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Aphorism XCVII

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Patients are in better hands when the physician believes that someone else, not the physician, is God.

Those physicians who claim to be atheists are only truly atheists if they also renounce their own deity.

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Aphorism XCVI

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Sodomy is not a sacrament.

A sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131 http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s1c1a2.htm

Sodomy was not instituted by Christ, and does not give grace or divine life.

Sodomy does not participate in God’s act of creation of new human life. Nor does sodomy engender human life.

Because sodomy is not life-giving, it expresses a substantially lesser intimacy than that sexual intimacy expressed in sacramental, heterosexual matrimony.

Sodomy may only give pleasure to one or both of the participants.

Sodomy will always be an expression, if of love, of a lesser love than in sacramental heterosexual matrimony. Sacramental matrimony joins body, soul, and spirit. Sodomy does not.

No Catholic pope or bishop or clergy can ever make sodomy a sacrament.

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Aphorism XCV

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Some of the very clergy who criticize politicians for wanting to pause immigration themselves opt for slowing the incardination of internationally-born clergy into the ranks of US Catholic clergy.

We need and benefit from the incardination of international clergy into the US.

This aphorism is not original to me, but is from a loved one.

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Aphorism XCIV

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Whoever claims the “center” political position in a debate is often kidding themselves, their audience, or lying.

Balance can be achieved when all sides have equal political weight, and not necessarily rhetorical weight, which typically. . . they don’t.

This illusion of the rhetorical center is why a system of structural or political checks and balances makes such a difference from a practical standpoint.

The system of political checks and balances–not rhetoric, not insight, not persuasion–makes a political middle happen. It is to this political middle that contending rhetorical sides make a–usually false–claim.

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Aphorism XCIII

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Marx tried, and failed, to establish a science of history.

Husserl tried, and failed, to philosophically ground the sciences.

Wanting to change the world for the better, the post-WWII generations weakened science by politicizing it in their own images. The world they did change, but not for the better, because they had weakened science by casting it within their own self-idolatry.

Over two centuries of failed efforts to philosophically ground the sciences indicate the difficulty of the task. But science will not progress to significantly improve the world until the sciences are philosophically grounded.

To invoke today’s weakened science as the hope of humanity would indeed be folly, since science now subsumes and is delimited by the political flavor of the week. The sciences must be rebuilt by philosophy in concert with enduring human and Divine values. But who is capable of this difficult challenge, which involves lifetimes of analysis and work, not the spewing of easy rhetoric?

Therefore, we are stuck with easy rhetoric, with clever narratives leading mostly nowhere, and with human knowledge subservient to partisan interests, rather than knowledge informing and strengthening human community and wisdom freeing the human spirit.

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Aphorism XCII

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Atheists argue that if religion were abolished, violence would be reduced.

Let’s assume for a moment that that atheists had their way, and that all religion were to instantly vanish from the earth.

Would the world then be peaceful?

No, because people would continue to kill each other for ideology, as they did after the French, Russian, Chinese, and Cambodian Revolutions.

But suppose then that we abolished ideology from the earth. Would fewer people kill each other?

No, because people would continue to kill each other for class, nation, and ethnicity.

But suppose all people belonged to one common ethnic group and one nation and there was total class equality? Would fewer people kill each other?

No, because there would be regional and personality conflicts.

But suppose every person in the human race were cloned to be exactly the same, and reduced to one gender?

No, because there would still be regional and other sources of jealousy.

But suppose there were only one person on earth?

No, because the unredeemed human person is at war with oneself.

Therefore, the atheist fantasy that atheism brings peace is simply that: a fantastic panacea. And none of the reductions in human culture imagined above could be accomplished without the establishment of a worldwide police state which would kill many more persons in the process of reduction.

Peace comes from conversion of mind and soul leading to kindness and mercy to others. This peace is related to Christ’s peace, the peace the world cannot give (John 14:27).

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Aphorism XCI

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Catholic social justice without a pro-life commitment–a commitment that includes the protection of the human person from conception to natural death–is a lie.

