A bit risque, so be warned. (Zucchetto spin to Orange Joe.)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Alas, no one has yet gotten me anything on my principal gift list (not even a u-boat captain's or a Kolchak hat), but, hey, Christmas isn't over for a few weeks yet.
A great family in the parish did get me my own Chiabama head. I will water him and fertilize him… and put him in the sun....and name him Barry!Then at a time of my own choosing, he will go in a dry, dark closet. And I will repeat the process! Muahahahaha!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We believe that the newly approved English translation of the 2002 Missale Romanum needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
We believe that the Church in English-speaking nations has waited far too long for an accurate, faithful translation of the original Latin.
We believe that the current translation currently in use in English-speaking nations is overdue to be replaced, as it was developed using the method of dynamic translation, a method rejected by the Vatican in the document Liturgiam Authenticam.
We stand united with the English-speaking bishops' conferences in their approval of the new translation.
We oppose any efforts to continue to delay this new translation.
You know you agree and want to sign!
Where in the world is Mr. Emmanuel Milingo? Who cares. Hit it Rockapella.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Now, about the rites and blessings. One of the lesser known benefits of the Motu Proprio allowing the free celebration of the Mass of Blessed John XXIII was that it also allow the use of the older rites for the sacraments and the Rituale Romanum. So far, I have done 3 baptisms, 1 extreme unction,1 confession, and 1 burial according to the extraordinary form. To say that it is eye-opening is an understatement. I had assumed that the changes in the rites were mainly cosmetic. While the central rite of the sacraments remain the same, the attendant rites were significantly altered and not only by the addition of a liturgy of the word and intercessions to just about everything.
Let's focus on Baptism. The extra-ordinary form of Baptism focus' significantly more on the breaking of the power of sin and Satan over the person baptized. There are multiple and explicit minor exorcisms with very powerful verbal images. Also, there are minimal explanations of the rites. They are allowed to speak for themselves. The Concilium seems to have felt the overwhelming need to explain everything in detail and ad nauseum. The new rite has readings from Sacred Scripture and allows a homily. While I have found the readings from Sacred Scripture very useful, I have never found a homily to be needed or appropriate. (On the other hand, I have no use for the readings during the rite of anointing.) The new rite takes about half the time and that is not counting the ritual for the blessing of baptismal water. (I do appreciate the new rite's strong encouragement of blessing new water for each baptism.) The new rite seems, well, too bare bones. Noble simplicity is not bare Bauhaus.
In general, I find that the old rites have better imagery and seem to be more willing to allow God's action to be mysterious. Also, it seems to me a better option to have the scripture integrated into the rite rather than as an obvious and clumsy 'liturgy of the word'. Like the calendar, some changes and tweaking were required, but I think a wholesale revision was a mistake, particularly the watering down of the minor exorcisms in baptism. (The worst of these being the new liturgy for confession, which as I have said before is practically unworkable in the parish setting.) Also, it is my opinion that, with the exception of Matrimony and Holy Orders, the Sacraments should not be celebrated in the context of the Mass. What is the purpose of trying to put everything in the Mass? (I particularly dislike baptisms during Mass.)
Now as regards the blessings, give me the Rituale over the Book of Blessings any day. I actually want to bless things.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
First, let's begin with the calendar. Remember, the Extraordinary Form has its own seasonal and sanctoral calendar distinct from the revised calendar of 1970. In many ways, they really aren't that different. The main seasons are present in both calendars. However, the mini-Lent before Lent, Septigesima, was dropped from the new calendar as was Passiontide. The option was given to the bishops' conferences to move many holy days to Sunday, which was done with a vengeance. (Give me back my holy days!) Many saint's days were suppressed, moved, or conflated. (One of the ladies in my parish has never forgiven the Church for twice moving the feast of her patron, St. Jane Frances de Chantal.) The intention seems to have been to make the structure of the liturgical year more rational and relevant, which it may have done. But it also made it more sterile and less mysterious. Modern minimalism played a big part, but at least in this case, less is not more, The whole year was something holy, not just Sundays (important as they are). There was an arrogance in saying we know so much more than those of the past, so lets adjust the calendar to fit modern scholarship and preconceptions. When something is changed, it is made less stable, less a fixture of our lives. Certainly, there could have been some minor adjustments to the calendar, but wholesale change wasn't called for.
