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Re: Everybody's a Critic

Apr. 8 at 10:15am | see this comment in context

Yet St. Paul has counseled: "Test everything; retain what is good." 

As to the movie itself, or the Catholic 'approach' to it,

"The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”…

Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces."

"Sympathy for the Devil", Dr. Brian Mattson

To me, the matter is simple: why do we even need to bother with something like Noah?  If it is as described above, and it comes down to entertainment vs. no entertainment (of this variety), I would rather suffer with none.  It is just clutter in my soul at that point.  Noise. 

Re: A Sinners Guide for the Self-righteous

Jan. 6 at 12:39pm | see this comment in context

(The link above did not work and I was unable to edit the post, but this was the intended site: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/document.php?n=999)

Re: A Sinners Guide for the Self-righteous

Jan. 6 at 12:23pm | see this comment in context

Gregory Popcak,

As the points I raised regarding the context of spacing children from HV have not been refuted, I will not revisit them.  I will point out that, in my understanding, GS is a less important document than HV on the matter in question.  Further, the section you quote also continues with a call to trust in divine Providence, and to have a spirit of sacrifice, bearing in mind the duty and responsibility to be generous in procreation, even to having relatively large families.  While it does not speak as directly to the context of recourse to natural methods as HV does, GS seems to me, implicitly, to assume the same context as HV did.  And how could it not?

More generally, I think that, especially in an epoch in which the holy is so often vulgarized, to be concerned about the context in which NFP is promoted is necessary and wise.

Re: Recovering Christmas joy

Dec. 27 at 12:04pm | see this comment in context

If anyone is interested, I came across a sermon which attempts to identify the "source of deep and unending joy."

Re: A Sinners Guide for the Self-righteous

Dec. 20 at 11:40am | see this comment in context

If NFP is okay to use only for serious reasons, then the natural question to ask is: what are the serious reasons?  And, apart from defining those reasons, the underlying and logically prior question is: reasons for what?

And the answer is: to practice periodic continence so as to space births.  The entire discussion of “reasons” is in reference to spacing births.  HV does not discuss recourse to periodic continence in the context of an isolated spiritual discipline, which is what I understand Popcak's point to be.

There is no dispute that the proper practice of NFP is spiritually demanding and likely spiritually fruitful. 

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