The Times Are Out of Joint

Two quite intelligent women came by independent of one another this week, one an accomplished hospital nurse who specialized in exotic diseases, the other a longtime educational specialist with wide artistic interests. Very different personalities, but eerily alike in expressing, without provocation, their deep distress at “not understanding anything” anymore. Not understanding America or the president, the Church or the pope, the world and its seeming descent into a cultural wasteland and social chaos.

My “intellectual” friends talk about such things all the time, without much doing anything about it – and to be, fair it’s not easy to say what is to be done. One thing that’s only seemly, however: you shouldn’t be talking big about what needs doing unless you yourself are actually doing something. Italian has a word (coined from Shakespeare’s Hamlet) – “amletico” – for the kind of narcissist who indulges in eloquent, self-regarding, moral soliloquies, but doesn’t ever really do anything.

I take more seriously the witness of those two intelligent women, who would laugh at being called intellectuals. They don’t pretend to have answers, but reflect the deep disorientation that many “normal” folk feel these days. Reassurances from president or pope – both of whom sometimes seem strangely unfazed about the very persons and forces causing the anxiety – don’t change their intuitions that the times are profoundly, wildly “out of joint” (to quote Hamlet).

Where to turn when foundations appear to be eroding? Personally, more frequent prayer and fasting. It doesn’t seem to have done much for the world, but it’s done a lot for me. We have here no abiding city. Taking that truth to heart – and seeing what a mercy it is – is hard. No one enjoys feeling that what we once thought solid is crumbling. But in this sterner school there may be a purer hope. And perhaps unexpected rebirths. The Franciscans and Dominicans and Jesuits were not born in tranquil times, but in crises.

And in the meantime, there are some helpful and uplifting guides.

I’ve just been re-reading one of them, Joe Sobran, who died five years ago in October at only 64. Joe was a friend – often endearing, almost as often exasperating – for three decades. He was perhaps the closest thing to a genius I’ve ever known. He had a novel theory about the Earl of Oxford as the real author of “Shakspeare” (his preferred spelling, and before you laugh, you better be able to match his near word-for-word knowledge of the plays); he could drive you crazy over Jews and Israel (for a year or more I couldn’t talk with him because of it); and he was quixotic enough to run for vice president (Conservative Party).

Fran Griffin, a sainted soul who kept Joe from even earlier demise, and Tom Bethell, a loyal friend, have collected many of his columns and other writings in Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. I’d have chosen a more affirmative title, but don’t let that deter you from rushing out to buy it. Brilliant insights – frequently drop-dead funny – jump off every page.

Joseph Sobran
Joseph Sobran

Like these, on the milquetoast, modern, expurgated Jesus:

“The message that you should be nice to others and refrain from stuff like imperial exploitation would hardly have transformed the ancient world and haunted the conscience of mankind for several civilizations to come. A man who preached such watery doctrine wouldn’t be worth crucifying.”

“If you want to contend that the Gospels are a pack of lies and that Jesus never said all these things or performed all those wonders, you should at least admit that Christianity is the most brilliant hoax of all time. . . .How could a few unlearned and provincial Jews invent such a supremely memorable character, endow him with the ability to speak immortal words on all occasions?”

“He is incomparable; he never reminds us of anyone else.”

That and much more on the person of Christ and the Church, but there’s equally stunning insight about our postmodern, post-Christian descent into a new dark age:

“The new hypocrisy consists in pretending that nothing is wrong when everything is all wrong.”

“Liberalism has become the hypocrisy of pretending we don’t know good from evil.”

Of course, liberalism in our time also has its absolutist, tyrannical side, which has become even clearer since Sobran wrote – in speech codes, microaggressions, trigger warnings, anti-smoking, anti-trans-fat, enviro- moralisms, etc. This only seems to be a double standard: the single standard behind the inconsistency is a concealed and consistent ideology.

“For liberalism, God Himself is a tyrant, the only tyrant. This explains liberalism’s utter indifference to (and secret approval of) the persecution of Christianity, the untold story of the twentieth century.”

“They see racial discrimination anywhere as a ‘civil rights issue,’ but religious discrimination, even to the point of savage attacks on believers, never shows up on their moral radar screen.”

