Monday, October 30, 2006
Posted by KaleJ at 10/30/2006
in effect since 2002 which allows extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to help cleanse cups and plates when there are not enough priests or deacons to do so.
Welcome to our fraternal banquet, after sharing our meal please recline and wait for our staff to wash the dishes. Mr. Smith.... Mrs. Jones, you all have KP duty after brunch is served.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/30/2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
* Part of the value of bringing children to confession is so they become accustomed to examining their lives, and to recognizing sin as sin, and having discernment about it. The idea that young children don't have sin to confess is absurd. Oh, I am not saying they have mortal sin, only God can read souls. But if you think second- and third-graders don't have sin, what planet do you live on? I was talking to a 3rd-grade teacher last night, about today, and she said, "some of them said, 'but we did that last year!'" I said, if they have any problems coming up with sins to confess, I bet you can help them! She laughed, as did the others at the table; Sister said, "that's what my mother always said to me!"
Another part of it, of course, is so they learn the form. Some will say, the form doesn't matter. And, on one level, that's right. I can help anyone go to confession. But learning the form, and getting it down pat, is valuable because then the penitent can focus energy on the really important stuff: the self-examination. A lot of people use, "I don't remember how" as an excuse not to go, and months become years. Also, a certain rigor of practice contributes to a certain rigor of thought; i.e., it helps people organize their thinking, and that helps their spiritual growth.
* I told the kids, with the sacraments, we think about what God gives us; but did you notice how, in this sacrament, its important that we give Jesus something? And did you notice what we're supposed to give him? Our sins! And, incredible as it seems, he actually wants them! Because he knows how they weigh us down, and he wants to get rid of them for us. I also told them the confessional is "the garbage dump"--we get rid of our spiritual garbage. So I led them in a simple examination of conscience, and I said, we feel sorry for sin, we feel bad about it; that's appropriate. But in a moment, when we let Jesus take all our garbage, we will feel great!
Now someone who buys Hell.com "has the opportunity to redefine what hell means, at least on the Internet," says Monte Cahn, Moniker chief executive.
It used to be known as a sin to speak ill of a priest. And Fr. Corapi explained how easy it is for us to kick them when they are down, stomp on them and rail against them. But when they are down, they need our prayers the most. I guess the point is this. Just my wife and I have a saying when the argument turns personal and destructive rather than loving, "I am not the enemy." This reminds us both that we are to help the other get to heaven. Without the other, we are lost. We must remember that when we get down on a priest for his failures. Not that their sins are excusable, but that without them we are lost. Without our priests, we have no Eucharist.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion will no longer be permitted to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Masses in the United States.
In an Oct. 23 letter, Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked his fellow bishops to inform all pastors of the change, which was prompted by a letter from Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
The U.S. bishops had asked the Vatican to extend an indult -- or church permission -- in effect since 2002 allowing extraordinary ministers of holy Communion to help cleanse the Communion cups and plates when there were not enough priests or deacons to do so.
Bishop Skylstad, who heads the Diocese of Spokane, Wash., said Cardinal Arinze asked Pope Benedict about the matter during a June 9 audience, "and received a response in the negative."
Noting that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal "directs that the sacred vessels are to be purified by the priest, the deacon or an instituted acolyte," the cardinal said in his Oct. 12 letter that "it does not seem feasible, therefore, for the congregation to grant the requested indult from this directive in the general law of the Latin Church."
Thursday, October 26, 2006
The ad blasts Mark Green for opposing embryonic stem cell research even though he has a $25 million dollar plan to have the state promote adult stem cells.
"His latest ad, which is part of a national smear campaign by Democrats, flat out lies about my record on stem cell research," Green said in a statement. "However, using a celebrity to further Jim Doyle's false attacks does not make them any more true."
Barbara Lyons, director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said the ads were misleading and preying on voters' emotions.
"Everyone deeply sympathizes with Fox who has Parkinson's disease. What we don't respect is the 'hype' and false hope he conveys about embryonic stem cell research," she said.
"There is no cure or even help for humans from this controversial research," said Lyons. "No human being has ever received an embryonic stem cell because they are too dangerous and tend to produce tumors."
Posted by KaleJ at 10/26/2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Kathy Shaidle weighs in on Michael J. Fox pimping for the Embryonic stem cell side.
