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 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Blog Charter & Code of Conduct

Catholic Sacristan
An Oasis of Truth, Goodness & Beauty in the Desert of the World Wide Web
Established A.D. 2011
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.
Welcome to the sacristy, otherwise known as The Oasis.

Mission

Why an oasis? An oasis is a pool of refreshing water in an otherwise bleak landscape. The water offered here is often drawn from other wells (blogs, websites, books, movies, conversations, etc.) that offer safe drinking water.

If the water here presented contains elements foreign to the Catholic Faith, then the Blog Keeper will always defer to the Magisterium and remove or modify content that does not accurately present the true, the good and the beautiful as conserved in the Church's Apostolic Tradition.

Resource Pages, Posts & Links

Blog content is presented for informational purposes with a modicum of formation intended to guide viewers to sites that embody the true, the good and the beautiful and which might prove useful to Catholic clergy and laity.

The Blog Keeper, yours truly, receives no material benefit of any kind from the organizations or businesses that are presented at this site. This blog is not a business; it is a free information service. As such, offers or invitations to market products will not be entertained.

Readers are free to share any and all original content (including original music scores) by the Blog Keeper with others without requesting prior permission from the Blog Keeper. Due care and attention is expected to preserve context.

This blog is FTT: Friendly To Tradition

I. Orientation. This blog is oriented to Catholic Tradition:
  • true teaching and beautiful Liturgy, that is, holy and dignified Mass—the source and summit of the Christian life;
  • the inalienable right to life, the right from which all other rights flow;
  • inalienable rights, especially freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.
II. Human Dignity

This blog is a forum in which the dignity of the person is promoted and defended.
  1. Behaviours and agendas, especially those which contradict or offend the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God, are fair game for criticism.
  2. A careful distinction is made between the person and his or her behaviour. While behaviour incompatible with the Catholic Faith is evaluated, challenged and discouraged, behaviour that is true, good and beautiful, i.e., consonant with Catholic teaching, is proposed, lauded, defended and recommended.
III. Defence of the Faith; defence of the Faithful.
  1. This blog rejects dissent and the sophistry used to prop up cafeteria (c)atholicism.
  2. Some blogs listed in the Oasisphere section at the foot of this blog occasionally use hard-hitting language. Inclusion of a link here at this blog is not necessarily an affirmation of another author's mode of expression. Blog sites that momentarily cross the line separating fair language from brutish behaviour will likely survive removal from a list. However, if a site repeatedly descends into incivility—say one or more posts of a vile nature within a 72 hour period—it may be temporarily delisted until such a time the content changes character or, failing a return to civility, permanently delisted.
IV. Civility. A word to visitors: comments are moderated.
  1. Reasoned opinions founded on fact are welcomed.
  2. Troll-like behaviour will not be tolerated.
  3. Constructive and charitable fraternal correction is welcomed.
  4. Encouragement is appreciated.
V. Language. For those requiring a brief lesson:
  1. The genius of the English language is that it allows the word man to refer, with brevity and elegance, to both males and females. Meaning is derived from context.
  2. The word mankind refers to human beings collectively, males and females, i.e., the human race.
  3. Holy Mother Church will be referred to as She and not It, for She is our Mother. She is the Bride of Christ.
VI. Reporting dead links; maintenance.
  1. Readers may wish to leave a note in the combox of a given resource page if a link is defunct. Or, if a resource page combox is turned off, leave a message in a recent blog post stating the name and location of the dead link.
  2. Bad news is good news. Some years ago, an alert reader identified a problematic website listed on one of the resource pages. After an appropriate investigation to assess the criticism, it was determined the website had misrepresented itself and its business practices were suspect, which disqualified it from consideration for inclusion on a Catholic website. The website was promptly delisted.
VII. Inactive blogs.

Some sites listed at this blog which may have become inactive due to personal choice or, sadly, death, may remain listed due to the quality of the content.
Sites where the author has given notice of forthcoming inactivity, permanent or temporary, may remain or may be delisted depending on the reason for a hiatus. Blogs concerned with current events will likely be delisted if inactivity occurs. Blogs concerning perspectives on topics of a timeless nature that are important to evangelization will likely remain listed or repositioned on a resource page.

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Appendix: Vocabulary
  • Reform of the Reform: renewal of the Liturgy and life of the Church according to the authentic vision of the Second Vatican Council affirmed especially in the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Hermeneutic of Continuity: What was once holy remains holy.
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