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Aphorism XC

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Poor catechesis alone is often blamed for the lack of Mass attendance among the younger Catholic generations. It is often assumed that poor textbooks and poor teacher preparation alone were the source of poor catechesis.

However, the post-Vatican II generations were taught not to attend daily Mass when pastors, pressured by Catholic educators and some parents, ceased to encourage daily Mass attendance by Catholic school children, and the Catholic K-12 school day was no longer scheduled to begin with a weekday morning Mass as an option for the students and parents.

This unfortunate de-emphasis on daily Mass attendance by the young extended even to Catholic minor seminaries, the theory among formations faculty being that a weekly Mass that was a creative liturgical production with lots of participation would do just as well. This de-emphasis on daily Mass was such a success that minor seminaries declined in their sending men along for further seminary study and were eventually closed.

But daily liturgy, with its seasonal flow of daily Scriptural readings, is one of the greatest instructors in the faith. The senior citizens attending daily Mass today, where still available, were the Catholic school children of 50 years ago who attended daily Mass.

The greatest threats to the faith in the United States are not atheism or libertarianism, but distraction, hedonism, and simple conflict of commitments. Weekend entertainments and sports schedules prevent families from attending Sunday Mass together. This change in priorities is a result of the de-emphasis on the centrality of the Liturgy in the daily life of the Catholic. The Church got out of its educational system the priority of values, in this case a de-emphasis on the Liturgy, what the Church put into it.

A Catholic K-12 school that does not begin its day with highly-encouraged optional daily Mass denies its students and families not only a deeper knowledge of Scripture, but a deeper encounter with the Lord. Improved textbooks and teacher preparation cannot make up for this. The Liturgy remains the greatest teacher of the faith, and the greatest link to social justice. Public engagement by Catholics not grounded in the Liturgy will in the end fail to remain Catholic social justice.

The de-emphasis on daily Mass for Catholic school children and their families is right up there with the increase in alcohol consumption by the clergy as one of the most damaging unintended post-Vatican II cultural changes that really had nothing to do with, and even contradicted, the teachings of Vatican II. It’s time to refocus on the daily Liturgy and its readings in those Catholic K-12 schools that still remain.

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Aphorism LXXXIX

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Community organizing efforts have absorbed hundreds of millions of dollars in donations from religious communities over the past several decades, in the name of not applying Band-Aids to social problems by addressing them directly through acts of charity, but by empowering people to solve their own problems. Yet community organizing, in the end, applies bigger Band-Aids through short-lived political action.

Study the lives of community organizers: When decades have passed and all is said and done, community organizers founded schools and educational programs, some simply to perpetuate themselves. The Catholic schools in many of the parishes that founded community organizations closed long ago, while the community organizations lived on, and then in the end, founded schools. Had the hundreds of millions of dollars been kept in the parish schools rather than been diverted to community organizations, the poor would be better off and more empowered today, and universities and community colleges would not have to spend so many of their resources on remediation due to the lack of Catholic inner city schools and their excellence in preparing children for college.

It may take generations before this mistake is admitted by the clergy who spent the money, if ever. The day they admit their mistake will be the day there is a national Catholic Sunday collection for Catholic Education, as there is for community organizing.

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Aphorism LXXXVIII

Monday, September 7th, 2015

When evaluating the benefits of public policies, one must not only consider the theory of market failure, which evaluates when government must step in to provide a solution to a public problem, but the theory of government or bureaucratic failure, which considers how government can stumble when stepping in.

The former is a strategic question involving fact-finding and vision, but the latter is a management question, involving competent stewardship of bureaucracy amidst scarce resources.

The question of justice of a government solution therefore rests on whether government can actually deliver. For a government solution for a market imperfection to work, government must be competent.

Government solutions to market problems therefore remain prudential questions. Some governments are so incompetent that they can be relied upon to make bad situations worse.

When forming public policy, it is best to pair a theory of market failure with a theory of government failure.

The question, Must government act? should therefore include a follow-up, Can government succeed?

Theologians and clergy have much to say pertinent to the first question. But the second question is almost completely the domain of the laity.

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