Guys but Steve finding out there was an Irish Catholic president. 

Like he finds out the current president is a black man first and is like “Wow that’s great. What progress. What a great country we live in. Wow. I’m humbled I get to see this. Wow.” 

And then like 2 weeks later he’s sitting around reading up on his history on his fancy starkpad thing and he gets to Kennedy and is like “WAIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME. ARE YOU KIDDING ME.” and he calls up all 3 people he knows which at this point is like Stark and Natasha and Clint (sorry Sam don’t worry he’ll mention this once you two know each other and you’ll get to see exactly how white your new best bro is and shake your head sadly) and he’s like “DID YOU HEAR???? DID YOU KNOW THIS???? WAS IT??? WAS IT OKAY???”

and Stark is like “spoiler alert: shot in the head.” and Steve is like DDDD:

And Natasha tells him to look up the campaign stuff and that it WAS an issue and people DID ask him point-blank if he’d be loyal to the Vatican or to his country first [“who asked him that.” “Some reporter.” “What’s their name I’m going to talk to them.” “Steve they’re probably dead.” “… Right.”] and Clint is like “What’s happening? You’re Irish? Hey, wanna hit me up for Pattie’s Day this year? I bet you’d be a riot.” “No I looked it up already and they don’t let gays march in their parade and that’s not very Christianly of them.” “…and by ‘riot’ I meant wet blanket.”

And like, Steve KNOWS it’s not as impressive as, hello, black president. And he knows there still hasn’t been a lady president (he checked really quick, skipping ahead in his histories, because hELLO if an IRISH CATHOLIC could be president ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE???) but he’s like. Completely blown away. But settles down after a while and reminds himself that the Irish today AREN’T treated like the Irish back then, and neither are the Catholics, it’s not like he’s black or Muslim or hell even a woman. But still. Still. Wow.

(And the he does meet Sam and they become buddies and they’re hanging out drinking some beer and watching the history channel when Kennedy pops up. And Steve gets all excited and turns to Sam and explains: “There was an Irish Catholic president!!! Can you believe it!!!!” and Sam looks at him like “this white boy right here is actually for real what am I going to do with this why did I get suckered into friendship with him.” and Sam is like “…yes. I was aware. … They told you who the president is right now, right?” and Steve blushes red because IRISH SKIN and is like “right, yeah, I mean. Of course that’s… That’s very…” and closes his mouth and turns back to the TV because he knows he will only make this worse. And Sam snorts into his beer and tries not to laugh while Steve’s ears turn red.)

How many souls, after having devoted themselves to follow Thee, and after having been favored by Thee with many graces and special signs of love, being then driven by some passion of vile interest, or human respect, or sordid pleasure, have ungratefully forsaken Thee! Which of these ungrateful ones is found to turn and lament, saying, Ah, my dear Jesus, pardon me; for I will not leave Thee again. I will rather lose my life a thousand times than lose Thy grace, O my God, my love, my all.
—  St. Alphonsus Liguori

A California man has paid $200 to file a ballot initiative that, if passed, would mandate for all gay people to die by firing squad, rather than risk god’s wrath.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller


Wonderful discussion of the intersection of fear and humor plus a preview of his famed “King of Glory” dance.  

aka - Why I love Colbert in 6 minutes. 

Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed Raymond Cardinal Burke via telephone on numerous topics. Nothing was off the table for this interview and His Eminence was incredibly generous with his time. He showed himself to be brilliant and yet filled with humility. And his care and concern for traditional Catholics must be acknowledged and appreciated.

In this wide-ranging interview, His Eminence talked about issues ripped from the news such as: Vatican officials threatening to sue bloggers; more priests coming under his authority; the dismantling of the Franciscans of the Immaculate; how traditional Catholics can save their souls in this modern world — and get their children the sacraments in the traditional rite in the face of dissenting bishops; priestly celibacy; daily confusion from Pope Francis; and much, much more. 

  • What Pope Francis actually said:The right to free speech gives us an obligation to work for the common good, so we should dialogue respectfully for that end, even if people don't want to hear it. Of course, sh*****g on things people love just because you can is going to get them mad, so if you want to be respectful, don't do that.
  • What people heard Pope Francis say:The right to free speech doesn't apply to religion! Shut down anyone who insults teh religionz!!!111!11!1!
The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like ‘religion’, to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.
—  J.R.R. Tolkien
People in the first century were not walking around with their own copies of the Bible. The primary locus of Scripture was the liturgy, not daily quiet time. The Word of God was heard when it was proclaimed in the authoritatively-summoned assembly of God’s people. The Bible is by design a text intended to be publicly read and heard. We lose something when all we do is read it on our own. This privatized and bookish view is anachronistic and contrary to both the primary intended use of the Biblical texts and to the historical milieu of Scripture itself.
—  Robert A. Sungenis, Not by Scripture Alone, p. 49