Tag Archive for Magisterium

A Case for the Papacy

Catholic teaching is more nuanced than simply relying on Scripture; it is a three legged stool of Scripture, Traditions, and the Magisterium – or teaching authority – of the Church. With the buzz about the abdication of Pope Benedict, there is a buzz about the very legitimacy of the office of the Pope. The Citizen tackles this – and the failings of the heterodoxy of Protestantism – in this essay.


The Word from the Womb

Number of Views :2029Today’s Gospel is one I’ve always enjoyed hearing – it gives me a taste of the sheer joy that is Christmas for Christians.  Today, it served a different purpose.  For some time, the Citizen has been concerned about a schism not only among Catholics but Christians as a whole – and that…


The Wheat and the Weeds

Number of Views :2802The Citizen has been engaged in a forum discussion that has turned to the debate on ‘rightwing’ Catholics and ‘leftwing’ Catholics. There should be no such thing. There are only orthodox Catholics and heterodox Catholics. Any Catholic espousing positions or supporting politicians who embrace policies contrary to the Magisterium, the Catechism of…


Murder by the Numbers…

Number of Views :1906Earlier this week, Harry Reid announced that he would use every means at his disposal to block any Continuing Resolution or spending bill that contained ideological language – and specifically mentioned the attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood. His argument – and that of other supporters of Planned Parenthood – is that most…


Why the National ‘Catholic’ Reporter is anything but

Number of Views :3199The National Catholic Reporter is a ‘progressive’ Catholic newspaper – and indicative of the serious problems facing the American Catholic. The editor embraced the signing of the Obama health plan, proclaiming that ‘….Congress and its Catholics should say yes to health care reform.’ Certainly, Catholics should say ‘yes’ to reform. Reform that…


McCarthyism – Obama Style

Number of Views :1484Pro-life advocates have been following the nuances of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi health ‘care’ package with anxiety.  And they should. The list of pro-abortion luminaries in the Obama administration is long – making this the most pro-abortion administration in the history of the United States. Several are not just pols with high NARAL approval…


The ‘Catholic’ Lever

Number of Views :1129When the Citizen first gained the franchise – oh so many years ago, now – you could vote for individual candidates or simply pull the ‘party lever’. With one fell swoop, this selection would automatically register all of your votes for the candidates of the chosen party. The lever disappeared a number…


Why ‘Catholic’ is more than just a box to check

Number of Views :1070Nancy Pelosi – a staunch abortion-rights activist and …. ‘devout’ Catholic? Joe Biden – also abortion supporter and ….. willing to shove his rosary beads down your throat if you question him? Robert McElvaine – a professor of history who wants to impeach the Pope – and a Catholic? Afraid so, people.…


Catholic ‘Tough Love’ is NOT Hate…

Number of Views :3398The Citizen takes heat on a regular basis from those who call me ‘narrow-minded’, ‘ignorant’, ‘hateful’, ‘mean’… my favorite is ‘unChristian’.  Why? If you have read some of my posts or heard me speak, you know that I am critical of people – especially Catholics – who are not acting in a…