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Monday, March 28, 2011


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Articles to ponder

Archbishop Cruz marks the link between Contraception and abortion.

From a doctor's standpoint, the problem with contraception is that 1) it is being sold along with the hedonism/child free sex for anyone and all mentality of the west

and 2) it makes the child the enemy

Monday, March 21, 2011

An airport encounter

Archbishop Dolan quotes some statistics to a man upset by abuse..

The coversup cannot be condemned hard enough, yet no one seems to be pointing fingers at the psychiatric establishment that back in the 1970's and 198o's allowed their members to tell us docs not to report incest against our female patients because it would involve the cops and destroy the family...

or the "experts" that insisted pedophilia could be cured by counseling, and so California released a lot of their sex offenders for treatment, and we moms in Idaho living near the interstate had to caution our kids not to talk to strangers.

Or our teachers in medical school who insisted that too many Americans had 'sex" hangups, and that as soon as we loosened all the laws against homosexuality and statuatory rape, that mental illness would disappear.

Or those experts who made headlines by insisting that adults should help children find their sexuality

Or experts that said when our 15 year old daughters went on a date, we shouldn't tell them to be safe, but to give them a condom instead.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Rwandan saved from death

There is a case in the US getting attention, where the Georgetown hospital (a catholic institution) worried about an immigrant whose bill was too high and so appointed a guardian for her, who promptly ordered her feeding tube withdrawn over the family's objections.

It has now been put back in.

I am reminded of one of our Native American patients who was not vegetative but had frontal lobe damage and shouted all the time. She was so hard to feed we put in a feeding tube to keep her nutrition up, but when we had her evaluated by a neurologist, he spent the entire hour lecturing the patient's relatives on why they should pull her feeding tube.

Being Native American they kept silent and held in their anger, but one of the nieces on the way out told him: That's the difference between you white people and we Indians. We don't starve our old folks to death.

IF she is truly "vegatative", she will be dead in six months on average, since she will probably develop aspiration pneumonia.

However, almost half of these patient's are not completely unaware, but overdiagnosed. so you might see her wake up with proper care and social stimulation.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Opus dei movie?

Joffe's new film is about the founder of Opus Dei. There be Dragons

So maybe it's not as bad as a lot of us fear.
Indeed, even the National Catholic Reporter liked it.

My lenten sermon is on my main blog HERE

I quote Father Greeley and link to prayer sites.

Pray as you go has nice peaceful meditations for your lenten practice. Too Oprahish for a curmudgeon like me, but lots of folks like them.

Or just download the daily psalms.
and EWTN is now on Youtube, with the daily mass and many talks.

Why do I quote Father Greeley, best know for his hot romance/detective novels? Because he understand grief. His catechism lacks depth of dogma but it does show how God works in the world:

his catechism

Hurricanes wipe out towns and villages. Urban slums become jungles of crime and vice. The environment is being thoughtlessly polluted. Whole species of birds, animals, and fish are heedlessly destroyed. Natural resources are wasted without reason. Prejudice, bigotry, arrogance, and fear keep many people in subjection. Anger, hatred, and the desire for revenge lead the oppressed to strike out against the oppressors even though those who are destroyed are frequently innocent children, harmless old people, and ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with oppression. ...

But we also experience good . The crops do produce food for tables. The blue sky hangs like a velvet awning above our heads. The heat wave breaks. Winter passes away and the snow and ice are replaced by the flowers of spring. The species does make slow, tortuous progress against oppression, misery, injustice, and hatred. Most diseases are curable, plagues are controlled, polio is virtually eliminated, despots are overthrown, some reforms work. Our children grow up and sometimes become our friends; conflicts do end in reconciliation; marriages get patched up; love does survive misunderstanding, thoughtlessness, and indifference. Wars end, old enemies become friends, we forgive others and are forgiven by them...

'The follower of Jesus does not deny evil or attempt to minimize its power. He believes in the cross of Jesus, and hence must face honestly and bluntly the ugliness and the strength of the evil which could do so terrible a thing to so good a man. But he does not despair over evil and give in to it. He believes in the resurrection of Jesus and knows that evil is not the finality. He does not retreat into the desert to escape the incurable evil of the world, because he believes in both cross and resurrection and because he knows that, like Jesus, he must dedicate himself to the eradication of evil from the earth. He must heal, console, teach, encourage, admonish, assist even if death will be the ultimate reward of his goodness.

So wherever we find the sick, the suffering, the ignorant, the hungry, the oppressed, the frightened, the lonely, the homeless, we will also find the followers of Jesus. They are there because the Lord himself has told us that it is in such places we will find him....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Saint Joseph

Cacciaguida links to an article by Iain Duncan Smith about St. Joseph in the UK Mail (a secular tabloid better know for it's gossip and scantily clad girls).

after describing the situation that Joseph had to face, and why it was so hard to believe Mary's story, he goes on to write:

This quiet and skilled man bravely stepped out into the unknown — deliberately choosing to protect, provide for and raise Jesus as his own. He mentored him and taught him and even gave him the trade — carpentry — that Jesus would use until the time came for him to embark on his ministry. Joseph must have given Jesus so much as a father and Jesus must, in turn, have learned so much about life from Joseph.
Later, during his ministry, when Jesus spoke of God as being like a loving father, surely he must have been drawing from his own upbringing, drawing on his intimate knowledge of this extraordinarily good man, Joseph.
I am not a churchman and I am not given to commenting on Christian theology — rather I raise all this partly because I have long wondered why Joseph seems to have been so forgotten and partly because it has a very clear message for our own time.
Joseph was not an absent father; he was there, with Mary and with Jesus; and the Christian Church, by underplaying the importance of this in the story of Christ, has missed a real example of selfless dedication and commitment which should resound today
In parts of our society, too many young men and women grow up without the experience of a loving father. And we seem to have forgotten what an important role a father plays. It’s about far more than earning enough money to provide shelter and place food on the table; it’s about nurturing, support and loyalty, it’s about providing the best male role model that a man can.
But we seem to have forgotten that or wrongly come to the conclusion that we can somehow get by without it. The result is that in too many communities, there are deep-rooted problems now shared by ­generations of young people that stem — directly or indirectly — from the absence of fathers in the vital early years.
I have seen how family breakdown, which often begins with fatherlessness, can lead to high levels of truancy, anti-social behaviour, youth crime, street gangs and teenage pregnancy.

But Joseph was not an absent father; he was there, with Mary and with Jesus; and the Christian Church, by underplaying the importance of this in the story of Christ, has missed a real example of selfless dedication and commitment which should resound today.


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Modern Martyrs

Pope Benedict XVI prayed that the assassination of Pakistan's minister for minorities would awaken people's consciences to the need to protect the freedom of religious minorities.

"I ask the Lord Jesus that the moving sacrifice of the life of the Pakistani minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, will awaken in people's consciences courage and a commitment to safeguarding the religious freedom of all men and women and, in that way, promote their equal dignity," the pope said March 6 during his midday Angelus address.

A radical Muslim group is suspected of murdering Bhatti, who was killed in his car in Islamabad March 2. He was the first Catholic to serve as minister for minorities and was outspoken against Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws, which Christians say have been used to persecute religious minorities.,,

Bhatti was the second Pakistani official to be assassinated for opposing the anti-blasphemy laws. Salman Taseer, a Muslim and governor of Punjab province, was killed Jan. 4.

The other official assassinated was Salman Taseer,

Pakistan's blasphemy law has come under greater scrutiny in recent weeks after a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The law effectively orders death for anyone convicted of insulting Islam.

Taseer had said Bibi should be granted a pardon, a stance that earned him opprobrium from Islamist groups across the country as well as threats, according to Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister for minorities.

"I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I'm the last man standing," Taseer wrote on Twitter on Dec. 31.

"He was the most courageous voice after Benazir Bhutto on the rights of women and religious minorities," said a crying Farahnaz Ispahani, an aide to Zardari and friend of Taseer. "God, we will miss him."

Intercessor update

An article on how the Intercessors of the Lamb are undergoing formation so they can keep their charism and still be within church limits.

they also are requesting donations to keep them afloat (see the sidebar at the link)

So, the question of the day:

Who has all the money donated to the order under Mother Nadine, and who owns the order's real estate?

I had read a few of the houses were put up for sale

The local paper says the disobedient group still has control of them:

The archbishop did not dispute who owned the properties.

Brown and more than a dozen followers still live on the Ponca Hills campus and in the neighboring houses, Sellers said this week. Some are former hermits who stuck with Brown. A few have joined since the suppression, Sellers said. They’re all Catholic and attend Mass in Omaha, she said.

The IOTL website is still there. with letters of encouragement (no dates on when they were written) but the archives end in October.

Apparantly they are now "non denominational" and still plan to hold their yearly conference.

more HERE:

...Brown’s backers have said Intercessors of the Lamb Inc. would continue as a nondenominational Christian group. A glimpse of what that might look like is on display Saturday at the group’s Nebraska campus in the Ponca Hills north of Omaha, where the Intercessors have hooked up with an evangelical Christian group from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area of eastern Iowa, the IHOPE House of Prayer, to host a prayer meeting.

The Intercessors also are marketing their annual conference for July, saying they’ve booked the Qwest Center Omaha. The conference had grown to attract thousands of people from the United States and abroad. This summer’s will be the first since the Intercessors ran afoul of the Catholic Church....

The Archbishop has issued an advisory about this group’s conference that isn't very encouraging.

Now I don't have a problem if they are "non denominational" with the bishop's okay.

But in this case, the appearance is of defying the local bishop. Is that true? Not much information out there to legally judge but it sure looks like it.

True, many good people have been criticized/censored and even excommunicated from the church when they were following the Holy spirit, but one rule is that you obey authority. If Mother Nadine's group was under the bishop, she is supposed to obey the bishop, even if he is not a good man (and from reports, the local bishop is a good bishop. I note that last part because
I know a similar charismatic contempletive group in Africa that is fighting to stay together but the corrupt bishop is trying to shut them down under the guise of being "interdenominational". Better to stop the nuns from praying than throw out the polygamous priests that are in his service.)

The Cincinnati women's group that wrote one of the letters has a facebook page here.

the IHOPE group has a webpage HERE

sounds a bit technical to me.
Actually, charismatic intercession is good, but it has a great danger of abuse and to induce pride in those who find their prayers answered.

We docs are also prone to such pride, but in medicine, enough things go wrong to keep us humble, and we can't blame it when things don't work on the devil or on the patient's lack of faith.

as for their round the clock prayer and intercessory prayer: Such things are valuable

Which is why the Catholics push Eucharistic adoration. Many churches here,, including ours in the Philippines have a separate chapel for this (for security reasons the main church may be locked when not used).


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Musical interlude of the day