Let me begin by saying what sort of reviews this blog does so no one gets confused. This blog bases its reviews on:
- How “Catholic” it is concerning Catholic teaching, & the Church.
- How faithful it is to the Pope.
- Its faithfulness to promote Church teaching.
- The example it gives to readers concerning Catholicism (the teachings, scripture, ect)
- If any attacks are made at other Catholics, for any other reason other than;
- The attacks are not made towards the people, but towards their words/actions that promote anything contrary to Churches teaching.
- The attacks are not fallacies but are made clear that the person is promoting things contrary to Churches teaching, and that THIS is bad.
- Its faithfulness concerning Modesty, in all aspects.
- How pure the work is concerning (above), and words used (for example, nothing vulgar, no “double meaning words used in the world today to mean something dirty” that are used purposely.)
- The faithfulness in promoting the Church’s teaching in all aspects, including political & moral issues.
- If what the “Catholic” media/magazine/organization/ect in question are promoting, is meant to;
- Save souls/bring souls to heaven as a TOP goal.
- Incorporate the Church’s teaching clearly & without prejudice or bias.
- Only talk in opposition to other Catholics (organizations, clergy, ect) when the Faith & Souls are concerned, and still, with Charity and
- Lead people to the Catholic Church as a TOP goal.
- Promote Tradition, according to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free. (Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Bishops of England and Wales, February 1, 2010)”
Okay, are we ready? Let’s get to it!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
So I was going to adoration at this little chapel in a school that will remain unnamed, that belongs to the parish closest to where I live. Coming out of the chapel I noticed that they had some Catholic magazines for grabs so I took a few home. One of these was the latest issue of ‘U.S.Catholic; Faith in Real Life’. The February Issue, 2017. I wasn’t expecting much; as usually many Catholic magazines focus on little less than a bit of Catholic Tradition, and they are usually pretty soft and happy-go-lucky overall.
My surprise actually came not only from these two, “acknowledged disappointments” but from a hoard of other issues that sprung from this Magazine.
First I want to start with who exactly publishes this Magazine and what the Magazine is about, according to them, so we can get a better picture of what is going on here.:
“U.S. Catholic puts faith in the context of everyday life. With a strong focus on social justice, we offer a fresh and balanced take on the issues that matter most in our world, adding a faith perspective to such challenges as poverty, education, family life, and pop culture. Each month’s issue is packed with comprehensive reporting, in-depth interviews, colorful opinion essays, cultural commentary, media reviews, and more. For 80 years we have been a courageous, forward-thinking forum for discussion among a broad range of voices.
Who publishes U.S. Catholic ?
U.S. Catholic magazine is published by the Claretians. Following in the footsteps of St. Anthony Claret—a prolific writer and publisher whom Pope Pius XI called the “Modern Apostle of the Good Press”—the Claretians in the United States began their publishing ministry in 1935 with the first edition of the magazine The Voice of St. Jude. In 1963, during the Second Vatican Council, The Voice of St. Jude transformed into U.S. Catholic magazine.
Who are The Claretians?
The Claretian Missionaries are a Roman Catholic religious community of priests and brothers. They are dedicated to the mission of living and spreading the Gospel of Jesus.”
“Their magazine, U.S. Catholic, (16 years ago) (February 2001) featured an article on five women who think they have been “called” to be priests and their frustrations in belonging to a Church that refuses to agree. Included was a sidebar by Dominican Sr. Catharina Broome, who claims St. Therese of Lisieux wanted to be a priest.”
“In (an) issue of U.S. Catholic, letters to the editor begin on page seven under the headline ‘Catholics need facts to vote their faith.’ A sentence from the first letter is excerpted and highlighted in the center of the page: ‘If Catholics do not vote their faith, it’s probably because social justice aspects of their faith have not been articulated as clearly as the abortion issue has.‘(…) The letter calls for church leaders ‘willing to take on hard questions such as war, poverty, hunger, the death penalty, and injustices committed by our country around the world, instead of merely encouraging personal piety and feel-good religion.‘ This suggests that Catholics concerned with pro-life issues aren’t ‘taking on the hard questions’ but are ‘merely encouraging personal piety and feel-good religion.‘”
- The editor’s note titled, “Let There Be Peace”, ended with this, “Peace is enough pizza for everyone. Peace is sharing a mean. I’ve been thinking about that last line a lot, particularly how important sharing a meal is to our Christian faith. A meal that remembers the injustice of the crucifixion. A meal that remembers the injustice of the cross and the message of justice that led Jesus there. A meal that is a celebration of our togetherness, a celebration of life. A meal that is a prayer for peace in itself.“
In Vn. Fulton J. Sheen’s book, Calvary and the Mass he says, “The Mass is not only a commemoration; it is a living representation of the sacrifice of the cross.’In this Divine Sacrifice which takes place at the Mass is contained and immolated, in an unbloody manner, the same Christ that was offered once for all in blood upon the Cross . . . It is one and the same Victim, one and the same High Priest, who made the offering through the ministry of His priests today, after having offered Himself upon the cross yesterday; only the manner of the oblation is different’ (Council of Trent. Sess. 22).”
