Are babies stealing? According to news reports the Anglican Church thinks so. I'm not sure I understand how babies are stealing. I mean, they can't even drive the getaway car.
But the General Synod of the Anglican Church, according to news reports, issued a warning that current rates of population growth are "unsustainable and potentially out of step with church doctrine - including the eighth commandment "thou shall not steal.'"
So having babies is like stealing? Huh? So where does that put God who kinda' told us to "Go forth and multiply."
SMH reported that "The Anglican Church wants Australians to have fewer children and has urged the federal government to scrap the baby bonus and cut immigration levels."
If this is true the Anglican Church has gone mad. Do they not realize that Western civilization is more likely to disappear rather than overpopulate the world?
The Anglican Public Affairs Commission has also warned concerned Christians that remaining silent "is little different from supporting further overpopulation and ecological degradation".
So Anglicans should be yelling at people (like me) to stop having babies because it's a sin?
Well thank goodness I'm not an Anglican or my wife and I, along with our five children, would be in confession. A lot.
Exit question: If the Anglican priests are so worried about people marrying and having children why do they allow their priests to marry and have kids?
Are babies stealing? According to news reports the Anglican Church thinks so. I'm not sure I understand how babies are stealing. I mean, they can't even drive the getaway car.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she has "told" Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops to speak from the pulpit in favor of immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform “is a manifestation of our living the gospels,” according to CNS News.
Firstly, I'm waiting for the hundreds of media stories about the separation of church and state that we saw when the bishops publicly opposed the healthcare bill. I suspect you won't see the media getting irate in the same way.
CNS quotes Pelosi putting her hypocrisy on parade:
“I would hope that there’s one thing that we can do working together as we go forward that speaks to what the Bible tells us about the dignity and worth of every person -- and that is on the subject of immigration,” Pelosi said in her remarks. “Because I think the Church is going to have to play a very major role in how we, in how people are treated.”Holy hypocrisy!
Why doesn't she just get her 59 religious sisters involved since she seems to think they're the true and authoritative voice of the Church?
Don't even tell me you are surprised.
Unbelievable… Seniors Not Allowed to Pray Before Meals at Nursing Home
Senior citizens are no longer allowed to pray before meals at the Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah, Georgia. Local officials say the meals are now provided with federal money and therefore the seniors are not allowed to pray before meals.Yes, yes. Of course. This is not what the Constitution says. Yes, yes, of course the phrase "separation of Church and State" so not even appear in the Constitution. This is not the question. The question is why you still believe the Constitution matters?
Preston Blackwelder proudly showed off a painting of his grandmother that had hung next to the front door of his Port Wentworth home.
She was the woman who led him to God, Blackwelder said Friday.
And with that firm religious footing, Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.
“She would say pray anyway,” Blackwelder said of his grandmother. “She’d say don’t listen.”
But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.
On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.
This is about state imposed secularism. Constitution be damned.
Freedom of religion ends at the front door of your home or Church. And even that may not last long.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/10/2010 11:34:00 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, positioning the court to have three female justices for the first time, NBC News reported late Sunday.Obama's legacy will be death. Kagan's judicial record is thin so her nomination will likely sail through the Senate. But what is clear from her record is her support of abortion.
Kagan served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.
At 50 years old, Kagan would be the youngest justice on the court, one of many factors working in her favor. She has the chance to extend Obama's legacy for a generation.
Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List said at Lifenews "In the past Kagan has been a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda. She has vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions, despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortion providers."
Get this, even Doug Kmiec, doesn't like her that much.
Obama toady ambassador to Malta Douglas Kmiec told the Daily Caller that Kagan is "not my first choice" but called her fair-minded when it comes to conservative legal advocates." Of course, Dougy does what Dougy is told to do.
Anyway, Kagan has cleared the Senate before and it is improbable that the Senate can muster enough to object now. Repeat after me, "The Senate does NOT care about abortion. The Senate does NOT care about abortion..."
