Saturday, September 12, 2020

Catholic's Can't be Catholic - Fr. Altman


If you haven't seen this video yet, you've got to. Father Altman preaches it without fear. Those

that say, "he's stepping over into politics, he's crossing the line!" is not taking into account the real message of Fr. Altman, that our Faith SHOULD NOT TAKE A BACK SEAT to selecting our government officials, including the presidency.

We, as Catholics must live the teachings of Christ, NO MATTER WHAT!. Whether that means not getting free checks from the government or free anything, at the expense of the unborn.

When one drives a car, one stops at all the traffic lights, not just the ones that we want to. We we go into surgery at a hospital we expect the doctors to follow all the steps of the procedure, not just some of them. When we order food from a restaurant we expect that our order is not some missing anything and is complete. If I order a burger, the patty shouldn't be missing.

When we talk about being a Catholic, that means we follow ALL THE TEACHINGS OF OUR FAITH, all the teaching of the Catholic church. To do otherwise is not a true follower of Christ's church. One is not in communion with the church and it's truths. To do otherwise is not Catholicism but a separate church one has created on their own. That is what Fr. Altman 's message is.

A politician who claims to be Catholic and still supports and promotes Abortion, is not following the teaching of the Catholic church. A political party that promotes abortion at any stage as their political platform, not a party that a Catholic should support. 

Though Donald Trump is not a Catholic, he does come closest, as a candidate for the presidency to supporting our Catholic teachings. I don't promote his character, not everything that he says I agree with. I'm not necessarily saying he is an example of an exemplary role model. What I am saying is his actions align themselves closest to our Catholic teachings.

I sort of think of him as a King Cyrus of the Old Testament. He ruled over the captive Jewish people, but allowed them to rebuild their temple and practice their faith. I think of him as as a Constantine of the middle ages, allowing the Catholic faith to be practiced without persecution. Cyrus and Constantine are key people in history that helped protect the faith, not perfect people themselves.

We need more priest like Fr. Altman not afraid to speak the truth. Not afraid to upset the anyone and thus have a lighter collection basket.

Let's all pray for our elections, that we may be a Holy Nation with Virtuous people, lead by the teaching of Jesus Christ. Let's pray for our priest and church leaders to be more vocal. Let's pray that we may not be silent about our faith.


Thursday, August 27, 2020



(photos: Internet)


 So the DNC has completed their case and the RNC is in their final day. I only listened in sporadically to both of their list of speakers and the internet is a blaze with clips and commentary on the highlights.

 As a Catholic, my ear was attentive to the message the speakers made to see if they aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Catechism handy and a number of books and Catholic links to reference, there was a lot to digest.

Especially when you get to witness two Catholic nuns, one of each who spoke at one or the other conventions.

First up you had Sister Simone Campbell at the DNC. Wikipedia has an entry: Simone Campbell, SSS, is an American Roman Catholic Religious Sister, lawyer, lobbyist and executive director of NETWORK. She belongs to the Sisters of Social Service. She is known as an outspoken advocate for social justice.

she is a lawyer, lobbyist, social service activist.  Here's her presentation at the DNC.


Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne at the RNC gave her speech yesterday, 8/26. The National Catholic Register has a nice piece on her. 

She served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in active duty in Afghanistan and later as a reservist, eventually rising to the rank of colonel. She served for 13 months in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. As a missionary surgeon, she devoted herself to helping the sick in Kenya, Haiti, Sudan and Iraq.  - NCR 

Here's her presentation at the RNC.

Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, 2020 RNC

Sister Simone describes herself as an advocate for the environment, the fighter against poverty, workplace protections for mothers and immigration. All that is fine. To me these are all issues which I agree with. I may differ from her on her views on how to implement them. Medicare for all, no fossil fuels, open borders are not my answers to these issues as she views them, but we can have an open conversation on them.

