March 31: Blessed Natalia Tułasiewicz, New Martyr Of Poland

March 31, 2008

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Blessed Natalia Tułasiewicz, 1906-1945

“A teacher from Poznan & a leader in the apostolate of lay people. During the occupation, she volunteered to leave for the Third Reich together with of ther women condemned to do heavy work in order to give them spiritual comfort. When the Gestapo found out, she was arrested, tortured and humiliated in public and was condemned to death in the Rawensbruck camp. On Good Friday, with the strength that was still in her, she climbed a stool in the hut and gave a talk to the prisoners on the passion and resurrection of Jesus. Two days later, they brought her to die in a gas-chamber.”


Islam Overtakes Catholicism as the World’s Largest Religion?

March 31, 2008

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“Islam Overtakes Catholicism as the World’s Largest Religion”has been a headline that has hit the blogosphere hard and taken off running… But there are some points to ponder when taking in this story…

Islam is not a singular cohsesive institution… There are divisions. If we are going to compare all adherents to forms of Islam to another group, wouldn’t it be all adherents to forms of Christianity? If we are going to compare the largest sub-groups… Well Holy Mother Church still is the largest single religious body the world has ever known. And we are still growing.

Something to really consider though – Muslims have more children. Read the rest of this entry »


Sister Joan of Erie: Jesus Didn’t Ordain Anybody At All

March 31, 2008

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From a few years back in 2004, the noted Joan Chittister,OSB, when speaking with a Buddist female monk (I thought they were called nuns…) explained to the monk-nun that true Christianity wasn’t discriminatory and patriarchal:

“After all, Jesus didn’t ordain anybody at all. So we start out even.”

Or at least so says Pope Joan.

One is left to wonder, given that she doesn’t believe Christ instituted priesthood by ordaining the Apostles… Well doesn’t that reduce priestly ministry to just a function of a man-made (er, “person-made”) concept in her mind? If it does, why bother with the “man-made” (er, “person-made”) Catholic Church?

All things being equal, any denomination or self-appointed group would do.

But to go down that route, I suppose she would have to actually step away from the Catholic Church which has been her bread and butter, given her respectablility, and provided her so many platforms and opportunities over the years…


Saints

March 29, 2008

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Welcome to the Black Cordelias

March 28, 2008

Who Laid The Easter Egg?

March 28, 2008
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Who Laid the Easter Egg? 

Basilian Bishop, Kyr Dionysius Lachovicz, OSBM.

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Four Basilian Consecrated Without Mandate This Month

In November 2007, the Catholic World News (www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=54919) reported on excommunication of Father Basil Kovpak, the head of the Priestly Society of Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych (SSJK), a group with ties to the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) which has been active among Byzantine Catholics in the Ukraine since the early 1990s. Bishops of the SPPX – themselves excommunicated because they were consecrated without approval from the Holy See – ordained two priests and seven deacons for the SSJK. On 23 March 2008, this past Easter Sunday (according to the Gregorian Calendar), the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) published a communiqué about the latest schism to divide its unstable ranks. Four members of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat – Eliáš Dohnal, Metoděj Špiřík, Markian Hitiuk and Robert Oberhauser – were consecrated bishops without having been nominated by the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Synod and without a papal approval. Thus, according to CCEO, canon 1459 §1, they have automatically encurred the penalty of excommunication.

Strangely, the UGCC communiqué has an air of uncertainty about it. It does not explicitly state they are excommunicated; rather, if all that is stated about these four Basilians is true, they await excommunication. What is not certain is who was their consecrator. A possible candidate seems to be Mychajlo Osidach, who claims to have been Read the rest of this entry »

Four Ukrainian Bishops Consecrated Without Mandate Of Rome Or Major-Archbishop

March 28, 2008

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Is this a Greek Catholic Version of the SSPX?

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March 27: Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno

March 27, 2008

Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno
1825-1888


Thank You Governor Strickland

March 27, 2008

Thanks Governors Ted Strickland & Mike Rounds!

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) and South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed into law bills that require abortion clinics to provide fetal ultrasound to those women contemplating abortion. I want to publicly thank them for that. Those states join eleven other states that require ultrasound before an abortion and that is literally turning the tide on the abortion debate in favor of life. There is a entity called Womb with a View that does ultrasound and their selection of that name says it all.The Ohio bill, was passed by their Senate on March 14 and before that their House passed it in December 07. It is named the Ultrasound Viewing Bill, HB 314.

