Disempowering the priesthood.

The priesthood is one of the three sacred holy orders of the Catholic Church. On average they study for eight years to be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Study does not just include scholastic pursuits but also human, social, spiritual and pastoral formation.

The Catholic Church teaches that when a man participates in priesthood, he participates in the priesthood of Christ Himself. All men who, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, have become priests participate in Christ’s priesthood; they act in persona Christi Capitis, in the person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church.

This is as it should be because a priest must administer to his parish. A part of his vocation is to help guide lost souls to salvation, so no matter what the person has done, or seen, or experienced, the priest has the knowledge and skills and wisdom to be able to help them.

Unless of course the sinner is a homosexual.

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The special Christian sodomite club.

Over at Sigmaframe there is an article up concerning how The Church should best deal with homosexuals who identify as Christians. The article, Can Christians be Gay, is best exemplified by its conclusions. Bold emphasis is mine.

Homosexuality is one of the main challenges faced by most churches these days. In response to this crisis, many pastors are following the cultural trend by pressing all the members of their congregation to accept and interact with gays. There are two problems with this approach.

  1. Many straight Christians simply have very little sympathy for either the gay lifestyle, or the struggles of being a gay Christian, and for many of the faithful, no amount of preaching is going to change this. The result is that gays feel condemned by the annoyance of Christians, and do not experience Christ through their interactions with Christians.

  2. Many straight Christians simply do not have a need to interact with gays. Expecting them to do so, purportedly to become more “loving“, is actually detrimental and burdensome to the spiritual vitality of both straight and gay individuals.

In other words, those pesky Christians who hold to the word of God are most tiresome indeed for all those gays who just want to be loved by everybody. Not only that but gays’ spiritual vitality will be weakened by having to even interact with those pesky straights. Just what is to be done?

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Sunday lifting thread – a new program?

On last week’s lifting thread commenter Purge left the following comment:

Squatting three times a week sounds like overtraining, Adam. How about training legs once a week instead?

Now my initial reaction to this was a hearty rebuttal with moderate amounts of disdain. Doesn’t this berk know that I follow the Starting Strength program which advocates squatting at all times, including but not limited to taking a dump, praying to God Almighty, meeting the Queen, pushing all in, and initiating a sexual encounter which is only ever going to end with a big #Metoo stamp all over it?

But the comment lingered in my hind brain going into the week and on Wednesday I made an important decision:

I skipped the squat on my workout.

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Greasy Pole podcast #9 – The Aaron Clarey’s 12 rules for life episode.

The Great One and I disparage Uncle Jordy’s 12 rules for life but then deliberate on what Aaron Clarey’s 12 rules for life would be.

Also, I humiliate The Great One for hanging out with a bipolar feminist even if she is 24 and hawt, he breaks my bubble by telling me that the women in Louisiana are all fatties, the wonders of modern management, Trump’s track record as president, and much more.

 

Friday hawt chicks & links – The new system edition.

At the gym this evening after my session I had a protein drink because that’s how I roll. But when I went to pay for it there was a problem. The trainer scowled at his machine as he attempted to complete the transaction for a whopping 1.80 euro.

“What’s the matter?” I asked him.

“We have a new system,” came the reply. The despair on his face said it all.

I don’t know if there are any words more terrifying in the modern language than ‘we have a new system’. Nobody likes a new system except the person that sold it and he should be placed against a wall and shot in the knees. The very next person to be dealt with in this way would be the idiot that purchased the new system. The people doing the shooting would be a toss up between the staff who have to use it and the clientele that have to put up with it.

The selling point about a new system is that it’s new. The inference is that the old system was bad because it was old. Probably the best example of the fallacy of this in action was New Coke. New is not better. We’ve had new for 50 years now. My record player was manufactured in 1979. That’s about right as far as I’m concerned. About the only new things that are better are cars and that’s only if you take away the horrible modern colors which amount to 750 shades of grey. My umbrella has more aesthetic interest than my car.

We got the transaction sorted and I gulped my protein drink in milk. I asked the trainer if it was new. He said it was most certainly not. Things are looking up.

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