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Today on CMR - July 31, 2008

Sacrilegious Metaphor Alert
—Yoda says "Dumb he is who compares himself to God."

Teaching Children to Love
—Big families make it easy.

ABC News: Tiniest, Most Fragile of Patients
—In remarkable story, ABC News treats unborn as babies.

What Tradition is Obama Referring To?
—It's not the hubris. It's the stupidity, stupid.

Today's Priestess
—Fashion catalog for the 21st Century WomynPriest!

Why Pro-Lifers Will Win
—A few reasons pro-lifers will win...eventually.

Obama Has Received His Reward
—Obama prays so others might see him by leaking them to the press.

Are You a Fundamentalist?
—Whatever that means anyway.

Stuff You Should Read
And other stuff.

X-Files is a Hateful Anti-Catholic Movie
—The truth is not there.

A Man Among the Womyn!
—UCC Pastor gives brilliant smack to the womynpriests and Minister who participated.

Liturgical Institute Answers Liturgical Questions Online
—Have a question about the liturgy? Ask the experts.

Inflatable Church On Beach
—"Bouncy" Church setup on beach to attract sunbathers.

Whither Goes The Article, So Goes The Truth
—In the quest for truth, language is the front line.

More Incense, Less Nonsense!
—"No other religion would dare to have something so awesome."

Sacrilegious Metaphor Alert

And on the sixth day he created Jar Jar Binks and failed to see that it was stinky. At least that's how I would write the Gospel according to George Lucas. But I wouldn't do that because it would be sacreligious. Lucas obviously had no such worries, according to the UK Times Online.

“I am the father of our Star Wars movie world - the filmed entertainment, the features and now the animated film and television series,” he says. “And I’m going to do a live-action television series. Those are all things I am very involved in: I set them up and I train the people and I go through them all. I’m the father; that’s my work. Then we have the licensing group, which does the games, toys and books, and all that other stuff. I call that the son - and the son does pretty much what he wants.” He laughs. “Once in a while, they ask a question like ‘Can we kill off Yoda?’, things like that, but it’s very loose.

“Then we have the third group, the holy ghost, which is the bloggers and fans. They have created their own world. I worry about the father’s world. The son and holy ghost can go their own way.”
I'm pretty sure Yoda would say, "Ridiculous he is." I'd have to agree.

Teaching Children to Love

Yesterday around 3:30 in the afternoon I was desperate to get out of the house so I decided to take the children out to the playground down the street. We were all starting to drive each other crazy so out we went.

There were a few other parents there with one or two children on the swings and monkey bars.

So my girls go running around with all the aimlessness and predictability of tornadoes. My three year old boy however heads right toward the slide. Now, because the boy was wearing his old sneakers which he loves rather than the new ones which Mom bought him, he couldn't climb the slide from the bottom. (I don't know what year it was but I'm pretty sure a law was passed that children must crawl up the slide rather than climb the ladder.)

But he was struggling to climb the slide so my five year old quickly dashed up the ladder to the top of the slide, reached out, and cried out with all the cinematic drama of a B-movie starlet, "Grab on!" as if sharks, alligators and lava all awaited him menacingly at the bottom. So he grabs her hand and he's now completely inert on his belly with his hand out holding on to his sister who doesn't have the strength to hold a gallon of milk. So the six year old girl sees this predicament, crawls on top of the five year old, and grabs the boy's forearm and starts pulling. The eight year old witnesses this debacle, runs over to the slide while supplying her own "swoosh" sound effects which I'm pretty sure meant she was flying (which is why the lava, alligators and sharks had no effect if you were wondering), she crawls up the bottom of the slide and starts pushing the boy up the slide by his rear end. And they're all laughing hysterically. Even the kids who we didn't know were laughing. Me -I was kissing any hope of academic scholarships for them goodbye.

But one mother who was sitting nearby was watching them smiling. She asked, "How do you get them to play so nicely together?"

Because I'm a lunatic who can never answer a question seriously the first time, I told her I sedate them heavily with animal tranquilizers. Thank goodness she laughed although she was probably secretly calling Child Services on her cellphone in her pocket.

She said she's seen them many times and they all seemed so good and well behaved. She said she noticed that whenever I told my children it was time to leave the playground they all came. She said her young boy was out of control. I never know what to say to that kind of thing because I can't say "Yeah, I've seen him. He's a terror. My money's on an extended juvenile detention stay by 14 years old." And I also don't want to say I hadn't noticed that last week he threw sand in a little girl's face (not mine) or that he screams at his mother. So without something to say I just stared into the distance and pursed my lips feigning deep thought.

She thankfully continued, saying "Your children all so loving with one another," she said. "What's your secret?"

I decided not to make another tranquilizer joke and said simply, "I really don't know what I'm doing but I think it actually helps to have the older ones teaching the younger ones and they all always have someone to play with."

She laughed and said, "One's enough for me. Just having him around wipes me out. My husband wants more but I'm like no thanks."

I never know what to say to those kinds of things because quite frankly they make me feel icky (and the boy was in hearing distance) so I resorted once again to pursing my lips and staring into the distance. Hey, it works.

But I was a little sad for her as we walked home. I was a little sad for her because I know that my life is so much better than it would've been and more just plain old fun because of the addition of each child. And here's the secret that parents of bigger families don't spread around. In some ways it's easier to raise a bunch rather than one.

My kids have learned patience because I can't drop everything for them if I have a baby in my arms.

My children have learned to work because there's always chores to do in a small house packed with little messy lunatics.

They've accepted they can't always get their way because other people have to get their way sometimes.

They've learned it's not always their turn.

They learn to laugh at the insane non sequitirs of younger siblings.

In short, I think my children have learned to love because there are others around them to love and who love them. I honestly can think of no better way to teach children to love than siblings. Oh yeah, and horse tranquilizers help.

ABC News: Tiniest, Most Fragile of Patients

Matthew wrote just yesterday about why the pro-life movement will eventually will win. Among the reasons, Matthew wrote:

Improvements in science continues to enhance our knowledge of what's going on in the womb, putting pro-aborts on the side of being "anti-science." When Roe first became the law of the land pro-aborts argued that the baby wasn't a baby at all but just a clump of cells. Most people know that's not true anymore. People have seen 3-D Ultrasounds. People have seen the photo of the baby reaching out during an in-utero surgery. The numbers of the ignorant are dwindling and that aids our cause.
The science is on our side and now it appears that a major news program has even noticed.

