Monday, October 30, 2017

Up Here at Kilkenny's


Worked late tonight.   Hanging out in a quiet booth at Kilkenny's Irish Pub in Tulsa (I'm half Irish-American and half German), drinking a Bud Light and eating bangers and cheddar cheese.   Just finished an Irish Whiskey. 

Lately ponderings.  Need to review how to take Max advantage of obtaining Indulgences during All Souls-tide, if that's a word.  Scroll down to read my post about Indulgences.    I'm thinking on All Souls Day you can gain 3 (!), under the usual conditions as it were, applied to the Poor Souls only

Tomorrow is Halloween.   I can imagine some Catholic mothers 
worried if Trick-or-Treating is a near occasion of sin.   Well this is one of the, as I call it,  trad theological errors, if you ask me.   It's a fine line,  but you CAN do Halloween in a traditional Catholic way, imo.  

One alternative to the psychopathic horror show that is secular Halloween, is the All Saints Day Party. 

And guess what?   We Okie Trads
in the Diocese of Tulsa of Eastern Oklahoma (new name! Btw, I often refer to our Local Church that way), have TWO All Saints Day Parties coming up! 

1.  After next Sunday Mass at MPB, I hear. 

2.  A week later--on a Saturday-- at a SSPP family's house.  (email me if you'd like an invite). 

Happy All Hallows Eve, fella Okie Trads! 






Thursday, October 26, 2017

Some Thoughts on Indulgences

Introduction.

After I was given a practically brand spankin' new laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series, Touchscreen) by a fellow Okie Trad reader of the blog, another reader emailed me offering two laptops.  I declined due to the recent gift but they insisted and sent me the laptops.  Now I have 3 new (to me) laptops!

"Anonymous" asks we pray for the Pour Souls in Purgatory, in light of their contribution, and that I write a blog post about Indulgences.  Cracking my knuckles, I'll see what I can do "Anoynmous."  And THANK YOU again for the two laptops.  Wow and double wow.



Indulgences.

Indulgences.  The remittance of temporal punishment due to sin, as a canonical act of mercy by either the pope or the local bishop.  i.e. To reduce Purgatory time. 

And friends, if you haven't ever read what private revelation says about purgatory, (cheapest version: HERE), you might be surprised to learn how real it really is.  The author drives home how horrible it is that you will gladly embrace regular prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to satisfy your sin debt on this side of the River Styx. 

Let's see, you've got your partial indulgence which remits punishment on par with the quality of your devotion when performing the prayer and/or other devotional act.  In fact saying one Hail Mary with complete humility and no holds barred charity for the Almighty can theoretically satisfy the debt for a lifetime of sin.


Priest Dies, Sees Hell,
Purgatory, and Heaven
A Must Watch Folks

And then you've got your plenary indulgence.  That takes care of the whole kit and caboodle. If gained, it remits all temporal punishment due to sin. It ain't as simple though as doing the necessary act.

An example of a plenary indulgence is saying a rosary in a group.  But the kicker is there are a few additional requirements the pope wants us to take care of to get the complete benefit. 


A) Go to confession/communion within 21 days before or after the required act (the previous law stated within one week but was changed in the early 2000s, thanks I think to JP2)

B) Say a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary will suffice).

C) This here is the most challenging part:  "no attachment to venial sin."


That last part, I've observed, often confounds the earnest believer trying to earn the plenary indulgence. 

As an aside, I can imagine some readers being like "Wha Okie Trad?  'Earn?'  We don't 'earn' our salvation!"  To which I would respond, yes we do participate in "earning" our salvation; its not all on God as Martin Luther would have us believe. 

Incidentally, when he objected to indulgences he later admitted he had been ignorant of what the Church teaches on the subject.  Ya'll let me know in the Comm section if any factoid of my presentation is off and I can duly edit it.



