Vic Biorseth, OWM; http://www.CatholicAmericanThinker.com
The Catholic American Thinker is, essentially, an attack site. It's existence is in response to the on-going and unrelenting attack of secular culture on the Judeo-Christian foundational ethos that underlies, not only America, but all of Western Culture. The overall emphasis is Catholic because the author is Catholic; the hope is that believing men of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant faith will be moved to join in, contribute to the fight, and perhaps open other WebSites in a similar vein.
The secularist and secularizing cultural targets in the sights of the Catholic American Thinker are not mere straw men; they are quite real. The Call to Holiness is a call to change culture, not surrender to it. Any theology that has to modify itself to suit cultural fashion is irrelevant, and any theology that does not directly engage current culture is dead. Catholic, Protestant and Jewish ministers must, at some point, engage culture; and every bit of culture needs to be engaged, not just some parts of it. Secular culture does not hesitate to challenge religion, and that engagement takes place on a two-way street.
It must be remembered that atheism, no matter how highly visible it makes itself, no matter how loudly it shouts, in truth represents a tiny minority, not only here, but everywhere else on Earth. No tiny minority should ever in good justice be dictating its rules to the majority in any truly representative Democracy.
The Catholic American Thinker examines the Ideologies that sprang from Modernism that initially caused (and continuously exploit) the splitting of philosophy into the two separate and increasingly irreconcilable fields of Material Science and Theological Science. Today, material and natural topics predominate in the public discussion in print and on the airwaves, while topics involving theology - any theology - are on the back burner, or invisible. That's not the way it ought to be in a Western Culture. Our collective ethos, our morality, which springs from our religion, should be driving the public dialogue bus.
Differences between Catholics and Protestants, and differences between Christians and Jews are not trivial and should not be brushed aside, glossed over or not addressed head-on. For a Catholic American Thinker treatment of those differences, visit the ethos page. As you will see, those differences (at least the major ones) are, strictly speaking, theological. They pertain the first few Commandments, summarized into the First Great Commandment, addressing man's relationship with God. Our religion; how we worship; the rules of our faith.
But the last group of Commandments, summarized into the Second Great Commandment address man’s relationship with his fellow man. Our morality; our ethos; our cultural standard. In this area, Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Greek Orthodox do not differ. These are the rules that apply when we step out of our churches and synagogues and into the public square. These rules spell out how we deal with each other, and how we collectively deal with outsiders, or non-Westerners. This is the area in which the Catholic American Thinker serves as a rallying point for Western thinking men of good will.
I submit that arguing with each other about theology, as gentlemen, is a good thing, for those who are comfortable with it. In these arguments, I may be expected to always take the Catholic side. But if anyone attacks a Jew for being a Jew, or any kind of Protestant for being a Protestant, I will stand with the one under attack. The Catholic American Thinker stands with belief, and against unbelief. The atheist, who denies the very concept of sacredness and thus holds nothing whatsoever to be sacred, therefore has no right to even enter into any theological discussion, since he has nothing to offer. Agnosticism, like atheism, does not share our common ethos, and indeed operates in the absence of any guiding ethos, and is therefore randomly oriented, directionless, purposeless, and, really, pointless. Atheists and agnostics are not as predictable and orderly as Christians and Jews because their lives are virtually un-directed; they just drift with the cultural current, and blow with the political wind. They are moved and steered more by cultural trend and fashion and fad and impulse than by any fixed ethos, or the recognition of any eternal truths.
Secularism pro-actively attacks Judeo-Christian belief most successfully by exploiting cultural seams as they expose themselves. Of course, there are the obvious differences between Christians and Jews, and between Catholics and Protestants. There are exploitable seams between the most and the least orthodox Jews; between the most and the least orthodox Catholics; between the various denominations, and even within denominations of Protestantism. Believers are periodically called to remember that these differences are strictly theological and they should have nothing to do with how we collectively get along. Look closely at the one doing the criticizing; how strong is his faith, if he even has one? Remember, the real war here is between belief and unbelief.