On July 29, ABC News covered a heartwarming story of two unborn babies with a terrible problem. The twins were diagnosed with "Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome."
A deadly complication that would likely kill both unborn children. The children were saved by a remarkable in utero surgery.

Almost as remarkable as the surgery, however, is the the fact the ABC decided to do a story which so clearly illustrates the humanity of the unborn. Add to that, this introduction by Charlie Gibson.
We have “Closer Look,” tonight, at some of the most awe-inspiring surgery that modern medicine has to offer. It is not an operation performed on a heart or a brain, as delicate as those procedures might be. This surgery is done on the tiniest, most fragile of patients imaginable. Babies yet to be born. ABC’s John McKenzie on a rare procedure done inside the womb. Not just on one fetus, but two.
Were that not enough, the piece included this exchange between John McKenzie and Dr. Kenneth Moise of the Texas Children's Hospital.
MCKENZIE: Using a kind of miniature telescope, doctors enter Kim’s amniotic sack. And there they are, the boys. Their perfectly formed feet and hands.

MOISE: You can see them moving sometimes they’ll reach up and grab the scope.

MCKENZIE: The fetus will grab the scope?

MOISE We’ve had it actually pull on the scope.
As we remember from the famous Michael Clancy photo, nothing illustrates the humanity of the unborn better than their little hands grasping just as newborns do.

Kudos to ABC News for covering this story and for doing it right. You can see the full story and video here.

Remember, the science is on our side.

Thanks to the Culture and Media Institute for bring this to our attention.

Stuff You Should Read and Some Other Stuff

--Some stuff we came across in our travels...



You Think Your Church Wants Too Much Money?

Fr. Jay Toborowsky writes For those who complain, "The Church only cares about money"

I went to a temple here and talked with a rabbi about joining the congregation, which sounded nice, until she gave me the application to fill out which asked "would I be giving the standard $1700 fee and $600
additional to worship on high holy days?" I decided that Judaism may have to wait until I'm much more monetarily secure.

Read the whole thing >>>>
-- Patrick on Wed Jul 30 23:06:14 2008

Confession of a Non-Hugger

Domenico Bettinelli says no to all the huggy feely stuff.

Yes, I hear all the time how stiff and frozen we New England,
European-heritage Catholics are, especially compared to our Hispanic
brethren. Hey, I thought we were all about cultural diversity. Well, in
my culture we don’t get all huggy with strangers and mere
acquaintances. At least, I don’t.

Read the whole thing >>>>
-- Patrick on Wed Jul 30 23:02:29 2008

Interview With A Vampire

Be sure to check out Fr. Longenecker's interview with the famed Vampire author. The be sure to let him know what you think at Standing on My Head
-- Patrick on Wed Jul 30 11:35:19 2008

Funny - Church Shopping

Larry over at Acts of the Apostasy made us laugh with this funny post about church shopping.

How's it work? After attending a Mass for the first time at a new parish, compare your reaction to one of the Response Simulation Modules (RSM) below. In no time at all, you will know if the new parish is right for you, providing you peace of mind, knowing quickly if you've found a home, or need to continue your search.

It is a visual joke, so be sure to go over and take a look.
-- Patrick on Wed Jul 30 11:31:41 2008

Today on CMR - July 30, 2008

What Tradition is Obama Referring To?
—It's not the hubris. It's the stupidity, stupid.

Today's Priestess
—Fashion catalog for the 21st Century WomynPriest!

Why Pro-Lifers Will Win
—A few reasons pro-lifers will win...eventually.

Obama Has Received His Reward
—Obama prays so others might see him by leaking them to the press.

Are You a Fundamentalist?
—Whatever that means anyway.

A Man Among the Womyn!
—UCC Pastor gives brilliant smack to the womynpriests and Minister who participated.

X-Files is a Hateful Anti-Catholic Movie
—The truth is not there.

Stuff You Should Read
And other stuff.

Liturgical Institute Answers Liturgical Questions Online
—Have a question about the liturgy? Ask the experts.

Inflatable Church On Beach
—"Bouncy" Church setup on beach to attract sunbathers.

Whither Goes The Article, So Goes The Truth
—In the quest for truth, language is the front line.

More Incense, Less Nonsense!
—"No other religion would dare to have something so awesome."

Colbert On the Anglican Schism
—"There are many high ranking religious figures opposed to gay priests, for instance ... God!"

Sportsmanship
—For the love in the game.

What Tradition is Obama Referring To?

"I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions." -Barack Obama

This most recent example of Obama's hubris is stunning not just because he so clearly thinks the world of himself but because it's so stupid.

I ask what traditions is Obama referring to when he says he's a symbol of our best traditions?

Right to life for the unborn which was a pretty strong tradition in this country? Nope.

Oh I know, the 2nd Amendment guaranteed right to defend oneself with arms if necessary? Not so much.

The tradition that marriage is only between a man and a woman? Definitely not that one.

The right to keep your own hard-earned money? Are you joking?

Prayer in school? NO WAY!!!!!!!

I ask the world to what traditions is Obama referring? Anyone? Anyone?

Today's Priestess

I love when received the Fall Fashion catalogs. Land's End, J. Peterman, American Eagle. Love them. Can't afford them, but I can look.

Imagine my horror when received the Fall Catalog for the Roman Catholic WomynPriests.
Although, I am considering buying the hats.




P.S. Be sure to check out Red [Erin Manning] Cardigan's brilliant song parody The Priestess Connection.

***Humor. Anybody who takes this seriously is banned from the blog.

Why Pro-Lifers Will Win

Pro-lifers will win. I'm convinced of it. As long as we hold to our values against the world’s dehumanizing trends we will counter this darkening culture with light and eventually prevail.

Here are a few reasons for my hope:

1) Pro-aborts can't call themselves what they are. They call themselves pro-choice. It's a not-so-subtle nomenclature shift meant to appeal to freedom-loving Americans. But in the end, I believe, if your rallying cry is a lie your supporters are going to figure it out after a while. They're not pro-choice. They're pro-abortion. But they can't admit to that. If you have to lie about what you're for, you're going to lose...eventually.