                          "Solo Fides, Okie Trad"

Not to worry.  The objection I raised in the last paragraph I heard addressed by a priest once in a conference.  He said the kind of "detachment from venial sin" required to earn the plenary indulgence
is not absolute. 

We don't have to be 100% free of concupiscence, the weakness of the flesh, or sin.  It is a basic kind of detachment.

But that kind of detachment is more a product of moral disposition, or habit of the soul, over time, than mustering all the spiritual strength you can at the time of performing the indulgence act. 

For example, if you are praying a rosary with your family, and at the end offer the indulgence prayers for the pope's intentions, you don't have to grit your teeth, take a deep breath, and drive out all the evil inclinations from your mind in one fell swoop to gain the full, plenary indulgence.  You simply have to be detached from sin. 

But to assure yourself that you are, the habit of detachment from all sin could be cultivated through daily prayer, fasting, and almsgiving--the three forms of penance recommended by the Church since the beginning.

There are all sorts of ways to gain partial indulgences.  Every prayer of the rosary--the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Creed are all indulgenced prayers.  "Ejaculatory prayers" are a common way to gain indulgences throughout the day. 

That old school term means to vocalize, even with a whisper, short simple prayers such as:


"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I give you my heart and my soul;  Jesus, Mary, and Joseph assist me in my last agony and death;" Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I breathe forth my soul and peace to you."

Here is the official list of approved indulgences:

Enchiridion  (cool name)

And rules or general conditions:


My favorite plenary indulgence is the daily family rosary.  But during the time of All Saints Day and All Souls Day you can earn several indulgences, for the Poor Souls: 


A few other interesting aspects about Indulgences.

If you have had the habit of prayer during your lifetime, get this, you can gain a plenary indulgence at the moment of death!  Or, if you are blessed to have Anointing of the Sick, confession, communion, and the "last rites" at the time of your death (remember we're all doing to die!), the priest will/should give you the Apostolic Blessing which carries with it a plenary indulgence from the pope. 

In either case, if properly received, the departed soul will go straight through the Pearly Gates.  That's a comfort for Catholics reading this whose deceased loved ones received this special grace before death.  I remember my father receiving the Apostolic Blessing before passing on.  But I still have Masses said for him.

Conclusion.

Indulgences are a marvelous aspect of the spiritual life, and in fact help give form to the spiritual life.
Just think about it.  Those requirements for indulgences are synonymous with the ordinary means of saving your soul:  prayers, fasting, almsgiving, confession, communion. 

The Saints actually teach that it is a greater act of charity and duty to pray for the dead than spiritual or corporal works of mercy to our fellow man here below.  Yup, that blows my mind too.  But gaining indulgences for them, and us, we participate more fully and intimately in the Communion of the Saints, on the level of the Church Militant (us) praying for and with the Church Suffering (souls in Purgatory).

Did I miss any important aspect of Indulgences?  Let me know in the Comm. Box below.  And thanks again to "Anonymous" for their generous gift of two laptops.  Ya'll please pray for their intentions:  for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

PS  My next post is a compilation of interesting facts about St. Padre Pio, one of my favorite saints. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Hot Tub

Holy Mass.

Reasor's Chicken.

Hot tub before work.

Where I think up my best blog posts.  :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Boy Scouts Thing in the News

Growing up I was in the Boy Scouts.   Outside of my parents,  Catholic teachers, and Catholic pastors growing up, it was a singular blessing that the BOY Scouts of America helped form me from a boy into a man.   I was a Boy Scout from age 12-18, and in high school I was active in two Scouting affiliate organizations Medical Explorers and Civil Air Patrol.  In college, I was an Assistant Scoutmaster and member of the Scouting affiliate Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.




So I feel the need to express my thoughts about the most recent change.  You may have heard the recent news about the Boy Scouts.  It is momentarily impossible to support the BOY Scouts because they currently do not exist.  I am unable to support something that does not exist.  Wha, Okie Trad, they don't exist?

