7 Quick Takes Friday (set #166)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The nature of Mass and a wonderful new video, presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz for Ascension Press. Fixing the pope’s pizza problem (sometimes bold action is required). Dr. Gerald Schroeder suggests a scientific proof for God. On a related note, science struggles to understand even common things. Skiff and AJ reflect on pews. Deducing the rules for religious self-identification of the comically biased media. The evil rich do not pay their fair share (or so many have been told to believe).

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I heard an explanation of the Mass recently that left me sad. Too many Catholics understand the source and summit of Christian life far too poorly. In this case, enlightened by the offered instruction alone, none would have been able to articulate its fundamental, intrinsic nature. It is the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is a SACRIFICE. The once and for all, everlasting sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of mankind. The instruction I heard referred to the Altar of Sacrifice as a “table”. It most certainly is not. Ascension Press (as usual) “gets it” in this new video:

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Pizzeria co-owner Enzo Cacialli read that the Holy Father missed being able to go out to a pizzeria. So he made a special pizza and “delivered” it personally to Pope Francis’ speeding popemobile.

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Scientist Dr. Gerald Schroeder believes there is a relatively straight-forward proof for God. He holds doctorates in both science and physics from MIT. I remain doubtful (of this “proof” and a need for one, not doubtful of God!). It is at least interesting…

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Science does not purport to be the means to all knowledge. In fact, it addresses only a fairly narrow subset. Lack of scientific proof does not make anything false (otherwise, we would no longer need scientists to uncover new knowledge). Sometimes, even common, everyday things elude scientific understanding.

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This is the second Lumen Entertainment “What’s What In the Church” video. Skiff and AJ (the characters) reflect on pews:

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This is funny and so true! The wacky dudes and dudettes at Lutheran Satire have again produced an insightful video. This time, the (completely biased, anti-Christian, liberal) media’s apparent rules for recognizing religious self-identification:

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Everybody (at least most liberals) understand as a matter of faith the “fact” that the rich do not pay their fair share. UCLA Professor of Economics Dr. Lee Ohanian, speaks for Prager University:

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!


  1. These are awesome videos! #1 and #2 both made me tear up, though in different ways. :-)

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