I'm sorry a movie star has a disease, but that doesn't give him the right to sacrifice others in a quest for a cure. What if there was a chance that experimenting on, say, Parkinson's patients might lead to a cure of something else...? (Paging Dr. Mengele...)Evil begets evil. Suffering will never be wiped out by causing more suffering and sin. Sin is the cause in the first place.
Suffering is part of life, and can even be redemptive. Quixotic campaigns to wipe out every trace of suffering inevitably increase such suffering exponentially, and invent new hybrids in the process. Because such quests are a) founded on faulty principles and/or b) satanic.
Via Kathy ShaidleThe problem is that they have so many social obligations more important to them than national unity. Iraqis bravely went to the polls and waved their purple fingers, but they voted along sectarian lines. Appeals to their religion trumped appeals to the national interest. And as the beleaguered police in Amara saw last week, religion gets trumped by the most important obligation of all: the clan.
The deadly battle in Amara wasn’t between Sunnis and Shiites, but between two Shiite clans that have feuded for generations. After one clan’s militia destroyed police stations and took over half the city, the Iraqi Army did not ride to the rescue. Authorities regained control only after the clan leaders negotiated a truce....These allegiances explain why Iraqis don’t want to give up their local militias. They know it’s unrealistic to expect protection from a national force of soldiers or police officers from other clans, other regions, other religions. When the Iraqi Army ordered reinforcements to go help Americans keep peace in Baghdad, several Iraqi battalions deserted rather than risk their lives defending strangers.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Nicolay says her group will have a harder time because it had not been well organized in the state before.
"We have to identify our voters because we didn't have that voter base to start with," Nicolay said. "For us, it's crucial."[emphasis added]
Tubridy: And would it be fair to say you equate God with, say, the imaginary friend, the bogeyman, or the fairies at the end of the garden?Yeah, hundreds of children each year die simply because the believe in their imaginary friend and refuse to deny their belief. Uh-huh. Them silly Christians just havin' fun playin' Make Believe.
Dawkins: Well, I think he is just as probable to exist, yes. And I do discuss all those things, especially the imaginary friend, which I think is an interesting psychological phenomenon in childhood. And that may possibly have something to do with the appeal of religion.
Tubridy: So take us through that a little bit, about the imaginary friend factor.
Dawkins: Many young children have an imaginary friend. Christopher Robin had Binker; a little girl who wrote to me had a little purple man. The girl with the little purple man actually saw him, she seemed to hallucinate him, and he appeared with a little tinkling bell, and he was very, very real to her, although in a sense she knew he wasn't real.
I suspect that something like that is going on with people who claim to have heard God, or seen God, or hear the voice of God.
Show me all the Fairy Martyrs.
Dawkins: An awful lot of people think they take the Bible literally, but that can only be because they've never read it, because if they ever read it, they couldn't possibly take it literally.Ahem, ever heard of the Catholic Church? No cherry pickin allowed here. Some verses may be difficult to understand, but all of the Bible is true. We must be careful to not approach the Bible looking to prove a point, that usually results in verses being taken out of context, or cherry picking.
But I do think people are a bit confused about where they get their morality from. A lot of people think they get their morality from the Bible because they can find a few good verses -- parts of the Ten Commandments are OK, parts of the Sermon on the Mount are OK -- so they think they get their morality from the Bible. But actually of course nobody gets their morality from the Bible; we get it from somewhere else.
And to the extent that we can find good bits from the Bible, we cherry-pick them, we pick and choose them, we choose the good verses from the Bible and we reject the bad.
Whatever criterion we use to choose the good verses and throw out the bad, that criterion is available to us anyway, whether we're religious or not. Why bother to pick verses, why not just go straight for the morality?
I like Quinn's response
Tubridy: Back to the first question, have you any evidence[of God's existence] for me?
Quinn: Well I would say the existence of matter itself, I would say the existence of morality, myself and Richard Dawkins clearly have different understandings of the origins of morality, I would say free will.
If you're an atheist, logically speaking, you cannot believe in objective morality, you cannot believe in free will.
These are two things that the vast majority of humankind implicitly believe in. We believe for example that if a person carries out a bad action, we can call that person bad because we believe that they are freely choosing those actions. An atheist believes we are controlled completely by our genes and make no free actions at all.
