“You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.
If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.”
– Justin Bieber
This is probably the quote of the year, from a Millennial no less.
(Hat Tip: Taylor Marshall at Maccabee Society)
Update: A few developments that have come up through reliable sources:
- Justin Bieber does attend both Sunday service and Wednesday night Bible study weekly.
- This may be an old Protestant meme with no relation to Justin Bieber.
- If the graphics on the pic above are correct, I recognize the CNN Headline News logo and it may well be anti-Christian propaganda.
- For the record, I do not dislike Justin Bieber, I just found the quote quite funny, but with these recent developments, please keep in mind that this could be another smear against professed Christians.
The following is a guest post by Sammy.
The last episode of a popular foreign Sunday evening show that hooked Americans to the T.V. for so many hours took place last week. The fiction is over and we need to confront our own dramatic reality. To make it more appealing let’s present it this way.
The unwise bride is about to let go the good guy – her life happiness – for a fantasy. She is choosing a guy who, at his own choice, hasn’t been humbled and corrected by God and therefore has no fear of God, no inch of wisdom within him. She cannot see that because her five senses just perceive a future where she will enjoy her illusion.
So comedic actor Seth Rogen doesn’t hesitate to call Christians the A-word for supporting Hobby Lobby. Knowing that Christians don’t retaliate, maybe at worst start a picket line.
Seth Rogen is so fortunate to live in a country built upon Christian values. If he were in an Islamic or Communist nation, he wouldn’t be alive today.
Keep up the bad work Seth Rogen.
The sequel to Return of the Jedi will be released in December of 2015, titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
What makes this different from the previous three Star Wars prequels? George Lucas had almost nothing to do with the making of the film. Yes, no more Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks, or any other poor attempts at young children product placements that ultimately killed each prequel and Return of the Jedi.
Yes, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are in my opinion the best of the bunch. Great special effects, storyline, and action. Only to stumble with Return of the Jedi and the three prequels being prevented from being timeless classics.
The first trailer was produced for American audiences, the second trailer was made for the rest of the world.
What to look for? Storm Troopers have a slightly redesigned appearance, the light saber now has two ‘light handle bars’, a Darth Sith “may” have survived from Return of the Jedi, and a few more minor tweaks to let you figure out.
Don and Paul are upstanding citizens in their respective communities practicing law.
This video explains it all:
John L. Allen Jr.’s name came up during an introductory meeting between the new owner of The Boston Globe, John W. Henry, and the editor of the same daily, Brian McGrory. It was an auspicious meeting because it was taking place one day after the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series, which Henry also owns.
Taking note of the popularity of the new Pope and wanting to capitalize on it, Allen’s name was floated to anchor this new online Catholic magazine named Crux. Crux would be an addition to the online publishing niches that the Globe operates. Considering the large Catholic population of the Boston area and the appeal of Pope Francis, it was a natural fit.
Henry was a self made man in financial trading and also successful in breaking the ‘Curse of the Bambino‘ by winning the 2004 World Series. Looking back at Henry’s track record, it can be said that he took bold ventures in unfamiliar territory and did well.
It’s the unofficial end of Summer and it’s my annual gratuitous post of myself day. The pic below was taken in mid-July, but I waited to fix the feed to The American Catholic in order celebrate the Summer. Needless to say, it’s fixed and the Summer is almost over.
During the Summer I asked my fellow blogger Don for some book recommendations for the French Revolution. Of the few he did mentioned, I picked up Simon Schama’s ‘Citizen’. The reading is in-depth, interesting, and balanced. I’m a bit over halfway finished of the 948 pages and am so far impressed. Considering that we are in the post-Cold War era, I wanted to know a bit more on the French Revolution since their errors have already engulfed Europe and has almost metastasizing here in the United States. The book is good and if there is any criticism of Simon Schama’s work it’s that he views Christianity, in particular the Catholic Church, through a materialistic lens.
My opinion on the subject is that the French Revolution is the confluence of anti-Christian ideas emanating from the so-called era of enlightenment. These very same ideas unleashed the short-term devastation of the rape of nuns, the execution of priests, and the degradation of houses of worship. The long-term affects have furthered the cause of eliminating God from all aspects of life blossoming further in the Communist Revolution in Russia and continued to bear the fruit of death in World Wars I & II. From this compost grew what we now call modern liberalism & democratic socialism.
Tombstone is one of my favorite Western’s of all time. The story line and plot is strong and engaging. The actors chosen for their parts excelled in their characters, going so far as to even lose weight to represent the lean man of the wild west. Attention to detail was of the up-most where filming was done in the actual Birdcage Theatre, saloons, and even Tombstone itself.
The film’s main scene is the infamous gunfight at the O. K. Corral, but it is the Ringo-Doc Holliday confrontation that is emblazoned in my memory.
The best television commercial ever was done by Coca-Cola (of Argentina I believe). How appropriate that their beverage is called Coca-Cola Life!
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Hat Tip: Kevin Knight
CatholicTV is the oldest Catholic TV network in the United States having been launched on January 1, 1955 by the Archdiocese of Boston. 58 years later they are still in operation, available on cable and via the Internet; in HDTV as well! They are called America’s Catholic Television Network with their studios and offices located in Watertown, Massachusetts.
A million Frenchmen marched on the capital of France, Paris, in defense of Marriage this past weekend. Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Homosexuals, Heterosexuals, Men and Women all marched to protest François Hollande’s attempt at completing the destruction of the Family and the Church which began in the French Revolution and continued with the May 68ers, has been stalled at the moment.
My wife and I are creating decals to defend religious freedom. The decals can be placed on bumpers or the rear windows of cars. These decals will show Catholics our resolve to defend religious freedom.
The designs were done by a friend of ours who is entering the seminary and we would like to have your input on them. The design is that of the sign, the Chi Rho, that Constantine saw right before the battle at Milvian Bridge with the words right above this sign that said, “In Hoc Signo Vinces”.
We will be offering them for sale at a date to be determined. These designs fall under creative commons.
The deadline to vote on them is on July 25 at midnight.
The following is an informal press release from Deacon James Barnett, the Parish Administrator for Our Lady of Walsingham:
Charles Hough, IV, who has received the necessary permission from the Holy See to be ordained as a Catholic priest, will assume this office on July 1, after his ordination. He and his wife, Lindsay, together with their two sons, will move from Fort Worth to Houston in June.
“Chuck Hough comes from a family with a very distinguished record of ministry, and he has himself demonstrated significant leadership gifts while serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth,” said Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. “His father served for many years as canon to the ordinary in Fort Worth, one of the best mentors for ministry there can be.”