Elections have consequences.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/10/2010 08:00:00 AM
Obama is set to nominate someone to the Supreme Court. There's word on who it could be and what attributes they have but none of it matters.
The media talks of the differences between the alleged nominees but they are all simply cosmetic. Some are saying he might nominate a woman or another minority. But none of it matters because in any way that truly matters we all know exactly who Obama is going to nominate.
I'll leave it to liberals to be obsessed with skin color and gender. I couldn't care less.
Solicitor General Elena Kagan is reported to be the frontrunner but I honestly don't care. Just tell me how old she is so I know approximately how long we're going to have to put up with her. (She's 50 so we'll probably be suffering under her for decades to come.)
Seriously, is there any doubt that Obama will nominate a wacko leftist who will view the court as a throne from which to promulgate their pro-choice and likely anti-Christian ideology? No.
I'm trying to decide which area of Obama's presidency will have the most calamitous long term effects? His disastrous foreign policy, his socialistic health care bill and crazy deficits, or the liberal judges he nominates to the court? They all seem so equally catastrophic to me tonight that I'm having a hard time gauging. Your thoughts?
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, declaring the first national Mother's Day. Nearly one hundred years later a brave group of anti-mother activists are standing up against this discriminatory and likely unconstitutional day.
The group expects to file a lawsuit in federal court to prevent national recognition of mothers. Activists opposed to Mother's Day wished to make it clear that they are not anti-mother only anti-Mother's Day but when asked to explain the difference became unclear.
When asked why the country should no longer recognize Mother's Day one man said he never knew his mother and has no knowledge of her and he questioned why the federal government is effectively forcing him to honor his mother who he's not even sure exists.
In fact, the group argues that there are many reasons not to force Americans to honor mothers including doing it for the children. The activists argue that children in schools that have activities or spend time making gifts in art class for mothers are left feeling awkward if they don't have a mother. They also pointed to a small but growing number of Americans who aren't particularly fond of their mothers.
The group also said that this "day-long nationally enforced mother worship" has no precedence in our country's founding documents. "Nowhere are mothers even mentioned in our Founding documents" said one activist. "Why do we all have to pretend to love our mother by order of the federal government?"
Anti-Mother's Day activists are saying that if someone wants to praise and honor their mother they should do so privately and not force it down other people's throats.
Some are arguing that Mother's Day is an unconstitutional endorsement for one group of people (namely mothers) over other groups of people which is a violation of the equal protection clause. "Government has no business honoring some people and ignoring others," said one twenty something man who was recently told by his mother that he had to get out of the house and find a job.
"What about all the women who decide not to be mothers," said one activist. "Shouldn't they be praised as well. When do they get their day?" The group argued that forcing people to honor mothers is also a way of shaming those women who are not mothers. It's like the government is forcing women to be mothers if they want to be honored."
This is the second nationally recognized day to come under attack. Recently the National Day of Prayer was attacked for many of the same reasons.
No pro-Mother's day activists could be reached to comment in the story.
Truly this is one of the most honest and touching moments you will ever see from a pro-life and Catholic politician ever.
Boehner, while accepting the Hyde pro-life award, chokes up when he reveals that he is one of twelve children and he is so happy that they are all here.
Politicians can say a lot of words. For me, this speaks volumes.
It is short so please watch it through to the end.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/06/2010 11:22:00 PM
You've got to give it to Sarah Palin. When she speaks she doesn't sound like any other politician in this country. All the others sound so... politician-ish when they speak. Too canned. Sometimes preparation can work against them. The fact that Sarah doesn't have those canned prepared answer is why so many people love her and why many feel she's unelectable.
Here, she drops a very uncanned "yay" on O'Reilly for our tolerance for other religions.
And then she asks in very un-politician-ish speech "What in hell scares people about talking about Americas foundation of faith?"
I'm always intrigued by her and I'll admit that I agree with her an awful lot. I'm interested in your thoughts.
