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The "sentire cum ecclesia" of the SSPX is shown by the fact that I was received as an envoy of the Holy See with true respect and with cordiality. Furthermore, I was glad to see in both places in the entrance area a photo of Pope Francis, the reigning Pontiff. In the sacristies there were plates with the name of Pope Francis and the local diocesan bishop. I was moved to assist the traditional chant for the pope ("Oremus pro pontifice nostro Francisco…") during the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
From the blog, Rorate Caeli [the Spanish-language version, Adelante la Fe], we offer some extracts from a recent interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider concerning the SSPX and other matters of the post-conciliar crisis. Note that we have rearranged the order of the interview questions/answers ...
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What that shows, though, is that there is simply no rational way to avoid engaging in debate with those with whom you disagree on the subject of sexual morality.  If the defender of traditional sexual morality is to avoid resorting to a mere question-begging ad hominem, then he has to give arguments for his position and to answer the arguments of the other side.  And if the critic of traditional sexual morality is to avoid resorting to a mere question-begging ad hominem, then he too has to give arguments for his position and to answer the arguments of the other side.  It is the side that merely flings abuse at its opponents and refuses to engage in debate that is the truly bigoted side.
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So, behaviorally, we have a tendency to fall either into prudery or into sexual excess.  And intellectually, we have a tendency to fall either into the error of Platonism -- treating man as essentially incorporeal, a soul trapped in the prison of the body -- or into the opposite error of materialism, treating human nature as entirely reducible to the corporeal.  The dominance of Platonism in early Christian thought is perhaps the main reason for its sometimes excessively negative attitude toward sexual pleasure, and the dominance of materialism in modern times is one reason for its excessive laxity in matters of sex.
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I took a break from Ephesus for a number of reasons that remain unsorted and unimportant.  There is a family of strangers here that I have missed.  
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Welcome back, hypothetically. Subjunctively. Whatever :-)
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I am wondering if it is time for a change... 
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Eight years ago this month, Audio Sancto launched with the simple goal of sharing solid Catholic sermons via the internet. Sermons from a couple dozen priests, from various group affiliations, have been archived on Audio Sancto and downloaded by thousands of people around the globe.
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Before the end of this summer, however, the consolidated archive of Audio Sancto will be separated out to a handful of websites. The sermons will not disappear from the internet but they will disappear from Audio Sancto.

http://www.audiosancto.org/8-years.php
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Mother Angelica ‘The Hidden Agenda’ – Against Liberalism in the Catholic Church
After witnessing a female mime play the role of Jesus in the living 'Stations of the Cross' at the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, where Pope John Paul II was present, Mother Angelica's s...
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Suppose a bizarre skeptic seriously proposed -- not as a joke, not as dorm room bull session fodder, but seriously -- that you, he, and everyone else were part of a computer-generated virtual reality like the one featured in the science-fiction movie The Matrix.  Suppose he easily shot down the arguments you initially thought sufficient to refute him.  He might point out, for instance, that your appeals to what we know from common sense and science have no force, since they are (he insists) just part of the Matrix-generated illusion.  Suppose many of your friends were so impressed by this skeptic’s ability to defend his strange views -- and so unimpressed by your increasingly flustered responses -- that they came around to his side.  Suppose they got annoyed with you for not doing the same, and started to question your rationality and even your decency.  Your adherence to commonsense realism in the face of the skeptic’s arguments is, they say, just irrational prejudice.
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Eight years ago this month, Audio Sancto launched with the simple goal of sharing solid Catholic sermons via the internet. Sermons from a couple dozen priests, from various group affiliations, have been archived on Audio Sancto and downloaded by thousands of people around the globe.
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Before the end of this summer, however, the consolidated archive of Audio Sancto will be separated out to a handful of websites. The sermons will not disappear from the internet but they will disappear from Audio Sancto.

http://www.audiosancto.org/8-years.php
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When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
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