*We almost kept them all to Ten Minutes. *
- Luke: The Question of Scrupulosity
- Gomer Communication after 10 years of Marriage
- Joe: Dating Fast (how's your mom's car?)
- Betsy: Chernobyl show and any new (non-FIRE) Podcasts
- Mora: Catholics in the Public Square vs The Benedict Option
- When is Justice Appeased in Identity Politics
- Gomer: Fr. Morris leaves the priesthood
- Gomer: and is Puching McCarrick in the Face true justice?
Thank you, Alaska! We had a great time at The Heights and at Theresa's house!
Get ready, St Louis, 'cuz you next! (July 23rd).
- For the Catholic Suffering from Scruples — Scrupulosity might look foolish or even funny to outsiders, but for people gripped in its claws, it's hellish. I mean that literally: it feels like we are locked away from God and His love. Scrupulosity is a coil of fear, doubt, guilt, and despair.
- Ten Commandments for the Scrupulous — Below is a guide for folks who have this condition. It was written first by a Redemptorist priest, Father Don Miller, some thirty years ago, and has been amended by Father Thomas Santa. I hope it helps you if you're torturing yourself with thoughts rooted in scrupulosity.
- About Scrupulous Anonymous - Scrupulous Anonymous — Since 1964, a very important part of the mission of the Redemptorists and Liguori Publications is ministering to those afflicted with scrupulosity, a religious form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We do this by publishing Scrupulous Anonymous Newsletter. Some people may be troubled about past sins, others agonize about problems of obedience and purity, and many worry about sin where there is no sin. Their fear and anxiety prevent them from making decisions lest they be wrong ones.
- Why I Wish Jonathan Morris Had Remained a Priest — Why I Wish Jonathan Morris Had Remained a Priest COMMENTARY: There are burdens, often undeserved, that accompany every path in life. The priesthood is no exception, and the burdens of our life are not without blessings.
- Dealing with Scruples - Catholicism.org — “A scruple is then an exaggerated, unreasonable fear of sinning where there is in reality no sin. This groundless fear of sinning causes doubt and trouble of mind. The scrupulous person becomes a prey to continual fear of sin, past, present and future, in the most innocuous circumstances. He is afflicted with endless doubt and mental anguish, causing a confusion of his judgment with regard to what is lawful and what is forbidden, between what is trivial and what is serious. His morbid fear of doing wrong only obscures his judgment and multiplies his doubts, and these in turn increase his fear, so that he comes to take alarm from quite insignificant and unreasonable motives.”
- Why Conservatives Struggle with Identity Politics | National Affairs — In this quasi-religious arena, innocent victims alone are hallowed; they alone receive what could be called "debt point" recognition. The rest — however much their legal, economic, or social status might indicate otherwise — have no legitimate voice. Indeed, their penance as transgressors is to listen to the innocents, and their lay responsibility in the liturgy of identity politics is to assent to the right of the innocents to tear down the civilizational temple their transgressors have built over the centuries — paid for, as it has been, not simply with money, but with the unearned suffering of the innocent scapegoats.
- Dead Conservative Memes Can't Defeat the Identity Politics Clerisy - The American Mind — Today, whether at conservative conferences or in conservative think tanks, the listener even moderately attentive to the conversation will hear of the perils of progressivism and of cultural Marxism, of the need to defend family values, of the importance of being pro-life, of the importance of free markets, and of the threat of multiculturalism. These terms—indeed the constellation these terms form—emerged during the Reagan Presidency, more than three decades ago. If the 2016 Presidential election tells us anything, it is that this verbiage has hardened into nearly lifeless political rhetoric, sustained on life support through institutional buy-in and the assurances of political philosophers sympathetic to conservatism who tirelessly promote the link between the veritable ideas they study and the political vocabulary that has been in place for decades is timeless.
- S2 E14: Bishop Barron: Catholicism and the Modern Age | Jordan Peterson — For Ep 14, we present Dr. Peterson’s highly anticipated conversation with Bishop Barron.
- True Grit (2010) - IMDb — Storyline Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.
- The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation: Rod Dreher: 9780735213296: Amazon.com: Books — The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation Hardcover – March 14, 2017
- Stop Misunderstanding the Benedict Option — I’ve heard so many people characterize the Benedict Option as: “We can’t just retreat, give up, or bury our heads in the sand.” Many people have equated the Benedict Option with disengagement and withdraw. Here is the real basis of the Benedict Option: Given the profound crisis of culture (which has affected the Church as well), we cannot look to mainstream institutions for our future. Rather, we need to form intentional communities that more fully embody our Christian faith and in which we are willing to face the consequences of going against the stream. It is from such institutions that real cultural change will occur. Thus, the Benedict Option is all about being active and engaging the problems of society. It recognizes, however, that solutions will begin locally, in the relationships that we can influence. Rebuilding will begin there. Do we really think that our political, educational, and economic institutions will provide a secure future for the practice of our Christian faith?
- Benedict Option FAQ | The American Conservative
- Luke on Twitter: "Lady liberty.… " — The Pose.