A group of homosexual gay marriage advocates are arguing that state law should trump federal law. Wow! I didn't see this coming. Wait. I thought anybody who said they wanted to return power to the states was really just speaking top secret racist segregationist redneck code.
But seven gay couples and three widowers who married in Massachusetts are now saying that because the state has recognized their marriages the federal government should pony up with the federal benefits.
Of course, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) stands in the way of that so the couples filed a lawsuit calling DOMA discriminatory hoping to have the federal law removed .
The AP reports:
The couples include a Social Security Administration retiree who was denied health insurance for his spouse; three widowers who were denied death benefits for funeral expenses; and couples who have paid more in taxes because they are not allowed to file joint returns.The Justice Department lawyer tasked with fighting this in court has made it clear that the Obama administration actually sides with the gay couples but that the Justice Department is required to defend federal law.
Mary Bonauto, an attorney with Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, said the 1996 law, known as DOMA, got the federal government involved in regulating marriage, something it had left to the states for more than 200 years. She said the law denies gay couples access to more than 1,000 federal programs and legal protections in which marriage is a factor...
The lawsuit challenges only the portion of the law that prevents the federal government from affording Social Security and other benefits to same-sex couples.
But the couples obviously believe that state law should trump federal law at least in this case. An interesting and at least a little ironic position for liberals, isn't it? But us conservative types are a welcoming sort. We'll make room for all those gay racist segregationist rednecks at the next Tea Party.
Comedy Central which messed its own shorts when some Muslim kid in his mom's basement sent a threatening email about South Park is now announcing a new sitcom about Jesus Christ. How brave.
Weasel Zippers reports:
As part of the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers, the network is set to announce “JC,” a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his “powerful but apathetic father” and live a regular life in New York City.What a bunch of self righteous hypocrites. Whoa look how edgy they are to make fun of Jesus when pretty much everyone they know is doing the same exact thing? Wow! So brave.
In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, “the ultimate fish out of water,” tries to adjust to life in the big city.
“In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming Kent Alterman.
I'm sure the show will be irreverent and stupid and I really don't care about it one way or another. I just can't take these imbeciles talking about the role of comedy being to make people uncomfortable because the first time they were confronted over Islam and made uncomfortable they folded like a cheap tent.
So the role of comedy is to make people uncomfortable but the role of comedians is to be very very comfortable?
Normally, I'd just put this one up on The Reader but this one is just too crazy.
This is where we're at now huh? Can't say I'm surprised.
Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs.
If you’re wondering how being patriotic could possibly merit punishment, it’s because the kids displayed the American flags on May 5. And as everyone knows, American flags are absolutely verboten on May 5.
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Get ready for conspiracy season, opening day is almost here.
Prepare thyself for an onslaught of information, speculation, and defamation over the next few weeks as the Pope prepares to visit Fatima this month.
Speculation about the contents of the famous third secret of Fatima had become such a cottage industry among among some Catholics that they were determined not to let a little thing like the secret being revealed in the year 2000 get in their way. If you have a successful business model, you stick with it I suppose.
It is fair to say that the Pope's visit to Fatima will, of course, make the famous secret once again a hot topic as it is intensely interesting. However, Antonio Socci's book "The Fourth Secret" being recently translated into English will only add fuel to the fire.
Socci alleges that there were two third secrets of Fatima. One...
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Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/06/2010 10:23:00 AM
Seriously, we are doing something wrong.
Matt and I are like the Rodney Dangerfield's of Catholic blogging. Nobody is offering us honorary degrees. This all just goes to prove my theory that the value of 'stupid' is misundervalued in our society. Or something.
But Rocco, Rocco gets his props.
Rocco Palmo's life has been infused with four major blessings — his large Italian family, journalism, baseball and the Roman Catholic church.Congrats to Rocco. But seriously, what Rocco got that we don't got? Besides all the sources and connections and friends. Besides all that stuff, what huh?
