I think of the Read Report from the early seventies. The report was commissioned by the federal governement to look into the influence of newspapers on Canadian society, specifically, did newspapers control what Canadians thought? The answer to that question, according to the report was, in paraphrase: no, not exactly. Canadians often disagreed with the opinions they found in the papers. So newspapers did not control what Canadians thought. But on the other hand, Canadians debated the news they were presented endlessly, and they got that news from the papers. Therefore, while newspapers did not Control what Canadians thought, to a great degree they did control what Canadians thought about.Yeah, that is thought control. You can have your opinion, but they control the topics. And as noted, the topics usually are nothing but gossip.
And here we are. Corpses and haircuts, stars on red carpets, who is in rehab and who is not in rehab and who is back in rehab, and the affairs and breakups, followed by more affairs, and more breakups. It is like living in a sewer, surrounded by filth and rats. At most I feel pity for the people involved, and offer prayers that they may turn and see the Truth. But to know about these people and to know why we know about these people is to be degraded.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I was sitting in what could only be described as a tree-house. The platform stood eleven feet off the ground, outside of cell-phone range, and surrounded by a forest of poplar, maple and pine. A twelve-gauge shotgun rested to my left, and on the bucket to my right lay some spare ammunition and a rosary.Pete Vere's article is about St. Gabriel Possenti and his model for the Church Militant. To paraphrase Kenny Rogers, "You've got to know when to turn the other cheek and know when to stand and fight." As the father of boys, I have worked that dilemma over quite often. How can I raise my sons to be courageous men, defenders of the faith and yet not end up with hoodlums looking for a fight. Well, the answer is that it is okay to fight to protect someone. Or as my 6 year old put it, "to keep from sinning". Bingo. Fight when those behind you need defending. Fight for your soul, not your ego.
Which brings up the second incident in which St. Gabriel Possenti demonstrated the virtues of Catholic manhood. Again it involved a potential rape, but this time the victims were a couple of young virgins. The perpetrators were two soldiers-turned-brigands who were part of a larger gang pillaging the village.
Rather than hide in the monastery like the rest of the clergy, St. Gabriel Possenti approached the rapists and grabbed their revolvers. With a pistol in each hand, he ordered the brutes to unhand the crying maidens.
The bandits laughed. The rest of their gang came over and mocked St. Gabriel's cassock bearing our Lord's Sacred Heart. They pointed out that a single seminarian was no match for over a dozen battle-hardened soldiers.
Just then a small lizard dashed between the saint and the brigands. With a pinch of the trigger, the seminarian shot the lizard dead. "The next one will be through your heart," he told the gang's leader.
The soldiers let go of the young ladies, returned the stolen loot and extinguished the fires they had lit, then fled the village. They knew better than to test the manly virtue of this man of God. For St. Gabriel Possenti did not abuse his strength, but rather he used it to defend the weak against unjust threats of violence.
We believe in Global Warming
the Sea-Raiser, the All-Powerful,
maker of tsunami and hurricane,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
For us and for our salvation
Gore came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Nader
and the Virgin Chomsky
and became truly political.
For our sake he was un-elected
under Pontius Harris;
he suffered defeat and was retired.
On the third year he rose again
in accordance with the Documentatrians;
he ascended into Hollywood
and is seated at the right hand
of the Film Executives.
He will come again in glory
to judge the polluting and the recycling,
and his kingdom will have a biodegradable end. ...
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
That is what comes from reading the world through their own slanted vision. They think everyone reacts like they do. They have their agenda and they stick to it while it suits them.
But most pro-life people don't have the politically-correct list of buzz words that we find offensive. We don't read the news while looking at a check list to know what offend us.
Some things are just offensive to those who value life and love the gift of freedom. Yes, abortion is offensive. For those who understand the ties to abortion and the devaluation of life, contraception is offensive. So is the affront to parental rights and the general concept of liberty. The state doesn't know what is best for the child. The state is supposed to represent the citizens.
The reason for law is to protect the freedom of the people from those who would abuse or restrict the freedom of others. Law is not about legislating how a parent must be a parent.
Seat belt laws fall into the same category, just less offensive than forcible vaccination. I use my seat belt. I remind my kids to buckle up every time we are in the car. They ARE a safety device that can save lives. But again, the state should not fine me if I choose not to wear it. Or if I chose to comfort my young child on a long trip.
Remember, Freedom is a Christian concept. Those who seek to remove our freedoms, do not understand the meaning or the source of freedom. Freedom is a gift from God, so today, thank God for the freedoms we have. And let us protect that gift.