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Culture Change For The Legion of Christ?

March 26, 2008

A Zenit article with some of my comments below.

In a private audience with Benedict XVI, the general director of the Legionaries of Christ renewed the congregation’s loyalty to the Pope at the start of a new stage in its history, following the Jan. 30 death of the founder. Read the rest of this entry »


Culture Change For The Legion of Christ?

March 26, 2008

A Zenit article with some of my comments below.

In a private audience with Benedict XVI, the general director of the Legionaries of Christ renewed the congregation’s loyalty to the Pope at the start of a new stage in its history, following the Jan. 30 death of the founder. Read the rest of this entry »


March 25: Blessed Omeljan Kovc, Greek Catholic Martyr & Righteous Among The Nations

March 25, 2008
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Blessed Omeljan Kovc, 1884-1944
Greek Catholic Martyr & Righteous Among The Nations

from www.vatican.va: “The Servant of God Fr Emilian Kovch was born on 20 August 1884, near Kosiv. In 1911, after graduating from the College of Sts Sergius and Bacchus in Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood. In the spring of 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo for aiding Jews. On 25 March 1944 he was burned to death in the ovens of the Majdanek Nazi death camp. On 9 September 1999 he was honoured with the title “Righteous Ukrainian” by the Jewish Council of Ukraine.”


Why Do Evangelicals Celebrate Easter When They Do?

March 25, 2008

Ok, I grant that a number of non-Catholics go out of the way to call the holiday “Resurrection Sunday” a few seem to have gravitated towards calling it “Pascha” like Eastern Christians do… Some of them dislike the term “Easter” wrongly thinking it connotes paganism. (Taylor Marshall has the 411 on that with today’s entry Why is the festival of Christ’s Resurrection called Easter? – it is about as “pagan” to use the term “Easter” as it is “Thursday” or “January” or “Sunday“[!] for that matter!)

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“Pregnant Husbands” In The Brave New World (or) “Woman With Plastic Surgery & Hormone Treatment Gets Pregnant”

March 25, 2008

Homosexual activist and lifestyle publication The Advocate reports something that very well may qualify as “new under the sun.”

In the brave new world, after an operation for “gender re-assignment” a woman who has legally married another woman has opted to become “the pregnant husband”.

How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. In a technical sense I see myself as my own surrogate, though my gender identity as male is constant. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child—I am so lucky to have such a loving, supportive wife. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother. We will be a family.

I remain uncertain how it is the case that breast reconstruction and testosterone therapy allows a woman to be considered to be married to another woman. When it comes to pro-creating, nothing seems to have changed in that department.

So “How does it feel to be a man and to be pregnant?” Find someone with an XY chromosome set who is pregnant and you will answer that question! Get out your lamp, Diogenes – you will be looking for one honest man for a good long time.

Now might be a good time to consider spending a little time with some of JP2′s Theology of the Body writings.


Magdi Allam, Benedict. Why?

March 25, 2008

“I realize what I am going up against

but I will confront my fate with my head high,

with my back straight and the interior strength

of one who is certain about his faith.”

— Magdi Christian Allam.

Some voices in Europe and other places are presently criticizing the pope for his high profile baptism of Magdi Allam at the Easter Vigil. They assert that the pope is somehow taunting Islam and unnecessarily putting Mr. Allam’s life in danger, and perhaps the pope’s as well. I cannot know the pope’s mind. But I would like to suggest why he might do something so dramatic and frankly foolish in the eyes of the world:

I think the pope is making all kinds of points.

  • He wants to uphold the example of this man who has stood up to Islam already for many years.
  • He also wants to make an issue of the Muslim practice of assassination of those who convert out of it. Imagine the shame heaped on Islam if Allam is killed.
  • He wants to show Muslims that reasonable and rational people, the very best of Islam are ashamed of what Islam has become.
  • He wants to make a point to sleepy Europeans that Christianity is a faith worth dying for.
  • He wants to give all the world an example of Christ-like willingness to die for the good, rather than to kill.
  • He wants the world to know that it is superior to suffer violence than to commit it.
  • He wants to show the world the moral and spiritual superiority of Christ and Christianity.
  • He wants to show the world that the willingness to innocently suffer violence for one’s faith is not reserved to the earliest ages, but is a very present reality.
  • He wants to highlight that Christians throughout the world willingly suffer violence for their faith every day.
  • He wants to bring about religious freedom, a true liberation of personal conscience in the lands of Islam.
  • He wants to give the Muslim world an example of Christian virtue that they will notice.
  • Should Mr. Allam or Benedict lose their lives, he would want to offer martyrs for the sake of the Muslim world.

