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Facts about the Resurrection

 

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The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio; 1601-02

THE Resurrection of Christ is most often thought of as a religious event, but it was first and foremost an historic event. Here is a brief summary of what we know from the New Testament accounts, which were consciously written as history and have as much authenticity as most universally accepted (by professional historians and laymen) ancient documents; from general knowledge of that era and from elementary interpretation of all this:

*Eyewitnesses described the crucifixion of Jesus in detail. John said that he saw blood and water pour forth from Christ’s lanced heart right before his death. (Jn 19:34-35)

*Roman soldiers faced the death penalty if they did not successfully execute someone condemned to death.

*Jesus’s body was handled and wrapped in cloth. Eyewitnesses testified that it was placed in a tomb covered with a boulder. Roman soldiers guarded the tomb. They would have faced severe penalty if they left it unguarded.

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Leo the Great on the Resurrection

 

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THIS excerpt is taken from a sermon on Our Lord’s Resurrection by Pope Leo I, also known as St. Leo the Great, who died in 461 and whose feast day was traditionally observed today. Pope Leo is famous for having persuaded Attila the Hun in 452 to turn back from his invasion of Italy.

The whole of the Easter mystery, dearly-beloved, has been brought before us in the Gospel narrative, and the ears of the mind have been so reached through the ear of flesh that none of you can fail to have a picture of the events: for the text of the Divinely-inspired story has clearly shown the treachery of the Lord Jesus Christ’s betrayal, the judgment by which He was condemned, the barbarity of His crucifixion, and glory of His resurrection. But a sermon is still required of us, that the priests’ exhortation may be added to the solemn reading of Holy Writ, as I am sure you are with pious expectation demanding of us as your accustomed due. Because therefore there is no place for ignorance in faithful ears, the seed of the Word which consists of the preaching of the Gospel, ought to grow in the soil of your heart, so that, when choking thorns and thistles have been removed, the plants of holy thoughts and the buds of right desires may spring up freely into fruit.  (Continued)

Accused Murderer Laughs

 

IT IS a common belief among whites that blacks commit terrible crimes out of despair. Perhaps despair over fatherlessness. Or despair caused by poverty. Or despair over the difficulty in finding a job. Or despair due to racism.

This idea may involve some projection on the part of whites for blacks in general appear to be less prone to despair than whites. As measured on personality tests, such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, blacks have higher self-esteem than whites, as Michael Levin points out in his book Why Race Matters. The significantly higher suicide rate of whites is more evidence of this disparity in the races. The root causes of these differences may be found in the entirely different environments in which the races developed over time, with the conditions of life in Africa requiring less group cohesion and cooperation than those in Northern climates.

Another piece of evidence against the despair theory is the lack of remorse often shown by black criminals. According to Levin, “the criminal behavior of young black males just does not look like an expression of despair. In account after account, these individuals often come across as full of themselves and unrepentant.”

Simeon Adams, the 16-year-old who appeared today in court on charges of shooting the newlywed Nathan Trapuzzano in Indianapolis last week, offers an especially disturbing example of this lack of remorse. Here he is as he was led to court in photos provided by Fox News. A video is available here. This is not the smile of an inexperienced criminal. By the latest count, Adams, who wears a bandage because he was shot in the neck in another incident after the Trapuzzano shooting, had been charged with 29 serious and violent offenses in the last six years and spent a total of 50 days in juvenile detention in all, WRTV reports.  ”At nine years old, police said he and three friends were arrested for tossing huge rocks onto traffic from the Interstate-65 Bridge at MLK Street,” The Daily Mail reported.

 

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A Bereaved Wife

 

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The Daily Mail

IN a moving interview with The Daily Mail, Jennifer Trapuzzano, pictured above with her parents and brother, talks about her husband, Nathan, who was shot to death in a mugging during a morning walk in Indianapolis on April 1. Jennifer, 25, is expecting her first child next month.

“‘He had told me he thought he was made for great things, not in an arrogant or presumptuous way’, she said.”

The night before he was killed, the couple had coincidentally talked about his dying.

‘I don’t know why, but we talked about him passing. We were lying in bed and I told him, “I don’t know what I’d ever do without you.”

