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Budding Theologian

Not to be confused with Buddhist Theologian

By Frater Bovious

The Global Exclaimer, being an attempt at an online newspaper, has lain fallow for lo these many months. There are many reasons, not the least of which is starting a new job, and starting a Master’s course in theology.

I am now employed as the Director of HR for Nautilus Hyosung America, Inc., a maker and distributor of Automatic Teller Machines.

I am also enrolled at Ave Maria Universityin Ave Maria Florida and pursuing a

Tom Monaghan - The Early Years

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree through their Institute of Pastoral Theology. This is a Catholic University started by Tom Monaghan and so this is Catholic Theology. I state this up front for a couple of reasons:

  1. Many people used to follow this blog as a replacement for the late, lamented Print Edition of The Global Exclaimer – they may or may not be interested theology in general and Catholic theology in particular. So, they may want to un-join, un-friend, un-rss, or whatever. I would like to say I will write other articles which many had told me they enjoyed – particularly the Puppycat Page and the Cigar Notes. That may or may not happen.
  2. However, it might be worth hanging around for a two reasons –
    1. The Puppycat Page and Cigar Notes were – in my mind – at least philosophical in nature. And philosophy, classical Aristotelian philosophy that is, is a necessary precursor to faith. If people liked reading those sections, then, I can reasonably state that there is some interest in “things that matter” and this is because:
    2. Philosophy and Theology are interesting.

I have been asked to blog on a Catholic Blog called Joe Catholic, and am trying to decide if I should blog there and link here, or blog here and link there. I do know that I won’t have much time to do either – the course is intensive and requires copious reading and a fair amount of writing. And this semester the three classes will be fascinating, and it will be difficult for me to pull away from what I am doing to write. However, it always seems to help me to write as this seems to be when synthesis occurs.

But, again, this may be of little or no interest to any subscribed to this blog.

Regards,

Frater Bovious

New Feature – Maybe Even a Regular One


Aristotle and Thomas Have Some Tea

(CARROLLTON, Texas – The Cradle of Civilization) – Thanks for stopping by, today we are having Earl Grey – one lump or two? Or perhaps you would prefer it bitter?

telos – a Greek word meaning end, purpose, or goal. The word teleology you may find defined as the study of design. But, that is not actually accurate, and why it is said so when it is not so requires some explanation. Continue reading

Celebrating? Are You Serious?


Celebrating what exactly?

(WASHINGTON DC) – I am dismayed and so this is something of an angry post. I guess the best way to make my point is with pictures:

People Happy Because Americans Were Killed on 9/11

This is a picture of people celebrating. What are they celebrating? They are celebrating the killing of Americans. These people are very happy at the sight of people dying. They are elated – their joy can hardly be contained. This type of celebration is disordered and sick-minded.

What is being celebrated? Justice? Or blood-lust?

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I Never Thought I’d Come To This…


What’s It All About?

Part Two of my Review/Defense of Jesus Christ Superstar.

This movie was not well received by devout religious types. Given the state of things in the 1970s, that is hardly surprising. The hippie drug/love/rock milieu was something that was emerging from counter-culture status into the mainstream, and so anything associated with it was viewed with dread and suspicion by the “establishment.” Given the driving music, the VERY 70s clothing style, the dancing featuring rhythmic pelvic thrusting – it was no surprise that it was viewed as disrespectful at best and downright sacrilegious at worst. Continue reading

Just a Blogging Along, Singing a Song


May BlogaThon – not to be confused with May BlogAThong

So, I decided to use peer pressure to help me write a blog a day for the month of May. This here will be the first post, and will be somewhat incoherent since I thought today was not May the First. But, 30 days hath September etc.

I have at least 5 days worth of blogging up my sleeve: I never finished a movie review of the 1970 something Jesus Christ Superstar, I want to start a regular feature titled Afternoon Teleogy,  I have my job search which I can bore everyone with, and then there is the usual poking fun at politics etc. And, The Global Exclaimer has to announce its official endorsement of a surprise candidate for President of the USA.

After that, well, we’ll see.

This particular blogathon is the brain child of Michelle Rafter, and I think this is the fourth year this has been going on. I don’t think there are any requirements like minimum post size, etc., so this is going to probably be about it for this post. If I get all my chores done today, I will come back with either the 2nd installment of a discussion of the movie Jesus Christ Superstar, or announce the endorsement of a candidate for POTUS.

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Should Priests Abstain From Fleshly Desires? – Part 2


By Holly Green
Guest Blogger
(Editor’s Note: This is part two. You can start at the beginning here. I would also like to apologize for breaking it where I did, as it was not really at the end of Holly’s first point. And so we continue from where we left.) 

From Last Post: Heb. 7:19 “(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”

With the new law, the law we are under now, we have one high priest in heaven.

“Heb. 7:22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

Heb. 7:23 ¶ The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,

Heb. 7:24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.

Heb. 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb. 7:26 ¶ for it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

Heb. 7:27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”

Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica i...

Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica - Expiation for Our Sins - Image via Wikipedia

When Jesus died on the cross several things happened. The earth shook, rocks were split, tombs were opened and bodies of the saints were raised but something else happened. (Matt. 27:50-53) The veil of the temple was torn in two. The veil had been in place to separate the most holy place, where the presence of God dwelt. Only the high priests could enter that part of the temple; however, the moment Jesus died, it was torn from top to bottom. This signifies the barrier being broken between God and man. Man can now approach God, himself in prayer to Him. The only person who needs to intercede for us is Jesus.

So, do we need any other priests? I Peter 2:4-9 says that we are priests, “being built up as living stones as a spiritual house for a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession…”.
(Here Holly has ended her commentary on the validity or perhaps the place of a priesthood under the “new law.” Now she begins the discussion of celibacy.)