 One topic that I don't agree with her on is on the topic of the unborn. she has called pro-lifers, pro-birthers which shows her tendency to support abortion. she diverts the direct question on abortion to say that folks that support laws to stop abortion don't follow through with laws addressing the child after birth. Her prayer to the divine spirit also caught me off guard. Seemed a little New Age to me.

Here's an article that she wrote around the 2008 elections. I don't see a firm voice from her condemning abortion as the teachings of the Catholic Church do. Plus this party has a platform of 'Abortion on demand.'..up to birth. I have a major problem with that. Definitely NOT Catholic teaching.

Sister Deirdre as a surgeon on the other hand, came right out and said it during her RNC presentation, "life begins at conception." There was no diversion or side stepping on the issue. 

Here's an article on Sister Deirdre

I'm still reading up on both Sisters and I don't doubt their faith as Catholics, but what I've learned, one can call themselves Catholics and don't follow church teaching. Both have dedicated their lives to serving others and both are highly educated. I don't know, I like a Sister in a habit, not one that looks like my grandma. To me that shows an outward dedication to let all around you know, who they serve first.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Gov. Cuomo, "We stopped the virus, Not God"

Gov. Cuomo said in one of his appearances on CNN last week, "...we stopped the virus, not God". Well, I could go on about the governor, but I won't bore you. I don't know why a self proclaimed Christian (Catholic) would say such a thing has me baffled.

Anyway that's not the purpose of this point. Bishop Barron responds to Cuomo's statement...not what you think. It's very good and worth a listen...

Bishop Barron

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Christ has Risen!
Blessed Easter to everyone.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

St Augustine Documentary

Just viewed a nice documentary on St. Augustine.Thought I
might past it on for your enjoyment.
I haven't read any of his books, Confessions, or City of God. They're on my list and having seen this documentary, they have moved up on my list of must reads.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Three Decisions You Should Make Every Morning for Your Salvation...

Father Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D of the Magis Center in Orange County California, is one of my favorite go-to for his contributions to understanding the Transcendental aspects of our Catholic faith. His website is an invaluable resource for the scientific  proofs of God.

In his commencement speech to the 2019 class at Christendom College in California, give some very sound advise to the graduates as they enter the life/work culture. Indeed his advise sound for everyone to read. 

Three Sane Decisions to Help you Save your Soul is the title of his talk. A more detailed discussion can be found in his book Finding True Happiness.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Father, Mr. Morris

This is interesting, in a sad way. Former Fr. Jonathan Morris, ex-commentator and now ex-Catholic priest is interviewed by Martha MacCallum

He explains his recent decision to be laicized. He's explanation is that he never intended to become a priest and after 25 years from Seminary to priesthood, he had to take action to actually follow God's real plan for him as he now felt in his own heart and gut Wow.... 

Well I definitely don't know his heart and I do applaud his continued acknowledgement of his faith in the Catholic Church, I can't say I understand. Many of the Saints, including Mother Theresa had experiences that made them doubt their vocations, even experiences of the dark soul. Even those who have been married for quite some time have experienced at one point or another, that maybe they may have married the wrong person or wanted out of their relationship because of some hard-time, financial or otherwise, so I don't know if Mr. Morris will have the fortitude to weather those moments either. 

I believe he is a priest, forever as it says in Hebrews 7:17 

For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

'll keep him in my prayers

Sunday, June 09, 2019

A Change to the Our Father.....Why?

Very recently, Pope Francis gave his blessing to the French Church revising their translation  to change from, "and lead us not into temptation" to "don't let me fall into temptation.”

Jimmy Akin from Catholic Answers give his take the media hipe on  this Here.

I first saw the Headlines on the Drudge Report but it was widely reported throughout the media, like  
FoxNews and USA Today to name just a couple. Few outlets couldn't pass up the chance to weigh in. Maybe with a motive of, if the pope can change the Catholic Church on this topic why not others...I'm only speculating.