Yes.  An organization has a certain essence or definition; if you change any defining aspect, then it ceases to exist; it has morphed into an entirely new, distinct entity.  If you replace a basketball court with a soccer field, or the basketball with a soccerball, or the basketball goal with a soccer goal, then the Game is no longer "Basketball."  It has been substantially altered into a different Game, in this case Soccer.

In the case of the Boy Scouts, part of its nature is that it is reserved for Boys.  The Scout Law, Motto, and Slogan;  the whole Merit Badge and Award system up to Eagle Scout is based on forming Boys into Men, especially men devoted to God, country, and family.   Not Gender-Neutral Robots into Politically-Correct World Citizens.

When you remove the Boys Scouts' distinction as being exclusively (boo hiss, I said the "e" word) for Boys, then you have removed part of the very definition and nature that makes the Boy Scouts of American what it is.   So right now, the BSA does not exist.

But I do continue to support the IDEA of the Boy Scouts, an organization for ya know BOYS, for the purpose of Scouting, to make boys into men, gentlemen, and citizens of the community, state, and nation.

Maybe Trump can take care of this with a couple phone calls.  Withdraw the support of the federal Executive branch and its resources (ie $$$$$), simply because the government cannot support an organization that currently does not exist.  The national BSA leadership might cave. 

In the meantime, how can Troops handle this situation, who wish to be faithful to the BSA mission?   If they are not willing or able to boycott the PC decision of the local Council, they can take a strategy that is very much along the lines of what it means to be a Boy Scout in the first place. 

Form Boy Scouts to be what a Boy Scout is supposed to be:  trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, brave, clean, and reverent, and to do their "duty to God and my country" then I'd bet a non-vital organ any girl and her parents who would consider enrolling in a Troop like that, would instead join, ya know, the Girl Scouts of America (who made a public statement against this latest decision, btw).

Onward and upward. (a Boy Scout slogan, which comes from St. Paul)!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Book! By Yours Truely! History of Latin Mass Movement in Eastern Oklahoma!



Do you attend the Latin Mass in Eastern Oklahoma?

Ever wondered how the whole thing got started?

About the different Latin Mass communities?

About the Past, Present, and Future of Traditional Catholicism
in our Local Church?

Look no further.  I bring you, from my laptop to yours, a little, informal, self-published book I recently wrote.   I have not officially published it yet.  Right now, there is no charge. 

People are free to correct me on the factoids and dates I present, challenge assumptions and prognostications, or just ask questions for conversation.

At some point, I would like to get this little book printed, and distributed through every Latin Mass community in Eastern Oklahoma.

Without Further Ado, I, Joseph Ostermeir give you...



Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Traditional Catholic Blogosphere as the 21st Century Version of the Catacombs



Deo gracias!  Wunderbar!  Holy moley!  Praise the Living God!  Yes!!  I recently received, from a Reader and Benefactor, "Anonymous," who happens to be a professional, Catholic gentleman and Okie trad, a practically brand-new, very nice Dell Inspiron 15, 7000, 7548 Laptop with a 15.6 inch Touchscreen, that can be used both with Microsoft and as a Chromebook.  Having spent most of the past six months typing my blog posts using my right thumb and my 3 inch smartphone, this is quite the relief.  Our little chromebook got fried, and the wallet was thin.  And my right metacarpophalangeal joint in particular is thankful!


My Metacarpophalangeal Joint
is Thankful!

And thanks again to another generous Okie trad and professional gentleman, "OkiePapist," for lending me his laptop recently!  Look up there in the upper right hand corner, and you can click
the post about it, and please pray for his Mother, for her conversion to the Catholic Faith!

Later, I'll put up a reminder to pray for the intentions of the Anonymous donor of the Dell; but as promised, I am writing a blog post about a topic of his choice.  He emailed me the other day, after I let him know the Dell came in the mail, and suggested the topic.  It is--using Trump's voice--huuuuuge!    Right up my alley, and it fits the majestic vision that came down from heaven as I was sharing a cigar October last year, with a Tulsa Trad.  The thought was to use the Blog as a Voice for Traditional Catholicism/Catholics across Oklahoma.  Here is the 2016  POST describing my grandeous dream. 