Joe made this observation in an essay that drew on my book on the 20th century martyrs, but he prefaced it with a historical understanding of how we got to such a state. It began with the “taming” of Western religions, when “tolerance” was still a workable expedient for getting along in religiously pluralistic societies.

But “toleration” would be redefined to include the “right” of killing children in the womb and homosexual “marriage” – changes classical liberalism never dreamt of. Traditional religions became, by definition, “intolerant.” The modern state, of course, has now become the arbiter of “tolerance.”

This collection ends with brief essays on Islam. Of course, we now hear a lot about tolerance towards Muslims and, properly understood, that’s only right. But Sobran had already grasped that a double movement was underway: our elites defend Islam as a way to further dilute our old Western and Biblical identity. But they ignore that Muslims themselves, even moderate Muslims, just like traditional Christians, Jews, and all morally serious persons – recoil from our promiscuous, materialistic culture – which (as in the Paris massacres) the more virulent Islamic movements cite as a motive for their desire to destroy the West.

There’s much more here, a good bit of it less political and polemical than just humanly wise. In our disjointed days, as we are all groping for something solid, there are few more amusing or enlightening companions than Joe Sobran.

Robert Royal

Robert Royal

Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century, published by Ignatius Press. The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West, is now available in paperback from Encounter Books.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    “My “intellectual” friends talk about such things all the time…”

    Of course they do. Confusion arises when expectations are disappointed and predictions are falsified. Now intellectuals are specially inclined to think of events in terms of questions and answers, problems and solutions and this presupposes that events are, in principle, predictable. But “questions” and “problems” are notions; they exist only in the mind and correspond to nothing outside it. Events, that is, facts or combinations of facts, do not have “answers” or “solutions”; they only have outcomes.

    Hayden White put it very well, when he wrote that “We require a history that will educate us to discontinuity more than ever before; for discontinuity, disruption, and chaos is our lot.” The Greeks, as always, had a word for it – ἀπορία.

    • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

      Oh my!

  • James

    You are always on target, but I would cut it down to the sad reality that we live in the age of Pope Obama. Committed not to Roman Catholicism or to the values of Western civilization, and proclaiming it not merely worthy of credence, but morally superior. A pop pope and a pop president.
    Warmed up left over fondue from the sixties.

    • Diane

      I long for the days of Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan. What a wonderful time in America, and generally in the World, which is now lost to liberalism and secularism. Only the second coming can fix these problems!

      • DeaconEdPeitler

        Interesting pairings: Pope st. John Paul II/Ronald Reagan vs Pope Francis/BHO

  • grump

    Sobran, Mencken and Hitchens — I miss those curmudgeonly trio, especially HL’s “amiable skepticism.”

  • Rickage

    Your comments bring to mind the stanza from Rudyard Kipling’s “Gentleman-Ranker.”
    “We’re poor little lambs who’ve lost our way,
    Baa! Baa! Baa!
    We’re little black sheep who’ve gone astray,
    Baa—aa—aa!
    Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree,
    Damned from here to Eternity,
    God ha’ mercy on such as we,
    Baa! Yah! Bah!”

  • St. Michael

    Excellent article. Divine solace and refreshment was found in today’s readings in the Office. St. Jerome offers great hope. “…Take firm hold of the rudder of faith so that the severe storms of this world cannot disturb you. The sea is mighty and vast, but do not be afraid, for as Scripture says: he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters…(the waters and those who are given drink by Christ..and the rivers that flow from the saints…) Therefore, let your words be rivers, clean and limpid…AND from Timothy — refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience.
    In fact both the Office Readings and Morning Prayer offer us plenty to drink.

    • Vince Whirlwind

      Not to nitpick, but your excellent quote from today’s Office of Readings, is from Saint Ambrose, not St. Jerome.

      Carry on….

      • St. Michael

        Oh yes, oh yes. Thank you Vince. I was dashing and thinking St. Ambrose but somehow wrote St. Jerome. Apologies. I will edit.

  • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

    I enjoyed your article but I will not join in the plaudits as others have the reason being that you do not address the answer. Saint Thomas Aquinas said evil is a willful deviation of direction to a due end. Applied to the world the only entity with the authority, knowledge, and mandate to redirect that deviation of worldwide spiritual illness is the Catholic Church. Clergy from priest to Bishop of Rome must lead the way in fearless outspoken witness to the truth of the Apostolic Tradition addressing all moral issues. Laity must cease being scandalized when clergy speak out. They should instead support the clergy in this. Apart from Divine intervention there is no other feasible answer.

    • Diane

      I am looking forward to the day when my Bishop and Pastor speak out against sin and are not afraid to do so. I pray that day is coming. But it looks bleak to me. I am waiting for the strength.

    • DeaconEdPeitler

      You must mean “clergy from deacon to Bishop of Rome…”

      • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

        Correct.

  • kathleen

    I am reminded of the words of the late great St. John Paul II before he became Pope. “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through… We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is a trial which the whole Church must take up.” I am also reminded of the words of the late Sr. Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries. She reportedly told Cardinal Caffarra the “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family”. Yes, it is a time for prayer and fasting. And for witness – witness to the Truth and the Church He founded.

  • Craig Payne

    Regarding Joseph Sobran, many of us have profoundly mixed feelings. There is the latter part of his life and heritage to deal with. On the other hand, another book by him is Single Issues, still the best pro-life book I have read. That would be another one to rush out and buy. And thank you for letting us know about the new book; I will order it today.

    • Romulus

      I have no mixed feelings about Sobran. The man was truthful without respect to fashion or person, and thus offended pieties cherished by many of those wishing to think themselves magnanimous and tolerant. The decision to smear him as an anti-Semite was one of the most shameful acts of WF Buckley Jr.

      • RobertRoyal

        For the record: nothing was ever simple about Joe Sobran, but as I mention in the column, he went through a period when he was offensively obsessed with Jews and Israel – I mean offensive and clearly unbalanced and obsessive to me, and I’m not Jewish. I had to take time out from talking with him during that period. I’ll leave to others whether his work merited the charge of anti-Semitism. Even Buckley was careful in not making a straightforward claim that it did. But in my view, it would be unfortunate if any of Joe’s multiple foibles detracted from what was remarkable, almost singular, in the rest of his work.

        • Fleshman

          Well attending a Holocaust denial conference with David Irving means that with regard to the charge of anti-Semitism—he is not entitled to the benefit of the doubt!

        • Romulus

          Sobran believed that Israeli influence in American politics was excessive and inappropriate. Buckley had a firm view that such criticisms were not to be tolerated, especially at NR. I have never understood the logic of refusing to distinguish between anti-semitism and opposition to a relentless and uncritical support of Israel in all things. It smacks of moral intimidation, a way to shut down opponents with the threat of an ugly smear. Sobran’s problem was not that he was anti-semitic (I’m convinced he was not); it was that he was no respecter of persons, especially the influential, and called them out when he thought they were up to no good. The man was a treasure and I miss him.

          He was also a better Catholic than Buckley, by all appearances.

  • Dave

    This is a great article, and the comments are great, too. Many thanks to all. Thanks for the call to more prayer and fasting; especially in Advent, this is really appropriate, and especially in a culture that has turned the preparation for Christmas into an orgy of excess that begins at Thanksgiving and, increasing, at Halloween.

    I have a modest suggestion that nonetheless will irritate and even enrage many. And that is that the war against normality is really the war against fatherhood, directed at men by the Father of Lies in his incessant war to supplant the Father of Light, Truth and Love — God the Father. Think of how much television and cinema in the last half-century or so projects men, and especially fathers, as idiots, incompetents, or both.

    The key to the revitalization of the Church and society is the revitalization of apostolate to men: to fathers of families, to adolescent men who could be receiving vocations to the priesthood, to young boys with hearts for God, Jesus, Mary, the Church. Why is this the key? Why did Jesus Christ himself form his Church around twelve Apostles — men, to the last one of them — when the Gospels tell us that the women got it first and deeper and showed more capacity to love the Lord? Why did Satan direct his attack against humanity through Eve, convincing her to convince her husband to rebel against God? One could say that the entire rescue operation that is the Redemption and the right-ordering of life is directed to re-establishing the order that was broken at the Fall. This means that men must be reached, and perhaps first of all (because women respond almost naturally to the call of the Gospel).