Islam is specifically left out of this Western Culture ethos brotherhood because the Koran, the Hadith and the common teaching of Islam is directly at odds with, not only the various and divergent Judeo-Christian theologies, but our common Judeo-Christian ethos, to such a degree that it opposes our ethos, and even seeks our religious, cultural and material (physical) destruction, or subjugation. By the guiding ethos of Islam, intolerance of non-Islamic options is absolute. Complete intolerance of us and our way of life - our free will choices - is what the Moslem brings to the public square. If any ideology is more intolerant than was the Marxism and proactive atheism of Hitler, Stalin and Mao, it is Islam. If anything poses a greater and more immediate danger to Western Civilization than Modernism and Secularism, it is Islam. We believers are called to oppose Islam. The blowing-with-the-wind Atheists, Agnostics and weak-believers, who in the past have said "Better Red Than Dead" may now be expected to say "Better To Be Moslem Than Beheaded." They who are of such pitiful intellect make useless soldiers.
As a religion, Islam is the second largest religion in the world, second only to Roman Catholicism. As an ideology, cultural trend, and military force, the only geo-political forces visible today with enough moral fiber, national will and physical ability to have any hope of successfully opposing Islam are the United States of America and Israel, hopefully with the traditional strong alliances of Britain and Australia. And perhaps some of the Eastern European nations recently freed from the shattered Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union tyrannies. Islam, like all forms of tyranny, simply must be successfully opposed by someone strong enough to do it. And if we believers don't do it, it simply won't get done.
The Catholic American Thinker serves, primarily, as a rallying point for men who seek to fully live the Catholic life, not only talking the Catholic talk, but walking the Catholic walk. Which means becoming more of a thinking Catholic.
A secondary purpose is to prod all American men, of whatever faith, away from the demoralization of Secularism and more toward the ancient Judeo-Christian moral norms born of Western Civilization. Which means a return to critical thinking.
This site opposes all Leftist-Marxist ideological notions involving the end of international borders, the end of national sovereignty and the eventual end of the United States of America in favor of the Utopian ideal of a Global Village, Borderless Society, or one-world governance or authority by any other name, to be done by any Leviathan State entity. We likewise oppose all international cross-border efforts by Islam and/or Islamic groups whose ultimate goal is a one-world government by Islamic law, or Sharia. This site vigorously supports the sanctity of national borders and the continued existence of the United States of America, her Constitution and Constitutional government, and the strengthening and restoration of what's left of Western Culture.
The Catholic American Thinker opposes and directly confronts all facets of the political correctness movement, including notions of feminizing the English language, and tolerance of anything and everything, just for the sake of tolerance. Call this position whatever you will, but do not call it lukewarm. All contentious positions are stated in clear language with no Orwellian Newspeak or any of the weasel-words so typical of both evil deceivers and moral wimps.
My goal in the Catholic American Thinker website is to provoke, motivate and move men to thought and action and conversion. The reason for this goal is my arguable opinion that most, although not all, of the moral problems visible in American culture today were brought about by the actions or inactions of men, and therefore men should be in the lead when corrective action is taken, individually and collectively.
So - let the games begin.
Blessed be God forever, and peace be with you.
Let me begin with two definitions up front:
Orthodox: 1) Correct teaching. 2) Traditional teaching. 3) Universally Accepted teaching.
Heterodox: 1) Opposite of Orthodox.
Why even create the Catholic American Thinker website in the first place? I submit that Catholicism is more than a religion; it is also a culture, a way of life, a way of looking at everything, and a way of being. Different Catholics differ from each other these days almost as much as different religions differ from each other. The reason is that the world we all live in has been at war with general Catholicism for so many generations now that many if not most Catholics no longer live the Catholic life or have the unique Catholic vision or sense of mission. The Catholic American Thinker is my attempt to do something positive about that.