Then there is what they did to Advent. It is no longer the fast before the Feast of the Incarnation. It is the "season of joyful expectation." Can some please tell me what that means? That we are happy that the Lord has come and will come, but we don't need to do penance to prepare ourselves for his coming? Bunk! Penance isn't spiritual masochism reserved for Lent. It is an integral part of the Christian Life where we pull away from sin and draw closer to the Lord. Traditionally, there was always communal penance before a feast. The Incarnation is surely so central a mystery that it requires an explicitly penitential season to prepare for its celebration. So put away your blue vestments and return Advent to its proper character.
While we are at it, can't we come up with a better term than "Ordinary Time" or "within in the year"? "X Sunday after Pentecost" is much better.
All in all, while the old calendar could have been tweaked a bit, I wish they had left it alone.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The Crescat is having a tacky creche contest. And what do I find while perusing it? A bulldog creche. This is so wrong, this is the wonder of the Incarnation we are talking about. But, it is bulldogs! It is sacrilegious. But, it is bulldogs! I am conflicted!
Friday, November 27, 2009
(BTW the image is from a zombie movie filmed in SLC last year. The crowds were open call and I didn't find out about it until it was over!)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
The following is an American Life League release:
31 CCHD-FUNDED GROUPS SUPPORTED, TRAINED BY PRO-ABORTION, HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE ACTIVISTS
CCHD Still in Denial as Nov. 22 Collection Approaches
FRONT ROYAL, VA — As thousands of Catholic parishes across the country prepare for the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection Nov. 22, shocking new developments have launched a groundswell of protest from Catholics around the country.
Reform CCHD Now Coalition members American Life League, Human Life International and the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry have spent the last two months exposing CCHD’s funding of organizations promoting abortion, homosexual marriage, birth control and sex education.
In the last year alone, the CCHD has funneled at least $1.3 million to groups opposing Catholic Church teaching.
The CCHD describes itself as the “domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.”
The coalition’s latest discovery exposes 31 organizations partnered with the Center for Community Change. The CCC is a politically radical, anti-life, pro-homosexualist organization whose board members include Heather Booth, former consultant for the National Organization for Women and Sara Gould, President and CEO of pro-abortion Ms. Foundation for Women.
Through their "Generation Change" program the CCC trains and develops staff as "community organizers" for their partner groups. The CCC provides a resource library with books promoting "reproductive freedom and its "Movement Vision Lab" equates access to abortion and "reproductive justice" with seeking criminal justice. This project aims to build a "progressive movement" with a "coherent, compelling, shared vision — one that represents our values and dreams for society" according to the group.
“The connection is undeniable. There is no excuse for Catholic donations going towards organizations trained and supported by groups diametrically opposed to the Church,” said Michael Hichborn, lead researcher into the CCHD for the American Life League. “Until the CCHD proves grantees do not affiliate with those who attack Church teaching, the CCHD should not receive a single dime.”
The CCHD annually collects between $7-9 million from parishes across the country. This money is then redistributed to “community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education,” according to their web site.
Since the coalition began its investigations at least two dioceses, Allentown and Madison, have publicly announced they will not be participating in the Nov. 22 collection. Gamaliel, one of the CCHD grantees partnered with the CCC, reports that five diocese have backed out of this year's CCHD collection.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
*****SPOILER ALERT******* Close your eyes and navigate away if you don't want an important part of the plot revealed.
In the movie, old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) comes back in time and meets young Kirk and young Spock. Unfortunately, old Spock doesn't give Kirk some useful information that would make Kirk's life a whole lot better. This is what Kirk should have been told:
1-Your 5 year mission is to boldly go where no man has gone before, not sleep with every bee-hived bimbo in the galaxy.
2-Stay away from Carol Marcus. (See #1).
3-The correct response when you find an old ship named Botany Bay is to fire all phasers and photon torpedoes immediately.
4-Ben Finney is hiding in Engineering.
5-Edith Keeler must die.
6-Tribbles are a good source of protein.
7-Stay away from Janice Lester (See #1).
8-Tell Scotty to watch the twinkies in later life. And while your at it, tell Uhura that after a certain age, fan dances are a bad idea.
9-Betazed should be destroyed from orbit. (Amended by Paul TRG) ... it's the only way to be sure.
10-Don't allow Disco to influence new Star Fleet uniforms.
11-Don't hit on alien women in an alien prison... they could be shape-shifting alien men. (Agent Smith).
12-Romulan Ale is not to be served at state dinners with Klingons. (CarpeNoctem).