2) Improvements in science continues to enhance our knowledge of what's going on in the womb, putting pro-aborts on the side of being "anti-science." When Roe first became the law of the land pro-aborts argued that the baby wasn't a baby at all but just a clump of cells. Most people know that's not true anymore. People have seen 3-D Ultrasounds. People have seen the photo of the baby reaching out during an in-utero surgery. The numbers of the ignorant are dwindling and that aids our cause.

3) There are no great pro-choice speeches and there never will be any. You can't move people by speaking eloquently of the right to have consequence-less sex with someone you don't love. Think back - how many great speeches in the American pantheon have there been which include the words "rape and incest." I'm thinking it's a pretty low number. "Give me freedom or give me rape and incest" just doesn't work right. Even the great orator of our time Barack Obama could only come up with, "I don't want them punished with a baby" in support of abortion. Pro-lifers on the other hand speak about those things which move us -life, rights and God. In the end, our superior speechifying will win out.

4) We pro-lifers have more babies. It's simple. Those that don't believe in killing babies in the womb typically end up having more babies. Pro-lifers are more...prolific. Go to church some Sunday and you'll hear a chorus of babies attempting to drown out the sermon. You don't bring babies to a NARAL meeting. It's considered rude. In the end, demographics win.

I truly believe we'll win. We have to. We must. And we must never accept that some must die for convenience or that some must be selected to die for the greater good of society. And we must not accept that killing someone is a mercy to them because their life would be difficult due to illness. Until every life is legally esteemed as sacred we should never rest and never give up.

Today on CMR - July 29, 2008

Obama Has Received His Reward
—Obama prays so others might see him by leaking them to the press.

Are You a Fundamentalist?
—Whatever that means anyway.

A Man Among the Womyn!
—UCC Pastor gives brilliant smack to the womynpriests and Minister who participated.

X-Files is a Hateful Anti-Catholic Movie
—The truth is not there.

Liturgical Institute Answers Liturgical Questions Online
—Have a question about the liturgy? Ask the experts.

Inflatable Church On Beach
—"Bouncy" Church setup on beach to attract sunbathers.

Whither Goes The Article, So Goes The Truth
—In the quest for truth, language is the front line.

More Incense, Less Nonsense!
—"No other religion would dare to have something so awesome."

Colbert On the Anglican Schism
—"There are many high ranking religious figures opposed to gay priests, for instance ... God!"

Sportsmanship
—For the love in the game.

CDF To TAC: Hang In There!
—Cardinal Levada responds to the Traditional Anglican Communion.

I Can't Get No...
—Unusual petition inspires my lyrical muse!

Obama Has Received His Reward

This is easily the most sickening political story of recent memory.

This story has gotten a lot of play the last few days. Obama stuck a prayer written on a piece of paper in the Western Wall. It was a big photo-op and the media played the clip over and over showing the unwashed how prayerful, religious and Christian Obama actually is.

The following day, however, the contents of his prayer were published by an Israeli newspaper. The prayer read "Lord - Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."

A nice little prayer, right?

According to the press, it was pulled from the wall by a student and leaked to the press. The rabbi who supervises Jerusalem's Western Wall condemned the removal of a prayer note, saying the action was "sacrilegious."

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who supervises the Western Wall said, "This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site. Notes placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker. Heaven forbid one should read or use them."

But news from the Israeli Insider may prove that the "leak" may have been intentional.

What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign. Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel, was roundly criticized for publishing the note Obama left in the Kotel. But now a Maariv spokesperson says that publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the "private" prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption.
This is sickening. This prayer was not to God at all but to the media. Hey Obama, remember this from the gospels?
Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
Looks like Obama skipped that part of the Bible. I can't imagine this is going to fly well with Jews. The Israel Insider newsmagazine observed:
“If the Maariv statement about pre-approval of publication of the note is true, it would mean that the Obama campaign had managed the event brilliantly, if deceptively, getting the double benefit of appearing to be victimized by the invasive Israeli press and [a] prayer-thieving Jew while at the same time leaking out his humble Christian plea to the Lord.”
And to many Christians this kind of deception in praying for his family and ironically to guard against the sin of pride and only doing it for the press attention is sickening.

Now you just watch. While Obama praying at the wall received tons of coverage this latest round of news will be buried. Perhaps the Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz's words are more apropos for Obama rather than the young man or the newspaper. "This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site. Notes placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker. Heaven forbid one should read or use them." Looks like Obama used it for his own purposes. But where's the denunciation?

But this fits into exactly who I believe Obama is. His prayers are poll-driven rather than sincere. They are not whispered but spoken with a bullhorn. They are to voters and not to God. They are simply not prayers at all.

Are You a Fundamentalist?

I was reading a few stories on the new movie Brideshead Revisited and came across a word not often associated with Catholicism.

In asking the screenwriter of the film which seems to bastardize the great Catholic novel what the story was about he said:

"In that tug between individual freedom and fundamentalist religion, there’s a story that’s apposite for our time. In the modern age that’s something we’re all dealing with.”
Fundamentalist religion? So, in that little phrase he is, I believe, referencing the Muslim terrorists who we are currently at war with but ascribing it to Catholic characters.

He's essentially calling a character in the novel a "fundamentalist" mainly because she calls off an extramarital affair because it's against her religion. He's lumping her in with terrorists.

But in a wider scope I've come across the word "fundamentalist" quite often. And it led me to ask, what is a "fundamentalist" anyway? Or more accurately what is it that people mean nowadays when they speak of fundamentalists?

Now the Christian Fundamentalist movement arose mainly within British and American Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among conservative evangelical Christians, who, in a reaction to modernism, actively affirmed a fundamental set of Christian beliefs including the inerrancy of the Bible, Sola Scriptura, the virgin birth of Christ, the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and the imminent personal return of Jesus Christ.

But that's what it meant. Clearly the term has come to encompass much more at least to the secular elite.

Does it mean "extremist?" Of course, the question must be asked whether something is extreme according to whom. Is it simply a subjective measure? It seems to have become commonly used by the news media to refer to any religious group whom they consider to hold radical views. Except what the media considers radical I think is any religious inclination whatsoever.