- Next up was the comments section that is titled, “You may be right.” The highlighted quote stated, “I think most Catholics know what is official liturgy and what is devotional. Personally I wish there was a short form of the mass because I find the long form very repetitious and therefore uninspiring. I also wish there could be time for quiet meditation, a brief discussion,or something else people in the parish want to participate in or learn about.”
Wow. This says much. “The mass is long you say, and I reply; because your love is short.” – St. Josemaria Escriva. “The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God” G.K. Chesterton.
- There was an entire section on “The Case for Coffee Hour”, where people put in their two-cents about how important it is to the community.
“Coffee hour has become an integral part of my parish life & community… I firmly believe coffee hour is vital to fostering community within a parish…”
“I chose this one (Church) because it is liberal. It is also welcoming and close to my home. But they don’t have coffee hour and I miss it…”
If these poor souls were properly Catechised in the Catholic Faith, then perhaps they would realize that the Eucharist and the beauty of the Mass is THE integral & vital part of the parish life & community…
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote, “I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is, to a large extent, due to the disintegration of the liturgy.”
“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” Saint John Paul II
“All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God.’
“We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives.”
“I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and its pleasures.”
– St. John Vianney
- A little article titled, “There’s An Emoji For That” praises a Muslim woman who “took matters into her own hands” and had the emoji company make an emoji that featured a woman wearing a Hijab. “I wanted something to represent me,”she told the Washington Post, “alongside the millions of women who wear the headscarf every day, and pride themselves on wearing the headscarf“. The article finishes with, “The 15-year olds’ hard work paid off: the company announced last fall it would include a hijab-wearing emoji in the its next update later this year. Two big thumbs up emojis, Rayouf.“
This isn’t the first of the “Religion-Blending” “all religions are equal” sort of message the USCatholic spreads. Their website is full of this crock. And you can very well guess how much “pro-immigration-rights” “anti-Trump” these guys are because of this.
- In a section called, “Verbatim” where some quotes are highlighted, aside from a Quote from the radically un-Catholic, National Catholic Reporter, there is one quote the stood out to me, “San Diego bishop Robert McElroy remarking on the need for Catholics to stand in the way of mass deportation of immigrants: “We must move with the same energy, commitment, and immediacy that have characterized Catholic opposition on the issues of abortion and religious liberty“
To even suppose that Immigrant issues are even close to the urgency of ending Abortion is unfathomable. These people, and Bishop Robert should be ashamed of themselves. But this sort of warped thinking isn’t new to USCatholic. According to other readers,
“In this issue of U.S. Catholic, letters to the editor begin on page seven under the headline “Catholics need facts to vote their faith.” A sentence from the first letter is excerpted and highlighted in the center of the page: “If Catholics do not vote their faith, it’s probably because social justice aspects of their faith have not been articulated as clearly as the abortion issue has.
This is telling. First, it implies that abortion is not a social justice issue and that Catholics concerned with abortion are not voting their faith, both fallacious assumptions. The letter calls for church leaders “willing to take on hard questions such as war, poverty, hunger, the death penalty, and injustices committed by our country around the world, instead of merely encouraging personal piety and feel-good religion.” This suggests that Catholics concerned with pro-life issues aren’t “taking on the hard questions” but are “merely encouraging personal piety and feel-good religion.” Also telling is the fact that the editor considered this letter important enough to highlight, which could signal an endorsement of its perspective, a hypothesis reinforced by the “leftward” tilt of subsequent letters. “ – What I Learned From USCatholic magazine
On their website, USCatholic.com they proceed to try to smash President Trump’s proposed policies and make the conclusion that “under Obama abortions declined about 20–30 thousand every year of his presidency. The abortion ratio (the number of abortions per 1,000 women) now stands at 14.6, lower than it was when Roe v. Wade was decided.”
Though Trumps removal of Taxpayers Paying for Abortion, and International Paying of Abortion saved over 2 MILLION lives. Though Obama voted FOUR TIMES on “if a botched abortion (child) survived they should just be left alone until they DIE.” Though… ugh… do I have to write down everything about how PRO-ABORTION Obama was?
- Citing in their “GoodNews” box, are some news about a Catholic school project, “Green for Good” that has “an impact on reducing the airborne pollutants..” bla bla bla. What has this got to do with our souls again?
