Necessary & unnecessary commentary-

Necessary & unnecessary commentary

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Necessary & unnecessary commentary

Sometimes the only thing we can do is state the obvious. Some might consider this unnecessary, but we do hope it helps to prevent confusion.

For example, here’s a story about another absurd essay in La Civilta Cattolica: Papal advisers lash out at American conservatives, Catholic-Evangelical alliance.

And here’s Phil Lawler’s commentary: An ignorant, intemperate Vatican assault on American conservatism. Funny how “Catholic progressives” always misconstrue and attack those who take good and evil seriouisly.

But then these progressives are very slippery themselves. Take Fr. James Martin, for example (please!). Phil also writes about The question Fr. Martin keeps dodging.

And Phil returns to one of his favorite unfavorite themes, brain death. See A dead woman kept alive? The story makes no sense, unless….

As for me, I had to do a large amount of web programming for the website this week. But I did manage to continue my exploration of the early books of the Bible. See Priestly Atonement, by the Numbers.

But that won’t keep me from stating the obvious. For example, the west coast of the United States continues to lead the fight against Christianity and the natural law:

Tax-funded abortion comes to Oregon
California bill would forbid employee codes of conduct on abortion

And then there is this news story: Cardinal Schönborn: Amoris Laetitia is easy to understand. He claims that Pope Francis is not changing Church teaching but telling pastors they must adapt it. That sounds easy to grasp, until you realize that to adapt means to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify.

Moreover, if you read the story, you will see that Cardinal Schönborn condemns those with questions as “inconvenient”!

Stating the obvious! But what else can you do in a world in which the European Union’s bishops’ commission has hosted a roundtable on, um, resilience?

Is it merely a cliché that every cloud has a silver lining? Maybe, but here is the Motu Proprio from Pope Francis on a new path to canonization, which I mentioned in Tuesday’s message: Greater Love Than This.

My advice? Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil. [1 Thes 5:16-22]

See? Obvious!

Jeff Mirus
Trinity Communications

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