Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart Debates Catholicism on 1984’s ‘Crossfire’

Earlier this week I flipped on the TV without caring the station and flopped onto the bed. Up popped four gentlemen passionately discussing a religious topic. I didn’t give it much thought since there’s often protestant programs popping up on obscure channels–especially for those who don’t care to have cable like myself. Too lazy to move and caring too little to change it, I watched the men discuss how faith alone attains salvation (sola fide) and good works are worthless. It wasn’t a surprising topic to expect from four southern televangelists.

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SBN is Swaggart’s TV Network

I watched a few minutes more until the discussion took a break for an infomercial-like advertisement featuring one of the men on the discussion panel, “Buy Jimmy Swaggart’s Commentary on the Book of Romans before supplies run out!” The televangelist and salesman went on, “and if you buy now, I’ll throw in the Q&A book Ask Jimmy for the low price of $30!”.

Who was this guy and who cares about his commentary on Romans, lets hear his thoughts on James I thought. Knowing the name Swaggart sounded familiar to me, I did some quick research (Google) and learned a lot in mere minutes. I realized how well-known and popular he was through the 80’s and 90’s as a protestant preacher, singer, and TV personality. The best takeaway was a clip I came across of him on a 1984 episode of CNN’s Crossfire debating Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden about Catholicism. It’s interesting because both Pat and Tom defend Catholicism despite representing politically conservative and liberal positions (a cable news liberal defending the Church, what?!). Mr. Swaggart, though, correctly jabs the liberal Tom Braden when he tells him he has no clue about what he is talking about when it comes to Christianity.

As a millennial born in the same year as this broadcast, the early form of this show is new to me. Also new to me is the fact that Pat Buchanan is a Catholic (perhaps I knew that he was at least culturally when he ran for president, those are different). Mr. Buchanan does a pretty good job defending the Faith and employs the classic argument against the protestant belief of sola scriptura by asking Jim what determines his interpretation of scripture is accurate but not someone else’s, specifically the pope’s along with a magisterium of bishops in agreement. Braden came off as a sentimentalist and shot himself in the foot a few times, which set Swaggart up for some (mostly accurate) body shots. ☩

Watch a Step-by-Step Explanation of the Traditional Latin Mass

Interested in a quality explanation the Traditional Latin Mass? This video made by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) dissects each part of the Extraordinary Form with multiple camera angles and complete narration. Have you ever wondered what various postures, movements, words, or sections mean, or have you never been to a TLM and want to know more about it before you assist at one? This video can be helpful.

The video highlights the depth, beauty, and seriousness the ancient Mass contains, contrasting most Ordinary Form Masses in this country.

Looking for more educational materials on the TLM? Check out the wonderful book Treasure and TraditionIt’s excellent reading material for understanding the classical liturgy and more. The book is also beautiful. ☩

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(H/T Catholic Memes)

Olivia Wilde in Short Film for World Down Syndrome Day

captureWhen I first saw this video, I assumed it was a trailer for a new movie Olivia Wilde was starring in about a girl with Down Syndrome. If that had been the case my eye rolling would have been entirely justified–using an attractive Hollywood A-lister to make millions of dollars by using down syndrome. But when I got to the end of the [very] short film, I realized that’s not what it was and I found the message to be rather touching. I probably should have read the caption before watching it!

Actress Olivia Wilde appears in the latest moving film by Saatchi & Saatchi for CoorDown, Italy’s national organization for people with Down Syndrome.

In this film, Wilde plays AnnaRose as she sees herself — an ordinary girl, out with her family, laughing, crying, running and dancing. It’s only at the end we see the real Anna Rose, and she asks “How do you see me?”

The spot, directed by Reed Morano at Pulse Films, highlights World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. It aims to start a conversation around how those living with Down Syndrome see themselves and how they can be disadvantaged when people pre-judge them based on their condition.

The message is important, especially for the ‘tolerant’ pro-aborts who see those with Down Syndrome as people who can be discarded as babies. Global groups such as CoorsDown have been unleashing a lot of good videos lately in attempt to get the ‘compassionate’ left (even if they don’t admit that that’s their target) to take a different look at this group of people, even though they might be different from themselves…to coexist with them, if you will.

CoorsDown also is thegroup who made the PSA that was subsequently banned from being broadcast in France because it stigmatized the choice of abortion and might have hurt the feelings of some women. How dare they humanize…humans. That video below:

St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. JPII, St. John Bosco, and St. Michael the Archangel, protect and defend the most vulnerable among us. ☩

CatholicVote Launches $500k Ad Buy in Swing States Against Hillary

Catholic Vote is set to launch $500,000 worth of commercials in the swing states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Nevada in the days approaching the presidential election. The campaign highlights the negative remarks highlighted in the Wikileaks emails in attempts to get Catholics fired up to vote in this election. Polling suggests right now that most Catholics will (or already have) vote for Clinton over Trump, just ask the majority of Catholics voted for Obama over Romney in 2012. This data flips when only practicing Catholics are polled (defined as going to Mass once or more per week).