Monday, October 23, 2006
As usual, G.K.Chesterton summed it up. He said he knew the Catholic Church was for him because when he left his umbrella at the back of the Methodist Church it was still there, but when he left it at the back of the Catholic Church it was stolen."
Posted by KaleJ at 10/23/2006
A conservative doesn't just look back with affection and forward with fear. He looks look back with criticism and foward with hope. He wants to learn what was imperfect about the past so he doesn't plunge into a more imperfect future.
A conservative looks to the past not because everything in the past was good, but because he wants to see what good things from the past have stood the test of time.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/23/2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16.
Specific norms state that1. The approval of liturgical songs is reserved to the Diocesan Bishop in whose diocese an individual song is published. He is supported in his work by this directory and by the USCCB Secretariat on the Liturgy.[emphasis added]
According to the proposed directory, theological adequacy may be judged in two ways:
The directory warns of doctrinal compromise. For example, it notes:
- Individual songs should be consonant with Catholic teaching and free from doctrinal error
- The repertoire of liturgical songs in any given place should reflect a balanced approach to Catholic theological elements.
- Liturgical songs must never be permitted to make statements about the faith which are untrue
- The doctrine of the Trinity should never be compromised through the consistent replacement of masculine pronominal references to the three Divine persons
- Any emphasis on the work of the members of the Church should always be balanced by an appreciation of the doctrine of grace and our complete dependence of the grace of God to accomplish anything
- The elimination of archaic language should never alter the meaning and essential theological structure of a venerable liturgical song.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Posted by KaleJ at 10/19/2006
3. “More children from the fit, less from the unfit."
4. “...apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”
5. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated."
6. “Covertly invest into non-White areas, invest in ghetto abortion clinics. Help to raise money for free abortions, in primarily non-White areas. Perhaps abortion clinic syndicates throughout North America, that primarily operate in non-White areas and receive tax support, should be promoted.”
via the Truth About Margret Sanger
Posted by KaleJ at 10/19/2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The Gospels, however, explain Judas' betrayal as "going beyond the historical reasons," and attributing it to "the personal responsibility of Judas who miserably submitted to a temptation of the Evil One. ... Jesus treated him like a friend but, in His invitations to follow Him, (he) did not force people's will or protect them from the temptations of Satan, respecting human freedom. Truly, there are many ways in which the human heart can be perverted. The only way to obviate them,” Benedict concluded, is “to be in full communion with Jesus."
“Here," said Pope Benedict, "is a final lesson: if even in the Church there is no lack of unworthy and false Christians, it is up to each of us to counterbalance the evil they commit with our own clear witness of Jesus Christ."
Posted by KaleJ at 10/18/2006
Published in the October issue of the International Journal of Cancer, the new study claims abortions don't increase the breast cancer risk but acknowledges that carrying a pregnancy to term reduces it./ in my best snooty professor tone
So you see here, what we have is that everyone has a high risk of breast cancer. But certain factors can reduce that risk. Like being male for instance. And another reducing factor here is not having an abo...I mean carrying your the bab... I mean the pregnancy to full term.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/18/2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
As a follow-up on the Firewall named Michael that defends the Vatican website, I have been thinking about what type of computer would be worthy of the name. Perhaps a brand name, Prince of the Heavenly Hosts Firewall, or simply Archangel Firewall.
Since it is named after an archangel, it must be a blade server. Many angels in scripture have use a fiery blade to repel attacks or protect paradise. I thought about Adobe's Fiery software, but having worked "with" it, I am more inclined to rank it along the lines of attempting to quench the eternal fires.
It must be a UNIX server also. Consider that Jesus related something about his operating system preference once. "there are those that are UNIX from birth (HP or Sun?), those that are made that way (LINUX?) and those that are UNIX for the Kingdom of God."
Of course the Archangel Firewall is far superior to the legacy product used by past pagan empires, such as the fire-Walls of Jericho. That defense was shown to be vulnerable to the 7 day distributed denial of service to the pagan gods. In fact it crumbled completely without even seeing a brute force attack.
Now would it be a hardware appliance or some software solution. I wager hardware as there is nothing soft about the business end of an Archangel's blade. Just as Lucifer. And software firewalls are usually full of holes and the only holy describe this firewall ends in 'y'.
The defenses are not infinite, but the support contract is endless. No need for constant upgrades here, you get the top of the line from day one. Or even prior to day one of the human time.