In a quick GoogleNews search I came across the term describing Islamic terrorists, Mormons, Republican Christians, human rights activists, and Baptists.

I think the screenwriter Brock summed up the supposed dichotomy well. He called it the "that tug between individual freedom and fundamentalist religion," and I think that for many a "fundamentalist" is simply someone who inexplicably refuses to be a libertine.

Has it really come to the point where anyone who takes their faith seriously can be lumped in with terrorists? Surely, the language has enough flexibility to have separate words to make a big fat distinction between me and Osama bin Laden. Or do the secular fundamentalists refuse to make the distinction?

A Man Among the Womyn!

Last week we wrote about the Batty Babes in Beantown, the womynpriest movement performing their mock ordinations in Boston.

I noted then that the ceremony was conducted at a protestant church, specifically the Church of the Covenant which is affiliated with two Protestant denominations, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. I opined with moderate amounts of snark "I suppose that is what you get for 40 years of ecumenism, Vatican II style. You are viewed as a doormat. Nice."

Well imagine my suprise and chagrin when I read this absolutely biting response from the Rev. David Runnion-Bareford, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement in the United Church of Christ. Now this is a guy I could get ecumenical with (in a manly way of course!)

[CNA] Rev. David Runnion-Bareford, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement in the United Church of Christ, responded to the situation by sending an open letter to Boston area Catholics via Cardinal Sean O'Malley. In his letter, he apologized for the "division and confusion" caused by Rev. Nancy Taylor and the Church of the Covenant—the church were the ceremony was held.

"Please accept our deepest and sincere apology for the behavior of Rev. Nancy Taylor of Old South Church, UCC and the UCC related Church of the Covenant. They do not reflect the heart and mind of our United Church of Christ whose premise is 'that all may be one.' Those of us who truly value the unity of all Christians and treasure our ecumenical relationships with you as Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ are grieved,” Runnion-Bareford wrote. [This is the nice ecumenical apology part, wait it gets much better.]

The Confessing Movement UCC pastor also said that his movement is also “fully aware that this event was not motivated by a sincere desire to honor the call of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the ministry of committed Christian women.” [Wow, this not the ecumenical language to which we have become accustomed. This is biting and right to the point. These womyn are not responding to the call of the Holy Spirit. They are making a statement (about themselves)]

Rev. Runnion-Bradford further criticized the women for refusing to take a vow of chastity and for promoting a self-centered gospel, citing the “Body, Sex and Gender” section of the group’s web page.

“We know that 'Womenpriests' openly include candidates who are engaged in the practice of sexual license. It is significant that the participants would not take the vow of obedience or chastity. We are aware of the statements on their website proclaiming a false gospel of self and mutual affirmation, denying the fall of humanity and our need for repentance from sin and personal transformation through the atoning crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [Dang!]

"We note that it is not incidental that this event was hosted in Boston by a church that is prideful about its aggressive religious sanction of homosexual, bi-sexual and transgender relationships and same gender 'marriage.' We also note that the pansexual activist group Integrity participated and assisted with hospitality," Runnion-Bradford observed in his letter.[Double Dang! This is awesome!]

[Now he is going to take the participating Rev. to task for her participation] Rev. Nancy Taylor also received a letter from Rev. Runnion-Bradford according to a press release from the Confessing Movement pastor. In his letter he took Taylor to task for her “divisive statements and behavior” saying that they “appear to violate the Minister's Code of the United Church of Christ, which says, 'I will be a responsible representative of the Church Universal and participate in those activities that strengthen its unity, witness, and mission'."

Rev. Taylor’s appearance and words of support for the women who attempted ordination could have implications for UCC practices as well, said Rev. Runnion-Bradford. He asked Taylor, “Can we infer from your actions of this last week that you would approve of groups who have justice issues with the United Church of Christ carrying out their own ordinations of individuals they believe valid regardless of our church's standards and protocols?"

Now this is my kind of ecumenism. Our sincerest thanks to Rev. David Runnion-Bareford for this wonderful response to the divisive and ridiculous actions of the womynpriests, Rev. Taylor, and the Church of the Covenant.

I have sometimes thought that all good ecumenism is best served by not pulling punches. More of a John Wayne style ecumenism. Apparently the Rev. Runnion-Bareford agrees, as Rev. Taylor and the Church of the Covenant just got punched in the nose for acting like idiots. John Wayne and Rev. Runnion-Bareford do not suffer fools lightly.

Today on CMR - July 28, 2008

X-Files is a Hateful Anti-Catholic Movie
—The truth is not there.

Liturgical Institute Answers Liturgical Questions Online
—Have a question about the liturgy? Ask the experts.

Inflatable Church On Beach
—"Bouncy" Church setup on beach to attract sunbathers.

Whither Goes The Article, So Goes The Truth
—In the quest for truth, language is the front line.

More Incense, Less Nonsense!
—"No other religion would dare to have something so awesome."

Colbert On the Anglican Schism
—"There are many high ranking religious figures opposed to gay priests, for instance ... God!"

Sportsmanship
—For the love in the game.

CDF To TAC: Hang In There!
—Cardinal Levada responds to the Traditional Anglican Communion.

I Can't Get No...
—Unusual petition inspires my lyrical muse!

I'm Tired of this "Citizen of the World" Garbage
—As far as I'm concerned, the world can have him.

Liturgical Institute, Mundelein, Adds Required Course on the Extraordinary Form
—One year after motu proprio, seminary adds a course on the history and spirituality of the EF.

There Are None So Blind...
—On the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

X-Files is a Hateful Anti-Catholic Movie

I'll admit it. I was an X-files fan. I mean, I didn't go to any conventions or anything but I wanted Mulder to get to the truth behind his sister's disappearance. And I actually cared whether Mulder and Scully got together.

So this weekend I snuck out of the house for a few hours to see the new movie. I was excited when I sat down with my soda the size of a fire hydrant. I was smiling as the theme music came on. And then...let me see how I can put this: DO NOT GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

X-Files is the most virulently anti-Catholic movie I've seen in recent memory. Don't believe me? Ok. Here it is. (Spoiler Alert) The movie starts with the disappearance of a woman and a psychic working with the FBI to help locate her. The psychic is a pedophile priest who abused 37 altar boys. He lives with other pedophile priests who wander menacingly in and out of scenes. When the psychic gets visions he bleeds out of his eyes too for some inexplicable reasons I'm not even willing to think about other than the director must have thought bleeding eyes would look cool.

