Posted by: L. E. Barnes | January 22, 2011

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Yes, it’s that time again: time for Sunday Snippets,  when Catholic bloggers can join Rann at This That and the Other Thing and post a link to their blog. Or you can simply visit and check out various Catholic blogs.

I only did a couple of posts this week. The first has a short video clip in which Mother Angelica reflects on what the devil hates most. The second has some clips from an old kids’ show called The Electric Company (any of you remember watching it?) that are both humorous and educational. 😉

In our parish’s RCIA class, we have been reading Peter Kreeft’s book Catholic Christianity, which summarizes and explains the Catholic Church’s core beliefs, as presented out in the Catechism. The chapter for discussion today focuses on the fourth commandment (honoring your parents) and its importance not just to the family but to society as a whole. At the end of the chapter, Kreeft offers an important reminder about the Church’s teachings:

Catholic social and political morality does not conform totally to any popular secular establishment. It is neither anarchic, individualistic “libertarianism” nor collectivist “socialism”; neither utopian optimism nor cynical pessimism; neither “Right” nor “Left”; neither the Republican nor the Democratic party platform. Nor is it an inconsistent compromise between them. It is a higher and more complete way, based on the essential reality of human nature, not on the changing fashions of any human ideology.

Amen, Dr. Kreeft. A good reminder not to be a “cafeteria Catholic”, picking whatever teachings that you happen to like while discarding the rest. And a good reminder that the Church must not bow to the ever-shifting sands of popular opinion or sacrifice its principles for short-term expedience.

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  1. I agree with Dr. Kreeft. The beauty of Catholicism is that it is neither right nor left.

    I do remember The Electric Company and Zoom!

    • I don’t recall seeing Zoom, but the Electric Company was a favorite.

      Kreeft was right on target. All Catholics would do well to keep that principle in mind. We’re in the world, but not of it.

  2. Sounds like a meaty topic for an RCIA class

    • We really didn’t into that particular issue, due to time constraints. But yes, it’s something we could have spent a lot of time discussing.

  3. Oh, yes, I remember the Electric Company! Remember those silhouette heads facing each other, each speaking half of a word, like “Fl-“…”-ower”…”Flower!”

    • LOL! I remember those too! They just don’t make good kids’ shows like they did back in the day…

  4. Well I remember Zoom & ECo because my kids watched them so much…so that shows you how old I am 🙂

    • I didn’t watch Zoom (don’t even recall it, for that matter), but I really liked The Electric Company.

  5. That’s a great quote and reinforces my decision to define myself as a “Catholic” and nothing else where politics is concerned.

    • I’m with you 100% on that. I’ve been exposed to both sides of the political spectrum, and frankly I’ve come to care less and less about political parties. Rather, the important thing is for us to stick to our principles as Catholics. Popular opinion constantly changes, but God’s principles do not.

  6. Amen, Amen, Amen, and Amen to Barb too!

    • I’ll “amen” your “amen”! 😉

  7. I really like Peter Kreeft. And I like this quote a lot! God bless!

    • Thanks, Colleen. God bless you too!


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