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Of Moon Landings And Conspiracy Theories

My grandmother (1931-2007) did not believe people landed on the moon. The whole thing just seemed too fantastic to her. She believed it was all a propaganda hoax designed to intimidate the Soviets, and dazzle the world, during the Cold War. I don't know if she ever accepted the moon landings as fact before her death, but I understand this point of view was fairly common among people of her generation.

I, on the other hand, always accepted the moon landings. There has never been any reason for me to doubt them. The science behind it is fairly simple. Truth be told, once rocket technology was developed, going to other worlds was really not that hard of a thing to do. Anybody with a big enough rocket and a degree in physics can hit a celestial body. The trick of course is doing it softly, and the bigger trick is putting people on these rockets and bringing them home safely.

This last weekend I encountered my grandmother's conspiracy theory once again. This time it came…

The Latin Mass and the Anglican Ordinariate

Those of you outside of the Anglican ordinariate, or the Traditional Catholic movement, will probably find this little more than a curiosity. Those of you, like myself, who are actively involved in the formation of the Anglican ordinariate within the Catholic Church will find this essential. Any Anglican even considering conversion to the Catholic Church will also find it essential. Traditional Catholics will likewise be very interested.

A controversy has erupted concerning the use of the Traditional Latin Mass (Usus Antiquior, "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" or "Tridentine Missal") in Anglican ordinariate parishes. (Note: this is not the same as the regular "Ordinary Form" of the mass celebrated in Latin.) Mr. Christian Clay Columba Campbell, of TheAngloCatholic.com blog, records his experience with the newly installed Anglican Ordinary for the United States, Monsignor Jeffery N. Steenson...
...When I met him in Orlando some months ago, Mons…

Christian Authority -- In Focus

My good brothers and sisters in the Protestant churches frequently ask me what the major difference is between Catholics and Protestants.  That is, assuming they're not cracking jokes about it.  Now, as I have said on this blog before, don't judge them.  They have good reason for what they do.  Granted, I don't agree with their reasoning, but nevertheless, it is sound from a certain point of view.  Occasionally however, I do get very sincere questions, and that has given me pause to consider some very sincere answers.

Most of my countrymen in the Ozarks are genuinely ignorant of Catholic Christianity.  This is through no fault of their own.  They live in the "Bible Belt" (also known as the "Baptist Belt") of the United States as illustrated in the map to the right which comes to us from the U.S. Census Bureau.  You will notice in the map, the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri to Northern Arkansas are overwhelmingly "red" for Baptist.  The tw…

Bringing Traditionalist Solutions To An Ozarks Town

The City of Republic is a small suburb southwest of Springfield Missouri.  It is the largest and fastest growing in the region.  Republic has also gotten more than its fair share of media attention too.  Probably the most notable was about ten years ago, when it was forced by the ACLU to remove its Christian fish symbol from its flag and seal.  I liked the fish and was sorry to see it go.  It's just one more example of how this post-Enlightenment god of Secularism seeks to systematically destroy every last vestige of our once great Christian civilisation.  I am proud of the city for attempting to fight this hateful and vindictive lawsuit, but alas, they could not stand up to the deep pockets of the nearly omnipotent ACLU.  The city of Republic has since chosen to leave that quarter of the seal and flag blank, just as a reminder to the people of Republic of what once was there.

Recently, I attended a citywide town hall meeting which I am pleased to report was still opened with pra…

The Bible Is Not Alone

In a previous essay I briefly touched on the subject of Sola Scriptura (the "Bible Alone" doctrine), which I will expand upon in greater detail here.  Now the doctrine (or discipline) of Sola Scriptura is Latin for "Bible Alone."  What it typically means today is a little different than what it was intended to mean 500 years ago when the German Reformer Martin Luther first uttered the phrase.  Nevertheless, it is this more modern understanding that I will be dealing with here.

Sola Scriptura (Bible Alone) is commonly understood today as the notion that everything a Christian needs for salvation and holy living is contained solely in the Bible.  It goes further than that.  It even suggests that if a particular doctrine cannot be found in the Bible, either explicitly or implicitly, it should be rejected as non-Biblical and possibly heretical.  (Originally, Sola Scriptura only subjugated extra-Biblical doctrines to Scripture, but under this modern interpretation of S…