Now Scully, if you'll remember from the show, is Catholic. And we find her now working at a Catholic hospital. Crucifixes and stained glass dominate the scenery there but if I ever get sick please don't send me there. Scully's main case at the moment involves helping cure a young boy with a rare and fatal disease. She is willing to go to any lengths to save this child BUT...(cue the evil foreboding music) the head of the hospital is a penny-pinching priest more interested in saving the hospital money than saving this young boy. He not only expresses himself as against treating the young boy but goes behind her back to meet with the parents and then holds secret meetings with the hospital administration to ensure that the child dies. (Mu-hahahahah)

The nuns at the hospital don't actually help people. It seems their only job is to scowl with their arms folded as they pass Scully.

And then the only avenue for a cure for this young boy comes in the form of....you guessed it...stem cell research. Now the movie doesn't go into whether it's embryonic or adult stem cells but it doesn't matter because our evil caricature of a priest is against it just because he desperately wants the boy to die. (Mu-hahahahah again)

When Scully heroically decides to go ahead with the operation three scowling nuns appear in the operating room window to show their displeasure. We've never met them before. They're just mean old nuns against curing children. You know the type.

Now hold on, it turns out that the bad guy is...a former altar boy. Yes, one of the 37 molested altar boys who is gay now and harvesting body parts to keep his gay lover alive.

I walked out of the movie stunned. My $10 has gone to help the box office of what is certainly going to be an abysmal failure. But please don't go see this movie. This deserves to be missed. This movie deserves to be shunned.

Liturgical Institute Answers Liturgical Questions Online

The Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, announced today that as a public service it will make its faculty available to answer questions on its web site about the sacred liturgy. Simply e-mail a question to the Institute, and within a few days, selected questions with their answers will be posted on the web site. Want to know what to do with the Book of the Gospels after it has been proclaimed? Where a tabernacle is supposed to go? What has the Church said on on this or that? Simply ask!


Inflatable Church On Beach

I recognize that I have a traditionalist bent that makes me less than receptive to innovation, but this is ridiculous.

[UK Times]Sunbathers wishing to attend a Sunday service without the bother of getting dressed were offered an alternative form of religious experience yesterday: an inflatable church on the beach.

The “bouncy church” is 30 metres (100ft) long and 15 metres wide, and comes complete with an altar, an apse and a confessional. Using compressed air it takes only five minutes to inflate, according to Father Andrea Brugnoli, who organised the service on a beach at Cagliari, the Sardinian capital.
Some onlookers were were not so keen on the idea posting their displeasure on the diocesan website, although the Archbishop is said to be on board.

I know one Person who is seemingly not delighted by the inflatable Deity domicile, that would be God.
Yesterday the structure had to be deflated hastily because of a strong mistral that threatened to lift it into the sky.
Now that would have been a picture. If the bad taste balloon had been sucked up into the sky, ol' fashioned biblical wrath style, now that might have gotten some sunbather's attention. Maybe then, they would put on some clothes and go to a real church.

Whither Goes The Article, So Goes The Truth

Have you ever noticed that when you learn a new word, for a short ensuing period the word then seems omnipresent?

A sensible soul would likely conclude that the presence of the word in their experience is not new, but rather the super-ego has heretofore connived with the ego and the id to discount the word as worthless rather than acknowledge our manifest ignorance. However since penetrating the psyche, the word has been noticed anew. This is akin to the cinematic staple of the smart but pretty girl who has previously gone unnoticed until removing her glasses and letting her hair down, thus catching the eye of the popular but secretly sensitive football star.

Now imagine the reverse. Imagine a word or words that have been part of your life since you first progressed beyond baba and mama, suddenly on the missing mots list. This is the situation in which we currently find ourselves. I have noticed that my dear friends, who I have used many times already in this post, have gone from once being very popular to being lacuna non grata at the best parties of the intelligentsia, secular and non-secular alike. These are, of course, the articles (the fraternal twins - definite and indefinite).

In my youth articles were as pervasive as baseball, apple pie, and Bonanza reruns. I have recently come to cognizance that these days the article has fallen into serious disfavor, particularly among the progressive elite. On second thought, perhaps disfavor is not the right word. The English language has always been a living, breathing, and mutating entity. Words and phrases have always been on the rise or fall within the lexicon. Groovy, once as pervasive as bell-bottoms and sideburns, has now fortunately gone the way of the dodo only to be replaced with words like, well ... like.

But the phenomenon we are witness to now differs greatly from the natural evolution of colloquial catch-phrases. No, what we are witnessing today is systematic and ideological demotion of the definite. "The" is routinely relegated to "a" and "a" is often abolished altogether. But why, why would such seemingly innocuous words, there only to bring us the proper amount of semantic certainty, be treated in such a shabby manner?

The answer is as obvious as it is inescapable. When the enemy is a message, a message of truth, clarity, and concision — shoot the messenger.

The demotion of the definite has as its sole purpose to sow ambiguity where there once was clarity. When "the" is demoted to "a", what once was specific and unique becomes just general, one of many possible answers. The indefinite article often suffers worse than demotion, victim to a callous disregard; it finds itself annulled through indifference. Its inclusion in a sentence, so unnecessary, would serve merely to clutter.

As stated, this lexical chicanery has a purpose. This semantic slight of hand is easy to miss, but can drastically change the meaning of language. This was highlighted for me as I was perusing a post on a Lutheran blog which, through polite polemics, was making the case that the Lutheran confessions must continue to assert that the Papacy is Antichrist. I am not going to take issue with the argument per se as St. Robert Bellarmine has already done a much better job than I could ever do. My issue is with the use of language.

Look at that phrase again, "the Papacy is Antichrist." Did you see what happened there? Antichrist is capitalized and is thus implied as a proper name, but the article has been dropped altogether. Why is that? Is the Papacy the Antichrist? Well, that doesn't make a linguistic sense since the Antichrist is an individual and not an office. The definite article would definitely imply that the Pope is the Antichrist. The author obviously did not want to go there—it is too difficult to substantiate (especially since the Pope is nearly alone in his defense of Christ these days).