13-Klingon food; eat it before it eats you. (Subvet).
14- Circuit breakers are good for preventing control panels on the bridge from shorting out and killing the crewmen stationed at them. Likewise, consider seat belts for the bridge crew. (Paul TRG)
15- Give Janice Rand a transfer to someplace where she can concentrate on her work. (Paul TRG)
16- Don't forget to check back on Khan every now and then. (Paul TRG) (Not necessary if you obey #3).
17- After I'm killed by radiation exposure, could you throw some Twinkies and Ho-Ho's in the casket with me before firing me down to the Genesis planet? (The Famous LarryD). (Not necessary #3 or #16 is followed.)
18- Next time I'm stuck with Mariette Hartley, don't rescue me, ok? (The Famous LarryD).
19- And watch out for Sulu. He's...different, if you know what I mean. (The Famous LarryD).
(If you have any you want to add, chime in in the combox.)
Monday, November 16, 2009
In those days there appeared in Israel men who were breakers of the law,
and they seduced many people, saying: “Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us; since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.” The proposal was agreeable;some from among the people promptly went to the king, and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the Gentiles. Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile custom. They covered over the mark of their circumcision and abandoned the holy covenant; they allied themselves with the Gentiles and sold themselves to wrongdoing.
In those days, the People of God (of course not all) sold out to the world. They turned from God to the world and its prince. They drunk deeply from the fountain of popular culture and poisoned their souls. Shame on them.
But lest we shake of fingers at those of the past, we need to realize that we have done the same thing. Over the last forty-five years or so, too many Catholics when confronted with opposition to the Faith from culture and the world have chosen the later. And more is the pity, they have done so with the aid of many theologians, lay 'leaders', and clergy using a mis-interpretation of the Second Vatican Council. Why is our understanding of human sexual so out of sync with the Gospel? We have allowed ourselves to be catechized by Hollywood. (If I hadn't believed this before, the recent "Rent" fiasco proved it once and for all.) Too many of the clergy and yes that includes the higher clergy, have deferred to so-called experts both in theology and secular sciences and have sold out the Gospel. Need an example of this, look at the Homosexual Abuse Scandal among the clergy.
The point is that the world must be conformed to the Gospel. We must be conformed to the Gospel. We must not allow ourselves to be evangelized by the anti-Gospel of the world.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
So the traitor Nidal Hasan shouted, "Allahu Akbar," before gunning down his fellow soldiers. I guess that means it's OK for us to scream back, "Deus Vult!" to him and his friends. Make no mistake, we need to treat the current struggle as a crusade plain and simple.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
(PS Tell me again why the visitation of the religious congregations in this country is a bad idea. Though it is becoming obvious that the men's congregations needed to be included too.)
And so eligible Catholic guys out there (Barneso are you listening?), let me introduce you to Kat from Carolina also known as the Crescat. Here is a pretty (look at the profile picture), smart, conservative, funny, and faith-filled woman. In addition to being a cubicle-dweller during the day, she is training as a nurse in the evening. No bon-bon eating slacker here. (And no she isn't an Alice from Dilbert.) Heck, she even likes fire. Why else would she set her backyard on fire.
So gentlemen, head on over to The Crescat and introduce yourself.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
--Ezekiel 33: 7-9
I am not going to Hell for anybody and especially not for refusing to ruffle feathers.
Today, however, I would like to compliment the TSA at Salt Lake City International Airport. I have found them to be universally kind, professional, and even friendly, which I find strange considering the mind-numbing nature of their job.
Case in point, as I was being screened last Monday morning, I realized that I had forgotten to removed my pocket knife from my pocket. This is something I ritually do before I leave for the airport, but that flight was early and I was semi-conscious. I thought the knife would end up on the island of lost toys. This would have been bad enough in itself, but the knife was a gift from my late grandmother. The screener was very cordial and informed me that if I bought an envelope and postage, I could mail it to myself. He didn't have to be nice about it, but her was. So kudos to SLC International TSA staff.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Bright and early tomorrow morning, I will be jetting it across the Avocado Curtain to Alhambra for my annual retreat with the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. (I will also find time for an In-n-Out fix, a pho fix, and another viewing of "Zombieland".) I will try (not very hard) not to post during retreat, but will likely give in. I get back in Salt Lake main late on Friday evening.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
As my friends Fr. Orange Joe says, I love all things zombie. (Well, with the exception of Italian
Zombieland enters the pantheon. It is well made and well acted. It is both frightening and funny. Heck, it made me realize that my life is incomplete without a Cadillac Escalade with a plow. (OK, the Hummer with the arsenal is pretty cool too.) Columbus' rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse, Bill Murray as Bill Murray... well the list could go on forever. This movie is even responsible for my no longer despising Woody Harrelson.