So, what can a website like the Catholic American Thinker do about it? While it appears that the world is winning in this particular culture war, appearances are often deceiving. It has often been the case that, by appearances, the Church was in deep, deep trouble. Yet she always survives, and we have it on the very best authority that even the very gates of Hell will not prevail against her. However comforting that knowledge regarding the Church, in America today, Catholic culture is truly on the ropes. Perhaps our culture is not as important as our faith, but the two things truly feed and strengthen each other. My hope is to strengthen both through the Catholic American Thinker website content.
Catholic American Thinker Vs "Official" Heterodoxy
To begin with, thanks mightily to the miss-teaching of legions of priests and bishops, the once obvious public differences between Catholics and non-Catholics have all but disappeared in America. How many times do you see anyone making the sign of the cross in public these days? How many Catholics do you know who still abstain from meat on Fridays throughout the year? The reason that the Catholic American Thinker lays the lion's share of the blame for much of this condition of Catholic invisibility on priests and bishops is that, obviously, laymen didn't just make these things up on their own. Proper catechesis (teaching) is the domain and responsibility of diocesan bishops and their priests. These are little things, granted; individually they are of little importance. But little things ad up, and some things are not so little.
The Catholic American Thinker seeks to provide aid and comfort to those who seek to actually fully live the Catholic life, but that’s just for openers. We should be less interested in appearances than in reality. I personally know, and perhaps you know too, Catholic men who firmly believe that missing mass on Sunday without a good reason is not a mortal sin “any more.” If you ask them the “since when” question most of them will say since Vatican II, although that is clearly a false assumption, and it may not be recognized as false even when pointed out. They might not believe you. The Catholic American Thinker seeks to do something about that.
If American Catholicism has come to the point where a measurable majority of lay Catholics in a diocese do not "feel," and therefore do not believe
then proper catechesis in America is in an absolute shambles. Proper teaching on faith and morals is the sole responsibility of the bishop of the particular church, which means, the diocese or archdiocese.
A diocesan bishop has only three things to do: he is to teach, to sanctify and to govern. If he can't even properly teach the faith that was handed on to him, well then, what is he going to govern us in? Error? And what, exactly, is he going to sanctify us in? Heresy?
Now, your bishop, like mine, may truthfully claim that he personally never taught any such error, and perhaps that the erroneous teaching (or allowance of spreading error) did not occur on his watch, but on that of his predecessor(s). Which is all well and good. But the pertinent question of the moment is, whose watch is it now, and exactly what is he doing about it? Being a Catholic bishop is not a spectator sport, and neither is being a Catholic priest. The Catholic American Thinker will not let them quietly get away with teaching and/or winking-at and allowing heterodoxy in their particular churches; we will publicize their poor leadership and teaching to the maximum.
It may be a little more severe than most, but in the Catholic American Thinker opinion, any diocesan bishop who stands aside while error is officially taught in his name, by his authority, in his Catholic teaching institutions, or who takes no action to correct clear, obvious and wide-spread error in his church, should either step down or be removed by Rome to allow a better man to take his office and properly fulfill the responsibilities of that office.
The Catholic American Thinker intends to hold American Catholic bishop's feet to the fire. With sites like the Catholic American Thinker as the hammer and our blessed Catechism of the Catholic Church as the anvil, perhaps some of America's bishops will either change for the better, or get the hell out of Dodge.
Catholic American Thinker on Vocations
The worst of it all is how badly vocations have been affected by heterodox official teaching in Catholic teaching institutions. Remember, whatever is taught in any Catholic institution is taught in the bishop's name and by his authority. Teaching watered-down faith and morals as opposed to Catholic orthodoxy removes not only the differences between Catholics and non-Catholics. It even removes the differences between laymen and clerics. Here, too, the Catholic American Thinker will promote tradition and oppose heterodoxy. Catholic teaching in America tends to remove or gloss over the differences between the lay and the cleric, to the detriment of vocations.
If I may make an analogy, consider a United States Marine. It is not easy to become a Marine; we all cannot do it. It is not easy to remain a Marine once one becomes a Marine. It is not easy to retire a Marine; being a Marine is not an easy life.