The next logical choice for an article would have been to say that the Papacy is an antichrist. But that just doesn't pack the right punch. The lack of the proper name of Antichrist just doesn't give the right zing. That is just like saying "the Pope really doesn't represent Christ on earth." Yawn. The author clearly wants to pack the polemical punch of calling the papacy the Antichrist but knows that he can't really back it up. So, rather than make a clear case one way or the other, he muddies the water by dropping the article completely. That way the reader can read into it whatever he wants.

The author, however is not done with his semantic subterfuge. Making his case for the continuation of the Antichrist teaching, he writes this:

It is therefore important for Lutherans to understand precisely what this teaching is all about and to take care when explaining their beliefs to other Christians, particularly Roman Catholics. Simply put, the historic teaching of the Lutheran Church, as stated here, is that the office held by the particular men chosen to be pope is the fulfillment of what Paul warns the church about in his second letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thess. 2:3): a man will seat himself in the church of God, as supreme ruler, and claim that his teachings are God’s teaching, making himself thus, effectively, equal to God.
Let's look at this a little more closely. To make his case, he quoted the Bible 2 Thess. 2:3. Or did he? He said that a man will seat himself in the church of God. Let's look at the major translations of the Bible available today, shall we?
New International Version - "the man of lawlessness...he sets himself up in God's temple"
New American Standard Bible - "
the man of lawlessness ... takes his seat in the temple of God"
English Standard Version - "
the man of lawlessness ... takes his seat in the temple of God"
And so on. In fact, one of the only versions to have something akin to what the author writes is the King James Version, "that man of sin be revealed ...he as God sitteth in the temple of God." Note that the King James Version was translated by another sect that sought to make the case that the Papacy is Antichrist. The author not only demoted the "the" to an "a" to serve his purpose (to confuse), he also changed "temple of God" to "the Church of God". All this to substantiate a lie, to undo truth. The fact that the King James Version dropped the article as well merely shows that this type of ploy has a long pedigree.

Anti-papacy Protestants playing with words is one thing, but there are greater concerns out there and within the Catholic church too. The purveyors of this type of linguistic misbehavior have other, even more deadly arrows in their quiver. Not only do they modify or excise the articles to change meaning, they are quite adept at adding words that effectively remove meaning altogether.

I refer, of course, to the deadly possessive pronoun; wherein "truth" becomes "my truth" or "your truth". God, the immutable Creator, becomes "my god" or "your god"— something small made in our own image and likeness. Of course, when "truth" becomes my or your truth, it ceases to be truth at all. It is no longer something revealed, but something created, crafted, and made pleasing to our fallen nature. With the addition of that little possessive pronoun, truth and God also become our personal property, and thus are easily discarded and replaced when they no longer serve their original purpose.

Undermining language, our ability to effectively communicate with each other, is the most efficacious way to sow confusion and has always been so. The devil and his minions learned this little trick from the Almighty himself. In Genesis, Chapter 11:
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
So now the devil, and the heretics and the dissenters in his employ, use language not to build but to destroy. When Jesus redeemed us and gave us the one Church and one language, those opposed to truth looked upon it with fear and said in Godly mimicry "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."

And thus they abuse language to sow confusion, to sell a counterfeit truth, or undermine the notion of truth altogether. They do this through many nefarious means disguised as scholarship, critical analysis, inclusive language, and watered-down translations.

One of my favorite eighteenth century Apocalyptic exegetes, the Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, once spoke of a future generation that bears an eerie similarity to ours ...
"They will ridicule Christian simplicity; they will call it folly and nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced knowledge, and for the skill by which the axioms of the law, the precepts of morality, the Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments. As a result, no principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modification and delimitation by man."
We must always be on guard and vigilant in defense of language. For if we lose the battle for lucid language, we—like those ancient inhabitants of Babel—will be scattered to the winds and stop building the city which is God's Church. That seems like a lot to lose over a few little words.
The end.

Weekend on CMR - July 26-27, 2008

More Incense, Less Nonsense!
—"No other religion would dare to have something so awesome."

Colbert On the Anglican Schism
—"There are many high ranking religious figures opposed to gay priests, for instance ... God!"

Sportsmanship
—For the love in the game.

CDF To TAC: Hang In There!
—Cardinal Levada responds to the Traditional Anglican Communion.

I Can't Get No...
—Unusual petition inspires my lyrical muse!

I'm Tired of this "Citizen of the World" Garbage
—As far as I'm concerned, the world can have him.

Stuff You Should Read
And other stuff.

Liturgical Institute, Mundelein, Adds Required Course on the Extraordinary Form
—One year after motu proprio, seminary adds a course on the history and spirituality of the EF.

There Are None So Blind...
—On the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

On Christian Unity
—The Traditional Anglican Communion on how to restore unity.

Forgive Him Father, He Knows Not What He Does
—PZ Myers carries through on his threat of desecration.

Hillary To Run Against Bush
—Her winning strategy is forcing Christians to kill babies.

More Incense, Less Nonsense!

Well you can't get more incense than the Botafumeiro.

July 25th is the feast day of St. James The Greater. At Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain, they celebrate the feast in style. There is so much incense there that there must be no nonsense with at 20 mile radius during the mass. What is it that contains so much incense? This magnificent thing:

The Botafumeiro (literally the smoke boat) is a nearly six foot high thurible that is swung by a pulley system that would be a personal injury lawyers favorite dream were it here in the litigious states of America. Truly magnificent.

Taylor Marshall, from Canterbury Tales, writes about his visceral reaction to the Botafumeiro.

As I said last year, one of the best things about being Catholic is being in communion not only with the Holy Father, but also with the Botafumeiro itself. Catholic brothers and sisters, if you ever become discouraged, just know that there is a incense thurible over six feet tall swinging around in a Saint James Compestella in Spain. No other religion would dare to have something so awesome.
Awesome, that.

Anyway, check out the Botafumeiro in action. Too cool.

Colbert On the Anglican Schism

"There are many high ranking religious figures opposed to gay priests, for instance.....God!"

Sportsmanship

This is why children should learn to play sports and become good sports men and women.

If your children turn out like this, you know you have succeeded.

CDF To TAC: Hang In There!