… believe anything you get in email.I believe the spider that filched his email address off the website did a lot of searching, but am I too believe it was hungry and of a religious nature?
I got an email that began “I did a lot of searching, fasting and prayers before … ” and I figured, shoot heck, this is some over-zealous internet religious fanatic who read some dumb thing I wrote in the past and wants to set me straight.
The email continued, “… choosing your contact from your country’s website.” It then went on with the standard “somebody’s died and we need to transfer a gazillion dollars out of the country and need somebody we can trust” scam.
Who falls for these things?
And how did he get so important to be on our "Country's website"?
I always enjoy the humor in these "Nigerian" email scams. Here, I got one.
I am the first cousin, not removed, of the third wife of the 8th richest man in America. (seriously) When he dies, I can hope to get nothing from him, but if you will kindly send me $10,000 US dollars, I will promise upon my misspelled word that I will do my best to spend the money while thinking of you.
Monday, February 26, 2007
His Lenten store has some objects I could use this Lent. The Inward Binoculars for example.
Instead of training your eyes on others these Binoculars focus inward to reveal your faults. First start at the lowest magnification levels since it is more than likely your faults will be easily seen at this level. As you progress in the spiritual life you can increase the magnification. The fault comparison algorithm is not computed on others compared to yourself, but yourself compared to Jesus. The inward binoculars work best when you keep your eyes on Jesus.The good news is that we won't be needing the Portable Font for Holy Water. Our parish has decided to keep the water this year. I guess prayer does work. Pray, Hope and don't Worry.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I was listening to Archbishop Fulton Sheen's recording of the Voice from Calvary. One of the topics is Christ's words "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."
I always liked these words and how they show the radical forgiveness of Jesus. But through all the years of hearing these words, I never related that He was also speaking to me. Sheen commented that it is only by our ignorance of what our sins do that we are able to be forgiven. If only we knew how grievous our sins truly are.
But it blew me away that I never realized how those words belong to me.
Friday, February 23, 2007
I argue that inherent in his assurance that we have fulfilled our duty, is the unwritten statement of "and there is no reason to contact the Holy Father, as the above document says you can do, regarding this matter."
In an unusually candid conversation with the monthly Inside the Vatican, the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship concedes that liturgical reform after Vatican II “has not been able to achieve the expected goals,” and indicates that Pope Benedict XVI is determined to address the crisis in Catholic liturgy.See, they do know of the frustration of the pew sitting Catholic. And they are prepared to deal with it.
The fundamental challenge, the archbishop said, is stop what he called “freewheeling” liturgical innovation, and to recover the sense of the sacred. Steps in that direction, he said, would bring Catholics back into more active practice of the faith.[emphasis added]
Archbishop Ranjith was unsparing in his analysis of the crisis facing Catholicism today. Noting the decline in active Mass attendance, he said: “We have to ask ourselves what happened in these churches and then take corrective steps as may be necessary.”
The archbishop refused to accept some common explanations for the decline in Catholic practice. “I do not think that this situation is attributable to secularization only,” he said. “A deep crisis of faith coupled with a drive for meaningless liturgical experimentation and novelty have had their own impact in this matter.”
Several Senate Democrats have called in recent days for revoking the original authorization that Bush sought and won from Congress in the months before the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.Just to quell the "patriotic" folks that claim any opposition to the war is, well, un-patriotic. Congress abdicated its constitutional duty regarding war powers when it gave them to President Bush. And for what cause? To enforce a U.N. resolution!
That measure authorized the president to use the armed forces "as he determines to be necessary and appropriate ... to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq" and to enforce relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.
No, this police action has never been about protecting the U.S. from terrorism. So I would be happy to see Congress reclaim its constitutional duty. Even if it is the Democrats. A broken clock can be right twice a day, and this would set a great precedent the Congress still knows its duty.
So there you have it. If you are a hand-holder or use the Orans posture during the Our Father and ever find yourself standing next to me during Mass do not be alarmed or offended that I do not participate. I am simply trying to follow the rubrics of the Mass as prescribed by the Holy See.Chris puts it bluntly here, but that is how many non-hand-holders feel. I tell my kids to fold their hands, bow their head and close their eyes. That way there is no awkward feeling when someone doesn't take the hint and stands there reaching.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has announced that he will soon release the apostolic exhortation summarizing the work of the Synod on the Eucharist, which concluded its deliberations 16 months ago. The appearance of the apostolic exhortation is “imminent,” the Holy Father told priests of the Rome diocese, during a traditional early-Lenten meeting in the Hall of Benedictions at the Vatican on Thursday morning.I can hardly stand the wait!
