Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wanted: Media Van Helsing.

Some things in the media just won't die. They keep coming back and back like Jason Voorhees. Case in point, "Sex in the City", an horrid series that is now back for a second turn on the big screen. The only thing that is reasonable to conclude is that it, and its reality show cousins "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are some kind of media undead. This calls for extreme measures. Calling Dr. Van Helsing.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Portraying The Lord In Art.

While serving an internship year as a deacon, I ran across an item in the paper about ethnically appropriate Jesus dolls. There was Asian Jesus, White Jesus, Black Jesus, and Hispanic Jesus. I almost choked on my oatmeal. I read the article to the pastor who just shock his head and added, "How about Jewish Jesus?" They didn't have one of those.

One of the greatest temptations of our age, and I suspect of all ages, is to tailor Jesus and the Faith to fit our preconceptions; Cafeteria Jesus as it were. This spills over into the depictions of Our Lord in art. Around the year 2000, the Distorter had a contest for a Jesus for the New Millenium. The winner would best have titled Ambiguous Jesus; ambiguous both in race and sex. The so-called Christian Identity movement picks up on the Nazi non-sense that Jesus was part of an Aryan colony around Galilee that resisted the evil Jews. They liked the blonde haired blue eyed Jesus of many of last century's holy cards. Then there is the Black Jesus behind the altar of St. Sabina in Chicago. The list could go on and on. The fundamental reality of Jesus is that He was truly man and His human nature was genetically Jewish. And this is how he should be depicted in art. Mind you, this leaves a lot of room for variation. However, I doubt He looked Swedish, Sub-Saharan African, or Chinese.

While we are on the topic, let's remember that Jesus was an historic person. 'Modern Dress' (or as I like to call them Leisure Suit) Jesus' are not at all appropriate. Don't get me started with the portrayals of Our Lord in "Godspell" or "Superstar". Jesus is God in human flesh. He is not a figure for entertainment, social critique, or even satire, which is my favorite form of humor. (The "South Park" portrayal makes me especially nervous.) Our Lord should always be treated with the utmost respect and reverence and in a manner as close to the Gospel accounts, informed by good history, as possible.

What did Jesus look like? No one really knows, though, being a believer in the Shroud of Turin, I suspect that He looked like that. Moreover, traditional Byzantine iconography depicts Him in a very similar fashion.

Learn More About One Of Earth Day's Founders.

Ira Einhorn.

Happy Earth Day!

I am celebrating by cutting down a tree, using Styrofoam cups, flushing twice, idling my car, taking multiple long showers, and feeding beans to the Overlords.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pilgrimage To The Holyland.

Want to come with me to visit the Holyland? I will be leading a pilgrimage there on February 7-18 of 2011. For a link to the pilgrimage flyer, click here. This promises to be very good. The travel agency and guide have done many pilgrimages for the Western USA Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and I have had nothing but rave reviews of them.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Best Werewolf Movie Ever!

Allow me to recommend the following; British Soldiers battling werewolves. It has a great plot, cast, and effects. Yes, it has gore, but not gore for gore's sake. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Wheel Of Penance!

No, I am not talking about either a medieval torture device or the new game-show on EWTN. It is a figment of my imagination that pops up every now and again when I am hearing Confessions. Sometimes, I am at a loss as to what penance to give a penitent. Often I fall back on the usual one decade of the Rosary or a Divine Mercy Chaplet. But wouldn't it be more interesting if there was a roulette wheel that people could spin for their penance? I can just see it now. "One more click please. One more click and I get one Hail Mary. Dang it! Detail the priest's car again!"

While we are one the subject of penance, let me point out that the penance is supposed to be a just one. Often one hears that Father So and So gives easy penances or Father Erik is a mean S. O. B.. But really the penance should be proportionate to the gravity of the sins and appropriate to their nature. Theft is east--make restitution in a way that won't reveal your identity. For swearing, the Divine Praises are good. One that I give out a lot for failure to forgive is praying for the object of your grudge. And yes, mortal sins get a heavier penance. The point is that the priest is (or ought) not trying to be mean or nice, but simply just. Also, please remember that if you honestly don't think you can do the penance, you have the right to ask for another one.

Scratch A Liberal And A Fascist Bleeds.

Free discourse is only allowed if it agrees with them.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pfisking Pfleger

The guys a Creative Minority Report always get the good stuff. They point out another blog that points out an 'apology' by the infamous Pfleger of Chicago for his dissent from the Church's teaching on the (non) ordination of women in a homily last weekend. Not really an apology, as you can see,

On Sunday, April 11, while preaching a sermon on the power of fear, I was referring to the fear that paralyzed the apostles, locking them in a room, leaving only John and the women at the foot of the cross. I stated that is why I believe women ought to be able to be ordained, as well as priests ought to be able to get married.

While this is my personal opinion, I do respect and follow the Catholic Church teachings and I am sorry I failed to do this.

If this isn't, "obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same," then what is? This can hardly be characterized as respecting or following the teachings of the faith. An apology is not what is called for here. A recantation of heresy is required.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What's Truth Got To Do With It?

The more I am involved with the Press, the less I am inclined to believe that they give a rat's posterior about the truth or accuracy. Their personal agenda, yes. Their circulation, yes. The truth, no.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Journalistic Self-Image/Self-Righteous Twit.

Two of these cartoons are Nazi propaganda and two are from The Salt Lake Tribune. Not much difference is there? Except that perhaps the Nazis were more honest in their agenda and hatred for the Church. The Nazis also didn't hide their agenda behind a facade of journalistic fairness and search for the truth. The Tribune cartoonist, Pat Bagley, is a self-righteous little liberal twit. He wasn't always this way. He used to be fair and even-handed in his satire, but over the last decade he has turned into a far left ideologue. Pope Benedict is just his latest target. And the injustice is glaring. NO ONE has done more to rid the Church of clerical abusers, but you can't tell a liberal that. They simply don't care. They aren't shining the light of truth, but rather spreading lies to attack one of the few forces in the West standing for traditional values. (I almost wish I had taken the opportunity to slap Bagley silly a few months ago when I was stuck in traffic beside him.)

(P. S. The Nazis had better artists.)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Happy Birthday To The Twinkie.

Facebook Digi informs us that the Twinkie turned 80 years old. So, happy birthday to 'Los Submarinos'!

Where are ya, you spongy, yellow, delicious bastards!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Somethings Shouldn't Be Celebrated.

I pray that you had a prayerful and blessed Holy Thursday; that the Sacred Mysteries were celebrated reverently according to the mind and law of Holy Mother Church; that the rubrics of the Mandatum were followed exactly. And, most especially, that no one had to endure what I experienced during my year of diaconal servitude; washing hands instead of washing feet. Particularly this year, we don't not need to celebrate or imitate the actions of Pontius Pilate.

Can't Top This.