#126: The Attack on Boyhood—Dr. Anthony Esolen

#126: The Attack on Boyhood—Dr. Anthony Esolen

 

Who cares about boys? Almost….nobody! Our culture focuses on feminist concerns, the wage gap myth, girls’ health, and so on. Boys and boyhood are simply not interesting or valuable enough for the elites to talk about.

Dr. Anthony Esolen had enough. So he wrote a fine book, Defending Boyhood, which lays out the problem, provides some historical context along with tons of examples from novels and movies. The need to support and defend boyhood is urgent and (if you have eyes to see) obvious.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Why there is no perfect “golden age” where things were perfect but the principles and values of boyhood were much healthier
  • The effect of the failed Sexual Revolution on the world of boys
  • Why boys are in special need of rituals of self-discovery in ways girls are not
  • The connection between absent or abusive fathers and the homosexual impulse
  • How contraception disrupted the relationship between men and women, and hence the family, and how this affected our perception of boys (and children in general)
  • Why boys love to sing if the songs tell manly tales
  • How to survive in a culture bereft of institutions and clubs devoted to the care and growth of boys qua boys.

 

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The Sri Lanka Muslim terrorist attacks

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Thoughts on the Sri Lanka Muslim terrorist attacks                                               

In this video, I hit:

  •  Update and summary of the Sri Lanka Muslim terrorist attacks: casualties and injuries; who claimed responsibility.

  • Defense Minister of Sri Lanka speaks too soon about motive, had to backtrack.

  • Names of churches attacked.

  •  Which religious group in the world is the most harassed and persecuted?

  • Stupid media reactions

  • Top Democrat politicians offer weird condolences that decline to say the word Christian.

  • Top Cardinal Robert Cardinal Sarah shows how to respond in print to such despicable attacks. 

 

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#125: Is Marriage Done For?—Dr. Scott Hahn

#125: Is Marriage Done For?—Dr. Scott Hahn

 

What? Another too-little-too-late book defending marriage? Dr. Scott Hahn thinks the battle has just begun for a resurgent reverence for marriage as its been defined for 3000+ years, and was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament by Jesus Christ.

Marriage as Sacrament is badly misunderstood today, which is part of the reason why so many people leave their spouses when the going gets tough. Hahn, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, and author of over 40 books, knows firsthand how tough the going can get. Share this very personal interview with one of the best known and respected Catholic thinkers and influencers in American Church history.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • The deeper meaning of “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18)
  • Why the Church calls marriage the Sacrament of “Matrimony”
  • The connection between the 1930 Anglican decision to allow contraception and the current crisis of the definition of marriage
  • Why marriage is the cell of the entire body of the Church and of the broader society
  • How couples who stick together provide not just a solid foundation for their kids but a living homily to others
  • Why the Sacrament of Matrimony is impossible without the “third party” of Jesus Christ

 

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The real most wonderful time of the year

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The real most wonderful time of the year

We’re in the center of the climax of the story of salvation, the great story ever told: the Triduum, the three holy days leading to the great feast of Easter. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday!
 
Like all great stories, this one has three acts. Act 1, creation, Act 2, rebellion, Act 3, restoration.  
 
Enter consciously into this Triduum/Easter. It’s the heart of it all.

Happy Easter!

 

 

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#124: What the Bleep Happened to Architecture?—Dr. E. Michael Jones

#124: What the Bleep Happened to Architecture?—Dr. E. Michael Jones

 

Socrates said that the order of the city was the order of the soul writ large. That observation is all the more true today—and not a compliment to the modern soul or the modern city. Most people simply don’t advert to the quiet influence the surrounding architecture has on their psyche: the shape and scale of buildings, the order and proportion (or lack thereof). The father of modern Bauhaus architecture is the German Walter Gropius, a promiscuous cad who married a promiscuous shrew named Anna Mahler, wife of composer Gustav Mahler. Dr. E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine says that Gropius painted into his architectural vision a radically new kind of building and with it, a revolution in urban planning.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • The subtle (?) ways in which the architecture that surrounds us tells us who we are and what our life’s priorities ought to be
  • How Gropius’s rationalization of his own degeneracy got transmuted into buildings built purely for function, and ugly as sin besides
  • Why rebellion against Logos leads to disorder and chaos in the external design of things
  • What public housing Projects in Chicago, suburban Moscow, and industrial Poland have in common
  • Why classical architecture as nurtured by Catholic principles and sound philosophy can lead the way to beautify both home and church design

 

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5 Isms You Should Know About

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5 Isms You Should Know About

In this video I cover 5 of the most important isms we face in today’s culture.

Atheism:

  • Why is there something rather than nothing?
  • Why does goodness and evil exist?

Agnosticism:

  • Absolute Agnosticism contradicts itself by stating that we can know for certain that man cannot know for certain that God exists.
  • While moderate Agnosticism, the idea that God might exist, is not an answer to the question of whether God exists.