Catholic high school wrestlers will have to remove ashes from their forehead when the state wrestling tournament begins Wednesday.Love that last line. And it is fairly consistent with wrestling regulations. It is more likely that the ashes would get into the eyes and mouth of the Catholic wrestler. Ashes and sweat combined with getting a forearm across the face could cause some discomfort.
The start of this year's competition falls on Ash Wednesday. Catholics typically apply ash crosses on their foreheads in observance of the first day of Lent.
But Iowa High School Athletic Association officials banned the practice for wrestlers when they hit the mat, saying the ash could get into an opponent's eyes or mouths.
"There's no disrespect to Catholicism,'' said Bud Legg, an athletic association spokesman who also is Catholic.
He said all wrestlers undergo a skin and nail check prior to competition.
Rev. Kenneth Kuntz of St. Mary's Church in Iowa City, says he doesn't agree with the decision but won't challenge it because applying ash is optional.
"There are some hills worth dying on, and some that aren't,'' he said. "For me, this isn't that big of a deal.''
Another note on Wrestling and Ash Wednesday. I feel for the Catholic boys. Imagine fasting and cutting weight before Lent. (missing Fat Tuesday) And then on the day you get to weigh in and finally eat, you have to fast and abstain from meat. Yikes. Washing off ashes is the least of their worries.
I wonder if that was the reason this guy got so upset.
Note on the video. The reporters have no clue about wrestling. The boy is on his hands and knees and they say he was pinned. And the dad exaggerates immensely by saying his son was "thrown 5-10 in the air." But needless to say, the guy in the video needs to step back and evaluate why he has his son in wrestling.
Here is a partial list from Allen's Brain. Via Ironic Catholic
Biblidue: The build-up of bookmarks, bulletins, notes, and other miscellanea that collects in one's Bible.I know there is a technical name for this, but I can't think of it right now. I humor the kids by making up new words quite often, so here is my contribution to this cause.
Hymnastics: The entertaining body language of the song leader.
Narthexegesis: Unsolicited post-sermon commentary given the preacher by armchair biblical theologians.
Pewtrify: To occupy a precise spot in the sanctuary for more than 15 years without once showing signs of sentient life.
Ministereotype: A common myth or misconception about any ordained person.
Hymnprovisation: The abrupt and unannounced transition from one song to another, usually a chorus unfamiliar to most present.
Proliferation: An abundance of anti-abortion activists.
St. Francis some more: The ongoing quoting of St. Francis of Assisi while failing to heed his advice to preach the Gospel always, and IF necessary, use WORDS. [corrected]
Tiptation: The desire to comment on the poor sermon or music by putting pennies in the collection.
A-Pox-alyptic: A curse put upon someone who ignores the end-times warnings of the Left Behind disciple.
Epi-crisis: The use of invalid words for the invocation of the Holy Spirit before the consecration of the Eucharist.
EMC: The use of so many Extraordinary Ministers that one of them has to function as the MC and direct traffic.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Today, we’re asking the question that’s weighing on everyone’s mind, “What are you going to give up for Lent?” For those who aren’t Catholic and don’t know what Lent is, it’s a time when Catholics are called to fast and sacrifice in preparation of the crucifixion and rising of our Lord. It’s Ramadan-LiteSince Jesus asked us the give up everything for the kingdom, I am going to give up all things. Failing that, I will try to stop judging people. Most of them are such losers anyway and it is just a waste of my time.
John McCain Favors Overturning Supreme Court's Roe Abortion Decision
McCain appeared then to be changing his position from a 1999 statement he gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said he didn't support repealing Roe.Sounds more like "I say I am pro-life right now so I can get your votes. But please don't make me think about it too much.
"I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary," McCain told the newspaper at the time. "But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."
McCain has typically voted pro-life on abortion-related issues while serving in the Senate, including voting in March 2003 against an amendment to the partial-birth abortion ban that endorsed the Roe v. Wade decision.Enter this as evidence that words don't mean anything without the actions to back them up. It is easy to vote for a pro-life bill that is not going to pass anyway. But the true colors show on the more obscure bills.
However, McCain voted last year in favor of a bill forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research and he upset pro-life groups by sponsoring a major campaign finance reform bill that contained several restrictions on what they could do during elections.
Meanwhile, according to an AP report, during his campaign stop over the weekend, McCain also appeared at an abstinence education rally with more than 1,000 participants. He said that today's youth face more pressures than he and his generation did when they were growing up.This is a positive note, but again, when one sponsors a bill that will restrict how pro-life groups may participate in campaigns, it rings a bit hollow.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.... Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Friday, February 16, 2007
I was nominated in the Best Individual Catholic Blog Category. Amy Welborn of Open Book won that category.