Rated a well deserved R for violence, gore, language, and the zombie stripper, it isn't for young ones, but I will no doubt watch this many times in the future.
Friday, October 09, 2009
It isn't only colleges and universities that we need to worry about.Most of us realize that neither the National Catholic Reporter nor US Catholic are Catholic in any real sense. The same needs to be said about Catholic for Free Choice. And, as we are painfully aware, few of our nominally Catholic politicians support the core teachings of the Church. All very troubling, but I believe mislabeling in education presents the most dangers to souls. And it isn't only colleges and universities that we need to worry about.
One of our diocesan high schools is very proud of its 'cutting edge' theater department. A few years ago, they won awards for their production of The Laramie Project. This play's self-stated purpose is to educate against homophobia. While violence against anybody is be rejected, this play is more concerned with advancing a pro-gay agenda with attendant views of human sexuality that are diametrically opposed to the Church's teaching. This year, they are producing Rent: The School Edition. I made it less than halfway through the movie version before being overcome by the homo-positive propaganda. The school edition removes one amazingly offensive song and some foul language, but still retains the problematic plot with gay relationships, an s&m dancer, a transvestite, and drug use to name just a few huge red flags. Again, this presents a view of human sexuality contrary to Church teaching. It is not a large leap to suspect that someone has an agenda and is running with it.
Is it appropriate for a Catholic school to promote and present views contrary to Church teachings? Obviously, I think not. I cannot imagine The Horst Wessel Story or Birth of a Nation: The Musical, being tolerated. Racism is rightly reviled. But when it comes to human sexuality, we turn a blind eye. (Note how many Catholic colleges produce The Vagina Monologues each year.) Moreover, these abherent views are produced by and aimed at you people who are the principal targets of deviant sexual propaganda in our society. I cannot comprehend how this can be considered part of Catholic education, an education that my parish is helping to pay for.
But Father, you are over-reacting. No, I am not. The school in question held an education meeting, obviously to try to head off controversy. (I suspect it won't succeed.) It was covered by local news. Check out the comments if you don't believe that this will be perceived as gay propaganda.
The point is that if an institution claims to be Catholic, that claim must be backed up be actions that embrace and promote Church teachings. It is not enough to have theology classes, chapels, or a statue or two of the Blessed Mother. All aspects of the institution that bear on the Faith must be in line with the Faith.
Update (Sat. 10 Oct): Check out this post from a student at the high school and the comments. If this doesn't prove my main point, I don't know what will. Also, check out the website for the Utah AIDS Foundation (which cast members supported via a service project). They do much more than help people with AIDS. Drag Queen Bingo anyone? The Queer Village Blog?
(Honestly, we I read this I thought that someone had hacked the news website.)
Update: Of course, if the president had any class, he would respectfully decline the award.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Let us know what you predict in the combox.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Surprise, surprise! The home of third world politics and atrocious summer weather in the US did not get the Olympics. What? You mean Barry isn't all powerful?
Congratulations to Rio! I was hoping they would get it as much as I was hoping Chicago wouldn't.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
On a sad side note, when I told a priest friend, from another diocese, about this, he said, "Well that would never happen in my diocese, a bishop showing up for a surprise visit. Well, it might happen, but it would be something like, 'Hi. You have been accused of X.'" This is all too true. If one thing comes out of the Year of the Priest, I hope it will be that bishops once again act as fathers for their priests. (We have may brothers, but only one bishop-father.)
The Catholic League had this nice take on this limousine liberal's assault on Capitalism:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Michael Moore and his new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story”:
If the economic system that Michael Moore has successfully milked is “immoral” and “evil,” then that would suggest that he is an immoral, evil man. But we’ll let someone else make the final decision on that one. What we do know is that he is wearing his religion on his sleeve these days, telling Chris Cuomo how he believes “in the core Christian values.” One wonders why, then, would this Catholic—whose role models are the rogue Berrigan brothers—would give money to an urban terrorist group right after they invaded St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Cardinal O’Connor’s Sunday Mass in 1989; some spat the Host on the floor.