Now, no United States Marine was ever drafted. You have to want to be a Marine; you have to seek it. So, as a thought experiment, what would happen if the differences between the Marines and the Army were removed forthwith – entry, training, uniforms, everything - and it became just as easy to become and remain a Marine as it was to become and remain a Regular in the Army?
QUESTION, for the young potential enlistee: Why be a Marine?
ANSWER: There is no longer any reason to be a Marine.
The Marines call themselves the “few” and the “proud” for a very good reason: they are different; they are set apart; they hold themselves to a higher standard, and they will not lower the bar. The Marines have never, in all of our history, had a serious or lingering problem with recruitment. Traditionally, many more apply than are needed. I submit for your consideration that if there were no difference between Marines and other forces, the United States Marines would immediately encounter their very first serious and lingering recruitment problem.
Now let us consider the local Catholic Pastor. If he is of the variety semi-common today that always removes the collar as soon as he can, who doesn’t often dress the part, who insists to all around to “just call me Larry” and who encourages all sorts of lay “ministries” (as opposed to administrative functions) then, where’s the difference between him and us? Why should a religious young man seek to become a priest? What’s the difference?
The Catholic American Thinker position is that an ordained priest is forever a priest, different from the rest of us and set apart, not just in this life, but for all eternity.
Consider the decline of the orders of nuns, which if anything is worse than the decline in priests today. In a similar manner, many of the orders have become almost laicized in practice and appearance. They no longer wear the habit, they no longer live in community, they follow no discernable order, they live out in separate apartments or houses of their own, and on and on. Why should a religious young lady want to be one of them? What would be different in her life? You can see the effects right now, clear and measurable. If the average age of the members of an order is in the seventies, and if the youngest member is well into her fifties, obviously that order is cruising right straight into extinction.
But the Catholic American Thinker can see and point out dioceses in America where there are no shortages of priests, and orders of nuns that are strong, vibrant and growing. What’s the difference? In a word:
Orthodoxy as opposed to heterodoxy, or unorthodox (at the least) teaching regarding Catholic faith and morals. That's the beginning point; we'll leave liturgy and language for later.
Go to the Catholic dioceses of Arlington, Lincoln, Peoria, Wichita, Bridgeport, Omaha, Atlanta and Rockford and you will find no priest shortages there. Quite the opposite; you will find an over-abundance of priests. The one thing they all have in common is complete and absolutely orthodox teaching of Catholic faith and morals, unvarnished, with no compromises.
Go to Mother Angelica’s Our Lady Of The Angels monastery near Birmingham, Alabama, and you will find no shortage of young, eager, committed novices and nuns. Mother can’t accept all the applicants; she simply doesn’t have room for them all. Guess what they do there? They wear the habit, they live in community, they are cloistered, they live by a strict order, they embrace, live and teach very strictly orthodox Catholicism.
There ought to be an obvious clue here for the rest of our American diocesan bishops with declining numbers of priests, and for the abbots and abbesses of all of the dwindling and dieing Catholic orders in America. It's clear, it's obvious, and it's right in front of their predominantly Liberal noses.
The Catholic American Thinker here submits that, predominantly, in a clear majority of American dioceses and archdioceses, probably including all the ones that have a priest shortage problem:
Most of the so-called Catholic teaching that is done in the name of and by the authority of the Bishop, in his teaching institutions, by his faculty, is heterodox Catholic teaching.
For graphic examples and eye-witness accounts of such teachings from an official Catholic teaching institution in the archdiocese of Cincinnati, see the following links.
So that should pretty well cover the territory of the Catholic American Thinker, right? Wrong. The problems with proper Church teaching in America are just the beginning of the problems for the American Catholic.
Catholic American Thinker on American Culture
Problems within the Catholic fold cannot really compare with the problems that originate from without. The Catholic American Thinker has much to address in alternate ethos' promoted as superior by the world. Academia has been greatly affected by the adherents to the religion of Scientism who dogmatically renounce all non-material explanations for anything and everything. Including matter. The Naturalist believes that there is and must be a Natural explanation for all phenomena; the Materialist believes that there is and must be a Materialist explanation for all phenomena. If the explanation doesn’t exist yet, it just hasn’t been discovered yet; that’s the cover story. These adherents have greatly affected the public and even legal definition of “who’s a scientist” to such a degree that alternative voices are religiously censored on campus and in the public square.