Anyonymous' Idea for a Blog Post is....drum roll please 





The Blogosphere/Internet as the
21st Century Version of the
Catacombs


And this here is the idea, fellow trads and Okies:  take the Counter-Revolution, and Traditionalist Remnant Church Online!  As a Safe, Legitimate Refuge from the Modernists that Be within the Hierarchical Structure of the Church.  This is of course already the case, to a certain degree.  We have all sorts of traditional Catholic blogs/forums/online journals,newspapers/etc.   This Online Remnant is already de facto a reality.  You will hear Michael Matt talk about it over at his Remnant online TV program,
with a setting that resembles an underground Catacomb.


Online Remnant Catholic Church
The Internet Catacombs

In Oklahoma, the online Catholic counter-revolution can be found at The Okie Traditionalist blog, The Hirsch Filess blog, The Catholic Gentleman blog, Oremus Traditional Catholic Newspaper website (out of Oklahoma City), The Catholic Manshow Radio Program (out of Tulsa, part of St. Michael's Radio, podcasts saved on websites), Mother Miriam's Daily Podcast/Radio Program, Most Precious Blood Parish FB page/website, etc.


By now, most know that Joseph Ostermeir lays his head down every night on the East side of Oklahoma, so that might be more my focus.  Building up the Traditional Catholic Remnant across the Tulsa Diocese

In Oklahoma, we already have an Online, Remnant Catholic Church, De Facto Network of Traditional Catholics.  My hope is to help facilitate and encourage our Online Okie Local Church.

Outside of Oklahoma, the Online Catholic Underground Church is seen with Michael Voris and the CMTV, Catholic Answers, The Remnant website, Fr. Z's blog, Rorate Coeli blog, New Liturgical Movement blog, Eponymous Flower blog, Vox Cantoris blog, all sorts of great blogs by Trad Priests (Fr. Kirby's Vultus Christi is a great example.).  And then there are the Forums:  I recommend two:  Fish Eaters and Suscipe Domine, which are an invaluable resource of receiving and spreading Catholic news.  The main tradition-minded Catholic newspapers and journals are part of the Traditional Catholic Blogosphere/Online Remnant:  The Remnant, Catholic Family News, Angelus Press, Wanderer--each with their own Conferences which now can be viewed from home via paid Streaming, and EWTN TV/Radio/website.   

Just recently, there is a new Forum for Okie Trads.  Its a Hub for Okie Trads and all Catholic to share news, info, resources, chats, and friendships.  Please register.  Click here: 




A Canonical Underground Church on the Internet:  3 Reasons Why We Can/Must

1.  Canon 212 says that Lay Catholics have the right to make known their opinions and concerns to the Pastors.  But is it not true, that too often our letters to the Chancery or an office in the Vatican go unanswered?  What other means is more effective and long-reaching besides the Online Blogosphere Catacombs  "to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion of matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faifhful?"

2.  Catholics also have canonical rights to establish Catholic entities without the approval of the local ordinary, to share matters pertaining to the Catholic Faith:  blogs, websites, forums, online journals, etc.   These are basically "private associations of the faithful" which share information publicly online.  It is grassroots and word-of-mouth, and in my opinion when you have a Catholic Blogosphere, constantly sharing knowledge and wisdom via Social Media, that is a (using Trump's voice again) huuuuugggeee  Force to be Reckoned With.  

3. The Catholic Church, even the official structures of each Diocese, are going more and more online. It is just a matter of time before so much of our daily life is integrated with a Virtual Reality via the internet, smartphones, laptops, and VR goggles.  The time is ripe to build up an Online Remnant for Traditional Catholics!  As we are witnessing today.