Few offered no substance or factual reasoning or how it truly affects everyday Catholics, if fact it only caused confusing.

Patrick Madrid on his daily morning show on Relevant Radio offered some keen insight.

Audio link: The Patrick Madrid Show

Sunday, March 03, 2019

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

I just picked up this book and while I have a couple of other books that I’m ready reading, I intend to squeeze this one in.

He had a quick wit about him and a full servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. In the interview he pointed out various concerns with the leadership of the Church presently, the same concerns that I and many of us as lay Catholics have.

As I always do when I find someone I find interesting or a book that catches my eye, is I go on a bit of an investigation, finding out as much as I can about that person or author, or subject matter before I purchase a book they’ve written or pursue any other articles or video’s they appear in or write.

John writes articles on The Stream , a Catholic news blog as well as The National Catholic Register (here are a few of his articles there)

The National Catholic Reporter also has an article about him and they didn’t like him too much, which is one in the PLUS + column for John as far as I’m concerned.

So, I looked up a number of his books at Barnes and Noble, because they’re my local bookstore whom I like to support. Amazon has him as well.

I liked the titles in the book’s table of contents.
·      The Church and what it says about itself and the world, and what will happen to you when you die.
·      The Pope, the Bishops and When and why Catholics have to believe What they say – And When and Why we Don’t.
·      How Birth Control Tore the Church apart.
…just to name a few.

Here’s an article from National Catholic Register that takes a more thorough look at the author and this particular book. I agree with their take and I look forward to reading John’s book.

Hope you’ll take a look as well.


Is marijuana really safe...all the talking heads on TV, celebrities, journalist, reporters and more and more politicians say so. 

Do we really trust them? do we really think they  have any  legitimate knowledge or show any legit studies on the subject matter?

"I've used it for years and it hasn't affected me!" .......give me break 

I'm reading  this new book now. So much  not being  told about the effects of marijuana... 

Here's a short clip of  the author.


So Cal Catholic Church Vandelized

Visited briefly, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church yesterday after this was pointed out to me at yesterday. Statue of Mary and another of a Saint was decapitated.   ...terrible. 

All done  in the dead of night anonymously.  If you want to make a statement, hey tell us how you are and take full credit. Coward!

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Excommunication...what it's not?

The call is for excommunication of Governor Cuomo is blasting loud and clear from Catholics across the nation. It sounds good to me, here is an individual among many that claim the Catholic identity, however his actions give the lay Catholic and non-Catholic alike the obvious examples of something totally opposite.

Some don't even know he is already banned from receiving Holy Communion, so what good would it do?

Many Catholic blogs/podcasts bugle the same call for excommunication and some try to engage in a rather superficial, emotional call to light the torches and storm Frankenstein's castle.

How many Catholics really  know the,  What, How, Why of excommunication?
Rather than just join the band wagon, we should educate ourselves on the subject matter, terminology definitions, purpose and expectations.

Edward Peters a well know Canon  Lawyer has an excellent blog (In the Light of the Law, a Canon Lawyer's blog) one should visit regularly to help with that education. Yes, some of it my be a little hard to understand but canon law is not a simple matter and excommunication is not a simple declaration.

Here's one of a few resent pieces on this subject that will be a helpful place to start.

On excommunicating Andrew Cuomo for heresy


NY Mayor...Excommunication?

The new Abortion law of NY has risen the Life issue to another level. It's no longer considered a discussion or debate but a right to kill a child ... at birth. The cry is to excommunicate the NY Mayor.

So why hasn't the Cardinal Dolan or Bishop Scharfenberger done so?
The Bishop of Albany voices his thoughts on EWTN.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Educate Yourself: Border Issue

You would have to be living under a rock to not know of the Border issue played daily on the local and cable news outlets. Every newspaper, and political magazine has it covered and even the late
night shows have to add their two cents to up their ratings.

