Daily Archives: 27 Jun 2015

The Statement of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

On the SCOTUS SSM decision:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home. 

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.

I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions. 

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.

Curious Christian Cultural Cravings

It’s a very odd thing to hear Christian folk talk about wishing to fit in with society.  Very odd.  It’s qlmost as though they have never opened the Bible.  Ever.

Pride! Surely the Bible Is All About It, #AmIRight

Let’s read a sampling of the texts where the notion of pride comes up.  I’m sure, the way its bandied about these days, it must be a good and righteous thing….

  • So human pride will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day. (Isa. 2:17)
  • I will bring disaster on the world, and their own iniquity, on the wicked. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant and humiliate the insolence of tyrants. (Isa. 13:11)
  • But if you will not listen, my innermost being will weep in secret because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, for the LORD’s flock has been taken captive. (Jer. 13:17)
  • ‘Son of man, know that on the day I take their stronghold from them, their pride and joy, the delight of their eyes and the longing of their hearts, as well as their sons and daughters, (Ezek. 24:25)
  •  For everything that belongs to the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle– is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 Jn. 2:16)
  • I will break down your strong pride. I will make your sky like iron and your land like bronze, and your strength will be used up for nothing. Your land will not yield its produce, and the trees of the land will not bear their fruit. (Lev. 26:19-20)
  • For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. They utter curses and lies. Consume them in rage; consume them until they are gone. Then people will know throughout the earth that God rules over Jacob. (Ps. 59:12-13)

Oh… well, it seems that Pride isn’t something God takes a lot of pleasure in, does he…  1 John 2 seems particularly pointed.  Hmmmm…..  Maybe people should rethink all their ‘pride’ talk if they’re Christians.

Small Wonder Your Neighbor’s Can’t Be Bothered With Faith

90% of the Christians upset with developments this week will nonetheless contribute to social decline by showing their neighbors how little their own faith matters… tomorrow. When they stay home from worship. Again.  And proclaim to those same neighbors that God really is not worthy of even so much as an hour of devotion, much less a lifetime.  And a lifestyle.

The Cardinal Prophet

“The Left will tolerate no dissent. Convert or be destroyed (shunned, humiliated, forcefully unemployed, etc.)” – James Woods


It’s almost like Mr Woods has been on the ‘Unofficial’ SBL facebook page in the last couple of days.  And the Cardinal was a prophet.

Sometimes It’s Just the Simple Truths That are Most Profound


Nero Would Feel Very Much At Home Today

Suetonius writes

Besides the abuse of free-born lads, and the debauch of married women, he committed a rape upon Rubria, a Vestal Virgin. He was upon the point of marrying Acte, his freedwoman, having suborned some men of consular rank to swear that she was of royal descent.

He gelded the boy Sporus, and endeavoured to transform him into a woman. He even went so far as to marry him, with all the usual formalities of a marriage settlement, the rose-coloured nuptial veil, and a numerous company at the wedding. When the ceremony was over, he had him conducted like a bride to his own house, and treated him as his wife. It was jocularly observed by some person, “that it would have been well for mankind, had such a wife fallen to the lot of his father Domitius.” This Sporus he carried about with him in a litter round the solemn assemblies and fairs of Greece, and afterwards at Rome through the Sigillaria, dressed in the rich attire of an empress; kissing him from time to time as they rode together.

That he entertained an incestuous passion for his mother, but was deterred by her enemies, for fear that this haughty and overbearing woman should, by her compliance, get him entirely into her power, and govern in every thing, was universally believed; especially after he had introduced amongst his concubines a strumpet, who was reported to have a strong resemblance to Agrippina.

He prostituted his own chastity to such a degree, that after he had defiled every part of his person with some unnatural pollution, he at last invented an extraordinary kind of diversion; which was, to be let out of a den in the arena, covered with the skin of a wild beast, and then assail with violence the private parts both of men and women, while they were bound to stakes.

After he had vented his furious passion upon them, he finished the play in the embraces of his freedman Doryphorus, to whom he was married in the same way that Sporus had been married to himself; imitating the cries and shrieks of young virgins, when they are ravished.

I have been informed from numerous sources, that he firmly believed, no man in the world to be chaste, or any part of his person undefiled; but that most men concealed that vice, and were cunning enough to keep it secret. To those, therefore, who frankly owned their unnatural lewdness, he forgave all other crimes.