Imagine if God-forbid, your bishop or even the pope himself, should suppress the traditional Mass.  He has the authority to suspend or transfer priests, shut down parishes/convents, or remove traditionalist priestly societies from his diocese.  But he DOES NOT have the authority to dissolve coalitions of traditional Catholics in the flesh or online.   The Online Catacomb Catholics can come together and organize for traditional Catholic Action.

Imagine you learn your progressive or modernist Bishop is about to shut down a Traditional Latin Mass community.  Whispers in the parking lot (to borrow a phrase from Laramie Hirsch), or letters to the chancery just aren't cutting the mustard.  But with the Power of the Blog, and social media, lay Catholics can respectfully organize and voice their concern.  And these kind of stories go viral.

Imagine you want to start up a TLM, but are having a hard tim finding locals interested, or the support of the Local Bishop and/or his Presbyteral Council.  Look no further.  Turn on your electronic device, make sure you have a Wifi connection, in a few keystrokes, and use of a few simple online tools, they Project is underway. 

Think how you can help build up an Online Blogosphere Traditional Catholic Remnant in your own Diocese.  To help build up Tradition!  To help defend it!  One of the beauties of canon law combined with the Internet, is that traditionalist Catholics can in fact legitimately organize a Traditional Movement across their Diocese.

A few tips:  focus criticisms on words and actions, rather than personal attacks of a bishop or priest;  network with other blogs, websites, forums, etc;  highlight the good, true, and beautiful in your diocese, and at the same time respectfully express concern what seems to be bad, false, and ugly.

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5  Ideas for the Diocese of Tulsa, Online Traditional Catholic Blogosphere/Catacombs (A Model for other Local Churches):

1.  Bloggers and website owners network via email and Facebook, and have meetups to strategize.

2.  Make known this network.  The Okie Traditionalist Blog and OkieTradCats Forum can be a Hub for the network.

3. Have an outreach to Bishop Konderla and the Powers-that-Be on his Presbyteral Council:  make known to them our Network, our concerns and cares, and ask for assistance.  Offer assistance.

4. Informally network with Bishop Emeritus Slattery (he still has an office at the chancery) and tradition-minded priests (who are or may be interested in the TLM).   Use Fr. Z's Tridentine Latin Mass Society of Madison as a model, how to spread the TLM throughout the Diocese.  To help preserve and increase +Slattery's Works of Traditional Restoration!  And to defend them from being removed.

5.  Have conferences, social events, and informal meetups of traditional Catholics of Eastern Oklahoma from Clear Creek, Sts. Peter and Paul, Most Precious Blood, the former SSPX-Tulsa members, etc.





Peanut: My Backpacking Buddy

It was almost exactly two years ago to the day, that I took with me my backpacking buddy, on a backpacking trip on a loop trail by Greenleaf Lake State Park, southeast of Muskogee. Greencountry, as we call Northeastern Oklahoma.  About an hour or so southeast Tulsa.  "Backpacking buddy" is one of the nickname's I give for my "Man's-Best-Friend" named Peanut, a five-year old, black female Dauchshund, who, true to her breed, loves to tunnel under blankets and chew anything that is chewable.  On our outdoor adventure, she loved  carrying the little fanny pack wrapped around her back contained her dog food and water.  It being Fall again, she and I are beginning to train for that same trip, walking around the neighborhood.


Greenleaf Lake, Oklahoma
Backpacking Trail Loop

Recently, I received a thankful email from a Reader of the blog, named Sarah, a Student Doctor of Veterinary Science from California, who said she and her cousins are regular Readers of the Blog!  What-up from Oklahoma!  She wanted to recommend to other readers and dog lovers a website where, if you have a dog, you can look up photos and info about your dog's breed.  Thanks Dr. Sarah!