The one thing that is missing is the facts and an honest discussion. In fact an honest discussion and real facts on the subject are the last thing portrayed.

We need to educate ourselves and learn the facts for ourselves because its getting harder and harder to believe anything. We hear from our priest, bishops and even the Pope as interpreted by the media, which is often twisted to conform to a particular bias.

Case in point, I did an quick internet search: "Catechism of the Catholic Church, Immigration". It came up with reference to the US Catholic Bishops websites.

¶1911: Internal quote is from Gaudium et Spes: “The unity of the human family, embracing people who enjoy equal natural dignity, implies a universal common good. This good calls for an organization of the community of nations able to provide ‘for men’s different needs, both in the fields of social life—such as food supplies, health, education, labor and also in certain special circumstances which can crop up here and there, e.g., the need to promote the general improvement of developing countries, or to alleviate the distressing conditions in which refugees dispersed throughout the world find themselves, or also to assist migrants and their families. to alleviate the distressing conditions in which refugees dispersed throughout the world find themselves, or also to assist migrants and their families.’”

¶2211: “The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially… the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate.”

¶2241: “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extend they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.”

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

--> ¶2433: “Access to employment and to professions must be hope to all without unjust discrimination; men and women, healthy and disabled, natives and immigrants. For its part society should, according to circumstances, help citizens find work and employment.”

Catholic teaching except it leaves out pertinent paragraphs, see the text in Red.

Making sense of U.S. immigration law, enforcement, and the current crisis

Where do we go, who do we listen to?

Not all our priest and bishops are wrong, often we hear partial  truths and facts. We need to continue to read the churches teaching through encyclicals good Catholic resources, and our good and faithful priests and Bishops

Pray for peace and a fuller understanding on this issue

Below are a couple more good resources:


Tuesday, June 12, 2018


I just finished a Philosophy 5 college course this passed semester. I kind of knew the academic world was biased against religion and as I expected, I ended up confronting (respectfully) the professor who is a professed Catholic, Agnostic, Eastern religious guru follower and sometimes Atheist in his writings on many occasions in class during the semester. All of these like the heads of a Hydra, you never knew which you were facing when you attended class. The Professor and I butted heads on the second day of class on the topic of Galileo religion vs science...NOT!) and believe it or not that kind of created a sort of relationship of mutual respect throughout the rest of the class. 

His bias was of the Scientism perspective and being maybe four or five years younger than the professor, I tried to bring a little balance and counter for the benefit of the youngin's in the class They seemed to want to swallow whatever the instructor feed them. 

 For those of faith, the academic environment can bring doubt and cause one to really question our beliefs. But that shouldn't be so. We should enter these classes and well the world with a sense of confidence in our faith. 

Philosopher Peter Kreeft is an anchor in revealing the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith and his new book, Forty Reasons I am Catholic seems like a timely one. I'm ordering should pick one up for yourselves as well.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Great So Cal Event Jan 13, 2018

Here's a great event in the South Land that I will be attending.
It's advertised as "A Conversation with Bishop Barron and William Lane Craig", two leaders in the New Evangeliztion.

Most in the Catholic circles will know Bishop Barron as the founder of Word on Fire, an Evangelization movement on the internet with Blog,Videos and lectures around the globe.

Bishop Barron's "Catholicism" series on the Catholic faith has been aired on various networks throughout the U.S.

The Good Bishop makes his home in the Santa Barbara area, so it's a treat to see him closer to my home with the event located in Claremont California.

William Lane Craig is a protestant scholar with definite flare for defending the Christian faith.
I'm just now beginning to know more on his abilities.

Here's a Debate between himself and the late Christopher Hitchens. He does a marvelous job.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

 Picture of Jesus' tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in JerusalemPicture of Jesus' tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
(Photo; National Geographics) 
This is amazing...the recent restoration of the tomb of Jesus due to centuries of deterioration, has uncovered scientific analysis of actual dating of Jesus tomb as valid and correct. Some nice short videos along with the article as well

Age of Jesus' Tomb

Saturday, November 18, 2017

This looks very interesting. If you're in D.C. check this exhibit out.

