We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Magisterium of The Mainstream Media

The Synod of Bishops is achieving at least four things. It is:
  1. proving the mainstream media are really out of touch with the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  2. exposing media bias and media attempts to manipulate Catholics.
  3. exposing heretics and careerists in the Church.
  4. getting Catholics talking and mobilizing faithful Catholics to take up the promotion of truth.
Not surprisingly, the mainstream media muddlers are engaging in wishful thinking. Wishful in that they wish the Church would do things like the rest of the world and embrace and promote sinful behaviours. The media are also trying to politicize the Synod and drive a wedge between the Holy Father and faithful bishops.

A quick review of a few telling headlines:
Time
The Bishops Are Catching Up To Pope Francis on Gay Rights 
http://time.com/3502987/the-bishops-are-catching-up-to-pope-francis-on-gay-rights/

Huff Post/Reuters
Vatican Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same Sex Couples 
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/catholic-church-gays-_n_5976134.html

New York Times
At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/world/europe/vatican-signals-more-tolerance-toward-gays-and-remarriage.html?_r=0

CNN
Vatican proposes 'stunning' shift on gays, lesbians 
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/10/13/vatican-proposes-stunning-shift-on-gays-lesbians/?hpt=hp_t1

Fox News
Catholic bishops show new openness to gays, civil unions at Vatican meeting 
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/10/13/bishops-say-gays-have-gifts-to-offer-church-positive-aspects-civil-unions/

ABC News
Bishops Say Gays Have Gifts to Offer Church 
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/bishops-acknowledging-reality-catholic-families-26152677

CBC
Catholic Church makes 'stunning' overture toward gays 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/catholic-church-makes-stunning-overture-toward-gays-1.2797497

BBC
Vatican synod: Victory for Pope Francis on gay 
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29607356

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