    And so, with all due respect to Fr. Morello, whose posts here are magnficent and enjoyable, when the Church strips out the sentimentality in contemporary Catholic worship — in the liturgy and in the music — and when priests, ranging from the Bishop of Rome to the local parish priest, preach, teach, and celebrate orthodoxy joyously, fully, and without apology, the men will sit up and take notice, they will take up their duties, and things will begin to right-end themselves. Perhaps the central sociological tragedy of the modern Church is the pincer of priest and women against the married man, who finds himself hectored, marginalized, belittled, or pandered to. See a parish or a Church institution that is truly thriving, and you will see a priest or a bishop who makes apostolate to men one of his central pastoral priorities. Father Morello, when the clergy do speak out with the fulness of divine revelation as found in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium, we do sit up, take notice, and respond. When priests and parishes respect married men, married fathers, things take off.

    • DeaconEdPeitler

      Nailed it! Every bishop ought to read and meditate upon what you have written. And then that bishop ought to go around his diocese leading a retreat for men. If bishops did this, they would not have the moribund Church that so many of them pastor.

    • Eleanor Marie

      You certainly did nail it!
      Please do send your post to every bishop or turn it into an article and send it out.
      This message needs to be proclaimed.
      Thank you.

  • AugustineThomas

    The sooner that serious Catholics move past their self-imposed dementia and admit that the United States is an evil nation that has murdered over 60 million innocent babies, the better. At that point we can move on and create a new, authentic, if relatively small Catholic culture. We may have to deal with wielding less political and social clout among the masses for a time, but then we can finally get back to the business of rebuilding broken, heathen societies–which is what true Catholics are best at and is absolutely impossible when nearly all bishops across the globe have been pushed or allowed themselves to stumble into a situation in which they feel compelled to lie more often than tell the truth and hide more often than proclaim Christ in the face of danger, like the martyrs and saints did and still do.

  • Manfred

    Thank you for this column Robert. In my opinion, it is one of your best.
    I don’t understand why any informed Catholic would be confused by what is occurring today. The bills are coming due on 60 million abortions, catholic contraception, catholic divorce, the changing of the Roman Catholic Mass with the unbloody sacrifice of Calvary into a community meal, the legitimatizing of sodomy, the destruction of Catholic Doctrine on marriage… The good and the bad will suffer just as they did during WW i and WW II and communism
    Thank you also for referring simply to “the pope” in your last paragraph, rather than the Vicar o Christ or the Holy Father, which would be blasphemous if applied to the present pope..

    • Evangeline1031

      A profoundly accurate comment Manfred. Well done.

    • Desert Catholic

      “The bills are coming due on 60 million abortions, catholic contraception, catholic divorce, the changing of the Roman Catholic Mass with the unbloody sacrifice of Calvary into a community meal, the legitimatizing of sodomy, the destruction of Catholic Doctrine on marriage… ”

      Exactly so, Manfred. Spot on.

      No one has ever accused me of being a theologian or a biblical scholar, but the wrath of almighty God was rigorously poured out on His people in the OT for practices far less egregious and sacrilegious than what routinely occurs today.

      Do we imagine God has softened His position on these sins over the course of time?

  • Dave Fladlien

    I’m going to take partial disagreement with many here. It is true that if we look at the great quantities of evil in the world today, we can and should be truly horrified. But that is only part of the picture.

    Last night I attended the annual Creche exhibition that one of our local parishes of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has each year. People of every form of Christianity you can imagine participate. They have a database of 3500 nativity scenes from which to choose, scenes the owners are willing to lend them for their shows, and each year they select about 350 that most fit the theme of the year (it’s John 3:16 this year). And people from every form of Christianity — and possibly even non Christians — absolutely pack the place to get in, night after night, for about 4 days. You can’t find a place to park, even coming in groups. As we left last night, I commented to those with whom I had gone, ‘Never is the clash between believers and anti-believers more clear than here.’ And I meant it. We believers are strong too, and we’d be stronger if we didn’t spend quite so much time arguing and fighting amongst ourselves.