Catholic American Thinker Vs. ScientismYet, such seemingly simple materialistic questions remain, such as, what is matter? I’m not asking about a certain kind of matter, or about where it fits in the periodic table; I already know that stuff, or I know where to look it up. What I’m asking is, what is matter, where did it come from, and what’s it doing here? Why is there stuff that exists instead of nothing, when and where did it all begin existing, and exactly how? The disciples of Scientism, whom I affectionately refer to elsewhere herein as TTRSTF4 not only cannot answer these simple, very natural, very material questions, but they aren’t even smart enough to ask them in the first place.
It goes on and on; this is just the beginning. You could ask a Materialist about life, for instance. What, exactly, is it? How did it begin? How does something that is not alive begin to live? The devout Materialist and Naturalist will answer that these things are "well known" for at least a century now, and so the questions no longer need to be asked. (First you got your basic, fundamental, primordial ooze, see, and then . . . )
DOUBLE QUESTION: Where is the experiment, observation or empirical evidence showing how matter came into being out of nothing, or how something that was not alive ever began to live?
ANSWER: In all the universe, there isn't any.
A mystery is something about which we may only know part, not all. Unlike the Catholic, the Materialist cannot or will not bow before any mystery; the very notion of mystery is unacceptable. Perhaps the Catholic American Thinker can nudge him a little in the right direction.
It should here be pointed out that we have now had multiple generations of university professors that have had critical thinking trained out of them in American colleges and universities. They have been taught what to think rather than how to think. They are largely incapable of doing good critical thinking. They question nothing, particularly from within any of their own heavy Scientistic dogmas. Whatever common sense they entered academia with has been systematically removed by the education system. These are our teachers. Since the Catholic American Thinker champions the return to healthy skepticism, sound argument and critical thinking, it finds itself at odds with general academia today.
Catholic American Thinker and Education
There will probably be a page dedicated solely to education coming to the Catholic American Thinker. With the decline and slow death of the religious orders, both active and contemplative, seemingly keeping pace with the advances of secularism (which I must point out is proactive, aggressive and definitely not neutral) we see two clearly downward trends: Morality, and Education. Once upon a time in America, lots of hospitals were loaded with caregivers who were nuns and monks who took no interest in material rewards. And similarly, once upon a time in America, classrooms were loaded with nuns and monks who took no interest in material rewards. Those days are gone, perhaps never to return. Today our national education system is cranking out ridilin-dependant, tattooed, body-pierced and sound-bite educated little dunces who, collectively, put America in 28th place among the nations with education systems. That means 27 nations have test-ably better educated children than we have here in America. And, we spend far more per capita on education than any of them.
Proving that education quality is not a problem you can solve by throwing money on it. We have a public school system that ranges, in most quarters, between mediocrity and a flat-out national disgrace. Shining examples of educational excellence in America exist, but are all too rare, and obviously not enough to make up for the huge international difference. We have lots of students who cannot read at an appropriate level, who cannot properly sound-out words, who do not know their multiplication tables, who cannot properly work out a long-division, who cannot even point out the Pacific ocean on a map of North America, but who know and can demonstrate how to put a condom on a cucumber. Which, at least at the moment, is not an appropriate skill to put on one's resume, and so we need to wonder why they were so thoroughly taught that one particular skill. Why, exactly, are the tax dollars of devout Christians and Jews given by our theoretically representative government to public schools, in order for them to teach other people's children the mechanics of safe fornication, protected sodomy, and responsible promiscuity? Particularly when these same children are so clearly, obviously and test-ably ignorant in terms of classical education.