All four will coalesce Friday as the 27-year-old blogger, who lives in and works from his parents' home in Philadelphia, receives an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. His parents will be there as Palmo gives the commencement address to the seminary's 77 graduates. He'll also watch his beloved Phillies take on the Cardinals this week.
"Rocco has shown that someone with his background — a Christian commitment, but also his abilities and background in journalism — can use the blogosphere in a very powerful way in terms of communicating the message of the church," said the Rev. Richard Peddicord, president of the Aquinas Institute.
Aquinas has never awarded an honorary degree to a journalist, and the only other journalist who has given Aquinas' commencement address was Peter Steinfels of The New York Times in 1993.
In awarding Palmo an honorary doctorate, the 84-year-old Dominican seminary is making a statement about the changing relationship between journalism and the Catholic church. The award for Palmo's work on his blog Whispers in the Loggia is also an expression of how American Catholic leaders hope to encourage a younger generation to engage their faith through news.
But we got something that Rocco doesn't have and when I think of it I will be sure to let you know.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/06/2010 12:04:00 AM
The Guttmacher Institute released a study this week concerning the characteristics of women seeking abortion which has highlighted once again the importance of marriage.
The study shows how disastrous the sexual revolution and it's consequential disintegration of marriage has been.
Married women were underrepresented among those who had abortions; their likelihood of having an abortion was one-third that of all women. Both never-married and previously married women were overrepresented among abortion patients and had relative abortion rates slightly above the national average. Cohabiting women were substantially overrepresented among women who had abortions; their relative abortion rate was more than three times that of all women.Who'd a thunk it? Women who have sex with men who aren't committed to them for life might feel a little skittish about having their boyfriend's children.
Guttmacher points out that "the overwhelming majority of women having abortions (85%) were unmarried."
Abortion is a sympton of a lack of love. The only thing that can truly stop abortion is love. Real committed love. Always has been. Always will be.
When marriage is weakened through easy divorce or the legalization of same-sex marriage, studies have shown that illegitimacy and abortion increase. So maybe one of the most pro-life actions one can take is defending marriage.
Funny video but I'd advise against buying something like this unless you think "geek" sells, which it doesn't because let's face it Ducky didn't get the girl in the end.
This kind of thing is only a good idea if you never ever want to have a girlfriend.
During times of economic crisis, one of the first things that people give up is eating out. Restaurants are expensive and eating at home is less expensive. Well, at least it used to be.
Check these year over year inflation numbers for every day food stuffs:
Some of the startling food price increases on a year-over-year basis includeThis is just the beginning folks. Inflation has real consequences, dire consequences. More and more people in this great country will go hungry, even starve, as a direct result of inflation.
On October 30th, 2009, NIA predicted that inflation would appear next in food and agriculture, but we never anticipated that it would spiral so far out of control this quickly.
- fresh and dry vegetables up 56.1%
- fresh fruits and melons up 28.8%
- eggs for fresh use up 33.6%
- pork up 19.1%
- beef and veal up 10.7%
- dairy products up 9.7%
This is the inevitable consequence of out of control spending and faulty monetary policy. The Fed is monetizing the debt and is also keeping interest rates low for fear of a massive double dip recession in advance of the election. As a result, many economists expect inflation to get much worse.
Just this past weekend famed investor and friend o' Democrats Warren Buffet said this about inflation.
Look at those numbers above again and imagine what will happen to those already struggling to feed their families.
"The prospects for significant inflation have increased, not only here but around the world," Buffett told roughly 40,000 shareholders at the meeting. "Weaning ourselves from the medicine" may be more difficult than enacting the stimuli in the first place, he said.
Buffett said the days of very low interest rates in the United States cannot continue indefinitely.
"It won't work forever to run huge budget deficits and easy money," Buffett warned. He said if this causes problems, Congress rather than the Federal Reserve should get the blame.
