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Angry Readers, Boss Baby & Tortuous Journey



Angry Readers


Dear TIA,

I am repeatedly taken aback at the degree of vehemence and anger that frequently appears on your “What People Are Saying” page. The latest example being the accusation of “sensationalism” directed at your coverage of the Fr. James Martin scandal.

The anger is usually directed at you and is quite irrational!

Have you ever done an analysis of how the “Smoke of Satan” that has infiltrated the Church also cultivates and inflames anger?

     Thank you and God bless,

     J.I.

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Boss Baby

Dear Atila,

After being encouraged by my children to see a new movie, entitled Boss Baby, I saw it.

The story is of a baby who learns that the biggest threat to babies not being wanted/loved enough is puppies! So, the boss baby decides he must figure out how to stop this encroachment. The biggest enemy of BabyCorp, his company, is none other than Francis Francis!

I thought this was a very ironic but telling name for the biggest problem person in the movie!

Do more than those who read TIA on a daily basis also know who the biggest problem is in the world today…?

     E.S., Ph.D.

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Dismayed !

Dear TIA,

I have only been a Catholic for two years and I am alarmed at what I am learning about Pope Francis! We attend a Novus Ordo Mass, which I am increasing disappointed with.

I have been attending when possible a traditional Latin Mass. My wife is not on board with attending, but supports me.

What should I do?

     Thanks.

     J.B.
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TIA responds:

Dear J.B.,

You made the right decision: to become Catholic. Welcome!

You are on your way to make a second right decision: to leave the Novus Ordo Mass and go to a traditional Latin Mass.

Explain to your wife why you are doing so, be patient with her, and little by little try to bring her along with you.

You may find other answers to your question here also.

     Cordially,

     TIA correspondence desk


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A Tortuous Journey


Dear Dr. Horvat,

THANK you so much for taking the time to write. I very much appreciated your response [to my questions on Catholic rock], and thank you for publishing my letter on your website.

By the way, I have now purchased about a dozen of your CDs. I am so impressed by your thinking, which is deep and very illuminating. I continue to learn so much.

Just to let you know a bit about me, since I’m the most unlikely person to be a Catholic: I grew up a secular Jew in NY, in a (typically) hostile environment towards Christianity. I always despised Christmas and resented Christian’s impact on the culture and felt alienated, as do most Jews, which is why the professionals, such as Freud, have attacked every aspect of the Christian world, with their demonic movies, music, psychology, Hollywood, and news media.

But I felt this hunger inside and, given that Jews cannot go to a church, I got into Eastern religion, mostly Buddhism and Hinduism. You probably have heard the term, JuBus, since most American white Buddhists are Jewish (same with the teachers). I was involved in Eastern religion for about l6 years, until, for reasons that I can’t explain, I suddenly became uninterested. I started reading a lot of J. Krishnamurti, who had been slated as the World Teacher, although he eventually rejected this. His writing is, at times, angry, aggressive and very anti-religion, and it put me in a very dark place, emotionally.

But for reasons that I cannot explain, Jesus revealed Himself to me, partly through a new friend, a Christian. She was the first Christian I was ever friends with, even though I was already in my early 50s. She had something that I wanted, and she patiently shared the Gospel with me. I started going to churches (although the first time, I literally thought that God would punish me by striking me dead with lightning (even though it was 90 degrees out and summer). I became a born again Christian and went to Protestant churches for a number of years and was baptized there. (Hence the Protestant rock music. I had dozens of CDs, but just got rid of all of them a week ago — partly because of your writings on rock music.)

I had a great time, but something was still missing. I found myself thinking that I should become a Catholic and started going to Catholic churches. I was horrified by what a mess it was and was about to return to the Protestant world when Jesus came to me in a Mass, where I literally sobbed uncontrollably. I knew that He was there and eventually became a Catholic, but not without much struggle.

By the way, I think that RCIA is one of the worst outcomes of Vat II, and perhaps you’d consider an article about it. Total psychology, groupthink and a major delay in bringing people into the Church.

Anyway, that is a bit of my story. I have been a happy, devout, mantilla-wearing Catholic woman for almost three years now, praise God.

I do have another burning question, if you don’t mind. I am trying to practice my faith as closely to before Vatican II as I can. But I am having a hard time gaining information about what the dogmas of the Church were prior to Vatican II. There is plenty out there about the horrors that Vat II has wrought. But I cannot find anything out there about the tenets of the Catholic Church, in great detail, prior to Vatican II. I want to believe and practice and think correctly, but I don’t know how to.

This may be a great subject for a book or a long article. Or perhaps you have some references for me?

     God bless,

     S.T.
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Dr. Horvat responds:

Dear S.T.,

Thank you for the data on your past life. It is a very interesting journey that Our Lady has taken you on, and I was pleased to learn more about you..

In my opinion, the best ensemble of dogmas you can find, with due explanation of each, is the Roman Catechism, also known as Catechism of Trent or Catechism for the Parish Priests. It is the ensemble of Catholic truths professed in the Creed, Commandments and Sacraments, as the priests should teach laypeople.

You may read/download it for free here.

If you are looking for something more accessible, I would suggest the very easy-reading book on sound Catholic doctrine, The Catechism Explained, by Francis Spirago and Richard Clarke, which you can read here.

     Cordially,

     Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.


Posted June 22, 2017
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