Relativism:

  • Relativism is an objective moral claim that there are no objective moral claims.
  • Humans are not moral relativists by their nature, and even relativists are not relativists. I.E. They tend to be evangelical, which implies that they have a moral claim that must be changed to a superior standard.

Feminism:

  • Men and women are different ergo they have different roles. The eye has a different purpose than the foot. Men + Women differ physically, so they would have different purposes.
  • We are equal in dignity by being made in the image of God, but we cannot be equal in purpose due to our differences in the Body of Christ. The hammer cannot be equalized with the same duty as the saw even though they are both tools.

Socialism:

  • Catholic Social Teaching is based on the virtue of Justice, more specifically Commutative Justice, which is giving an individual their due. Pope Pius XI said, “no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist.”
  • Socialism “equalizes” power and rights of man by taking an excessive amount of wealth to distribute to those who lack the power and rights of the rich. The differences in power and rights come from the author of nature, God. Through this mass wealth confiscation, the government becomes the controller of this wealth and violates Justice by not giving individuals their proper due, i.e. they violate the seventh commandment.

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#123: From Crack Addict to CEO—Mike Lindell (Free version)

#123: From Crack Addict to CEO—Mike Lindell

 

Mike Lindell had a dream. Actually, he’s had a series of dreams, which have all come true. The founder and CEO of MyPillow.com—chances are good you’ve seen one of his infomercials—never dreamed (pardon the pun) that his longtime crack addiction would be a thing of the past.

Nor that he would be a major financial backer of a hit movie that was predicted to bite the box office dust.

And yet, Unplanned starring Ashley Bratcher doubled its predicted opening weekend take and continues to touch hearts and minds, thanks in part to Lindell’s vision for cultural change surrounding abortion. He is also generous in using his large platform to the cause near and dear to him: helping addicts get clean. His whole story is preposterous, if you think about it.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • How this non-MBA small business owner and inventor escaped a life-threatening addiction to crack cocaine.
  • Why Lindell is “all in” for President Donald Trump and how he (Lindell) knew Trump was not only going to be elected president, but would far surpass anyone’s expectations.
  • Why he is using his business platform to help fellow suffering addicts.
  • How he learned that Abby Johnson’s story was a thing in the first place.
  • Anecdotes from the filming of Unplanned.
  • Just how bad the opioid addiction crisis is, and how Mike Lindell is part of the solution.

 

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  • Mike’s foundation
  • The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life Kindle Edition by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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The Primacy of Peter

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The Primacy of Peter

In this video, I cover the biblical and historical bases of the Primacy of Peter, perhaps THE key ingredient for understanding the Catholic Faith.

Scripture Mentioned

  • Matthew 16:13-18
  • Background context: Isaiah 22:15-23
  • Deut. 17:8-12
  • Matthew 17:20-26
  • John 21:15-17
  • John 20:3,4
  • John 1:42
  • Galatians 1:18-19.
  • Acts 15
  • Matthew 10:2

Resources

Church Fathers sample supporting Petrine primacy:

  • St Cyprian of Carthage
  • St John Chrystosom
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Ignatius of Antioch
  • St. Augustine

 

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#122: Standing Up to the Trans Mob—Caroline Farrow

#122: Standing Up to the Trans Mob—Caroline Farrow

 

Have you noticed how few people are willing to oppose publicly the transgender agenda, no matter how dangerous to young minds—not to mention to the suffering people who go through with the mutilation surgery?

Oh, many people will privately object, and tutt tutt their disapproval.

British journalist and writer Caroline Farrow knows all about the first option. The Catholic wife and mother of five young kids appeared on ITV’s  “Good Morning Britain” in September 2018, and used the Wrong Pronoun for the son of trans activist Susie Green, with whom Farrow was debating. The son was born Jack, a male, and subjected to the mutilation procedure on his 16th birthday in that bastion of high tech surgery, Thailand, and now goes by Jackie. Soon after, she described the situation as child abuse and the procedure in correct medical terminology on Twitter.

That’s why the Surrey Police called her recently with concerrrrrns.

She was “invited” to have a “voluntary” meeting with law enforcement after Ms. Green sicced them on her, scouring the internet for No Good Bad Things she may have said.  All for using words on television and Twitter felt to be hurtful and offensive.

Monty Python, meet George Orwell. Caroline Farrow’s story is of a piece with my first interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson back in February, 2017, on compelled speech. In some ways, Peterson is the theory, Farrow the practice.

If you do an online search, the MSM routinely slaps together unflattering photos of the attractive Mrs. Farrow, label her a “devout Catholic” (in the tone of racists when they say “colored woman”), and invariably describe her comments as “transphobic.” Her story is, inter alia, an invitation for Catholics and other men of good will to find their courage and stand up to the new onslaught against free speech and religious freedom.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • The true context of what she said, and didn’t say
  • Some basic differences between the free speech debate in the US vs the UK
  • The disturbing lack of public expression for support from priests and bishops on the trans issue, or Farrow personally
  • Why the drive to normalize transgenderism is the latest in a much larger agenda in play in western society
  • The media double standard when it comes to Muslim objections to the trans question

 

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