It is an honor just to be mentioned in the same category as her. I didn't garner a single vote, but on the flip side, at least it shows I didn't vote for myself.
Congrats to Amy and all the winners
Thursday, February 15, 2007
A House committee unanimously passed a North Idaho legislator's resolution Wednesday prohibiting Idaho from implementing new federal driver's license standards.via Huckleberries.
The joint resolution by Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, would also ask the state's congressional delegation to advocate repealing the Real ID Act of 2005 – legislation requiring states to issue new IDs that opponents say severely threaten Americans' personal privacy.
The act passed without a hearing and is a "backdoor approach" to making a national ID card, Hart said. Required by spring 2008, the new IDs would be tied to a national database and be needed to board airplanes and enter some federal buildings.
Glad to hear that 17 states are working to stop this Federal government power grab. Repeat after me:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.FindLaw: U.S. Constitution: Tenth Amendment
“That no child is subjected to corporal punishment.”That pretty much sums it up. I would disagree that the odds of adoption are close to zero. The fact that this garbage is pushed through the liberal states first and then as it becomes "the accepted norm" by the media, other states are beaten into submission. See California and Corporal Punishment.
“Public [i.e., government] education for the first time would be a ‘right’ to all children of the United States under the UN Convention. Parents interfering with the child’s right to choose [government] education would be violating his rights and could be subject to prosecution.”
The odds that something like this would ever be adopted in the U.S. are close to zero, IMO, but this kind of thing shows the kind of socialist nonsense that comes out of the U.N.
It’s a useless organization and it’s past time for us to get out.
It is worse than useless and its wares are not just nonsense. It has a purpose, one that it tries so hard to hide.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
he Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled “Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?”tip to Huckleberries
As the Leaning Straight Up blog says it so well, save the outrage for "people who are intellectually insulting." and don't run from their words.
Amanda Marcotte resigns and whines
Now let’s clear one thing up: She doesn’t particularly offend me. Her posts are juvenile and obviously designed to get attention, in a teenage "your not the boss of me" method. She honestly bores me with her diatribes and rants about men, white men, white catholic men and anyone else she can attack.
Daily Kos at least has people who are intellectually insulting.
The Patriotic Association is working feverishly to shore up its influence in China, Father Cervellera reports in an in-depth analysis of the situation there. The AsiaNews director says that many Chinese government leaders have come to see the Patriotic Association as an obstacle to progress in relations with the Holy See.
Although the Catholic Church is theoretically under the control of the Patriotic Association, in practice virtually all Chinese Catholics prefer to align themselves directly with the Holy See. “The Patriotic Associations,” writes Father Cervellera, ”have, by now, become useless instruments, given that a very large majority of believers refuse to adhere to them.”
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Homosexuality in the Bible Interview With Authors of Exegetical Work
ROME, FEB. 12, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Three exegetes have published a new book in which they conclude that the Bible clearly teaches homosexual practices are wrong.
The minimum wage increase that took effect in Arizona last month has brought with it some unintended consequences — many teenagers are losing their jobs. The Arizona Republic reports some employers say payroll budgets have risen so much since the minimum wage went from $5.15 per hour to $6.75 — they have had to cut jobs and hours.Makes one wonder, do the minimum wage proponents just fail to do their homework? Blindly pander to the emotion-voter? Or plan this so more people will be un-employed so they can pander to the welfare-voter?
The owner of one Phoenix pizza restaurant says his payroll has shot up 13 percent and he's had to lay off three teenagers and cut hours for others. Another shop owner said expenses rose by $2,000 a month.
A Federal Reserve study showed that for every ten percent increase in the minimum wage — there is a corresponding two to three percent decrease in employment.
The company that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is planning to adapt C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters into a major motion picture that will open in theaters nationwide in early 2008.
Posted by KaleJ at 2/13/2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
For a Catholic Blog award. Thank you to whomever the nominator was. I am humbled and yet proud of this nomination. Thank you.
If you desire to vote for these awards, you have to sign up. You can find my nomination under the "Best Individual Blog" section.
South Dakota House Committee Signs Off on Second Abortion Ban
Abortions in cases of rape and incest are very rare -- accounting for less than one percent of all abortions according to the Alan Guttmacher InstituteI love when the PP people refer to victims. They forget that abortion also has victims. Two of them; one dead, one wounded.
Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood in South Dakota, says her group is opposed to the bill and complained about the rape reporting provisions, saying they are too much of a burden for women who are victims.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Now the "Really Smart" part doesn't shock me. I have fooled many people that I know personally, so fooling someone that only reads what I post shouldn't be too difficult. But I am very flattered to be in that company. Thanks Ms. Malott.
