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Friday, September 22, 2006
Traditional Book and Movie Reviews

I wanted to point out a wonderful new blog I came across through Argent by the Tiber - TradReviews. The website rates movies and videos from a Traditional Catholic view. The website also points out books that should never be read because they were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books.


del_button September 22, 2006 at 9:33 PM
St. Michael the Archangel said...

Well I haven't checked out the site yet, but I assume that 99,9% of the current movies and books will be on their block list... LOL!

del_button September 23, 2006 at 8:30 AM
Moneybags said...

You're probably right :)

del_button September 23, 2006 at 6:44 PM
Nârwen said...

"Madame Bovary" was on the Index ! I wish I had known that when I was in college- maybe I could have gotten a religious exemption from having to read it in my "History of the Novel" class...

del_button September 24, 2006 at 5:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Still trying to live 50 years ago?

As I am sure you well read young people realize, the Church abandoned this list in the late 60's. The Church realized it was outdated and wrong to enforce such a policy. YOu talk about this list as though it still exists.

For a group of students to talk this way makes me I worng to assume that most of your knowledge comes from books rather than experience? I would be cautious about what I try to censor......

Perhaps you just don't realize how silly you sound trying to be holier than the Church.....

del_button September 24, 2006 at 7:19 AM
Moneybags said...

Anonymous, the Index has not been updated since around the 1960's but the list still exists. The teachings of the Church do not change with time.

del_button September 24, 2006 at 5:42 PM
Anonymous said...

Assuming you actually enroll in and subsequently graduate from a seminary, my advice to you would be to seek out a contemplative community where you don't have to deal with parishioners. You just don't have the requisite humility and people skills to get it done. You may get it some day, but apparently not yet.

The Church needs more priests to be sure, but more than numbers, we just don't need this sort of immaturity.

I am certain you will find a sympathetic voice of support from the limited audience you have on your site. Good thing no one censors you, isn't it?

del_button September 24, 2006 at 6:26 PM
Anonymous said...

I have a suggestion for the young person known as Moneybags. I have been viewing this recent exchange and find it amusing. I think that you, as host of this site, should not hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. If you are comfortable that your comments and positions are entirely in keeping with the teachings of the RC Church, please identify yourself so that your posts can be forwarded to the proper diocesan vicar for your home area. As you know, the diocese is unusually interested in ensuring that future seminarians who wish to be representatives of the Church are fully compliant with Church positions and reflect well on the Church. Each and every vicar I have ever communicated with or met was scrupulously fair and equitable when reviewing these types of situations.

Accordingly, if you are willing to put your use of the label "traditional Catholic" to a fair reading by the Church itself, you should come forward, identify yourself and stand up for what you believe. If you are right, you will shut up me and every other Catholic like me who thinks you are just immature. If I am wrong, then you have my promise you won't receive any more contributions from me on your site.

So what will it be Moneybags? Are you man enough to stop hiding behind your site on the Internet and ready to let the Church itself review your beliefs?

This is your chance to prove me wrong! You have the ability to teach me and every other adult Catholic who sees your comments as immature nonsense a really powerful lesson. Don't shrink from this great opportunity. Stand up and be counted for what you believe. This is what adults do every day, including priests and seminarians. If you become a priest, you are going to have to stand up before a parish community every day and say what needs to be said. There is no hiding from it or from your parish. If you want to really be known as a "traditional Catholic", then be a man, stand up and let everyone know who you are.

del_button September 25, 2006 at 7:30 AM
Danny Garland Jr. said...

Hey Anonymous,

You are one to talk saying that Moneybags shouldn't hide behind anonymity, when you don't have the guts to post your real name.

del_button September 25, 2006 at 9:19 AM
Anonymous said...

Interesting comment. If I ran a website, I would certainly post my bio. Even more to the point, if I were a future seminarian I would not hesitate to put my name to my comments if someone alleged that I overstepped my experience or knowledge.

Mr. Garland, I am sure you would agree with me that being a priest means you take the good and bad of parish life. Your comments are scrutinized and more often than not, criticized. Mr. "Moneybags" will come to realize this in the event he ever becomes a priest. I am simply suggesting that he is talking like someone who has a lot more experience than he does. I am sure your professors would agree with me when I say that young aspiring seminarians are not sought out for their thoughts on how to run a parish. Most young seminarians have a difficult time just learning how to be quiet and obedient rather than offering advice to others.

So, may I suggest that since some of us have children older than you and have been active in Church lay ministry longer than you have been alive, we may actually know a bit more than you and young Moneybags about these things?

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del_button July 3, 2010 at 9:06 PM
Jamie said...

Anonymous - perhaps you would be better to do some research before claiming that the correct Catholic position is wrong. As for the Index - maybe you will believe it has force when you read this quote from Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI - gloriously reigning):

"After the dissolution of the Index, when some people thought the printing and distribution of the work was permitted, people were reminded again in 'LOsservatore Romano' (15 June 1966) that, as was published in the 'Acta Apostolicae Sedis' (1966), the Index retains its moral force despite its dissolution. A decision against distributing and recommending a work, which has not been condemned lightly, may be reversed, but only after profound changes that neutralize the harm which such a publication could bring forth among the ordinary faithful."

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