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Jennifer Trapuzzano at her wedding last year

Trapuzzano regularly attended a Latin mass and “was always inviting people to come.” His funeral was packed, so in that sense he got his wish.

The Vatican II Church Becomes Luther’s Church

 

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THERE are few things a true Catholic wishes more than unity with Protestants. God loves unity. He is unity. His revelation could not possibly be consistent with the doctrinal chaos that sprang from the Protestant revolution. A Catholic could not possess true charity toward the Protestant unless he wished with all his heart for the latter to join the one, holy, undivided, visible body that is the Mother Church, the only path to personal salvation and the only force that can defeat in the social and political realms the organized opposition to the supernatural life that has triumphed over the modern world. Either Catholicism is utterly false or the claim of Protestantism of a loose, invisible Church is false. They cannot both be true.

The Novus Ordo Church of Jorge Bergoglio, aka “Pope” Francis, has decided that Catholicism is false. It has announced a grand Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, in which the differences will be wiped away in a collective act of submission by the Vatican II sect. See the report at The Remnant Newspaper.

My heart goes out to those Catholics who are not sedevacantists. This must come as a kick in the teeth. You are now Lutheran too.

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“Friends” Help Woman Starve to Death

 

WESLEY J. SMITH at the Center for Bioethics and Culture has a good post on the sad story of Dorothy Conlon, a Florida woman who at the age of 86 decided to end her life even though she was still in good health. As extensively reported in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Dorothy recruited a group of friends to accompany her through the process. It was all done in a very civilized, neo-pagan kind of way, with farewell notes to friends and relatives. Until the actual dying started. The friends, initially willing to help, were taken off guard, especially by the nastiness of their dying friend, who bossed them around and ordered them to accomplish last-minute organizational tasks while she was dying from lack of food and water. In short, Dorothy was, forgive the expression, a bitch at the end, which is not surprising for someone who was so controlling as to demand that death come before its time. After all, it wasn’t as if she was going to live forever anyway.

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Coming to a “Catholic” Church Near You

 

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WHO are you to judge?

There are several links at Novus Ordo Watch about the baptism last week of a child of lesbian “mothers” at the Cathedral of Cordoba in Argentina, initially reported at Tradition in Action. It was all done with the approval of the Novus Ordo hierarchy and the enthusiastic support of Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, who is the godmother (she is shown in the photo held by one of the “mothers.”) There is nothing spontaneous or unexpected about this. It’s the culmination of many years of revolutionary theology within the phony church. Waiting for the congratulation call from Francis and official surveys — funded by left-wing Jews — of the American “Catholic” idiocracy saying it fully approves.

Poor baby. Just a little political pawn of worldwide revolution. The two rather non-maternal figures flanking the couple are the mothers of the “mothers.” This maternal hit squad, absent of men, will apparently guide this little one toward her future of maladjustment.

Below is Francis, the pseudo-pope, kissing President Kirchner in gratitude for a gift last year.

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The Hiding Place of the Soul

 

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The Entombment of Chris;  Sisto Badalocchio, 1610

HERE, on Wednesday of Passion Week, is a reflection by St. Thomas Aquinas on the Holy Sepulchre. The great saint and theologian sees the tomb of Christ as a symbol. It stands for the hiding away and burial in this world of the soul that approaches God. “Therefore it is that men, bright with a spotless interior life, should be buried in the sepulchre of divine contemplation.” ”On Being Buried Spiritually” is found in the compilation Meditations for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas, translated by Fr. Phillip Hughes:

The sepulchre is a figure by which is signified the contemplation of heavenly things. So, St. Gregory, commenting on the words of Job (iii. 22), They rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave, says, “As in the grave the body is hidden away when dead, so in divine contemplation there lies concealed the soul, dead to the world. There, at rest from the world’s clamour, it lies, in a three days burial through, as it were, its triple immersion in baptism. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy face from the disturbance of men (Ps. xxx. 21). Those in great trouble, tormented with the hates of men, enter in spirit the presence of God and they are at rest.”