More recently, Moore cited the oil giant Halliburton as emblematic of capitalism’s evilness. What he didn’t mention is that his Halliburton investments helped to make him filthy rich. Oh, yes, he also likes Sunoco.
Capitalism has been kind to Moore. He lives in a waterfront mansion with a private beach, one that is so lily-white that not a single black person lives there. This is not by accident. Though he exclaimed in his film “Stupid White Men” that he plans to “hire only black people,” author Peter Schweizer found that of the 134 producers, editors, cinematographers, composers and production coordinators that Moore hired, only three were black.
Moore says it is anti-Christian not to divide the pie fairly. So what would that make him? Oh, yes, he does contribute to soup kitchens. Too bad he doesn’t actually employ the poor—then he could shelve the Campbell’s. In 2002, his charitable donations amounted to $36,000. Sounds like a lot until we learn that he made eight figures that year. One more thing: he ran his donations through his private foundation, a capitalist-created scheme designed to protect fat cats from paying their fair share of taxes.
The next time a social justice Christian brags about his commitment to the poor, ask him to open his own books. Transparency is so beautiful.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
So what does Notre Shame do during this year? Invite His Eminence of Los Angeles to speak on something which is not above his pay grade, “Fostering the Baptismal Priesthood in the ‘Year for Priests’”. Here is the Shame description of the event,
Following the Second Vatican Council there has been a rediscovery in Catholic theology of baptism as the foundational sacrament of ministry, and a clearer recognition that ministry is not just for the ordained. The Second Vatican Council related the baptismal call, the vocation of the baptized, and the office of the ordained to the mystery of Christ, finding in each a reflection of the threefold office of Christ priest, prophet and king. Every vocation and every ministry is rooted in the same reality of Christ and his presence by the gift of the Spirit in the Church.Responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to reflect on the priesthood during this “Year for Priests,” and drawing from his own recent pastoral letter on ministry, “As I Have Done for You,” Cardinal Mahony will identify the foundations for a baptismal priesthood and a ministerial priesthood suited to meet the pressing needs of the Church today.
This was brought to my attention by Gianna in a comment on another post. She succinctly describes what the talk was like:
Cardinal Mahoney was just here at Notre Dame giving a talk about the priesthood...basically he was shilling for lay/evil nun administrators for parishes, and he thought that a priest should preferably be involved in social justice work before he should be involved in running a parish. Quite gagworthy. Then again, ND doesn't have too good a record in terms of people they invite...
Fundamentally, it seems that some people are embarrassed by the priesthood as it has been traditional understood. They are OK with holy social workers (social justice work), but not with priests as shepherds and sanctifiers. Best to have lay (preferably women) or nun parish coordinators and keep priests in the closet as sacramental machines (at least until the Church realizes that we all consecrate the Eucharist. While in Milwaukee, I one heard a newly ordained priest say from the pulpit that it would be wonderful if we could all take turns presiding. Gagworthy indeed.) No thanks. This is not the teaching of the Church, especially as enunciated by the Second Vatican Council. Let's keep the Year of the Priest focused on priests. Don't let us off the hook.
Update (Monday September 28):
Interesting comment from Mary Liz,
Actually, from what I've heard, the event was a great "up your's" from Mahony. The Congregation of Holy Cross had originally invited him to speak on the Priesthood. (Year of the Preist, they're using it for all its vocation recruiting power) When Mahony revealed his the title of the talk, the Congregation said "forget that!" and pulled sponsorship leaving the University to pick it up.
The first weekend of October, I will be in Phoenix at the annual meeting of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and will be received into the order. To say that I am honored would be an understatement and I look forward to helping the Order in its mission to support the Church in the Holy Land. (I am still wondering, though, whether I get a sword, armor, and a horse. Likely, I will simply have to settle for a medal and a mozzetta.)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
When I arrived in Ogden, I noticed an occult store on main street. I said to myself, this place has to go. It took six years, but it closed a few months ago. (I extend grateful thanks to the recession.)
Today, I noticed one not far from my mum's house in Salt Lake. Target number 3, fire for effect.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I expect we will hear a good deal more of this non-sense over the next year as the Year of the Priest is hijacked into the Year of the Common Priesthood. In my diocese, this is done every year when at our Chrism Mass everyone renews their 'vows' of service.
I reject her fundamental claim that the Second Vatican Council rebalanced the relationship between the clergy and the laity. No! The Council reaffirmed the hierarchical nature of the Church and rejected any form of functional or 'just a job' understanding of the priesthood. (Though a good case can be made that the priesthood was denigrated to the benefit of the episcopacy.)