Finally, Magdi Allam, now on the world stage, may be safer than if he had not been in the spotlight. Who knows?


Welcome Home!

March 23, 2008

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Was just curious to find out if any of our dozen readers or so out there were received into the Church this weekend. If so, welcome home! Also feel free to leave a note in the combox.

I know more than a few of our regular combox warriors as well as (a majority?) of our contributors made that journey – some in just the past several years. For them, how long have you been Catholic?

Anyone picking out swim apparel and eyeing the Tiber for next year out there?


March 23: Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka, Greek Catholic New Martyr Of Slovakia

March 23, 2008

 

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Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka
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Contraception: Why Not? MP3s by Dr. Janet Smith

March 21, 2008

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A professor of moral theology, Janet Smith is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader, and Life Issues, Medical Choices. (Click To Listen, Right Click To Download)

Contraception: Why Not? – Part 1

Contraception: Why Not? – Part 2

SOURCE: CatholiciPod

To hear an interview with Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics and Professor of Moral Theology from an Australian Radio (May 2, 2006 at 8.30pm)
on the topics of condoms and AIDS:

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/relrpt/stories/s1629283.htm

While you are thinking about it… Stop in and take a look at Taylor Marshall’s The Bible Against Contraception


Belleville’s 60%???

March 18, 2008

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Much hay is being made in the blogosphere about the 60% of priests in Belleville calling on Bishop Braxton to resign. But is this accurate?

To get to the “60%” statistic being bandied about in the press and blogosphere, most are demonstrating that a lot of arbitrary and self-serving qualifications need to be used to achieve it.

To get to the “60%” mark one has to selectively excise a significant group of priests with faculties in the diocese by not counting those who were in orders and not diocesan, those who are on loan, those who are retired and have different capacities of activity.

At the end of the day, you come to 45 signatories actually located in the diocese (one is outside as a military chaplain) out of somewhere between 106-110 with faculties… and only 37 of those signatories not retired.

Interestingly, over at SOIL, a reader offers:

There are 38 active priests in the Diocese ordained 25 years or less.These are the “John Paul II” priests — attracted to the priesthood by the late Pope’s person, teaching, example. They are the bishops, chancellors, vicars general — and good parish priests — in the years to come.Of these 38 JPII priests, only 5 signed the infamous letter! That’s only 13%…This opposition to the Bishop is generational. Those trained/ordained in the 1960′s and 1970′s — who are now in their own ’60′s and 70′s — are the dissenters.

So of the Belleville 45, 40 of them were ordained in the 60s and 70s and now seem to enjoy – like a good many priests from that cohort – popularity among Call To Action and similar crowds. Interesting and telling.

I am still looking to cross-reference the signatories of the letter of revolt to the signatories of the 2005 letter of protest over the +Braxton appointment.

I am betting dollars to donuts that the men protesting today will be found to largely be the same group that were protesting +Braxton before +Braxton even got there. I smell expedience…

And the math just doesn’t add up to 60%.

See also: Bishop Braxton Fire Them!
See also: +Braxton’s “Belleville 46″ Identified – Look Familiar?
See also: Are You Kidding Me? SUPPORT BISHOP BRAXTON


+Braxton’s “Belleville 46″ Identified – Look Familiar?

March 17, 2008

Below is the list of the “Belleville 46″ that constitute the majority of the “native born calling for resignation”… That is to say 46 = 60% of the priests with faculties in Belleville if and when you don’t count the 20ish priests who are on loan, and the 41 or so others who didn’t sign the letter of revolt.
fist.jpgSo now that we have this list, can anyone do a little research for me and see if we can find a list of the signatories of the 2005 Letter of Protest against +Braxton’s assignment? I for one would very much like to cross check the list of those who were protesting his assignment with those calling for his ouster.

If they aren’t substantially the same, I will buy intrepid PC reader Rob of Arizona a Heineken. (He will have to come here to get it though – it is not legal to mail it.)

H/T: Doctor E!

