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Defund the Vatican! This is the only option for Catholics who want to clean house but don’t want to give up their faith. Instead of throwing your money into the hush-money fund, give it to another worthy charity. In order for the Catholic Church to change, it must feel the anger of its members in […]The post Ep 484 – Defund the Vatican! appeared first on PREUSSPODCAST.COM.

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I am the CEO of Preuss Media LLC as well as a 20-something political commentator, blogger, talker, musician, bookworm, and weight lifter. Although lacking a formal college degree (something I boast about), my strange brain contains a wealth of knowledge of economics, political science, and philosophy.

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  • Reflecting upon my Brazilian pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio in August of 2013, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on my journey and the many sights, smells, and sounds I encountered along the way. I began to meditate upon the Stations of the Cross event at Copacabana Beach presided by Pope Francis. Looking back at it, millions of young people were meditating on the sufferings Christ endured as He was led to His death. I started to think of the fact that we were watching Jesus being tortured, and how this should challenge all Christians today. The Stations of the Cross are always deeply challenging and moving. Here is Innocence itself wrongly pronounced guilty, Purity beaten and spat upon, Goodness attacked with the vileness of the world. As we meditate on Christ on the road to Calvary, is it any wonder why we as Christians should stand against torture in all its forms? Our Lord was beaten, whipped, flogged, scourged, humiliated, mocked, and reviled; Our Lord was tortured. It must follow, then, that we who follow Him must enter into His sufferings and work to ensure that they are never inflicted on anyone again. Just as Jesus is in the poor, Jesus is the Tortured One in our world today. When Christians turn a blind eye to torture, or justify it based on our political beliefs or fears, we become the crowd on the morning of Good Friday screaming, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” We become the centurions who inflicted untold suffering on Our Lord. We become the disciples who abandoned Jesus in His hour of need. Christians cannot sit by and accept the existence of torture in society, especially as it exists in our political institutions and how it is propagandized by the mainstream media. In fighting to end torture by refusing to vote for politicians who support torture, we must look to the sufferings of Jesus on the road to Calvary. We must ask our politicians: “Jesus was tortured to death; how can you call yourself pro-life if you support and advocate the tactics that killed our Lord? How can you speak of the dignity of the preborn if you will not defend the dignity of even those we fear? Was not Jesus feared and reviled by the people and political establishment of His day?” I encourage my readers to pray the Stations of the Cross and see Jesus as the Tortured Christ. As you meditate on the Stations, think of the innocent men and women we have tortured at Abu Ghraib, CIA blacksites, and Guantanamo Bay. See Jesus in those who were humiliated, mocked, beaten, and mutilated. Pray for the victims of torture, the conversion of its defenders and perpetrators, and for the resolve to stop torture in all its forms in our society today.

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  • What constitutes abuse in relationship?  Does mental and emotional abuse matter? What natural rights do we have to be free from abuse? If there are rights to be free from abuse, who should protect those who are too young or otherwise unable to protect themselves, i.e. children, pets, disabled, elderly?

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  • Advent is the most counter cultural of the Church’s Liturgical seasons. The world is all about Santa Claus, “Christmas” music, Rudolph, buying presents, decorations everywhere, swamped malls, and Holiday parties with the office/ neighbors you don’t like all that much… And the Church dresses itself in penitential purple, it sings songs of expectation, it meditates on the Last Things, the Gloria is fasted from… and rather than looking to a jolly fat man holding presents; She looks to an expectant Mary who bears the Greatest Gift within her womb, waiting to burst forth into our lives. Advent is a beautiful season because it calls us to withdraw and re-center ourselves.  Don’t let Christmas Day find you completely exhausted and fed up with all things Christmas.  Enter into the mystery, enter into the longing, and enter into the waiting that is Advent.

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