    There are huge assaults being made on Christ today; all of you are right about that. But there is a huge, deep, strong belief in, appreciation of, and confidence in Jesus Christ as well. And the beginnings of a uniting of Christians behind Him. My business partner and I were in Southampton England last Summer, and stopped in to St. Michael’s — a grand old church dating to the 10th century as I recall. This facility is part of the Church of England, but we identified ourselves as Catholics to those working on the church, and we were warmly received, where once we might have been arrested. It was a wonderful experience.

    So there is a lot in the world to recoil in horror at; but there is a lot to rejoice in, look forward to, and give thanks for as well. I really, really think we need to keep that balance, or we risk becoming the most defeatist, pessimistic group on earth, and that attitude doesn’t not sound to me like a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

    • Manfred

      It is really a matter of how one’s brain is “wired”. A friend of mine is an engineer in a firm which does sub-contracting work for Boeing Aircraft. He describes the Boeing people being in his firm all the time, monitoring quality control. Why? Because if a plane goes down due to defective parts or workmanship, people will die. The Roman Catholic Church was founded by the Son of God in order to assist those who believe 100% of Its teachings to not “die” (spend eternity in Hell).
      The Church of England broke with 3,000 years of Judeo-Catholic teaching and allowed contraception in 1930. It was the FIRST denomination to do so. It has women ministers and now a female “bishop”. It is a 500 year old fraud.
      Mormons are not Christian. They were begun in upstate N.Y. in the 1820s.
      All religions today, including modernist catholicism, with the exception of Roman Catholicism (and the Eastern Orthodox), are MAN-MADE. They have no connection to the Divine. They have no priests. They have no Sacrifices They cannot forgive sins!!! One follows them at his/her extreme peril.

      • Dave Fladlien

        Manfred: it isn’t a question of following; it’s a question of respecting. While I don’t agree with some of their positions, I have a deep and profound respect for the dedication that some members of these churches have to Jesus Christ. Jesus made it clear that we should have that respect: when St. John tried to stop a man from working miracles in Jesus’ Name, because he wasn’t “…of our company,” Jesus told John not to try to stop him, because in that sense, “…anyone who is not against us is for us.”

        I have rarely met more sincere believers in Jesus than the LDS members who put on this tribute to Our Lord’s birth each year. Their particular beliefs may not be perfect, but their love is pretty close to it.

        As for Sacraments, when I was in Catholic High School, I was taught that (and I agree with this teaching), since many validly consecrated bishops had gone with the Church of England, and bishops can ordain priests and consecrate other bishops, they very probably do have genuine sacraments, including the Eucharist. I did not realize that they have the pre-sanctified, but when I encountered a tabernacle in St. Michael’s (to which I referred above), I paid proper respects to Our Lord very possibly present there.

        As I said above, I think we Christians need to put a lot more effort into fighting those who would destroy us, and a lot less into fighting those who in this sense of the term “…are for us, not against us,” as Jesus Himself said.

        • DeaconEdPeitler

          The issue regarding valid orders has already been stated. If Anglicans ministers had valid orders, then those converting to Catholicism and applying for orders would not need to be ordained priests. Your Catholic school was…well…probably not all that Catholic.

        • GaryLockhart

          “I have rarely met more sincere believers in Jesus than the LDS members who put on this tribute to Our Lord’s birth each year.”

          Those “believers” think that Lucifer and Jesus are brothers and deny the existence of the Trinity. They also believe in baptism of the dead, celestial marriage, “Telestial”, “Terrestrial” and “Celestial” kingdoms and that we all may become “gods”. They may very well be sincere but they are sincerely wrong in their beliefs.

          “As for Sacraments, when I was in Catholic High School, I was taught that (and I agree with this teaching)(sic), since many validly consecrated bishops had gone with the Church of England, and bishops can ordain priests and consecrate other bishops, they very probably do have genuine sacraments, including the Eucharist.”

          Nonsense. Another example of highly deficient catechesis gone uncorrected. If the “Church” of England had valid orders and sacraments then Anglican converts ordained as Catholic Priests under the 1980 Pastoral Provision wouldn’t have to be ordained by a Catholic Bishop.

          “36. Wherefore, strictly adhering, in this matter, to the decrees of the pontiffs, our predecessors, and confirming them most fully, and, as it were, renewing them by our authority, of our own initiative and certain knowledge, we pronounce and declare that ordinations carried out according to the Anglican rite have been, and are, absolutely null and utterly void.”