1) Rev. Msgr. James A. Buerster
2) Rev. Msgr. Donald W. Eichenseer
3) Rev. Msgr. Thomas D. Flach Read the rest of this entry »


More Condoms = More Better?

March 16, 2008

In the combox of a recent article over at the venerable blog Creative Minority Report, a reader writes:

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“The sorrow is that few know that condoms (leaving aside morality) are only “protective” if adequately shipped and stored. The latex perforates in heat (in the back of a semi). These perforation are so minute you don’t see them, but the nasty STDs get through. Worse, AIDS virus is so small it goes through the latex easily. “

Of course I agree… It is all true enough… But would that it were just that simple and easy! There is more to is still!

If the failure rate was the only problem, the Sexual Revolutionaries would then only have to lobby for more funding and research into better product design, transportation and storage. Maybe, if push comes to shove, they could just advise those in the joyful throws of “modern company keeping” to “double bag it!”

BUT (big “but” here) all the titanium condoms in all the world aren’t going to do a good deal to change the reality on the ground just reported by the CDC – that ONE in FOUR teenage girls has an STD

(“Really?” sez you! “Really!” sez me!)

WHY?

The dirty little non-secret is that for many of them, the venereal diseases they contracted (21%+ HPV& Herpes combined infection) they could and would still contract. Even if condoms were 100% stored correctly, 100% break free… well they would still be getting HPV (which is transmitted skin-to-skin, not via seminal fluid) and still exponentially increasing their chances for cervical cancer as well cervical cancer, as well as anal cancer, vulvar cancer, penile cancer and infertility as a result. Neither of HPV nor Herpes is curable as both are viruses…

(We can save for another day the fallacies that current HPV vaccines on the market prevent all HPV – they protext against a limited number of strains… Mostly focussing on the strains that lead to visible wards. Perons who get the vaccine may never see warts, but could easily become part of the population infected with the other strains… What you can’t see, eh?) Read the rest of this entry »


Britney Spears Says Vaya Con Dios To ‘God Tattoo’

March 16, 2008

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Britney Spears has had her Kabbalah tattoo removed.

The ‘Toxic’ star had a Hebrew tattoo on the back of her neck bearing one of the 72 words for ‘God’ found in the texts of Kabbalah, a mystical off-shoot of Judaism.

However, when the 26-year-old singer was spotted out shopping in Los Angeles earlier this week, it was clear she has had the tattoo removed. (SOURCE)

Don’t take this as a sign of the end times or a new direction for Per Christum. Britney watching will not become a sport here… Before today I wasn’t sure if she spelled her name with an “e” or an “a”… (And no worries, I can’t tell Lindsay Lohan and Hillary Duff apart… My roommate ran into Jessica Simpson today – in town for a wedding – and all I could say was “How did you know which one she was?” Apparently “She’s the hot one,” and she is “shorter than you would think,” I digress…)

At any rate, did it ever occur to Britney that when getting involved in Jewish spirituality and mysticism that getting a tattoo in Hebrew for the name of God is tacky to begin with… but the general Jewish consensus on tattoos since the forced tattooing of Holocaust victims in the Nazi Concentration Camps made it doubly inappropriate?

No, probably not. In Hollywood trendy is trendy.

Prayers for Miss Spears… May we hope this is that much less of the influence of the cult of the trendy? We are of course obligated to pray that she become involved with the religion of the original Madonna. Let’s do.


Ad Altare Dei

March 16, 2008
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I recently found a fascinating artifact, a “People’s Mass Book” dated 1966, the year the transitional sacramentary came out in both English and Latin. It was the period when every so often a new piece of the mass would come out in the vernacular. In the Order of the Mass at the opening of the rite, I found this:

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Ambrosian Rite: Great Balls of Fire!

March 15, 2008

This came from an Italian website dedicated to the Ambrosian (Milanese) Latin Rite. I had no idea what it was all about so I enquired over at Catholic Answers Forums.

I am told: The flaming ball is lit during the feast of the patron saint and martyr. It is called ‘il faro” (the lighthouse???) It is a globe covered with a cotton fibers (decorated with cross, palms, and crown) and it is hung at the entrance of the presbiterium. It is the symbol of the life consumed by the love of Christ at the moment of martyrdom.

Bishop Braxton Fire Them!

March 15, 2008
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Some 44+ priests of the Diocese of Belville have publicly signed and announced a letter calling for the resignation of their bishop. It is beyond sad, it is a disgrace.