[HT James Spinti].

Zwingli the Translator of the Bible

There’s a great little essay in Nota Bene that you ought to take a look at.  It’s about Zwingli and the Bible translation and exposition he did.  It’s grandly done.


It’s Time For America To Stop Lying to Itself

It’s time to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from its every government appearance.  Because it’s a lie.  This country doesn’t trust God, listen to God, believe in God.

It needs to stop mocking God with such a patently false outrageously inaccurate misrepresentation.


The lie we tell ourselves needs to stop being told.

Last Call for Carnival Submissions

The Contrarian Carnival of Biblical Studies Bloggings will go live on 1 July at exactly, and I mean exactly 12:01 a.m.  If you’ve seen something that you think merits inclusion (in these oh so inclusionary times), pass along a note.  Thankya.

The ‘Official’ Wedding of Luther

luther_weddingWhen Martin and Katie Luther were married on June 13, it was a small, private ceremony. Even their closest relatives were unable to attend.

The newlyweds soon were ready to celebrate with their extended group of friends and family. On June 27, they held a more formal celebration which followed many of the customs of the day.

Martin and Katie started their day with an elaborate procession from the Black Cloister to the front of the church doors at the Wittenberg city church, St. Mary’s. Here they had their vows consecrated in front of the crowd which had gathered there as public witnesses. Another grand procession took them back across town where the “Wedding Breakfast” (Frühmahl) was held at the Black Cloister. The city council donated a barrel of Eimbeck beer and 6 tankards of Frankonian wine for the occasion.

After the wedding breakfast the newlyweds and their invited guests returned to the town square for a traditional wedding dance. Then, toward early evening, they retired to the Black Cloister for an evening meal.

Guests of honor at this event were Martin’s parents, Hans and Margaret. Martin invited the Mansfeld city councilmen Johannes Rühl, Johann Thür, and Caspar Müller to escort his elderly parents on their journey. Other guests included George Spalatin, Marshall Johann von Doltzig, Wenceslaus Link, Nicolaus von Amsdorf, and Phillip Melanchthon. Finally, Leonhard Koppe, who had been so instrumental in helping Katie and other nuns escape from the convent was invited as well as his wife Audi. They were also asked to bring Master Gabriel Zwilling along with them since Zwilling had helped Koppe escort Katie and her fellow convent escapees from Torgau to Wittenberg. The city council and University would also have sent official representatives to congratulate the couple.

The picture is entitled “Wedding Dance” by Martin van Cleve, from about 1566.  – Rebecca DeGarmeaux

BibleWorks 10: Photos of the Holy Land

This may be one of the best features of the new program.  The resource is extremely easy to find:


The available photos are all listed on the left panel and users can also search for whatever is of interest:


Once the location has been selected, an array of photos become available- with descriptions:


And some of the photos will, I think, best illustrate the usefulness of this aspect of the resource.  Simply hover the mouse over the photo you wish to examine and it is enlarged:


If one wishes to use a photo for a powerpoint presentation or handout simply right click, copy, and paste into your application.

BibleWorks 10’s photo array addition is a great improvement to BibleWorks 9.  It extends the ways in which the program can be used exponentially.  And it makes it an even more useful tool for educational purposes.

Quote of the Day

“Love wins”, as a slogan, expresses not support for gay marriage, but contempt for its opponents. It’s designed to outrage. – Mr Scientism

Today With Zwingli

zwingli832The next step in the advance towards the Reformation in Zurich was the simplification of the breviary as used in the cathedral. This went into effect on June 27, 1520. Those of the clergy that adhered to the regular church forms and the conservative people generally were disturbed, and the Little Council, which was a very conservative body, alarmed at the radicalism which was fomented by Zwingli, passed a vaguely worded resolution against “novelties and human inventions” in preaching, which was aimed at him.

A little later he again manifested his independent and reforming spirit by criticising the department of outdoor relief in the city, and proposing on September 8, 1520, that the public alms should hereafter be given only to those who had been investigated, and could show actual need. One test of the “worthiness” of the applicants for relief was their ability to repeat the Lord’s Prayer, the Ave Maria, and the Ten Commandments!*

*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 156–157).