Star Trek TNG: The Excommunication By The Blorg

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Straight Outta Patheos

I’m officially an ex-Blorger. Update your links, and come back tomorrow for the details (putting on the finishing touches). As it now stands, I’m…

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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu…

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…adieu, adieu, to you and you and you. Not forever, mind you – just from Patheos.

This is my final post here. Earlier this month, I received an email from Mission Control that read, in part, “…we are assessing again our goals for the site, which includes evaluating existing blogs for traffic and mutual value. At this time, we feel that Acts of the Apostasy no longer meets our current site needs, and we plan to discontinue hosting it.”

So, I’ve gone ahead and fired up the ol’ WordPress blog – the original Acts of the Apostasy. Details and such of my departure will be addressed there.

I wish to thank the ever kind and graceful Lizzie Scalia for convincing me to join Patheos back in February 2015, and for my good friends Jen Fitz and Rebecca Frech for convincing her I was worth hiring. They, along with everyone else I had the pleasure of meeting and working with, made me feel welcome, and I will be forever grateful for the friendships I’ve made during my time here. I am a blessed man.

Time moves on, and time brings about changes, and with change comes more change. Sometimes it’s predictable, and sometimes it’s even comprehensible. More than anything, change merely needs to be accepted for what it is.

For those who read AoftheA, liked it, shared it – thank you so much. I hope to see you at the new old blog.

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Remnant Video Cartoon Depicts Pope Francis As…Sauron? Really?

Most of you are probably familiar with The Remnant, a traditionalist paper/online publication. Below is a video they posted earlier in January. I’m loathe to write about it, giving the video added publicity, but stuff such as this needs to be brought into the light and exposed.

True colors for the Greatest Catholics Of All Time, or a serious lapse in judgment? You decide.

Nice job, Remnant, characterizing The Eternal City as Mordor – Middle Earths’s realm of relentless malevolence – and Pope Francis as Sauron – the embodiment of pure evil. You owe an apology to more than Tolkien, though (who would, I’m sure, vehemently condemn your caricature) – in fact, you need to delete the video post haste. Too bad I can only downvote it once – click here if you’d like to downvote it.

Even if it’s meant to be funny, it’s an abysmal failure. It’s crap like this that deservedly earns The Remnant little to no respect in the wider Catholic culture, and it undoes any good they’ve accomplished in defending and explaining the Catholic faith.

For all that’s good and holy, take it down.

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Aragorn Is A Protestant…

…and clearly, the hobbits are Catholics.

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Ancient in Internet years (from Dec 2014), but I saw this on Facebook yesterday.

Your friendly reminder to go to confession, you nasty Hobbitsessss…

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Kathleen Parker Displays Religious Ignorance Of Biblical Proportions On CNN

I rarely blog on politics, but this appeared on my Twitter feed, and I couldn’t let it pass. A good number of talking heads in the mainstream media are religiously ignorant – we all know that – but Kathleen Parker’s example is, well…you know what? Watch the video.

Um, really? Messianic imagery? Attack: failed. She thinks that’s what “Body of Christ” means? Maybe she thinks that’s what Ted Cruz meant, or believes. I don’t know what faith you profess Kathleen, but bless your heart – I doubt any Christians who take their faith seriously, knowing that Christ rose from the grave nearly 2000 years ago, were offended by what Cruz said. Certainly not as much as we are amused by this glittering jewel of colossal ignorance. Not even close.

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Diocese Creates GoFundMe Page After Spending Funds On Powerball Tickets

lottery (AoftheANews) WALLA WALLA – AoftheA News has learned that the Diocese of Walla Walla (Washington state) spent over a quarter of a million dollars on Wednesday’s $1.6 billion Powerball, and has created a GoFundMe account in order to recoup the money.

According to anonymous sources, diocesan officials spent all the monies that had been collected in 2015 to fund the CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development) – an amount in excess of $275,000. Three winners split the record-setting jackpot – from Florida, Tennessee, and California.

“This is shocking and disappointing,” A.C. Doocey, local CCHD director told AoftheA News. “A number of dubious organizations whose charters are extremely inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church were counting on those funds, and now they have nothing. At the very least, the diocese ought to have bought some scratch-off tickets, which have much better odds of winning.”

The anonymous sources allege that from Sunday, January 10 until late Wednesday, January 13, Sacrament of Confirmation class students were asked to purchase Powerball tickets, in exchange for the requisite community service hours needed to receive the sacrament.

None of the 137,500 tickets produced any winnings – not even matching five digits, which would have grossed a $1 million payout.

“The diocese was hoping to hit it big,” Doocey said. “Instead, they’ve totally embarrassed themselves, and an entire slate of shady agencies actively working against the Church gets zero funding this year.”

The diocese’s GoFundMe page says the following:

Please help the Walla Walla Diocese as we have exhausted all the CCHD funding. We spent all the money on lottery tickets (expecting to win the 1.5 billion) and are now in dire need of cash. With your small donation of at least $1.00, a like  and one share, I’m certain that we will be able to pick ourselves up from the trenches of this lost (sic) and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again! PLEASE, won’t you help a diocese in need. DONATE NOW.

So far, the GoFundMe account has raised $42.50. Click here to make a donation.

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