When she speaks about the decline of sacraments in favor of relevant ministries, we see the fruits of this misunderstanding of II Vatican. The priest cannot be a guru, social worker, or community organizer, he must be first and primarily an alter Christus. So, yes there is one model, the model of Christ the Eternal High Priest.
Young and a good number of older priests, far from coping with uncertainty or escaping into the past, are simply living out the reality of their vocation in a time tested manner. Living, dressing, and acting like a priest, not Che Guevara or Dr. Phil.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Fr. Z and Jesterus Magnus inform us that Notre Shame professor, aging theo-hippy poster boy, and Distorter columnist The (un) Rev. Richard (DICK) McBrien, considers Eucharistic Adoration to be doctrinal, theological, and spiritually backwards. Well, for me that is about as ringing an endorsement of Eucharistic Adoration as one can find. Remember the Dick/McBrien Principle: If Dick (McBrien) opposes something, it likely ought to be done. (There is also the Dick/McBrien Corollary: If Dick (McBrien) favors something, it likely ought not to be done.) In other words, don't be a Dick.
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I have been thinking about the fellows I entered with. Several left before completing studies, some through their own volition and others not. Some were ordained, but did not persevere. And some are serving God and His people within the Church. I have been remiss in praying for all of them.
So I ask you to remember all the men studying for the priesthood, especially those in your own diocese. Seminary, like life itself, can be both heaven and hell: it like all of Christian life is a share in the Cross of Christ.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
And no, it is NOT called "Fudge Packer". Sheesh.
Washington, D.C.-Pax Christi USA mourns the death of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who succumbed to brain cancer on Tuesday night. Senator Kennedy, who was diagnosed in May 2008, was seen as a champion of many issues important to Catholics concerned with social justice.
"Despite his own status as a person of privilege and power, Senator Kennedy's legacy will be his work on behalf of the marginalized, the impoverished, and the most vulnerable," stated Dave Robinson, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. "He had a deep understanding of and appreciation for Catholic social teaching and its focus on the common good."
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Update: Maybe I should do a riff on a They Might Be Giants Song. Call it "Maniple Man".
Friday, August 28, 2009
If we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless. -- Jonah Goldberg
You might also want to hear what Mr. Scampers has to say.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
“I am so .... out. I had gotten all excited about Catholicism again. I just loved all the people and ceremony of the last few weeks, all the hundreds of thousands in the square. I was out to lunch when I heard, 'It's the German.' You could just feel everyone groan.” Dominick Dunne
I want a bunker (a unabomber cabin would also work). Two or three weeks of food, a good supply of books, dvds, and cds, and absolutely no connection to the media whatsoever. Why do I want it? So I can ride out celebrity events (especially deaths) in blissful isolation from the Main Stream Meda fawnings, canonizations, and exploitations. After Princess D and Michael Jackson, I don't think I can handle anymore. And another one is incoming with the death of Ted Kennedy. (I am doing my best not to make any amateur scuba jokes). The fawning has already begun. "The last tie to Camelot is gone!" "Let's pass Obamacare for the Tedder!" And I am waiting for someone to re-write "Abraham, Martin, and John" so as to include Ted in the lyrics. The man was an embarassment to the Faith and our country. (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should have to do penance for repeatedly sending him to the Senate.) I am glad that he died with a priest in attendance and I will certainly include him in my prayers, but there is nothing about this man that was praiseworthy. I cringe at the though of what his public Catholic funeral will be like. The VP Joe Biden said, "He's left a great void in our public life and a hole in the hearts of millions of Americans." Never fear Joe, some clown will no doubt step forward to take his place in mis-government.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
By Matthew Vadum on 8.24.09 @ 6:08AM
The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.
This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year's election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it's not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the church,
he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.
(Please take the poll on the side bar as to whether or not your parish is wimpy.)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
(N. B. I only made it through 15 minutes of Teenage Exorcist. It was simply awful, but not in a good way. Stupid story with gratuitous T&A.)
P. S. Which of my childhood terrors still hold up? The Exorcist, The Omen, The Nightstalker, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Hell House, and Trilogy of Terror (gotta love that Zuni fetish doll).
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the LORD. I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.” ... When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah, it was his daughter who came forth, playing the tambourines and dancing.... At the end of the two months she returned to her father, who did to her as he had vowed.-- Judges 11