With the recent flyby blog-views from China, I have decided we need a St. Blog's Neighborhood Watch Program. If a member notices a rash of suspicious hits from an un-named communist countries that seek to "purify" the Internet, the member can post the sign.
This will let the un-wanted visitors know that they are being watched. (I don't know if un-wanted visitors actually exist, but the kind you would prefer just give you the hit count and then hit the road.)
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
9. The crying room is a space of shared suffering, to be sure. But social networking crosses the line.The Curt Jester adds his
10. When all else fails, remember the secret Catholic motto: "I can sing quieter than you can sing."
- Continuously pointing at your watch for the priest to see during the homily is considered rude.Someone suggested keeping the list going, so here goes.
- "The Mass is ended, go in peace" is not meant to be the same as a starter pistol going off indicating that you need to run out of the Mass as fast as you can to avoid traffic in the parking lot.
- If you MUST sit at the end of the pew, please step out to allow others to occupy the vacant center area. Ignoring the family standing there, or staring blankly at them is not considered appropriate.
- Leaving after receiving Communion and before the final blessing is considered the "Judas Shuffle". (apologies to Tim Staples for using his phrase)
- Going into a coughing fit BEFORE the priest adds the incense confirms your problem is NOT asthma.
- Razzing a friend about his half-hour confession probably should mean a return trip for yourself (add that to my list for Saturday)
- If you take your child out repeatedly for discipline, remember the "3 strikes and stay out" rule.
***Updated*** Christus Vincit has added to the list, and what an addition: The Our Father Holding Hand.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I don't know which is worse, the Federal Government bribing schools to participate or the local school begging for people to sign up for a free lunch. The January newsletter from Skyway Elementary included two items on why they need more families to sign up for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. The prominent letter from the principal explained that their Title I funding for the remedial reading program is tied to a minimum of 35% participation in the free lunch program. And to his horror, at 34%, Skyway is in danger of losing all those federal dollars for next year.
And since the second note in the newsletter informs us that as the largest federal assistance program for our schools, Title I is dedicated to a high quality education for every child. More money always means higher quality in the eyes of the government. But how tying that to free lunches ensures quality education is beyond me.
Unless Title I is just another form of welfare. Perhaps Coeur d'Alene is just too affluent. What we need is more poor people! And they need to make sure and sign up for the free lunch program. "Parental involvement is an important component of the Title I program" so make sure and sign up today.
Title I works, so don't risk "loosing our existing program".
Grammatical errors aside, this whole concept makes me sick enough to lose my lunch.
Meanwhile, the AP reported last week that Merck contributed $6,000.00 to Perry’s re-election campaign, while one of Merck’s Vaccine Division top officials is a Board member of Women in Government, the agency lobbying for mandates nationwide.It is amazing that Gov. Perry would mandate all school children to receive the Gardasil HPV vaccine. Not amazing that he would want to reward his substantial donor, but that he would be so blatant about it. HPV isn't the next "HIV" or whatever crisis the fear mongers can drum up, but notably it is 100% preventable.
American College of Pediatricians (ACP),...stated, “HPV is spread only by intercourse. Keeping children out of school because they have not been vaccinated with the HPV vaccine is a serious, precedent-setting action. It replaces parental medical decision-making with government regulation.”Of course, unnecessary vaccinations are not new, I remember how they pushed for our first child to be vaccinated for Hep B at birth. (another STD only disease) Then on our 3rd or 4th child my wife made the point that we didn't want the Hep B vaccination and the nurse noted that they no longer recommend that for babies as it might not be safe. Wonderful! Perhaps the vaccine manufacturers should have their advertising abilities revoked. No doctor kickbacks, no PAC donations...
Posted by KaleJ at 2/05/2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
The Wyoming state House narrowly defeated a bill that would have provided women considering an abortion with information about its risks and alternatives. The bill failed to pass on its first vote in the chamber after pro-abortion groups and the state medical society claimed it would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.I am pondering what relationship they are referring too? Typical abortions mills have very limited doctor-patient interaction. Seems about like calling a prostitute-customer interaction a relationship. Or saying that education interferes with the child-illiteracy relationship.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Do you understand how different it is to hear a coach like Dungy speak of his religious faith and actually mean it?I would say it is more that you don't hear him speak of it. You see him live it and not just hold it up for show. When the time is right (or wrong perhaps) or in a crisis, we can see his faith shine forth. That is the real faith. Not the rah-rah trying to work a Bible quote into an after-game interview.
People can see the real faith. And can smell the false one.
Posted by KaleJ at 2/01/2007