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Saturday, September 20, 2014

for later reading

Friday, September 12, 2014

A sonnet to Mary

From Holly Ordway's site

It seems so simple: tell God yes, and then
Be faithful; listen, trust, obey. So far
So good, but what’s the shape of faith within
An ordinary day? We must be sure
Enough to step out in the dark, to act
(not knowing) just as if we knew the way.
But knowing that we do not know, we wait
With empty hands for gifts whose shape and name
Are still unknown. Now Sanctus bells ring clear
To call us to the presence of the Word
Made flesh. That one most blessed ‘yes’ is here
Renewed, that we might bear into the world
His life and light. We take the bread and cup,
The gift of joy that breaks and blesses us.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Paranoia: we haz that

So, Peres thinks the Pope should "join" the UN's one world religion, and agree that there is no truth in religion, only opinions.

can you say "Anti christ new world order" children?

The Catholic point of view is that certain things are true, and we can't stop insisting on it. However, in the name of charity, we are supposed to say what we believe quietly and calmly (according to Peter) and not go to war over it.

so instead of "religious wars" I predict the takeover of Catholic institutions by the PC, who will then go on and implement the PC religion (Gay marriage, ok. Abortion? No problem. Euthanasia? It's good for us).

Despite all the talk of "religious wars", a lot of them were push back, such as the Crusades which were about defending Christians being persecuted, but degenerated into war thanks to the warlike Normans (Viking descendants). Even the early Arab conquests didn't push religion on their subjects: that came later, when someone read the Koran and decided to imitate what Mohammed did to his enemies.

And of course, the crusades were only a minor blip against Islam: The real killer of Muslims was  Genghis khan, who is now being idolized in some quarters, massacred millions of Muslims...including the entire city of Baghdad. Not from religion, but because they opposed him taking them over.

These massacres were so bad that when one of his Nestorian Christian generals almost persuaded the French to join in and help them conquer what was left of Islam in the Levant and in Egypt, the Pope stepped in and said no.. in a clash of barbarians against the civilized, back the the Crusader states stayed neutral and the Egyptians pushed them back.

That would make a great alternative history story...what if the Mongols had taken over Egypt and destroyed Islam?

semi related issue:

Cardinal Dolan will allow gay activists to use the St Patrick's day parade to promote that their lifestyle is compatible with Catholicism.

Well, they are in the Mardi Gras, but that parade doesn't celebrate the fact that America, unlike the UK, allowed Catholics to worship and run their institutions in freedom.

Now, however, Dolan is obeying the NYTimes, and the only ones upset are those who happen to think God didn't make a mistake when he made men and women complementary and biologically different, and that maybe there is a reason for almost all societies up to the last 20 years to see that marriage is a way to protect women and chilldren and be there to support the family in times of trouble and sickness. Marriage is biologically based, and all the sympathy for gay couples won't change biology, nor the fact that idealistic laws that ignore reality tend to lead not to utopia but to dystopias.

Well, anyway, Monseignor Pope wrote a column about how the parade has become an excuse for drunkeness and no longer has any relationship to it's original reason to be, let alone supporting the church as such.

And Wuerl, who looked the other way when all the priests from our diocese hit the gay bars in Pittsburgh, has pulled the column from the diocese blog.

Ah, but the internet is forever, and Father Z links to the at Buzzfeed, of all places.

Here’s the full text of the post, copied from blog before it was apparently removed:

Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?
By: Msgr. Charles Pope
The time for happy-clappy, lighthearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while to understand that what used to work no longer works. Let me get more specific.
Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were divided about lesser things such as how much of the budget should go to defense and how much to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.
But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.
Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.
In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached.
It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.
But don’t go to the parade; stay away from the Al Smith Dinner and all that “old school” stuff that hangs on in a darkened world. And as for St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to stop wearin’ the green and instead take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the celebration of stupidity, frivolity, and drunkenness that St Paddy’s day has become. We need penance now, not foolishness. We don’t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We’re being played for (and are?) fools.
End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all other such compromised events. Enough now, back to Church! Wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
How say you?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bursting bubbles

waiting for godot to leave blog has A discussion on how Flannery O'Connor tends to use grotesque examples to show how God tends to burst the safe bubbles where so called Christians live by following the rules.