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16-year-old Arrested in Indianapolis Murder

 

16-year-old has been arrested and charged with the murder and robbery of Nathan Trapuzzano. Simeon Adams was also allegedly involved in other crimes in the ten days before he attempted to rob Trapuzzano, who was taking a morning walk last week when he was approached by Adams. According to WTHR:

[Indianapolis Police] Chief Rick Hite offered a timeline of Adams’ alleged activities leading up to Trapuzzano’s murder. On March 22, he is alleged to have been involved in a gun store robbery; on March 30th, he is accused of shooting a man on Dr. Martin Luther King St. On April 1, he allegedly murdered Trapuzzano during a mugging, and 17 hours later he was shot.

In the first shooting on March 30th, Adams shot a man who bumped into him outside a steakhouse. The Daily Mail reports:

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Satan as the Great Humanitarian

 

HERE is a timely quote from Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen’s Communism and the Conscience of the West, published in 1948:

The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”

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Bystanders to a Beating

 

ACCORDING to the Detroit woman who came to the aid of Steve Utash, the man beaten by a mob last week after an accident that may have been staged, 100 people were watching while Utash was being beaten and stomped — and she was the only one who protested.

Conductor Enrages Womyn

 

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Jorma Panula

IT’S always refreshing and inspiring when a male public figure has the courage or cluelessness to challenge feminist orthodoxy. Finnish conductor Jorma Panula recently said in public interview that women don’t make very good conductors. As we all know, that is tantamount to saying that women are not human beings. From WQXR:

Panula was asked in a Finnish television interview on March 30 whether he appreciated the fact that more women are entering the profession. “I do not!” he responded. “What the hell, it is such a limited profession. There are more than enough men. They can try, but it is completely different. Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing, but it is not getting any better – only worse!”

The 83-year-old conductor added that women can try to be conductors provided that the music is “feminine.” For example, Stravinsky and Bruckner are not suitable for women; Debussy and Ravel are. “This is purely an issue of biology,” he reportedly said. (Continued)

Nathan Trapuzzano — Not a “Senseless” Killing?

 

NATHAN TRAPUZZANO, the young man murdered during a morning walk in Indianapolis last week, may have been killed in a gang initiation ritual, according to a woman familiar with the neighborhood. He was stripped of his T-shirt, sneakers and sweater after he was shot, which suggests these were taken as trophies. The final moments of the video of the incident has not been released to the public. It reportedly shows Trapuzzano staggering, stripped of his clothes and crying out for help, while cars pass him by.

The priest who delivered the homily at Trapuzzano’s funeral said that in his last moments, Trapuzzano probably forgave his murderers. In other words: Don’t be angry. Go home. Forget about it.

[See my further commentary below. Forgiveness is important, even with murder, but it is not all.]

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A Case of Vitalistic Parenthood

 

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KARL D. writes:

This story as reported in the Daily Mail had me pulling my hair out. A young couple had to be rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy. This foolish, foolish couple decided to take a round-the-world trip on their sailboat with their one- and three-year-old children aboard. The one-year-old fell ill and they had lost communications and began taking on water when they made a satellite call for help. (Continued)

Crime and Moral Imbecility

 

"The Healing Presence" Singers recently performed on the streets of Philadelphia to advocate gun control in reaction to the nuder of Amber Long. A perfect example of moral imbecility at work.

In a perfect example of moral imbecility at work, the Healing Presence Singers recently performed on the streets of Philadelphia to advocate gun control in the wake of the murder of 26-year-old Amber Long, who was shot instantly by a purse snatcher.

ALAN writes:

The absence of moral outrage in response to murders like the one in Indianapolis is one example of the moral rot in today’s culture.  It is a result of hatred of responsibility:   The responsibility to make moral judgments and act firmly on the basis of those judgments.  Americans were once quite able and willing to do that, and The Law provided a proper moral and political framework for doing so.  As Lawrence Auster wrote in 2006:

“Once upon a time, the press and the broadcast media represented the moral sense of the community and described vile murderers as vile murderers.”  [ “Evil Without Judgment”, View from the Right, Oct. 3, 2006 ] 

That is true.   The readiness to make those moral judgments and express them in plain language were the hallmarks of moral certitude.  But all of that is now gone.  What we have today in place of that moral certitude is moral imbecility.  It is reflected in how Americans think and speak, as when they say that a vicious crime is a “tragedy.”  Utter nonsense.   (Continued)