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Papist Propaganda

June 20, 2009

1718, from Mod.L. propaganda, short for Congregatio de Propaganda Fide “congregation for propagating the faith,” committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions, prop. abl. fem. gerundive of L. propagare (see propagation). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative.


That’s all well and good, but I actually want to highlight one of the recent propaganda (modern sense) items provided by a few papists on the word “papist.” One of those items is that word was originally conceived by those persecuting the papists.

1534, “adherent of the Pope,” from M.Fr. papiste, from papa “Pope,” from Church L. papa (see pope).


Notice the actual etymology – not a term of English coinage but a borrow word from Middle French. Moreover, while the term certainly was employed at times when the papacy was resolutely opposed in England, the “persecution” as it is sometimes characterized was not principally religious in nature.

Papists were perceived as a political threat to at least some of the folks in the English Monarchy, especially Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. This was not simply a pretense to put down Catholicism, but a genuine and legitimate concern coming out of the medieval period during which the popes and their minions frequently meddled in the political affairs of Europe.

So, in short, no. The term “papist” was not coined as derogatory term, nor need it carry derogatory connotations. It does not (contrary to the most bizarre piece of propaganda I recently received) mean “pope worshiper.” Although some people do use it in a derogatory manner, you will not find this blogger using it that way, but rather in a way that is descriptive of ecclesiology. Yes, some dictionaries have seen fit to label it as derogatory, but hopefully any sincere papists who read this blog will not fall prey to propaganda but will look to the intention of the word, which highlights an important difference in church structure between us.


Anti-Spanking Propoganda

March 1, 2008

I have previously noted that corporal punishment of children by their parents, especially their fathers, is a Scriptural mandate. Liberalism does not approve. Liberalism views spanking a form of child abuse, and seeks to outlaw it. In some places, such as Sweden, Liberalism has succeeded in that objective. In other places, parents continue to have the right to raise their children in love.

The Apostle Paul explains:

Nevertheless, modern liberalism opposes spanking out of a false sense of love, and a false concept of what love is. Most amusing in this opposition to love was an article posted at MSN Health. The article attempted to demonize spanking by trying to link it to bad behavior.

The article made various allegations. Perhaps they are even true. Although I have provided a link, I don’t suggest that anyone read it (link). Nevertheless, if one reads it one will find a curious, seemingly anachronistic reference to sexual deviancy.

You see, in general liberalism doesn’t like to speak of sexual behaviors as “deviant.” After all, liberalism is the largest voice for the sexual deviancy of fornication and especially homosexual fornication. The only reason to use that kind of terminology is to try to confuse non-Liberals.

Why would that be done? Because the piece is essentially an apologetic aimed at drumming up opposition to spanking from social conservatives.

Don’t get me wrong: spanking can be abused. We must discipline our children (corporeally when necessary), but we must do so in love, not in rage. Furthermore, we must teach our children what is right and wrong when it comes to sexual behaviors. We cannot oppose liberalism on child discipline but swallow the camel of sexual deviance endorsed by liberalism in the various forms of extramarital sexual relations.

We should not buy the anti-spanking propoganda, but we must learn from the cautions it provides. We must teach our young men how they should behave themselves. Furthermore, we must be cautious to implement spanking and other forms of corporeal discipline for the benefit of our children.


Remember this guy?

February 21, 2008

Do you remember Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf? He was the Iraqi official who reported on the very brief Iraq invasion in terms that were extremely favorable to the Iraqi ruling regime.

One example of his lines:

“Now even the American command is under siege. We are hitting it from the north, east, south and west. We chase them here and they chase us there. But at the end we are the people who are laying siege to them. And it is not them who are besieging us.”

Many more here (link). In a somewhat macabre pun he was labelled “Comical Ali.”

Then I read this similarly comical balderdash:

“Protestants run from or mock Catholic presentations, rather than interact with them; let alone try to refute them. There appears to be a crisis of confidence in Protestant circles.”

Meanwhile, when asked by one of his Catholic supporters to address a Protestant article, he turns tail:

“I’m trying to get away from replying to anti-Catholics. “

I had to laugh out loud. His position has been crushed from every side, and is cut off more and more each day, but he announces that the matter is just the oppsite. He fails to respond to critique after critique of his own work, but the bluster comes hard and thick.

This guy actually is so brazen as to claim: “But these guys are all petrified of discussing it with me “live”, with everyone watching.”

Not even his Catholic supporters buy it any more. I would be surprised if even one of the people whom he “challenged” was even the slightest bit worried, much less afraid, and certainly none were petrified of discussing the matter with him “live” with people watching.

As one of the people falsely charged, I can testify that this guy’s fear-sensing ability is as good as his exegetical abilities.

One can almost hear the immortal words of Comical Ali:

“They fled. The American louts fled. Indeed, concerning the fighting waged by the heroes of the Arab Socialist Baath Party yesterday, one amazing thing really is the cowardice of the American soldiers. we had not anticipated this.”

May God pour out his mercy on those in the Catholic church, and particular on her propagandists,


UPDATE: Reginald has noted that I did not ask his opinion before posting this. (link) Specifically, he found the line: “Not even his Catholic supporters buy it any more,” overstretched, I think. Obviously, I guess I should add that perhaps some of his supporters may actually think that the people Dave “challenged” are quaking in their boots with fear of Dave. From comments I’ve seen by Catholics on this, though, I believe that many realize that Dave’s imagination has gotten the better of him.

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