Cardinal Levada has asked the Traditional Anglican Communion to hang in there while they sort the whole Anglican meltdown out.



For his part Archbishop John Hepworth, the Primate of the TAC, seems to have taken it as the encouragement as it was likely meant. They will likely have to show even more patience as the historic moment unfolds, slowly.

[Messenger] “My Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
It is my great pleasure to be able to attach a copy of a letter I received this morning (25 July 2008) from Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, via the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia. It is a letter of warmth and encouragement. I have responded, expressing my gratitude on behalf of "my brother bishops", reaffirming our determination to achieve the unity for which Jesus prayed with such intensity at the Last Supper, no matter what the personal cost this might mean in our discipleship.

This letter should encourage our entire Communion, and those friends who have been assisting us. It should also spur us to renewed prayer for the Holy Father, for Cardinal Levada and his staff at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and for all our clergy and people as we move to ever closer communion in Christ with the Holy See.

I am particularly thankful to the Cardinal Prefect for his generous mention of "corporate reunion", a pathway seldom travelled in the past, but essential for bringing about the plea of our Master to His Father "May they be completely one"’.
The Traditional Anglican Communion
Archbishop John Hepworth
Primate

Stuff You Should Read and Other Stuff

--For the week of July 20-27, 2008. Some stuff we came across in our travels...
As we travel around the world wide interweb thingy, we come across many interesting things, some of which we choose to write about. Many others have heretofore gone unmentioned. This is our remedy for this situation.

Since we found the following items interesting, we thought you might too. We plan to make this a regular feature of this site creating a new "Stuff" post on a weekly basis. Throughout the week we will update it as we come across additional interesting items. Stay tuned.



Why The Bridegrooom Instead of the Bride?

From the Pilot, Dale O'Leary writes:

The question that should be asked is: Why do some women want to be the bridegroom when they are called to be the bride?

Some women view any social recognition of sex difference as unjust discrimination. They have been influenced by postmodernist/social deconstructionist professors who argue, in spite of the undeniable scientific evidence to the contrary, that the differences between men and women are not natural, but artificial social constructions that can and should be eliminated. While narrow or demeaning stereotypes, which limit women’s participation in society, should be eliminated, the
natural differences between men and women are part of the goodness of creation and cannot be wished away. Church teaching is rooted in reality. She defends the rights and equality of women, but also appropriate recognition of differences between men and women.


Read the rest >>>>
-- Patrick on Sat Jul 26 11:11:29 2008

To All You Hollywood Types

Barbara Nicolosi wants you to know that Act One needs an executive director.

This position description has been created for the position of
Executive Director, Act One, Inc. It serves as a framework for defining
the duties and responsibilities, lines of authority, criteria,
characteristics and related information about the position. There are
many other aspects of the duties and responsibilities of a position,
which are developed during the course of the employment relationship.
Those post-hiring adjustments should be documented between the Board of
Directors of Act One and the Executive Director (with appropriate
approvals according to current policies) by revising this from time to
time.
-- on Fri Jul 25 12:12:05 2008

Will The Real Red Cardigan Step Forward?

CMR fave Red Cardigan revealed her secret identity. Channeling Tom Hanks in the the cinema classic "Joe versus the Volcano" I can only say, "I knew it! I didn't know it....but I knew it!"

By "elsewhere on the Internet" I pretty much mean one place: Rod Dreher's Crunchy Con
blog. Where I not only post under my real name, but have become such a
regular participant that on two separate occasions (so far!) Rod has
let me guest-blog for him while he and his lovely family have taken
some much-needed vacation time.

Which means, of course, that I am ...

Click here to find out! >>>>
-- Patrick on Wed Jul 23 23:28:33 2008

South Dakota 1 - Planned Parenthood 0

Thanks to Sheila Liaugminas for this story...

Monday was the first day that Planned Parenthood, which operates the
only abortion business in South Dakota, had to comply with a new state
law telling women the truth about abortion. Rather than tell women
abortion kills children and has numerous risks, Planned Parenthood
closed its doors.

Bye Bye...
-- Patrick on Tue Jul 22 23:21:31 2008

Sure, but what does Israel think?

This little gem from the Obamessiah courtesy of the WaPo...

OBAMA: Well, let me -- let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong
friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain government -- administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

Well sure. But what does Israel Think?
-- Patrick on Tue Jul 22 20:23:37 2008

What Is In A Name?

Is it true? Red Cardigan might reveal her real name?

But what I am considering is ending the anonymity of this blog, putting my real name out here, and eventually, hopefully, being able to share with you any news I might have about other writing projects, ventures, and adventures.
Read the rest >>>>

I wonder if it is something awful, like Willimena? Or maybe Ethel? Maybe Uma or Oprah? Or maybe....

-- Patrick on Tue Jul 22 01:29:48 2008

The Cowardly Lion Thinks He's King of the Jungle

Thanks to Dale Price for linking to this little piece of silliness. Imploding Episcopalian thinks that they have the fullness of the faith. Gosh I hope not...

Anglicans need to ignore concerns of the RCs who have had every possible opportunity for reconciliation with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Throughout all of the ecumenical conversations the bottom line is always to recognize the Pope’s authority and make some kind of submission to his office. It will never happen and it was never true of the early church. The desire for power over service is too strong to really effectively reconcile itself with others. Anglicans have the fullness of the faith and should move on in the faith of the renewing Holy Spirit. Women in all aspects of the ordained ministries harnesses at least 50% of Christian resources.

Riiiggghhhttt.
-- Patrick on Mon Jul 21 14:02:00 2008

A Cry For Help

Brian Kopp writes of the travails of those interested in the Gregorian Rite in the diocese of Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He pleads with the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei for help.

Recently, a courageous priest came forward and submitted himself to the "little tittle rules" set up by the local ordinary here, only to be told he had passed the rubrics/Mass part of the exam, but failed an intensive (punitive?) Latin exam.

The local ordinary gloated at a recent presbyteral council meeting that the TLM is not being celebrated in this diocese -- since no one has passed the exams.

Read the rest >>>>

-- Patrick on Mon Jul 21 10:10:52 2008

Besides the Apology, What Else Happened?

Father Ray Blake noticed a few things the BBC missed.

