, moreover, is to press America ever more steadily toward the cultural left.
 Finally, though this book concentrates on the role of judges, who constitute the most powerful single force in producing these effects, politicians and bureaucrats bear a share of the re…

C.S. Lewis on Fake News [and bad people]

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Parker Settecase writes, "... Depending on who you ask, the term “FAKE NEWS” is either the weapon of the little people used to prod the media into being even handed or it’s akin to a racial slur for journalists. No matter which side you fall on, we can all admit that there are a lot of “alternative facts” flying around nowadays. But what should we do about it? How can we combat this fake news without compromising ourselves or infringing on The First Amendment? Thankfully, C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, provided us with a solution way back in 1945. I’ll do my best to lay out his argument and you can decide for yourself if it’s a tenable solution for today.

In the essay, “After Priggery- What?”, C.S. Lewis discusses methods to shut down “Cleon”, a wicked journalist, in a democratic way. Cleon is a catch all name for wicked journalists of his time, but it does seem like Lewis has a particular bloke in mind. Cleon is deemed wicked because he “disseminates for mone…

Judas, The Third Temptation, and the Social Gospel -- Fulton J. Sheen

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"The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be given Him, is the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion — one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.
In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he [the foretold Antichrist] will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ 
Judas And So…

The Myth Perceptions of Joseph Campbell

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Copyright 1991 by Dr. Thomas Snyder, PhD.
Joseph Campbell "didn't have an ideology or a theology," claims reporter Bill Moyers in his 1988 The Power of Myth television series, frequently broadcast on PBS stations across America. During the six hours of intense interviews with the late mythologist, however, Campbell proves Moyers wrong.
The supposedly non-existent theology of Campbell permeates current American religious discussion. Campbell has perhaps more influence on current American religious thought than any other contemporary writer. His books fill the religion sections of major bookstore chains; are required reading in most college and university religion, literature, and philosophy courses; and have become handbooks of spirituality to the New Agers, neo-pagans, Gaia environmentalists, and 1990s religious dabblers.
Joseph Campbell did indeed have an ideology and a theology. At one point in the PBS interviews, for example, he ridicules the Judeo-Christian belief in a …