Tomb of Christ

Saturday, September 09, 2017


So the history revisionist are still at it. We don't have to worry about others deleting our country from the pages of history, we seem to be doing it to ourselves.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The saga of destroying statues and historical relics continues. It was once only practiced amount the ancient conquering nations, barbarians, and recently, ISIS crazies.   

Now the National Cathedral is modifying their stain class windows to comply with the "it offends me" crowd. Maybe they should sell the empty space to the highest bidder or the next absurd secular outrage.

I've even read how some Catholic schools are now taking down statues.

Now advanced our society has become.....?


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Modernism: Lecture

This guy is a character and ...a good orthodox teacher of the Catholic faith.
His three part lecture on MODERNISM is a must see (hear).
Part three to come...


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Here's a great faith resource. I listen to these on my phone at lunch time or on my van ride home. 10 min podcast that will definitely add to your knowledge about the Catholic faith.
Available on YouTube, Itunes, and Facebook at 'Soul of Seton'

Soul of Seton 


Friday, July 07, 2017

More "INconvenient Al Gore"

Al Gore's "Inconvenient Sequel" releases to theaters later this month (July). That's fine, I plan to see it. (though I may wait to rent it)

I admit to being one of those crazy "criminal non-believers".
I found the author of this articles while reviewing another of his articles. He is a qualified scientist, and well, just read this article.
 Hotter Than Ever...

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

While Watching the Twilight Zone Marathon....

So I'm relaxing on this July 4th, doing a little reading, and watching a little Twilight Zone Marathon with wife.

We like watching some of the old episodes and I always see something new in them each time I watch them.
The "Eye of the Beholder" is one that always intrigues me, from 1960.

In short it's about a woman that's just gone through surgery, bandages wrapped around her face and head. The room is dark and the figures of the doctors and nurses are hidden in the dark room.

the dialogue is one of 'I hope this surgery works..will it work doctor?". As the dialogue goes on it becomes clear that it's the State that controls the Health Care System and is forcing her to have this surgery because her appearance is not like all the others.

"Why must I go through this...who determines who is ugly and not?" says the frantic woman. The Doctor reassures her  everything will go well.

In the end, it doesn't go well, and her looks remain the same, the surgery didn't work. The twist in the story is that she is beautiful (Ely May Clampett - Donna Douglas) and the doctors, nurses and everyone else are the ones that are ugly. But, the State governs what beauty means and the remedy is if you don't look like every one else you pay the price, you must move to a commune with others that don't fit in with society.

Got me thinking about baby Charlie Gard. The State run Health Care System has sentenced him to death, preventing the parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard from perusing further effort to save little Charlie.

Yanking Life Support From UK Baby Demonstrates Dangers Of Socialized Medicine

The health care debate goes on in the U.S.
This week legislature in California was delayed and unions were up and arms with death threats and protests.

The Federal government is debating the same issue with the attempted repeal of Obama Care and people, the news media and Democrats are up and arms about not getting full government health care.

Hmmmm. maybe people should watch a little more Twilight Zone or maybe we have entered the Twilight Zone ourselves.


I've recently gone back to school to attempt a degree in philosophy and with a full work schedule and my older years, that's no small feat.

I am enjoying it immensely...the youngn's in my classes are smart and eagerly seeking knowledge. The Professors are great too, but there is a bias agenda that they do not hide. That is to disprove the Christian faith, Catholicism specifically, whether it be in beginning philosophy classes or art history or critical thinking or any of the liberal art classes I've been taking.

Time and time again I see the professors lecturing from hand written notes that I can see they've had for quite a while from past classes, spouting what they call facts against Christianity with little response from my young classmates. Most eagerly are jotting down notes, taking it all in without challenging any of the discussions. Having a little life experience now under my belt, i can't just sit back and not say anything.