I felt horrible back in late April when I took Peanut with me to a doctor's appointment.  I kind of realized at the last minute I had forgot about the appointment (I'm thinking I wasn't too fond of the particular doctor).  Before going into the doctor's building, I had rolled down all the windows enough to let in air, as well as the sunroof, and it being I think in the 70 degrees F, I figured we were okay.  That is until some sort of animal rescue police officer came into the exam room to lecture me about leaving my dog out in the "heat."  For the next hour or so, the argument whether-or-not he was right ping-ponged back and forth in my mind.  I mean, it was still April, nice temps, windows rolled down enough, she had water.  But, in the end, my conscience yielded, and I decided I would not leave her in the car unless the temps were below 70 F.

Maybe Dr. Sarah has some recommendations about this...

And so I am waiting.  Waiting for Fall to keep coming out and showing us he is here.  So that Peanut cannot only be my Backpacking Buddy, but also my Run-Around-Town Buddy.   In the backseat, I have ready a bed, with blanket, food, water, leash, and toys.  So hopefully in a couple weeks or so, she will be running around all over town with me, with her head poked out the window (rolled up enough to be safe!), and her tongue wagging in the wind.

I love that little dog, Peanut. 


Have a great Fall Weekend, Ya'll!!



Saturday Morning Diner Steak 'n Eggs

2 eggs sunny-side up, tomatoes, a sirloin steak medium well, and a diet Coke.

Sitting in a booth at an old-fashioned diner here in T-town
overlooking downtown.

Nice, cool Fall weekend.  Today
swimming, blogging at Panera, wash car, give virtual reality goggles to my nephews, review
political writings prepping for
Coulombe podcast, confession/holy hour, grill chicken, watch The Hobbit.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

PODCAST: Okie Trad Interviews Sir Charles Coulombe!!!

Well not yet.  :)  I just chatted with Charles who has agreed to do a Podcast Interview soon for The Okie Traditionalist, coming to a blog near you!

I'm a newbie Coulombe-fan since about a year ago, when starting to blog I discovered the online presence of this traditional Catholic gentleman, and Jewel of Wisdom.  Oh, and I've never done a podcast before, so this should be fun!


Like many, I am drawn to his exponentially growing, leading expertise on the hot topic of Monarchy, especially here in the US.

To me, he reminds me of a 21st Century, American version of G.K. Chesterton, with a little bit of Fr. Hesse (RIP), the trad priest genius who always gave talks with glass of wine in his hand, and maybe even a dash of Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey from the Christ or Chaos blog (sede, but very informative).  I remember when Dr. Droleskey, his young wife, and little girl would travel around the country in their RV, going from church to church giving talks on Catholicism. 

Sir Charles likewise is a free-spirited, youthful, travelling speaker, right now headed to New England.  He and I will touch base next week to plan this ground-breaking, fantastic, soon-to-go-viral Podcast, from yours-truly here in Oklahoma.

Topics I'm toying with:  What is monarchy?  What is the current state of the Monarchy movement, in the US, and abroad?  The short-term and long-term goals from a Catholic, political perspective?  St. Thomas on monarchy and his ideal of the "mixed polity?"  Can Sir Charles speak to the idea of the "Great Monarch?"
Does he have any political aspirations?  How can we make this blog post go viral?  I'm sure Charles will have plenty of ideas.

So get your tickets, and get ready in a week or so to sit down for an hour of entertaining conversation, pop some popcorn, and afterwards join us in the Comm Box where you can ask Sir Charles more questions!

 
Okie Trads Gathering Around the E-Radio,
Listening to a Podcast of Sir Charles Coulombe.
Circa 2025 after The Great Chastisement.
Members of the Monarchy Party.
Subjects of King Donald and Queen Melania
:)



Monday, October 2, 2017

The Hirsch Files is Shut Down Again. My Thoughts about Blogging.

Hirsch is reporting he had to shut down his blog again, and it seems also his Facebook page.  Something about a threat.  I for one certainly hope nobody out there in cyberspace is saying or doing anything to threaten Hirsch.  Because while he and I have our disagreements (who doesn't), I would lay down in traffic for the man.  He is as hard-working a man as I've ever met, who is concerned about his progeny, as his latest post suggests.