Do priests have to be unmarried? The Bible says no. God created marriage for the release of those desires and created those desires, themselves in us. It is OK to have those desires. It is how we react to them. Should this man have been involved in premarital inappropriate conduct? No, but the situation could have been avoided in the first place. Withholding those desires from ourselves will cause them to come out eventually in some form, whether appropriate or not. In I Timothy 4:1-5, we read about the Holy Spirit saying that some will fall away because of lies and deceitful doctrines, whose consciences have been seared to where they do not feel anything at all about their actions. What were these people teaching? Verses 3-4 tell us that they were, “men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected.”

Paul does talk about whether to marry or not and bases it on self-control. He does say that he chose to stay unmarried and wanted others to do the same. A man can choose to be single but he should not if he cannot control his desires. He is depriving himself of what is naturally within us. I Corinthians 7:9-“But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.”

I believe this is why so many priests are getting into inappropriate situations and acting unbecomingly. They are sort of putting themselves in an impossible situation. God does not require us to go this far to be more holy.

Father Corapi seems to be one of those who falls into the category of having less self-control than others. I think we should all forgive him, for he is just a man, a fallible man. As I pointed out earlier, Jesus was the only man who was without sin. Everyone sins. (Rom. 3:23)

Peter once asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother. In Matthew 18:21-22, he asks, “Up to seven times? Jesus said to Him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’”

This does not mean that we need to literally multiply seventy times seven and put our limit there. Jesus is saying keep forgiving him time after time, which is not easy to do, but we are also told that, “God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others.” ( Matt.6:14-15)

I am very interested in other’s thoughts and opinions. Please do comment, as I think this topic is relevant and important.

Thanks, Holly Green

‘There Be Dragons,’ Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escrivá


“…if you are a saint, that means you stand for something.”

Interesting insights from a self-styled agnostic, Roland Joffé:

In a way, it was Josemaria’s very controversiality that made him interesting, Joffé suggested, adding, “I don’t think an uncontroversial saint is a very good idea. I’m not quite sure how you could be an uncontroversial saint, because … if you are a saint, that means you stand for something.”

via Roland Joffé Talks About ‘There Be Dragons,’ Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escrivá | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Cross of Opus Dei - based primarily on en:Imag...

Cross of Opus Dei - "work of God" - Image via Wikipedia

As reviewer Steven Greydanus notes, Roland seems ‘God-haunted’. Particularly noteworthy are his lucid comments on the actual implications of freedom of choice – or Free Will – one of my favorite topics.

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Should Priests Abstain From Fleshly Desires?


By Holly Green
Guest Blogger
(Editor’s Note: This article is a bit long, so it has been broken into two, maybe three posts.)

I read an article recently on this blog about Father Corapi and the allegations against him of “improper conduct with an adult female”. He is a priest and in our modern-day Catholic religion, they are to abstain from sexual contact of any kind. I believe this goes against human nature. God made us with these desires and to discount them is only going to cause problems. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this.

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...

Jesus - Our High Priest. -- Image via Wikipedia

In Genesis, God made man and woman. He gave the woman to the man to be a helper. (Gen. 2:19-25) Verse 24 says,

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

God intended man and woman to be together from the very beginning.

The book of Hebrews talks about priests and compares the Law of Moses to the new law. In the Law of Moses, priests were necessary to offer sacrifices to God for the people. Only the priests could enter the Holy of Holies-the back part of the temple and most holy place.

Hebrews 2:17- “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”

Jesus became our high priest when he ascended into heaven after his resurrection from the grave. In Hebrews 3:1, it says this of Jesus:

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;” We can confess our sins to Christ and he will intercede for us. In chapter 4:14, Paul says it again: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

The apostle Paul then begins to compare the priests from the Law of Moses to Jesus and how they are different. We pick up the reading in the next verse.

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Heb. 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Heb. 5:1 ¶ For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;

Heb. 5:2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;

Heb. 5:3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.

Heb. 5:4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

Heb. 5:5 ¶ So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,

YOU ARE MY SON,

TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;”

Back then, they needed a priest because there was a barrier, of sorts, between them and God. They could not approach God directly but 4:16 tells us that we can approach God on our own.

Heb. 7:19 “(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”

(Find Part 2 here.)

Ψ – Holly had commented on an earlier article, musing aloud that she wanted to write a piece on the topic of priestly celibacy. I invited her to do so and I would post here, so here it is! Next Installment in a day or two. I am going to let this percolate a bit and hopefully garner some comments. – FB

Edward Feser: The Metaphysics of The Fly


By PADDY KEYK
Global Exclaimer Writer
“David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly is one of the two most disgusting movies I have ever seen; the other is John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing. I love them both.”
Fly fish

The Fly!!

 

via Edward Feser: The Metaphysics of The Fly.

Ah, a movie reviewer after my own heart.

This was really an interesting review and I suggest you read it, live it, BE it. Be The Fly. Or, maybe just be Human.

How am I Lenting – Let Me Count the Ways

My Apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How am I Lenting? Let me count the ways.
I am Lenting to the depth and breadth and height
My caffeine withdrawal can reach when waking from the night
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I am Lenting to try to reach that place
There in the Garden, keeping watch in the night.
I strive to Lent freely, as well as I might;
To Lent purely, throughout these 40 days.
My Lenting lacks the Passion that You put to use
Bowing Your head to the will of Your Father with faith.
My Lenting is pale as I do what I do not choose.
With my lost senses, I try and catch my breath,
Thinking of all my life! and of how You paid my dues,
I shall try to comprehend how I sentenced You to death.Ψ