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.