Recent tests have shown this product to be extremely successful in repelling remotely distributed denial of service attacks from Win95 laptops in Afghanistan on 28.8 dial-up connections.
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Monday, October 16, 2006
Posted by KaleJ at 10/16/2006
The USCCB goes after web sites which make use of USCCB documents, threatening legal action for copyright violations. This policy is in marked contrast to that of the Vatican, which enforces copyrights only to prevent others from releasing advance copies of documents before their official promulgation dates.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/16/2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Don't despair, though. C.S. Lewis also reminds us of the solution:
Do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors.
In other words, orthodoxy. Straight through between both errors, by the grace of Christ and the guidance of His Church. If we can master that, and learn how to announce the Gospel to each side, we'll be well equipped to handle the current Danish situation, and to serve God in the coming Dramatic Century that it foreshadows.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
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Friday, October 06, 2006
The Daily Mail quotes Graham James, the Anglican Bishop of Norwich, who said that abuse victims “can be locked into a belief that they deserve the punishment that they receive and they link that with the theology that they hear in church where Christ is victim.”
“Maybe even that they think their suffering has redemptive quality to it which justifies it in some way,” James said.
In a section called, “God as Abuser?” the report claims, “…The divine–human relationship may be conceived in terms of domination and submission at the expense of grace, mercy and patient love.”
Simon Calvert of the evangelical Christian Institute think tank, said, “They appear to suggest seriously that we should ditch many centuries of Judaeo-Christian teaching because of some half-baked feminist theory.”
We are accustomed to the lunacy of the anti-life zealots, but this little bit takes the cake. The pro-aborts have been in a tizzy since South Dakota banned most abortions statewide. They thought they had their loophole by propping up a woman that has worked in the abortion industry as president of the Ogalala Sioux tribe.
She attempted to tried to get an abortion mill on their reservation and circumvent the state ban.
''I got really angry about a bunch of white guys in the state Legislature making decisions about my body, again,'' Fire Thunder said of the state legislature's approving an abortion ban.
Too bad she didn't understand her own culture. The council impeached her and unanimously banned abortions on the reservation. It seems that Ms. Cecilia Fire Thunder was the one with the white man values.
Philomine Lakota, a language and culture teacher, told Indian Country Today that she knows of no word in the Lakota tribe's language for an abortion because the values of the Native Americans don't include taking the life of a baby before birth.
As most in the pro-life movement know, abortion and contraception are tools of racism and eugenics. And un-committed and predatory males are more than happy to have a woman live with the horror of killing a child if it means he doesn't have to be responsible.
I seem to recall this crowd vehemently condemning anyone who would dare make such a suggestion.
tip to Relapsed Catholic
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Our pews are emptying and people don’t know their faith, and the USCCB is spending time and money lobbying McDonald’s. We can’t even get laws passed to prevent the dissolution of the institution of marriage, we can’t get a cloning ban passed in Congress, and thousands of children are still being aborted every day.
Anyone finding St. James Parish of Ogden Utah via their website won't be left wondering where they stand. The site could use a bit of techie touch, but two photos of Pope Benedict up front show that they are definitely Catholic.
And their liturgy seems in good hands also, evident by this sign. Tip to Chris at CallingRomeHome
“Foley’s actions were that of homosexual predator, not a pedophile,” Jones said.
Jones referred to studies that show homosexual abuse of young men often leads the abused to take on an abusive homosexual identity themselves. “This creates a cycle of violence and disordered behavior that creates future generations of abusers and predators,” he added.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
My 8 year old was taking the standardized tests today in school. The Braille teacher was supervising his math portion and when he came across some advanced questions, he surprised her a bit by answering one without any hesitation.
The question was, which is the acute angle. He got the answer right. Since they hadn't covered that yet, she asked why how he knew.
He answered that that was just the one he thought was cute.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/04/2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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Monday, October 02, 2006
Christians, mostly Maronite Catholics, now make up only 40% of the population of Lebanon. The middle-eastern country once boasted a majority Christian population, but is now being increasingly populated by Muslims, including Shiites who are represented, in large part by, militant group Hezbollah.
Archbishop Chucrallah-Nabil El-Hage of Tyre said, “The most important thing is to stay in this land” despite other daily problems, such as unemployment, that Christians face amidst a Muslim majority.
Posted by KaleJ at 10/02/2006