This is some unsolicited advice, from a man of no importance to a bishop not his own in dealing with a matter he can’t be bothered to delve into:

Bishop Braxton give the priests who have signed a document demanding you step down one week to rescind, apologize and reaffirm their filial loyalty to you, their rightful and canonical superior. Failing that they do just that, suspend them.

There is no more to it than that – it is a shameful and embarrassing thing to see this sort of activism by the priests of a diocese against their bishop in this public fashion, and absolutely no good can come of it. Even if they were justified in their complaints against the Bishop (I personally don’t believe they are) this sort of clerical activism and attempt at an “episcopal recall” is beyond foolish and prideful – it is arrogant and destructive.

Irony of ironies, do they really believe that this sort of public insubordination is going to curry favor with Rome? Had they made their case privately through the appropriate channels, that would be one thing. This PR stunt?

Though honestly, I believe these dissidents are the same ones who publicly signed a letter protesting his appointment in 2005! They have been out to get him since day one! Before day one really!

So Bishop Braxton, again, give them a week to publicly recant, and then give them all marching papers. You need disloyal sons about as bad as a dog needs rabies, and only decisive action will send the message as to who is in charge.

If you need help locating replacements for them while getting your vocations program in gear, I can make some recomendations.

They can all be replaced. Fire them.

See also: +Braxton’s “Belleville 46″ Identified – Look Familiar?
See also: Are You Kidding Me? SUPPORT BISHOP BRAXTON
See also: Belleville’s 60%???


“Bitches Ain’t Shit”

March 15, 2008

Two Canadian Women Die from Use of Contraceptive Patch; Sixteen More Suffer Blood Clots

This story reminds me of a reference Dr. Janet Smith made to the development of “The Pill” in her landmark speach made – where else? – here in the Holy Land of Ohio over a decade ago at the Josephinum called Contraception, Why Not?. As she pulls no punches in telling, in the efforts to divorce sex from procreation, and this isn’t much talked about, but a “pill” had been developped for men.Research on that ended when test subjects noticed minor reversible testicular shrinkage. Not wise to mess with a man’s nuts apparently. Tests continued on the women’s end of development even though three women died in test studies back in the 60s. Yes, women died, but at least their balls did not shrink!From there I am reminded of the wisdom offered in the lyrics of the venerable Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre collaboration “Bitches Ain’t Shit” where Snoop (now a genteel family man with a cable reality TV show) offers “Bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks”…

Smaller balls are a no-go. Bitches (who aint nothing but hoes and tricks) dying is pretty much acceptable?

I would ask where feminist outrage is, but by now I know better.

Pray for the souls of these women and for the redemption of the west.

And if you happen to think your mother, sister, wife, daughter is more than “hoes and tricks” maybe pass this along.


Marriage: Put up a Good Fight

March 15, 2008

Rules

 

For Fighting Fair

[See how many you can guess without looking.]

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The Transalpine Redemptorists

March 12, 2008

I need to be clear about two things right off: (1) At this time this venerable order is in a state of canonical irregularity with the Holy See, in part due to their working relationship with the Society of Saint Pius X and (2) I have always respected and admired them – who can’t? – for the tenacity that they have show in re-establishing (after centuries!) a monastic community on an island off the coast of Scotland. In watching that, it becomes pretty clear, that is not an easy life.

In my admiration of them, I had long hoped that their situation of canonical irregularity would be regularized and their relationship to the Holy See would become unimpeded… But figured it was a long shot.

When the SSPX made it abundantly clear they would NOT be obedient to the Holy See (so what else is new?) and use the revised Good Friday Prayers for the 1962 Missal, The TAR very cooly and humbly asserted:

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In what concerns the Solemn Prayers of the Good Friday Liturgy, the Transalpine Redemptorists will obey with submission the newly promulgated Prayer for the Jews as ordered by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on February 4th 2008.

Fr. Michael Mary, C.SS.R.
Vicar General
8 February, 2007

Kudos and props to them.

Still more heartening words from the most recent blog entry:

+ William: Well, is there anything going on between the Redemptorists and Rome?

+ Our little monastery is separate from the SSPX. As one SSPX priest told us when we were having a penniless moment: “We are united in Faith and separated in finances.”
I liked the quip! It shows that the two organisations are separate. And it follows that if the SSPX is able to speak with Rome there should be no reason why we would not be able to do so either.