At the moment, even considering the clear decline of the last, roughly half-century, Catholic schools still out-perform public schools. But they remain in decline in numbers and thus availability, even where they are not in academic decline. The up and coming superior educational system of the future involves home schooling, and the most current test results, stunning all detractors, show it to be out performing everything else in America at present. I think it's the beginning of a tidal wave. Take a look at Teaching At Home (Opens in a New Window) - A good source of homeschool teaching articles, teaching at home resources, and educational curriculum information. Follow the link; it shows that we ordinary people can still do important things at the grass-root level in this country. If you can't do this, someone in your neighborhood can. Get your kids into a home-schooling program, if not in your house, then in your neighbor's house, and gain some very serious input into how and in what your children will be educated. Only you can stress the importance of critical thinking, so that your children will be taught how to think, rather than what to think. Ranked by shear academic excellence today, home schooling is first, Catholic schools are second and public schools are dead last. You owe it to your children to look into this very carefully.
Catholic American Thinker and JournalismJournalism has similarly been contaminated by the same academic system. The Catholic American Thinker gives journalism special attention because it has such dramatic affects on the public at large, and on elections, among other things. Main stream media journalists combined with show biz personalities, academics, Liberal politicians and practically a whole political party have morphed into something I call elsewhere herein the SLIMC1 . It has become their job and their mission to completely secularize – i.e., religiously cleanse – the American public square. Most usually the only religion they seek to cleanse is that of the majority, Christianity, and particularly within Christianity, Catholicism.
But that’s just for openers. The SLIMC1 is also committed to opposing Capitalism, free markets and even representative government, although they won't clearly admit to it, in favor of anything that might oppose Capitalism, including even the most totalitarian versions of Socialism that ever existed. There will be more on this later, but note that variants of Socialism, unlike Capitalism, involve not only economic systems, but social systems. A Socialist society is Socialistically governed, not representatively governed. In the "ideal" Socialism, the government model and the economic model are one and the same, and inseparable.
The Theological and Political Arguments and PositionsWe have seen that the current Western Culture theological argument is between the Theists, or believers, with their overwhelmingly Judeo-Christian ethos, and the various atheists and agnostics, with their overwhelmingly obvious ethos of BMDFP10 , Darwinists, Marxists and Freudianists. The front-line shock-troops attacking Western Culture from the atheist side are the Secularists, who openly attack all public and even private religious expression that is Christian in general, and Catholic in particular.
We have seen that the current Western Culture political argument is between the Left, Liberal, Socialistic position and the Right, Conservative, Capitalistic, Democratic position. Legion are they who have never studied and do not understand the vast differences between these positions. Let's refresh, with some brief, nut-shell explanations. Compare the brief overview given at the Pure Democracy Definition page to the brief overview at the Pure Socialism Definition page. The differences are stark. Some will argue that a compromise position is possible. The Catholic American Thinker agrees with thinkers like Hayek, Mises and others who hold that such a compromise is impossible, without leading inevitably to complete Socialism. A little social planning and control must eventually lead to a lot, because it causes failure of other parts of the system. There are some things that cannot be compromised.
For instance, what would a compromise with an objective reality look like? Hint: something less than an objective reality.
Current Leftist-Marxist thinking, which now dominates in America's Democratic Party, has morphed into something that actually threatens the continued national existence of America itself. Miss-begotten partially from a misplaced sense of revulsion for Nationalism mistaken for Nazi-Fascism today's Leftists dream of and work toward an end to borders, nations and sovereignty, and the achievement of a Utopian, perfect, Global Village, or World-State. Which would mean, of course, an end to Democracy, our Republic, our Constitution and all that goes with it. This is the new Communism, descended from Marxism.
Yes, the Left really is that dumb. We now have a major political Party dedicated to our national end. No more United States Of America, as a political goal.Precisely at this historic moment, when a resurgent Islam threatens the world with it's insidious international intrigues, incursions, terrorism and plots toward a world dominated by Islamic Law, we have Limousine Liberals, Hollywood Celebrocrats, Rock Stars, the whole SLIMC1 , most of the Democratic Party, some Republicans and a thundering herd of other silly twits singing the praises of and seeking to advance the Leftist Utopian Ideal of the Global Village and the end of all national sovereignty, local authority and the Rule of Subsidiarity.