Hirsch asked me recently to put up a post alerting his readers he was (possibly) shutting down his blog, or trying to figure out what to do with it, considering some perceived threats at that time.  When he re-opened his blog, I had taken down that notice.  From his post:
This is a hobby, and I have other responsibilities in my life that take precedence over the writing. There are people--little ones--who are under my care and protection, and I would rather burn the world down* than see them come to any harm..  

What's Going On?

Within the past week, elements of my blogging life meshed unfavorably with elements of my real life. As a result, it is possible that my writings may be on the radar of
potentially harmful parties. I say "potentially." Perhaps there is no danger....
Thoughts:

  • Blogging is indeed unsafe, which is one reason many bloggers use pseudonyms, to protect themselves and their loved ones.  You (myself included) have to take super-extra-premeditated precautions nowadays if you are going to put your opinion about religion and politics out there on cyberspace, unless maybe if you don't care too much what might happen.  Sir Charles Coulombe, for example, seems to be such an online voice, but I'm thinking he doesn't have "little ones" at home under his care. :)
  • At the same time, there does run a necessary risk if you believe that the blogosphere can be used to fight the "culture war" that is in our society, and that has invaded the world. As do I.  It takes a certain amount of gaul and willingness to expose yourself to a reasonable amount of risk.   It irks me when the big bankers only want to invest in businesses with little risk, as if the bottom line is just profit, as in their profit.  While I am not even close to being a business man, I have to ask, where is the fun and adventure in that?  Where is the creative force that built once made this country great, at least materially speaking.  Liberal capitalism is partly to blame for the country's decline.  We must take a degree of calculated risk, abide by our own self-imposed rules, and then sit back and let the chips fall where they may.  To any potential blogger out there, if you discern and take the necessary steps, I think you can really put yourself out there on the internet, and really spark a lot of thought, and activate people outside The Matrix to do Catholic Action.  That at least is my outlook, though I too am at risk.  I know that any Unabomber out there with a super-computer in his basement dwelling, could crack my full identity and target present and future employers, family, friends, etc.  You name it.
  • So my advise for Hirsch or any controversial blogger out there (except maybe the Soccer mom's who like to blog about their Paleo lifestyle, or bloggers like my trad friend Matto who blog about their dreams), is to not say anything online that itself, directly could be grounds for termination, calumny, or God's judgement.  I like the old proverb about how to respond to gossipers "Just let people talk."   If a man is willing to mean what he says, says what he means, and is willing to stand behind it, then he has nothing to fear. Or not much anyway. Me, if I ever "get called into the office" for something I said online, in a blog, Facebook, or otherwise, I will just state the facts, that what I said is outside of work, and am committed to being professional and respectful in my work place regardless of views about religion and politics.   And I'm confident management will laugh it off, and say to get back to work.  If not, then either I did something else to put me on the radar, in which case I can just rectify that situation, or they don't like me and it's an omen to start applying for other jobs.   So I think if the blogger thinks these points through, then they don't have much to fear.  
  • I say "much to fear," because anything worth doing well is going to have a certain degree of risk, that if measured out according to one's circumstances and preferences, should make for some reasonable amount of peace of mind and confidence.
  • That said, if a future HR department should call me into the office, and point to this blog post, then I just want to say "Whatup HR!  It's all good.  No harm, no fowl.  I am perfectly able to work with anyone regardless of religion, politics, gender, or sexual orientation!  Can I have a raise? :)"
  • In all seriousness though, I understand Hirsch's concern.  Myself, being newish to blogging, plan on one day investing in my own computer tower and server, and build The Wall around my blog with the heaviest duty Digital Security. Just for that added layer of peace of mind.  And if a hacker should be able to penetrate it, what will pop up on the screen is a Free Amazon Gift Card, to leave me alone.  :)  And say something funny!
Pax vobiscum!