Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, the new head of the Jesuit Order, has claimed in a recent interview that Jesus’ own words about divorce are subject of interpretation and personal interpretation. The interview is incredibly revealing as Fr. Arturo repeatedly prioritizes personal discernment over Catholic doctrine. Full disclosure: I think Fr. Arturo is dangerously incorrect. His arguments are vague at best, don’t hold any water against what has been taught by The Church two thousand years, and actually call into question everything Jesus said – not just his discourse on remarriage after divorce. That a prominent leader in the Church is spouting such heresies without shame in open interviews is such a dangerous sign of our times.
Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick, of thosecatholicmen.com, has written an excellent article about the need for excitement, risk, adventure, and, yes, danger in the education and formation of young boys. As someone who has taught children from Kindergarten through high school, I fully agree with this.
In an effort to educate as many children as possible, as fast as possible, we’ve turned schools into factories. Children spend up to 5 hours a day in a single classroom, not moving, not talking, and expected to repeat tasks over and over to prove they are learning. Education has become as efficient as manufacturing plant’s conveyor belt – and just as exciting. Worse still, children who fail to do well in this particular system, either by learning slower or learning in a different way, are considered poorer students. Children were not made for the educational system, it (should be) the opposite.
Boys and girls need more than just rote memorization of facts. They desire to encounter the living world. In the article, Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses in on how young boys have a thirst for adventure.
Danger in education manifests itself in the art of drawing boys beyond their comfort zones to raw and rough experience. By embracing the perils of emotional exposure, intellectual doubt, spiritual exercise, social honesty, and competitive athletics boys assume the risks of the unknown, and gain a real knowledge of themselves and the world based on accomplishments and failures alike. This is the education that boys thrive on; and it is dangerous; but they should be permitted to face it on their own.
George MacDonald says, “a man is enslaved to whatever he cannot part with that is less than himself.”
What is our identity? I believe this is a very important question. Unfortunately, I also believe that the answer has been muddied and twisted by our current, over-heated, political climate. Phrased “What is your identity?” who can help but think of the myriad politically-correct, predetermined categories that seek to answer that question for us. White, black, hispanic, middle class, lower class, poor, rich, one-percent, gay, straight, bi, and everyday more are created. But this type of categorization is a distraction, and a lie. Have you ever wondered why the same political ruling class who champions equality-for-all continually separate us into smaller and smaller groups and goad us into feeling shame, guilt or rage for the other groups? This is identity used as a weapon.
But what is our identity?
Jason Evert is one of the best Catholic speakers on the subject of chastity. He has dedicated his life to the very hard work of teaching teens the true goodness of sex and purity. On July 1st he appeared on the Catholic Answers radio podcast to answer questions about chastity. In the opening discussion he shared a story about a recent encounter with a teen who was dealing with transgender issues. This is a particularly hot topic now because of recent headlines with Bruce Jenner, Target, and more. Below is the story. Pay attention to how he answers this girls questions and clarifies her various feelings.
There is a great deal of confusion out there about sexuality, attraction, and identity, but there is a way through it. Often Catolics do not want to speak out because they do not know the answers, do not think their are answers, don’t want to make people upset, or just don’t want to be called a bigot. But there are answers.
Check it out, Jason speaks the truth in a loving way. That is how each of us should handle these issues.
Those of us who are parents now grew up in a time when children’s television programming and children’s movies were filled with morals and principals. Nearly every show taught us (at least a little bit) what is good and what is evil. G.I. Joe is still brought up to this day in our pop culture because of its “Knowing is Half the Battle” moral messages that appeared at the end of each episode.
Nowadays its easy to think that our own kids are afforded the same quality programming we once were, but that is just not the case. The world has become crazy. Black and white moral truths that were once common sense have been replaced with a “do what you want” / “born this way” / “I’m ok, you’re ok” moral fluidity. We can’t fall into the trap of assuming the world is how our nostalgia remembers the past.
From the John Paul II Messenger Press comes this inspiring article combining two of my favorite things – comic book heroes and Catholicism. I wasn’t exposed to Captain America until the recent Marvel movies, but I quickly came to love him as a character. Here was a man who was a hero before he got his powers. Despite his weak and small stature, Steve Rogers new how to stand for the good and the true. The super serum merely amplified the heroic nature he already had and allowed him to make a bigger stand against the forces of evil.
In a blog post on Parishable Items, Captain America is compared with St. Thomas Moore and the early apostles as examples of the power men have when they are “rooted in the truth.”
Art of Manliness has once again proven itself to be an unwavering resource for the man seeking self-improvement. This time, Bret & Kate McKay draw inspiration from classic childhood adventure series – the Hardy Boys!
There isn’t a boy alive who wouldn’t want to spend their free time on a risky adventure, facing danger and solving mysteries. It’s what all boys (and men) dream about! Now a grown man and a father, Brett explains that he re-read the first 6 books in the series and was blown away by how much these stories can teach grown men about resourcefulness, education, becoming morally, mentally and physically fit, and a host of other skills. Take a look, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to re-read these books yourself, and take up a new skill or three.
Philosophy is merely thought that has been thought out. Man has no alternative, except between being influenced by thought that has been thought out [or] being influenced by thought that has not been thought out.The Revival of Philosophy
Advancing from high school to college should be a monumental step in a child’s life. It is seen, rightfully so, as another large step forward into maturity, independence and adulthood. But what about your child’s path to sainthood? Is the college they are attending fostering that growth? To young men and women who value their soul, entering college is like stepping into the Lion’s Den.
It’s the first Friday in Lent, and we all know what that means – salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, tunafish, pasta, and probably a McFish or two. We all know that Fridays in Lent mean we have to abstain from meat. But do we know why?