+ William: What is the basis of having relations with Rome?

+ It is because we believe that Benedict XVI is the Pope, of course. He is the head of the Church. We are set upon working towards reunion. If we remain in an ‘imperfect communion’ we will eventually become a separate organisation altogether.

+ When I recall the day of the Consecrations in 1988 there were numbers of young children playing on the grass around the canvas cathedral. Do you know, now 20 years later, most of those girls and boys will be married. The 3rd generation of 1988 Tradis is on its way: that is, a generation that does not know normal Catholic life, that has no real contact with their juridical bishops, parishes and clergy. Already there are possibly 2 generations of people who are isolated from the Catholic ‘wheat and chaff’ that makes up a diocese. This is a serious situation unless we want to become a separate Church fitted out with our own bishops, parishes and clergy. We need a reconciliation asap.

Please keep them in your prayers.

The latest chapter in the return of  the Transalpine Redemptorists.

Benedict the Re-Gatherer indeed!

[Originally posted March 10 by ASimpleSinner at the old blog address.]


Barack the Magic Negro

March 12, 2008

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Barack Obama’s positions on everything from parental notification to sex shops near schools to sex ed in kindergarten to being the exact opposite of everything I stand for is discussed in this little known video from 8 months ago.

Some disclaimers. First, I am not pleased with the title of this video, but fortunately this vid. doesnt speak about it. Second, this vid. makes references to the “Magical Negro.” This made me a bit uncomfortable until I learned what that expression meant. Then it removed a scale or two from my eyes. The LA Times has an excellent editorial on it here.

The Magical Negro theory may explain the Obama as Messiah phenom which is also reaching new heights. In Obama’s words:

“…that a light will shine through that window,
a beam of light will come down upon you,
you will experience an epiphany
…and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls
and vote for Obama.”

—Barack Obama

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Finding a Cure for Abortion

March 1, 2008
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Tonight for some reason I was wondering how abortion ranked among leading causes of death in the U.S. I was shocked at the figures. They are utterly dumbfounding. Here are the leading causes of death for 2004 according to U.S. National Center for Health Statistics:

Top 5 US Causes of death
1. Diseases of heart 652,486
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 553,888
3. Cerebrovascular diseases 150,074
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 121,987
5. Unintentional injuries 112,012

Much has been written in recent weeks about the “amazing drop” in abortions in the U.S. in 2005, leaving the public with the impression that somehow death due to abortion was indeed well on the way to becoming rare.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!!

Abortion dropped to 1.2 MILLION!!!

THIS MAKES ABORTION THE LEADING CAUSE of DEATH in AMERICA by DOUBLE !!!

Then it occurred to me to look up the death rate by AIDS and by Breast Cancer which are terrible diseases and have received massive amounts of media attention and public resources and are the subject of constant fund raising campaigns among the general public.

Here they are:

According to US Department of Health and Human Services CDC:

2005 Deaths to AIDS

Deaths: 17,011
Total*: 550,394

*Cumulative total since about 1981

according to the American Cancer Society (see page 3):

2005 Deaths to Breast Cancer

Deaths: 40, 410

The total estimated deaths to AIDS in the US since its outbreak sometime in the 1970’s remains less than half of current abortion rate. If the rates were to remain constant at 2005 numbers, it would take 123.4 years to equal the number of abortions now annually committed.

The death rate to breast cancer has been declining since the middle 1990’s. But if they were to remain constant, it would take 29.7 years to equal the number of children aborted in 2005.

Of course I would never want to diminish in any way the tragedy and suffering experienced by the sufferers of any life threatening disease, especially not breast cancer or AIDS. Rather, I think it is vitally important that we Americans understand and appreciate the magnitude of the preventable holocaust of abortion. While massive campaigns to end these two diseases have run through our society for years, numerically they are much less significant that the deaths inflicted by women and the medical industry on our own children.

While finding the cure for heart disease, cancer, AIDS and other diseases require massive funding and research efforts, the cure for the national holocaust of abortion will take something much more difficult and infinitely more simple: a conversion of heart and a willingness to find creative ways to handle unintended pregnancies. It will required Americans to face down countless lies we tell ourselves and embrace the two fold truth: All human life is sacred. And, there is never a circumstance that forces a woman to have an abortion. For life, there is always a way.

photo by flickr.com user: rev bri


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