The last Mass of World Youth Day has been celebrated, the Pope has said some pretty exciting and challenging things. Priests have been overwhelmed by the number of Confession, you get the hint that some of Catechesis given by the Bishops has been pretty outstanding.

I don't know what has appeared on the television but here the the reporting on BBC Radio 4 has been appalling, one or two phrases of the Pope have been reported, but practically all the emphasis has been placed on the Pope's expression of shame for sexual abuse by clergy, when that has not been reported, there has been a great deal of emphasis on protesters against the Papal visit.

Read the rest >>>>

-- Patrick on Mon Jul 21 00:02:37 2008

Man Healed by Becoming Catholic

Father Dwight Longenecker tells a the story of a remarkable healing on the the day of reception into the church.

Went out for dinner with some friends last evening and was told the story of how (we'll call him Brian) who was an Anglican priest, fell and hurt his head. He was seriously disabled, with inability to do his job, lack of balance, inability to read, amnesia and various other symptoms. His young wife had reconciled herself to the fact that she would probably have to look after the man for the rest of her life.

Read the rest >>>>
-- Patrick on Sun Jul 20 23:54:51 2008


Today on CMR - July 25, 2008

I Can't Get No...
—Unusual petition inspires my lyrical muse!

I'm Tired of this "Citizen of the World" Garbage
—As far as I'm concerned, the world can have him.

There Are None So Blind...
—On the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

Liturgical Institute, Mundelein, Adds Required Course on the Extraordinary Form
—One year after motu proprio, seminary adds a required course on the history and spirituality of the EF.

On Christian Unity
—The Traditional Anglican Communion on how to restore unity.

Forgive Him Father, He Knows Not What He Does
—PZ Myers carries through on his threat of desecration.

Stuff You Should Read
And other stuff.

Hillary To Run Against Bush
—Her winning strategy is forcing Christians to kill babies.

Seen Souls in Purgatory Lately? The Marytown Mosaics
—Under a little stone arch in flames, you will find souls burning for full union with God.

"Fall off the Cliff" Catholic
—The art of un-cringing and letting go.

Cardinal To Anglicans: Beware Spiritual Alzheimers
—Anti-God monsters, spiritual warfare, Satan and other necessary conversations.

The Vote Obama Can't Defend
—Pro-life whistleblower under attack by nervous Obama defender.

I Can't Get No...

Did you hear the news about the petition in England regarding the Traditional Latin Mass? Well, a number of notables and quotables from across the political spectrum - "humbly requests" that the bishops make traditional Masses widely available to the faithful, in accordance with Pope Benedict's wishes as stipulated in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. This Bishops in the UK thus far have acted as if the motu proprio never happened, leaving traditionalists of various stripes in frustration and dissatisfaction.

Among the signatories of this petition are concert pianist Lord Alton of Liverpool, ,Dom Antony Sutch Stephen Hough and Robin Baird-Smith, publisher of Continuum Books, and Bianca Jagger.

Bianca Jagger? No way!?! There must be a song parody in there somewhere...

I can’t get no, satisfactionem
I can’t get no, satisfactionem
And so I trad, and I trad and I trad and I trad
I can't get no, i can't get no

When I’m sittin’ in my pew
And that man does his floor show
He's tellin' me more and more
About some active participation
Leaving me in more frustration
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what i say

I can’t get no, satisfactionem
I can’t get no, satisfactionem
And so I trad, and I trad and I trad and I trad
I can't get no, i can't get no

When i'm watchin' my tv
And that man comes on to tell me
How outta touch my Pope can be
Because he doesn’t alter his message
But preaches with consistency
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what i say

I can’t get no, satisfactionem
I can’t get no, satisfactionem
And so I trad, and I trad and I trad and I trad
I can't get no, i can't get no

When I’m prayin’ on my knees
But the man tells me to stand
And I sing Gregorian chant
But the man tells me I can’t
Gotta sing like Steve Van Zandt
I can't get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that's what i say

I can’t get no, satisfactionem
I can’t get no, satisfactionem
And so I trad, and I trad and I trad and I trad
I can't get no, i can't get no

When the Pope say you gotta give it
But the Bishops they don't give a whit
So we are signin' our petition
To try and alter our condition
And save sacred Tradition

I can't get no, i can't get no
I can't get no satisfactionem
No satisfactionem, no satisfactionem, no satisfactionem



I'm Tired of this "Citizen of the World" Garbage

"I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen - a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world." Barack Obama 7-24-08.

Is anyone else completely sick and tired of this "citizen of the world" garbage. Look, I'm in the world but I'm certainly not a citizen of the world. If I was I wouldn't know who to root for in the Olympics next month.

Hey, at least he's a citizen of this world. We're still trying to figure out where Dennis Kucinich came from.

But I wonder if by declaring himself a citizen of the world is Obama therefore renouncing his American citizenship making him ineligible for the Presidency. I'm being half-serious here in that I wonder if he feels that an Obama Presidency (shudder) might be responsible more to the entire world than to America. Because when someone declares themselves a citizen of the world what they're really saying is that they want to be liked by hoity-toity Europeans.

The job of the President is to protect and advance the best interests of the United Sates. Not be loved by beret wearing snobs who scoff at America's bitter taste for guns and religion. And guess what Europeans don't get to vote in our election. Only Americans.

But Obama seems to fit in well over there. Look, Europe has been marching under the banner of secularism for decades now, decimating religion wherever they discover it. America has not been far behind her European friends but there's still a chance for this country to shun the European model of an anti-life, anti-religion, anti-freedom culture. The choice is clear.

Obama seemed to be making choices even yesterday. When faced with the proposition of visiting American troops (including the wounded) he cancelled at the last minute. I guess he'd rather pander to the Germanic masses in messianic verbiage than visit American troops.

Der Spiegel’s reported on Obama’s priorities:

++ Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++

1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.
And then to top it off Obama delivered an offhand comment to the press yesterday, according to Jake Tapper of ABC News:
Obama noted that in a break from his whirlwind schedule, “we’ve got some down time tonight. What are you guys gonna do in Berlin? Huh? Huh? You guys got any big plans? …I’ve never been to Berlin, so…I would love to tour around a little bit.”
So Obama decided to "tour around a little" and speak to Germans rather than visit American troops.

Citizen of the world, indeed. Well as far as I'm concerned the world can have him.