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Bruce Jenner Is Not A Woman

My Facebook and Twitter feeds have become flush with pictures of Bruce Jenner, dressed as a “woman”. It amazes me how many people, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike, have come out to “support” his decision to become a woman. We live in an age where logic and reason have been thrown out the window and emotionalism determines right and wrong.

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I refuse to show that hideous magazine cover making the rounds

Bruce will always be a man, no matter what mutilation he does to his body. Science supports this because he was born with a Y chromosome. No matter what alterations or surgeries he has performed, he will never be able to remove that dreaded Y chromosome.

Those who support his decision based purely on the argument “let *her* be who *she* wants to be” ignore the fact that Bruce needs to change. These same people argue that those who are gay should not have to change, but those who are transgender must change. It is hypocritical to force one person to change for their perversion, and to allow another person to stay the same for theirs.

Additionally, calling a man a woman is an insult to all women. What is to stop a man from waltzing into a woman’s bathroom, fully dressed and in all physical appearances a man, and claiming that he identifies himself as a woman? Only a couple of weeks ago, this man would be rightfully labeled a pervert. However, because you now “support” Bruce’s decision, you can no longer stop a man from walking into the ladies room.

For those Catholics who are openly opposed to pornography, extra-marital sex, and a litany of other sins, but have reservations with the out-lash that is properly being directed at Bruce, this is for you. If you are unable to condemn all forms of sin and perversion, then you have no right to condemn any forms of sin and perversion. All of your efforts to evangelize and teach sinners about the Truth and beauty of God’s love and authentic sexuality are for naught. You do not help bring people closer to the Truth, but push them farther away. When a sinner sees you showing preferential treatment towards another sinner, they will rightfully call you a hypocrite.

Bruce Jenner needs psychological help, prayers, and healing. The mutilation of one’s body is sinful. Acting out on unnatural behavior will not lead him to happiness, but despair, misery, and hopelessness. God in His perfection does not make mistakes, but humans in all of their imperfection do.

Jeff June 3, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

There Is No Middle Road When It Comes To What Jesus Christ Taught

Many people think Jesus always chose the middle ground. Thus if we are given two options, in order to be like Christ, we are to choose the compromise between the two.

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Unfortunately, this is not the case when we look at what Jesus actually told us.

Jesus Christ said He is “the way, the truth, and the life” c.f. John 14:6. He also tells us we should do all He has commanded us to do c.f. Matthew 28:20.

If Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and we are to follow His commands, this means we are to do what He has revealed to us and given to us. Likewise, we are also to follow what the Church has given us.

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If Jesus Christ commanded and taught that divorce and remarriage are to be condemned and not allowed, there is no middle road. If you love Him, you will keep his commandments, c.f. John 14:15.

The middle ground between truth and error is not truth, but error. The middle ground between two people arguing whether 2+2=4 or 2+2=5 is not 4.5. There is only one answer. It is erratic to claim otherwise.

Likewise, if Jesus Christ Himself gave us the doctrine and dogmas Catholics stick to, and if someone makes the claim “if the law does not bring someone closer to Christ, then they are obsolete” he is not being honest, but deceitful.

Jeff October 20, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Novelty Divides

There are many in the Church today who talk about unity and division, we’ll call them Uniters. Specifically, the Uniters will mention a certain group of Catholics who are always causing division (read “Traditionalists”).

It is crucial to read the scriptures, as St. Jerome says “ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ”. Jesus has something to say about division. We read in Luke:

I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled? And I have a baptism wherewith I am to be baptized: and how am I straitened until it be accomplished? Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation. For there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided: three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against his father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother, the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Luke 12:49-53 DR

The natural order of things to come is those who profess a faith in Jesus Christ will cause divisions among the Earth. While unity is an important aspect of the faith, we must remember Jesus Christ and His Church holds all Truth. To separate oneself from either of these causes division.

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In my own experience, I have found the Uniters who profess a “spirit of unity” to be the ones who are against the sacred traditions we have inherited. So much so, they will label and isolate those who do profess the Truths and traditions of our faith. How? Calling someone divisive comes to mind.

St. Paul warns against those who cause division by not upholding the doctrine handed down in his letter to the Romans:

Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil. Romans 16:17-19 DR

True unity occurs once we unite ourselves with the teachings, doctrines, and traditions that have been passed on from prior generations through Christ and the Church.

To the Uniters, I give the benefit of the doubt. They do not know their faith well enough and believe they are preaching it. Pray for them and encourage them to delve deeper into Catholicism.

Jeff October 2, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Heresy

For about the last year or so, I’ve been praying and thinking about starting a YouTube channel. The reason for this is because there are some things I would like to talk about, where blog posts wouldn’t make the most sense. For example, I’ve wanted to do analysis on certain music, this includes popular music and even Gregorian Chant.

The other reason, is because sometimes, well, I can just go on and on when I talk as opposed to writing. Sometimes when I sit down at the computer to write, I just can’t think, like, at all. It’s annoying, its irritating, but you know, that’s okay, it happens.

One idea for a series I was thinking of putting together would be called “Heresy!” in which I would take an opinion that is so overly used in our culture that is completely wrong and heretical in nature. It would make for a fun video series, but, I’m just going to have to do this series on the blogosphere, which is fine.

So, what is heresy? As defined in the Concise Catholic Dictionary of 1943 (CCD): “Originally a division among Christians; the false doctrine or false interpretation of true doctrine; formal heresy is a grievous sin; it is a rebellion against God.”

Simple right? Anything that is contrary to the Magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church is heresy. The Church holds the Truth and anything that is contrary to that Truth is heresy.

Its actually good to call out heresy when you see it, as normally you would want to be called out on a heresy that you subscribe to. This way, you can learn the true doctrinal teaching and apply it to your life. So, go ahead and call out heresy when you see it!

Jeff January 15, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Truth and the Catholic Church

“What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines.”
― St. Ignatius of Loyola

Whatever the Catholic Church teaches, through her Magisterium, is Truth. Because Christ gave Peter the keys, and built the Church upon him, the Church has the authority to proclaim what is and what isn’t true.

An example.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII declared that the new calendar to use for everyone, would be the Gregorian Calendar. It is the same calendar that we use today, and in fact, every single person (whether Catholic or not) uses this calendar. Catholic monks had a special observatory built so that they could study the stars. During this study, they realized that the Julian calendar was not an accurate representation of how the solar system operated. The Gregorian Calendar fixed this, making the year about 365.25 days long. The Church declared it thus, and it was.

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This also shows to, that religion and science can and should work together. There are many other examples of that, but, that is for another discussion.

Since Jesus Christ, is THE Truth, THE Way and THE Life (c.f. John 14:6) and Jesus Christ gave the authority to the Church, the Church has that authority to declare what is and isn’t True, through the Magisterium, that is the teaching aspect of the Church. If the Magisterium taught that 2+2=5, that would be what was true. Though, I don’t think we have to worry about that.

What is truth? Pontius Pilate asked this to Jesus during His trial, during His passion. Pontius Pilate didn’t care what truth was, because he had a majority on his side. Unfortunately, this is what society will try to argue. Truth is what the majority believe. If the majority believe that abortion should be legalized, than let’s legalize it. If the majority believe that gay “marriage” should be legalized, let’s legalize it. If the majority believe in x, then that should be legalized because that is what the majority believe and thus must be true. This is the major problem with a democracy or a republic, that if the majority is wrong, than that wrong becomes legal.

God is the supreme law-giver. He never changes. What He has said in the beginning is true no matter what.

Jeff November 21, 2013 2 Comments Permalink

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