key text: they're good but they ain't right.

yeah. one of my pet peeves against church ladies etc. (including the PC nuns who "help" the poor, as if the poor are pets).

and this later post explains why my neice, after twelve years of Catholic school, doesn't know Jesus.

he quotes from here:

All are welcome aboard the Cruise Ship of Peter -- they even have a song about it that they sing at the beginning of Mass! -- all, that is, except anyone who might rock the boat.  What might the Cruise Ship do, one is tempted to wonder, with a Francis of Assisi, or a Dominic de Guzman, or a Catherine of Siena, or an Alphonsus Liguori, or a Fulton Sheen?  Would they have to walk the plank?... Can one picture Father Augustine Tolton on board, his soul blazing like a beacon from the crumbling lighthouse of his overworked body, his trembling hands raised amid the mellow strains of "On Eagle's Wings"?

as to my neice, the good news is that her Presbyterian mom is involved with the local Baptist bible study and took her there for Christmas service.

I'm not sure that Baptists are any better than suburban Catholicism, but at least they stress a personal relationship with Jesus, something that is stressed by Pope Francis (and is similar to the B. Gita, where a non ritualistic way to obtain nirvana is to passionatly follow a god).

Once Jesus takes hold of you, there is at least a chance of being honest.

Uh, cult like thinking?


Sister Schreck spoke also of sisters putting away the former concepts of religious institutions in order to journey into “Holy Mystery Time”—reflecting the theme of the LCWR 2014 assembly—and becoming “exiles.” “We will sell our souls if we stay in the place of wanting be part of the mainstream, thus becoming something other than we were intended to be,” she said.
The keynoter also claimed that LCWR sisters have a “clarity of identity and purpose which we cannot expect those who have not taken the journey and done the work ever to be able to understand.” Conversely, she spoke of sisters being in a “middle space,” a state of “both creativity and disorientation” in which “much of what was is gone, and what is coming is not yet clear.”
This does not sound like clarity of identity and purpose

no, it sounds like the tirade of a cult leader.

They are the elite going to change the world, and everyone else is wrong.

and using code words and name calling is not the same as a logical explanation of why they oppose the church and traditional christianity.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

heh. A nun defends the helpless and speaks truth to power


she pulled down the terroist's flac, but denies it was a terroist flag... but only a religious flag misused by hotheaded yuts  young men.

and notice about everyone there upset about the Israelis defending themselves in Gaza, but not about hamas use of human shields, use of schools and hospitals to send up rockets, or building tunnels using child labor.

And no one seems upset about the 70 thousand casualties in Syria or the latest massacres in Iraq either. Guess it's agnosia.

Father Z updates on the Pricilla Queen of the desert nuns


Sr. Joan and Sr. Mary Lou think that the LCWR sisters should cry out!
Dearest Sisters [of the LCWR], you have done nothing wrong. It is your obligation as religious to ask the questions that need to be voiced. It is the holy responsibility of religious to stand with those who are most bereft. Be proud of the questions you have asked, the speakers you invited to your assemblies, the statements you issued, the liturgies you celebrated. Go to the microphone and say: We believe in feminist theology and in women’s ordination; we believe in the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender population and we will continue to speak aloud on these issues.
They want the assembled sisters to be prophetic.

yeah. They believe in feminist theology, and dancing like Pricilla in honor of their guru last year, but not in Jesus Christ.

the Pricilla reference is here:

although I must say that Elrond looks better in a dress than these old ladies.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

those expensive Bishop's residences

Steinfels replies at Commonwheal, of all places:

If you know anything about real estate prices and about the number of archdiocesan residences built in the day when American Catholics expected their leaders to live like VIPs, as well as about the number of archbishops’ residences that also house offices, reception areas, chapels, and rooms for other priests—well, then, you might be surprised that CNN’s Belief Blog found only ten of 34 archbishops so shamefully lodged.  Certainly I was.  And I suspect CNN was also. This was one of those stories that has its headline before it was even begun. CNN makes a big deal of its “investigation”—confirming addresses, checking public records, and even hiring appraisers.  But suppose that not ten but only eight or even five residences were found to be worth more than $1 million.  Wouldn’t the headline still have read “The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops”?  What is the likelihood that it would read “Despite Stereotypes, Most Archbishops Don’t Live in Luxury”?  Even the present story indicates that over two-thirds of the archbishops’ residences fell below that damning million-dollar mark. 
Our "house" here in the Philippines would probably be worth that much if it was in Manila inner city or in Boston. But we house two families, our offices, a rice packing area, a large meeting room, and several staff, plus visitor rooms to sleep overnight.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Culture of death? What culture of death?

Wesley Smith points out what I have said about the Hobby Lobby part of the law: If left to stand, it would essentially nix conscience.

The denial of conscience has significant implications beyond birth control, and raises the question of whether medical professionals may be required one day to kill.
That’s the subject of my biweekly First Things column. First, I set up the problem.From, “Will Doctors be Forced to Kill?”The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.
If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in abortion, assisted suicide, and (given the research trends in regenerative medicine) providing treatments derived from the intentional destruction of human embryos or fetuses.
I get into the ACLU trolling for clients to (I believe) bring suit against religious institutions or individuals that have denied the right to interventions and transactions–even those like abortion and assisted suicide that involve killing.
I point out that the RFRA does not protect these conscientious objections from state laws that allow medicalized killing and that the religious left is not about to cooperate in creating any more state laws in this regard because of its potential impact on issues such as gay rights.
And I note that much of the medical establishment is hostile toward medical conscience. I conclude that forcing medical professionals to be complicit in killing could result in a professional culling:

can you say "Death panels" children?

And it goes beyond the obvious: It also includes forced rationing according to guidelines.

Just remember: The Lockerbie Bomber was released from jail as dying, but once he got treatment denied to him by the British rationing board, he lived for over two years.

and if you are handicapped or old, they will browbeat you into signing "end of life" papers to stop treatment.

Did I ever tell you about the woman who was allowed to die in the ER with a food bolus in her trachea because she signed a paper saying no respirator? So the doc would not refer her for a bronchoscopy to remove the food.

After that, we stopped pushing our patients to sign the damn papers.


Title IX is now being used to push colleges to integrate transgenders into their chosen dorm, even when the colleges are Christian. from ann althouse:

"For 123 years, our housing policy has been to house students by their anatomy..."“I think the fact that Jayce is choosing to stay at George Fox shows the university community has been supportive of him during his whole experience here,” [said Rob Felton, a university spokesman.] “We may have a difference of opinion on appropriate housing, but all indications are he has been treated well by his peers, professors and our student life staff.”...
“I want other transgender and L.G.B.T.Q. people to see that they can have a place in faith-based education,” [Jaycen] said. “The fact that I’m here is proof of that.”...
 So, one question is whether Title IX should determine what policy schools can have and another is whether there should be religion-based exemptions.

But the federal government's position says it's sex discrimination in violation of Title IX not to accede to the student's self-identification.


another botched execution.Posted at 8:52 am by Glenn Reynolds   

Actually I agree with JP2: If you are able to jail them forever, there is no need to kill them (although I point out in more primitive worlds, there is a good argument that the death penalty is needed to keep society safe).

But this should not be surprising: The "humane" killers know these drugs don't always work well, which is why they include putting a plastic bag over the head of the victim, and keeping him from removing it. If you just overdose, it may take 24 hours and sometimes they wake up and change their mind.

and, like the hemlock given to Socrates, they paralyze the patient so the onlookers don't get upset. But a lot more frightening to the one being killed...


I sing the body electric:

again from instapundit.

 Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children. “Just like a good personal trainer, we want the robots to be able to guide the child toward a behavior that we desire.”

excerpt from the twilight zone here.