Elections have consequences. This is one.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/05/2010 09:37:00 AM
I know I'm probably gonna' get it from some of you for this one. Last week I mocked Patrick endlessly for being a liberal woosy for questioning the Arizona bill and many of you ripped into him pretty good as well. I called him Michael Moore for days.
Now I fear that Patrick may get his comeuppance on me.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman is pursuing legislation that would strip the “citizenship rights” of Americans who commit acts of terrorism. McCain, who by the way is in a bit of a primary race, said that the would be Times Square terrorist shouldn't be mirandized.
Look, I'm all for prosecuting terrorists to the fullest extent of the law but I'm a little nervous about efforts to strip this terrorist of his rights as a citizen, not so much because I'm worried about him but I'm worried about...me.
Once the federal government creates or discovers a loophole to strip citizenship rights, be assured that the loophole is going to continue widening and widening and it may just end up around our necks.
Couldn't you foresee a scenario where pro-lifers or Christians acting according to the dictates of their conscience are stripped of their citizenship under a similar clause? Heck, the federal government wants to force doctors and pharmacists to do all sorts of things against their will already.
This administration and their friends in the media have taken to calling all political enemies "UnAmerican" already. It's not that far of a leap to believe that classification will become legitimized in the future by the government intent on accruing power.
Don't say it couldn't happen. Liberals are all about expanding programs and laws much further than their original intent. Remember the pro-aborts attempted to use RICO racketeering laws to criminalize pro-lifers.
Look, the way government is growing by leaps and bounds I foresee a time when Christian conservative protest will be criminalized. I don't want to hand the government any more levers to be used against me than they already have.
The rights of citizens of the United States cannot be removed because it is the popular thing to do. You can't say that the government is only going to do this just this one time. Once precedent is set, it will be done again.
If the rights of citizens can be taken away they cease to be rights in any true sense. They would simply become privileges which could be granted and removed by the whim of those in power.
Charlie Crist is a typical self-serving politician whose career may or may not be nearing its end. But that doesn't mean he won't do great damage before the issue is decided.
Florida legislators passed an ultrasound law similar to Oklahoma's last week. Now, it's up to Charlie Crist (Independent)to sign it or veto it. And there's really no telling what Charlie will do. The only guarantee is that Charlie will do what Charlie thinks is good for Charlie. It sickens me to know that the debate in Charlie Crist's office is all about polls and triangulating rather than on the issue of life.
The ACLU is urging Crist to veto while the pro-life community urges him to sign it.
NBC in Miami reports:
Democrats immediately looked for a veto from Crist, who had just returned to the Capitol after surrendering his role as the titular head of the Republican Party.Ya' gotta' love that. "He has some concern with the bill." Yeah, Crist is concerned that he might not get reelected if he signs it. I have no reason to believe that Crist will make the right decision for the right reason but I'm still hoping and praying he makes the right decision for the wrong reasons.
"He has some concern with the bill," Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said. "(He) wants to review it when it reaches his desk."
The Sun reports:
BEE-LIEVE it or not, these fearless sisters are each covered in a thick layer of BEES.I wonder if they make prom dresses.
The women, from a family of professional beekeepers in Jingmen, China, have no problem being completely covered in the honey-making insects.
They all work at the family apiary where their father, Liu Xinchun, taught them to "wear" what he calls "bee clothing".
This is pretty awesome. The Make-a-Wish folks really do some great work. In this one, there's superhero costumes, a police escort, a trapped soccer team at Qwest Field, and even a Delorean for a boy who wanted to be a superhero for a day.
The Seattle Times reports:
Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man called.You can read the rest here how Electron Boy saved the day by freeing the Seattle Sounders from the evil clutches of "Dr. Dark" and "Blackout Boy" in a locker room at Qwest Field at the Seattle Times.
Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he's Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.
And Spider-Man needed Erik's help.
Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.
And there some video taken at the event that's a little shaky but still pretty great outside Qwest Field.
