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Is Pope Francis a Distributist?

I'm still unpacking the pope's apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.  There is much to glean here, but at this point I think it is now safe to say that the mainstream media got it 100% wrong on Pope Francis. He is not the liberal-modernist "hippy pope" they made him out to be. Quite to the contrary, the pope is a conservative, a radical and a traditionalist all rolled into one.  He is John Paul II + Benedict XVI + Leo XIII + Pius XI + a massive dose of steroids!  I'll be mining this apostolic exhortation in the weeks to come. Today, however, something stood out in a very glaring way. There is no way around this one.  Pope Frances does not support supply-side ("trickle down") economics. In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father had these stinging words to say about Western capitalism...
53. Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say …

How to Revive the Catholic Church

Fast forward the feed to about 29:30 to see my chat with Voris.
Now that I have your attention with the title of this article, please forgive me for being presumptuous.  I am, after all, just a convert.  However, I think it is my history as a Protestant that gives me a glimpse of insight into this topic.  Why?  I think it's because I've seen allot, from different strains of Christian tradition, so I've learnt a bit.  I also know what it was that attracted me to the Catholic Church, and I think that too gives me a glimpse of insight into this topic.  You can take my words here for whatever their worth to you.  Dismiss them if you like.  That's fine.  It's no skin off my back.  Or you can listen.  That's fine too.  I hope you will

Last week Michael Voris invited me back onto his Mic'd Up talk show to discuss some comments I wrote on his Facebook page.  The segment begins at about 29:30 on the video feed above.  Some Catholics take issue with Voris over his h…

Is Pope Francis Too Liberal ?

I post this today, not to get into politics, but to point out something related to Catholicism...

Sarah Palin, former Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, and icon of American Neoconservatism, commented that she thought Pope Francis sounded a little too liberal for her. To her credit, she did say this may be tainted by the news media so she will not judge with any certainty. (We should give her credit for that.) I think however, this comment is reflective of a particular problem in American society.

We tend to measure people by sound bites and then compare them to our own ideology. Sarah Palin was raised Catholic, but she and her parents left the Church when she was in her pre-teen years. Usually when Catholics do this, it is because they've judged the Church through sound bites. They've taken little snippets of Church teaching and/or practice, and compared them with their own ideology. Finding a discrepancy, they leave the Church, rather than dig deeper into…

Catholic Traditionalism versus Fundamentalism

NOTE: This article pertains primarily to Catholicism in the English-speaking world.  The situation can be quite different in non-Anglophone countries.

Traditionalism and Fundamentalism; yes there is a difference.  This is most especially the case in Catholicism. We see it in Protestantism too, but in Catholicism the line is more clearly drawn, and it is a line based in attitude.

Traditionalism is when Catholics cling to tradition, and overall, this is a very good thing.  It helps to keep the Church connected to her past, and in the end, it keeps her identity clear.  From the 1970s through early 2000s, there was a shortage of traditionalists in the Catholic Church, and the Church suffered because of this.  Thankfully, that is starting to change.  The trend toward returning to traditional practices really picked up in the late 1990s to early 2000s, however, because many priests and bishops had adopted a hostile attitude toward tradition, many traditionalists had nowhere to go but to ill…

Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur Granted to "Catholicism for Protestants"

I am pleased to report that I received a warm and cordial letter from Bishop James V. Johnston last week, informing me that my book "Catholicism for Protestants" has received a Nihil Obstat from his censor librorum, and the bishop has granted his Imprimatur.

NIHIL OBSTAT: Reverend Allan Saunders, Censor Librorum.
IMPRIMATUR: Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr., Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

So "Catholicism for Protestants" is now about as official as it can get.  Readers can rest assured the book contains no errors that contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.  That's not me saying that.  That's the official pronouncement of a Catholic bishop and his censor librorum.  My hope is that this will remove any hesitation on the part of Catholic educators to use this book as a tool for educating the faithful in areas where some Protestants mount relentless anti-Catholic attacks.  What makes this book a little different is its size and format.

For …