While most of these people are just basically ignorant - the term silly twit really does apply - there are those among them who are not so ignorant. When all political power is centralized enough for it to happen, power will be forcibly seized by the one ruthless enough to seize it, whether he be Islamic or otherwise. The brutal and ruthless Stalins and Hitlers of our future work toward, watch and quietly await their opportunities.
Now, there is the newly recognized but long existing third threat to Western Culture, and it is a threat to all existing non-Islamic human cultures, and a threat that is both theological and political, and the Catholic American Thinker addresses it head-on. I speak, of course, of the newly resurgent militant Islam, which openly seeks and continuously works toward eventual world domination by force. If an overwhelming majority of Moslems do not participate in random murder and terror perpetrated among us infidels, they still overwhelmingly support the activity of the terrorists. Which is why they celebrate and dance in the streets when we die and suffer.
The Catholic American Thinker has much more to say on these topics, in many other pages.
Catholic American Thinker Rules Of Engagement
Within the Catholic American Thinker website will be found everything that touches the Catholic in life; economics, politics, alternatives to the Catholic ethos, explorations of systems deemed "superior" to Western civilization, history, culture, tradition, mores and more. Apologetics is only a part of it. Like general Patton, the Catholic American Thinker prefers attack to defense. An ancient, fundamental rule of war that has been in play for thousands of years says that he who defends may only survive, but he who attacks may win. Many are they who openly and publicly attack Judeo-Christian morality in general and Catholicism in particular. Since my own ethos is so regularly and consistently under attack by others, I feel absolutely no compunction or even hesitation regarding direct frontal assault on any opposing ethos.
Anyone who attacks Western Culture or Judeo-Christian moral norms is subject to the heated scrutiny of the Catholic American Thinker. If you challenge my ethos, I'm coming after yours. Fair enough?
(My personal ethos is laid out in crystal clear language, and in one short paragraph, in the Catholic Culture webpage.)
So, here, I think, I have laid the groundwork for the Catholic American Thinker website. I intend it to be a weapon with which to do battle with the people and the ideas that stand opposed to Catholic faith, morals, culture, tradition, life, critical thinking, and way of being.
There are a whole lot of different and divergent essays coming to the Catholic American Thinker; some of them will get their own permanent web-page and navigation-bar-button, and some of them will just be sort of editorials appearing in the strategic center web-log, or "Blog," to use the current terminology. If you want to argue about anything, go to the Publish Your Thoughts page, enter your thoughts, and lets get it on. I love a good argument. Or, use the link if you just want to publish your thoughts, whatever they are, whether pro or con.
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Date: Thu Jul 22 18:32:19 2010
From: Peter Yzaguirre
Location: St. Marys, KS
Vic, do you have annulment figures for 1990-2009? Great site. Thanks. Peter
Date: Fri Jul 23 16:56:22 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
No; when I Google “annulment rate figures 1990 -2009” I get some 281,000 hits, and the first hundred or so do not seem to give me a very precise cut at it.
It does tell me that Maine has such a high rate that it got the unfavorable attention of the Vatican, and that the US at some point hit a rate of 60% of all annulments world-wide, with only 6% of the world’s Catholics, and other neat factoids like that.
Most of the internet search-engine results are somewhat questionable; it cannot replace old fashioned scholarly research, which I am not too good at these days.
For numbers up until 1990, see the Catholic Marriage Annulment page.
Fri Jul 04 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Changes pursuant to changing the website URL
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The Purpose of this grouping of articles is to give evidence to the original and enduring Christian nature of the nation, and the Judeo-Christian moral code upon which it depends for its very life.
American Peoplehood Pages
The American citizenry is made up of individual independent operators with the liberty to take care of themselves and their families, prosper by their own industry, worship as they please, whose representative government derives its powers only by their consent, and who maintain the ability to alter or abolish their own government. We are the sovereign citizens of America.