I will politely ask for references to backup what is in the lecture and when I have to, I'll correct any Catholic mis-representation. I remember one professor in an Art History Class on the Renaissance period, spout that the reason for Madonna paintings is because Catholic Nuns were discriminated against higher positions in the Church.

Give me a break, where are the references for that?
None were given of course.

In a World Religion Class, we studied Eastern and Western Religions. All was well in the Eastern religion and the class was encouraged to read the and experience their teachings but when it came to Christianity, Biblical Interpretation was emphasized. Question the teachings, and here is the historical evidence against the Bible.

The Professor, a self professed "ex-Catholic" proclaimed "you have to be exposed to Biblical Interpretation at least once in your lives."
The majority of the lesson lectures and assigned readings where anti-Christianity. Subjects on disproving the Old Testament to Jesus not a Historical person.
I was not shy in my homework assignments or in class. I expected a little more retribution for this but to the professor's credit they did not.

We wonder why are kids are losing their faith in College, this is the reason. The Bible experts are now falsely considered only from the academic realm and church scholars are said to be bias. It's actually the other way around. The agenda now is to "deconstruct the Bible" and if we don't know the arguments or what the Church says about them, we and our children will fall into the trap of believing the Church has no validity in interpreting it's own Book.

Anyway, It's summer and I get to do a little reading on my own.
I decided to follow up on the topic of Biblical Interpretation brought up in my classes.
Enclosed is a terrific three part webinar entitled "Deconstructing the Bible" by Prof Jeffrey Morrow on the Institute of Catholic Culture website.

Institute Of Catholic Culture: Deconstructing the Bible

It's excellent and lecture notes are provide.
Please invest a little time with this most important topic. A stretch of the mind, but well worth it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Anyone who's read Ray Bradbury's, Fahrenheit 451 will Identify with this. LG wallpaper, ultra-thin TV.

In Fahrenheit 451 homes contained huge  wall size TV's that would sponsor government programing to control individual's thoughts through TV shows and even allow them to partake in the interactive sit-coms

Friday, December 30, 2016

There's a new Catholic website by Steve Wood called, "".
Steve, is the founding father of our "St Joseph's Covenant Keepers, Men's Group and he also heads up the website.

This new website is on Catholic Eschatology (Study of the End Times). He uses scripture. the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Church Fathers for his study, especially St Augustine.
No, he won't be making any predictions on a date of the Second coming but he promises to make known the Catholic perspective of the end times, it's relevance today and why we as Catholics need to know this.

The first of many coming Podcasts is uploaded to this website (, and he explains it's purpose in the first episode.

I like it and will be following this presentation. I'll probably load the podcasts and listen to it on my vanpool ride home....what else am I going to do for 2 1/2 hrs 😊

Check it out, tell me what you think!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

silenceHere's the first review of the new Scorsese movie 'Silence'.

The trailers look pretty good, very inspiring at the fire-of-faith that the early missionaries brought to the natives of various countries, this being Japan in the movie.

This review put a disappointing wet blanket on that thought. Haven't decided to see this or not.
I may anyway just to keep up with the future conversation on this.

Anyway, have a read and make your own decision.…/christus-apostata-scors…/

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fainting Hillary?

Wow, Hillary is going to have to explain this one...and I'm not buying the "lost shoe"explanation. She is clearly staggering. Prayers to Hillary but this is issue...along with all the other reasons why we shouldn't vote for her.

I wasn't focusing on her health, I thought it was an over blown conspiracy thang...but we'll have to keep an eye on this.

We do need a health Commander-In-Chief  

Fainting Hillary?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Canonization of Mother Teresa

On September 4, Mother Teresa will be declared a saint by Pope Francis.Now you can purchase this new book on Mother Teresa' journey for only $5.00... really!

Another book for my library

Mother Teresa's Book