Saturday, May 12, 2018

This Week in the Church: Gracida, Barnhardt, Padre Pio posts, Catholic blogs

Enjoying day 2 of my stay-cation.  I'm flopped lazily here in my Lazyboy in front of my bigscreen TV poisoning my body with diet Coke.   What a lazy man I am.


Seriously though,  I'm in serious need of some R&R to re-charge my batteries before I'm sucked back into the proletariat, live-to-work whirlpool we call the American workplace   Pray for me my cortisol levels normalize these next days.  We're thinking some hikes,  dollar movies, a lake trip,  and maybe a daytrip tomorrow to colorful Eureka Springs, AR (with a great German restaurant and scenic village).

Bishop Gracida Interview:

That man is a breath of fresh air.  A now traditionalist Bishop saying only the true Mass,  outspoken against the liberal bishops,  giving a balanced, factual approach to how we the Cardinals can consider solving the papal crisis.   Take it or leave it,  at least he isn't another blogger pontiff spewing opinions based on his internet cred.   He is a bishop,  and the argument he presented is academic,  logical,  and humble, as I read it.   He may or may not be right.   In the end,  the Cardinals alone decide. 

Ann Blowhard's Barnhardt's Benedict is still the Pope Dogma:

God bless her.   I tend to like her spunk and filter her hyper-hyperbole.  But on this one she is coming across like a major blowhard.   The problem here is she promulgates her opinion as a dogma, even to the point one alternative, Bishop Gracida's proposal, "MUST NOT BE PURSUED."   LOL.   

She also recently opposed Steve Skojec at 1P5, Fr. Z, not to mention Hillary White.   

I confess also letting emotion at times become less subordinated to reason.  It is bound to happen when you express righteous anger about the breakdown of faith and order in the Church.   

For all you Barnhardite, SedeBenedictIsStillPope-ists out there,  I sympathize.  I won't rule out any reasonable option/question about addressing 
the current descent of the conciliar Revolution. 

St. Padre Pio blog posts:

I hope you all find them edifying. 
I owe the man a lot.   His intercession no doubt brought me out of a medical crisis I went through a year ago (plus physical therapy and joining a gym with an indoor pool).

There is a Padre Pio prayer group in many or most dioceses,  including in Tulsa.   I want to say Sts. Peter and Paul parish,  but also at Mary Magdalene. 

Part 3 coming soon. 

Closing Thoughts on Catholic Blogs:

A blog is a blog is a blog.   Nothing more,  and nothing less.    A spot to express views,  experiences,  interests,  and beliefs. 

A blog is not a place to set yourself up as a Pontiff, or self-appointed authority... expect readers to set aside requirements of logic,  evidence,  and reasonableness because you must be right,  because you are one traditional Catholic with a blog. 

At the same time, I believe,  it can be an invaluable tool for the laity to express our "sense of faith" about the Church today. 

So if I ask a bishop a few questions,  or report public facts about my diocese dismissing two traditional religious communities,  or wax and wane about cigars or buffalo wings,  please know I'm just one Joe Blow registered on blogger, sitting here in my armchair with this hobby,  trying to make proper use of what a blog actually is.  

I hope it informs, entertains,  and gives perspective,  not becomes another one-man Sanhedrin like too many Catholic blogs out there. 

Except in my own academic areas of study and professional experience--health care,  science/education,  Catholic philosophy--I decidedly refrain from basing arguments on my own personal authority or internet reputation, however small or large that should become in other people's eyes.   

Instead, the veracity and value of what I say on these pages rests squarely on the content,  form,  and style I present. 

To make that point,  see how I changed the title above. 

Happy Saturday. 


  1. On your other post about the "Barhndad Thesis", you forget some facts:
    - he wear in white
    - he es the (emeritus) POPE
    - the people refers him as "your HOLINESS"

    JUST take a look at the pictures of him with jorge and tell me:
    "how MANY POPES does you see here"?

    I see TWO POPES there

    so, the ARGUMENTS lose vs REALITY.
    you could argue as long as you wish, but, the FACT is
    in rome are TWO "popes"
    one "public" or "active" and one "emeritus" or "inactive" (but pope, anyway!)

  2. Benedict stated explicitly that he received his committment to serve (i.e. the munus) on 19 April 2005, which he said was "for always" and added, "my decision to renounce the ACTIVE exercise of the ministry does not REVOKE this."