“A Disarmament of the Heart” article by Beth Haile is a very “neutral-but-not-so-neutral” article on how after the Election day her “dear friend was struggling with unexpected anger after the election of Donald Trump“. She concludes the article with “The Christian tradition with its commitment to radical hospitality equips us to be a force of unity and reconciliation, but only if we are willing to adopt a sort of Catholic Worker neutrality and make room for our neighbors – in our home and in our pews – without casting judgement or taking sides.” … concerning the danger our country was in that we almost had the Radical Abortion
- An article titled, “Rules Aren’t Enough” proceeded to encourage parents:
- Don’t make your children share, rather, if a child chooses to play with something its his until he’s done. If there is a conflict say, ‘Oh it looks like Johnny really wants a turn with that Sarah, are you doing playing with it?’ If Sarah refuses, just help find Johnny something else to do. While this may seem like teaching selfishness, eventually Sarah will LEARN TO SEE how happy it was make Johnny when she’s finally down with the toy, and EVENTUALLY she’ll become INTRINSICALLY COMPELLED to share.
- If cleaning time goes south, stop the children and say, ‘We have a big problem; the teachers are doing all this clean-up. It’s not fair. I don’t want to clean up all the toys, it’s taking too long and we’re not going to have time for snack. what are we going to do?’ By putting it on the students and making them ponder, what is fair? what is right? the students learn ownership as well as natural consequences.
- If a kid gets say because another kid is painting and they want to paint we don’t say, ‘oh it’s fine! you’re not sad! We have a hundred other toys here!’ then we’re not validating their emotional experience. Instead, teachers mirror the student’s emotions, ‘yeah, you’re sad because you want to paint.”
…. Considering in Colleges there are “safe spaces” for when they feel whatever, they can go and play with play-doh and puzzles and bubbles… shows exactly where this kind of messed up parenting will lead. Unbelievable.
It takes away the parents duty to TEACH children how to be good, moral, future-saints.
- Another article, “The Gospel of non-violence” is just filled with decrying violence, “the turbulent age of searing injustice, and catastrophic climate change…“, urging the Church to no longer teach the Just War Theory.
- “A Prayer for Our Daily Murder” is a rant against pro-gun people, in the wake of so much violence because of guns, and so many people died and ….. (sigh)
- “In Guns We Trust?” says, “Allowing police officers to carry guns undermines Catholic Universities’ commitment to nonviolence“. And that is pretty much the entire, (stupid) article.
- “Move With God” proceed to spank “Bad Racist, pro-white” Catholics from not doing their job of standing with the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming that “God is at work” in it.
This is just half of the Magazine and I think its safe to say that overall… it is a very Liberal “Catholic” magazine.
My advice is, if you wish to keep your Faith; the Faith of the Catholic Church, and keep to the teachings of the Church you will not read this garbage. We must read things that raise us up in Spirituality and Good things, not here say, or anti-Catholic leanings.
Take the advice of a true Saint;
“The most deadly poison of our times is indifference” – St. Maximilian Kolbe
“It should be observed that perfect love of God consists not in those delights, tears and sentiments of devotion that we generally seek, but in a strong determination and keen desire to please God in all things, and to promote His glory.”
— St. Teresa of Avila
“Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you.”
— Blessed John of Avila
“That we may not be deceived by self-love, in considering matters that concern us, we ought to look at them as if they belonged to others, and our only business with them was to give our judgement – not from interest, but in the cause of truth; and in the same way we should look on others’ affairs as our own.”
–St. Ignatius Loyola
“They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will – with our thoughts, words and actions – to the will of God.”
— St. Teresa of Avila
“Those who commit these types of scandals are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder. While those who give scandal are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder, those who take scandal- who allow scandals to destroy faith- are guilty of spiritual suicide.”” – St. Francis de Sales
“It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world.” — St. Aloysius Gonzaga
“Not the goods of the world, but God. Not riches, but God. Not honors, but God. Not distinction, but God. Not dignities, but God. Not advancement, but God. God always and in everything.” – St. Vincent Pallotti
Christ said, “I am the Truth”; he did not say “I am the custom.”
— St. Toribio
“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.”
— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
“No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world.”
–St Ignatius of Antioch
“You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.”
— St. John Vianney
“Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.”
— St. John Bosco
“Good example is the most efficacious apostolate. You must be as lighted lanterns and shine like brilliant chandeliers among men. By your good example and your words, animate others to know and love God.”
— St. Mary Joseph Rossello
“Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.”
— St. Camillus de Lellis
“The spiritual combat in which we kill our passions to put on the new man is the most difficult struggle of all. We must never weary of this combat, but fight the holy fight fervently and perseveringly.”
— St. Nilus
Until next time, God bless & Keep It Trad