This Christian Nation, and its Political Process: It’s The Morality, Stupid. This Christian Nation, and how We The People have been led astray from the path of Truth.
Refuting Separation of Church and State as a Constitutional Principle. If Separation of Church and State cannot be found in our Constitution, what makes it a Constitutional Principle? Nothing. It is NOT a Constitutional Principle.
Returning to American Founding Principles offers a return to national salvation.
American Founding Principles are reawakened by the mortal threat to the nation posed by Obamunism.
Why is this American Christian nation not called a Christian nation? This American Christian nation is oddly referred to as something other than a Christian nation. Why?
The religion as a private matter argument that cannot stand the light of day. Claiming one’s religion as a private matter is a neutral thing, unless the one with the claim is in authority over us, as an official or a “representative” politician.
You cannot legislate morality is the false claim of the immoral. We MUST legislate morality, as long as the legislature is representative of the people. Otherwise, what is legislated reflects the whim of the dictator(s) of the moment.
Tradition and Moral Discipline Vs. Impulsiveness, Popular Fad and Moral Chaos. America was born of tradition and moral discipline, and she changes for the best when the process is steady and natural.
The Church and State in Art - Artistic proof of America's Christian heritage. The combination of church and state in art in the Nation's capital raise interesting church-state questions.
The cultural ethos - the external objective truths that guide our behavior. Only atheism lacks a fixed guiding ethos. From Eskimos to Massai, from Englishmen to Aborigines, all of God's children have an ethos.
Critical Thinking: a brief explanation, and a link to further information. As the art of Critical Thinking slowly dies, and Critical Thinkers become more rare, increasingly shaky "knowledge" is passed down by the "Intelligentsia" to be uncritically accepted by most of us.
The Thinking Catholic Strategic Center Mission Statement. The Thinking Catholic Strategic Center promotes Catholic orthodoxy, defends Western Civilization history, culture, values and traditions, and attacks all opposition to those things.
At the crux of the culture war is morality - a standard to defend or replace. What is needed is a standard of morality by which to judge cultures; what is it that makes us all instinctively know that a given culture is a moral one?
Culture War: Western Culture Vs Secularism and any other foreign ethos. Our culture war is primarily against Secularism's unholy trinity (Darwin, Freud and Marx) and any and all opposing cultures who challenge us.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Returning America to her original consecration; the Way the Truth and the Life. Is it to be the Way the Truth and the Life, or is it to be randomness, pointlessness and oblivion?
Constitutional America requires American re evangelization. We cannot revive Constitutionalism without an American re evangelization.
Deep Reconciliation means repentance, confession, absolution and conversion. A Serious, Deep Reconciliation is required of this whole nation, one man at a time.
On my radicalism: was it once the cultural norm? Is my radicalism good, or bad, and is there even such a thing as "good" radicalism?
Concerning the "Good Without God" twits: What, exactly, is good without God? Good without God? How? If there be no God, then, exactly what is good, what is evil, and what are they based on?
The deadliest of lies are the inheritable lies. The Inheritable Lie, through which the sins of the father are visited upon the son.
Marxist Ideology: Feeding Human Dependency and starving Human Capital. Human Capital creates wealth; Human Dependency consumes wealth.
The Un-Godly Drive toward World Perfectibility. On Secular goals of Human Perfectibility, Worldly Perfectibility and Universal Perfectibility.
General Commentary Pages
Various unrelated topics that stirred thought and provoked writing (or quoting) at one time or another. The Everything Else Bucket.
Work at home jobs that have had me. A long, costly and unsuccessful run at work from home jobs that didn't work for us.
Truth versus Agenda addresses the simplest of problems greatly complexified. Truth versus Agenda examines the contest between reality and its opposition.
Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.
The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.
Indifferentism and Moral Relativism eats away at Catholic Culture. Catholicism stands against Indifferentism. Where do you stand?
My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.
A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.
Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.
How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?
Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia", and being "Slain in the Spirit", to Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce.
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies "grading" doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
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