Joseph Patrick Stanton, a pro-life public interest litigator for 25 years, said today, “It’s clear that the city of Philadelphia is in the business of killing babies.”
That comment comes on the heels of an explosive investigative report from the Philadelphia Daily News which claimed that a Philadelphia Department of Human Services employee allegedly pressured and arranged for a 16-year-old girl in DHS care to have a late-term abortion in another state.
Because the girl was a minor, DHS reportedly asked the girl’s birth mother for approval for an abortion but the girl’s mother refused. So DHS allegedly arranged for a judge’s order to procure an abortion for the teen, something they’ve reportedly done dozens of times over the past few years. The DHS employee even took the child out of school to procure the abortion...Continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>>
It appears the NYPD have captured the man responsible for the attempted Times Square bombing. He was trying to get on a plane to Dubai. Great Job.
Unfortunately, the suspect is not what New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had hoped for.
"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything," he said.Yup, 'cause when somebody tries to kill thousands of people in New York it usually is somebody who thinks the government should respect the Constitution.
Despite the mayor's deepest desires, it turns out the the suspect is just the same ol' same ol' when it comes to attempted mass murderers.
NEW YORK - Authorities arrested a U.S. citizen in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square as he tried to leave the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.We don't know much yet but the NBC report goes on to say...
Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to board an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport, officials said.
"It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said.
Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, authorities said. He will appear in Manhattan Federal Court later Tuesday.Bloomberg, for his part, hasn't given up hope that a tea partier will kill somebody some day. In the meantime, the Mayor has taken the now commonplace step of banning tea in all New York City restaurants.
Earlier, officials told The Associated Press that the suspect recently returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he has a wife. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was at a sensitive stage.
No word yet on what Shahzad thinks about the health-care bill.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/04/2010 07:59:00 AM
Euthanasia fanatic Dr Philip Nitschke is telling anyone older than 50 that they should attend his seminar to learn how to do the right thing and kill themselves so as to avoid their loved ones having to go through the bother of going to jail for killing you.
Dr Nitschke told the group suicide was not a crime but helping someone to die was.Dr Nitschke is the founder of Exit International, which offers the Peaceful Pill Handbook on its website for the low low price of $75. Hey, it's not like you can take your money with you, right? Might as well give it to Dr. Nitschke.
"It's a major crime, we're talking major crime here," he said.
"Don't leave the ones you love with serious legal consequences."
But don't act now. Chapter 5 gives all the details on everything you've always wondered about "Nitrogen Gas Flow Control."
Chapter 12 answers the age old question: "Is one, 100ml bottle of Nembutal enough for a peaceful death?"
And Chapter 13 offers the do-it-at-home "Barbiturate Test Kit."
But in the end, I'm just not sure if old old people are in too much danger from Nitschke. You see, the doctor is attempting to teach old people to hack into his internet site for instructions how to kill themselves because his site may soon be blocked by law.
Teaching old people to hack onto a website? Hmmm. I'm not saying anything about ALL seniors but let's just say that if my poor ol' Mom had to hack into a website in order to kill herself she'd likely be alive for a looooooonnng looooooooonnnnng time.
Now this is funny.
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And so it begins.
An abortion advocacy group filed for a restraining order against the Oklahoma law requiring women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. So Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich did exactly what the abortionists wanted. So once again, this move puts abortion in the hands of judges rather than allowing elected officials to decide.
The AP reports:
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has agreed to a court order requested by abortion providers to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law, which requires women to get an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus.The abortionists argued that seeing the ultrasound or hearing a description of the baby in the womb might be "unwanted speech" that could harm the doctor/patient relationship.
The agreement was announced Monday, before a scheduled hearing in Oklahoma County District Court on the request for a temporary restraining order by the Center for Reproductive Rights. District Judge Noma Gurich said attorneys for both sides told her they would accept the order.
