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.