          Apostolicae Curae
          Promulgated September 18, 1896 by Pope Leo XIII

          • Dave Fladlien

            Gary, as I indicated above, I am not talking about the accuracy of one’s beliefs, but rather commenting on their dedication to Jesus Christ, which in some of these cases far, far outdoes anything I see in most Catholics around me. I think we need to focus considerably more on what we have in common with people who are advocating for Jesus, and a lot less on getting all the particulars correct. The other option is to simply hand victory to Satan, which is what we will do if we keep fighting others who love Jesus, rather than recognizing that the real enemy isn’t anyone on earth today.

            BTW, if you’re ever in Northern California (assuming you don’t live here already), you might try attending this event. You might be surprised how you respond to it.

          • ThirstforTruth

            Truth! It is important otherwise why do martyrs take the extreme action of laying down their lives to preserve it.
            It is all well and good to admire what traces of truth can be found in non-Catholic churches ( Pope Emeritus Benedict said as much) but your remarks smack of the kind of relativism that has led many in this world astray, believing that all that is required of each other is tolerance, while neglecting to appreciate the absolutism of Catholic teaching that Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life as found alone in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Don’t dilute this
            Truth by the wishy-washy philosophy of tolerance or the “common good”.

          • Dave Fladlien

            Getting the facts right and the theological principles, etc., in place is definitely important, but so is properly identifying who the real enemy is: the evil spirit, not people of good will, even if imperfect in knowledge. That is what Jesus referred to when He told John not to try to stop a man working miracles (expelling demons, in fact) in His name, but not of “…our company”. As He said, in that sense “Whoever is not against us is for us.”

            If we keep fighting off those who would be our friends (and Jesus’ friends too), we’ll end up with only the enemy.

          • Evangeline1031

            Oh, if only you were a Cardinal. That’s old school Catholicism and the lads in the Vatican today would probably disagree with you. They are laying waste to many things and confusion will abound. Good on ya for defending what is no doubt orthodox Catholic teaching.

          • Evangeline1031

            I get what you mean and believe I agree with you. Every Mormon I have ever known has stood out in kindness and exemplary interest in their faith. I get that they are taught error and believe error, but that doesn’t negate their living out of the Gospel a lot better than many Catholics. I could say the same for many Jehovah Witnesses I have known.
            I spent my childhood in a quasi-secular/Catholic/Baptist environment. I can still enjoy a night in a tent revival meeting. Anywhere there’s praising of Jesus Christ, I’m in. I don’t know what God will do with all these people and that’s His call. I can enjoy them and praise God with them and go to the Latin Mass on Sunday, hoping that someday we all make the cut.

      • Paul Vander Voort

        So God can’t forgive sins?

        • DeaconEdPeitler

          God has chosen to forgive sins through the ministers of the Church He founded – the Catholic Church. Hard as it may be to believe, the Truth is One and not many.

          • Paul Vander Voort

            I would be very concerned about belonging to a church that believes God can’t forgive sins.

          • RainingAgain

            Only God can forgive sins and he has provided a specific method. It is called Confession.

          • Paul Vander Voort

            Doesn’t the Lord’s prayer or “I’m not worry to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed” prove my point?

  • Michael DeLorme

    Favorite remembered Sobran quote, when he still wrote for National Review: “Health foods…they cost so much and taste so bad, you might as well be eating a Ferrari seat-cover.”

    • Sheila

      Ain’t that the truth?. Your reply made me laugh. I needed that today as I struggle to eat my now required gluetin – free diet. Cardboard for sure.
      Sobran sounds like he was an interesting character who knew how to get folks stirred up. That’s what “The Catholic Thing” and it’s authors do for me each morning (after my morning prayer of course). Thank you Mr Royal.

  • Evangeline1031

    Disorienting is the word. We are many of us disoriented today, as if we all crawled out after a blast and haven’t had our senses returned to us. What world are we in, we ask ourselves daily, as we go about our lives looking for what we may recognize as the world we once knew so well.
    This won’t be received well by some.
    I place great blame on the Cardinals who elected this errant pope, and the people who elected Barack Hussein Obama. They are not responsible for all the problems, but certainly for much.



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