08 July 2014

Atheists United

As I was driving to church this morning, I noticed on a truck in front of me as I a was few blocks from the cathedral, a fish with feet, one of which held a wrench, and the word “evolve” in the body. I often wonder if the persons that have such things on their vehicles have any idea what the meaning of the fish is. I know from experience that the vast majority of Christians don’t seem to have any idea.

The Greek word for fish is ἰχθύς or ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthus) and the early Christians used it as an acronym as follows:

03 July 2014

“The Healing of Families” -- Critique and Concerns

A little over a year ago, I first heard about Fr. Yozefu-B Ssemakula and his book The Healing of Families due a seminar he was giving in Edmonton. I was a bit leery, but after a third person suggested it to me, I decided to buy the book and go to the seminar. The book store was out of his book so I bought a CD and prayer card. Personal events on the weekend of the seminar prevented me from going, so that was the end of it.

The reason I was leery was because the whole idea of healing family trees seems quite odd to me. There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that this is necessary, no saints have ever taught it or suggested it, including those that came from very troubled families, and no Church documents endorses it. In short, if an idea is “new” regarding catholic doctrine, it is almost guaranteed to be heretical. The idea of “generational bondage” is not really new, but seems to stem primarily from Voodoo, which is a syncretizing of Catholicism with incompatible beliefs originating form indigenous African religions.