Gurich says she will now schedule a hearing for sometime in July on a request for a temporary injunction against the law. An injunction would extend the restraining order. She said she expected to sign the temporary restraining order later Monday.
Be assured that this law will be kept in limbo for many many years until the Supreme Court rules on it.
Tolerance just ain’t what it used to be.
Besides Lord and Savior, We’ve heard Jesus called many things. Some say he was a prophet, some say he was a post-modern hippie in pre-modern times, some say he was just an ordinary guy who thought love was a good idea, and many more. But I never heard Jesus called this name before. The police in the UK think that Jesus was a hooligan. That’s right. A hooligan.
What other conclusion can you come to after hearing this story. Dale Mcalpine, a part-time Christian preacher in the UK was handing out leaflets on the street when he got into a conversation about homosexuality with a passer-by and a police officer. He told them that he believes as the church has always believed, that homosexuality is a sin.
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You gotta hand it to Sarah Palin, she has learned an awful lot about handling the media in the past two years.
The media follows her relentlessly attempting to find one slip of the tongue that they can use against her. They video tape every public appearance in hope that this time she will slip up and they will have the video to prove it.
Sarah knows this and has decided to use it for advantage. Not her own advantage, mind you, but to the advantage of the unborn.
Palin was giving a speech to a pro-life group. She and the group decided if the media wanted to tape her speech in their perpetual pursuit of the soundbyte o'death, they would have to support life to do it.
Palin made the media purchase tickets to the event and the proceeds went to the pro-life cause. That is sweet.
The lefties are losing what is left of their little minds.
This goes in the dictionary as the definition of win-win.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/03/2010 12:24:00 AM
Pro-aborts have decided on their main talking points against recent states' requirements for ultrasounds to be shown to women before abortions. And it's a doozy.
Pro-aborts are arguing that ultrasounds are invasive.
One Democrat running for a state seat even went so far as to call the state required ultrasound “rape by instrumentation.”
The media has picked up on this attack as they've clearly been ordered to. I've seen the term "invasive" used to describe the ultrasounds dozens of times in the past few days.
Ocala.com:Rep. Betty Reed, a Democrat from Hillsborough County, said the ultrasound exam is an invasive procedure that should not be imposed on women.
AFP writes in a news headline:
Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor's veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects.
Do these people not realize how abortions are done? Suction tubes, forceps, curettes (sharp knives.) And it's the ultrasound that's invasive?
You know, I'm starting to think that pro-aborts will pretty much say or do anything to keep women in the dark.
Much ado has been made of the controversy swirling about the Pope prior to his coming visit to the UK. Fire, meet some fuel.
[Telegraph] The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that bishops travelled to the Holy See last week to hold face to face discussions with senior members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most powerful of the Vatican's departments.Wow. Damian Thompson adds this interesting little tidbit.
The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Rt Rev Keith Newton and the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, the bishops of Fulham, Richborough and Ebbsfleet respectively, are understood to have informed senior Catholic officials that Church of England clergy are keen to defect to Rome.
It is the first significant response to the Papal offer made last year, which opened the doors for Anglicans to convert while retaining key elements of their tradition.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, was unaware of the summit, which is likely to prove embarrassing to the Catholic Church ahead of the Pope's visit to Britain later this year as it will rekindle fears that it is trying to poach Anglican clergy.
A leading Anglo-Catholic source contacts me this morning naming at least one English Catholic bishop whom he thinks was in Rome for this summit. He confirms that "very few people on our side" (ie, the C of E) knew it was happening. Catholic bishops may have known, and are very unhappy at being bypassed.Thought the media was out to destroy the Pop's visit to the UK before? If this happens they will beside themselves.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 5/02/2010 10:31:00 AM
Jenna Bonner, a med student, writes a great piece on the fetal pain bill. Definitely worth a read:
If we’re gonna do this, let’s do it right, shall we? Why not start off with something nice and contentious, a real juicy issue, like, say… abortion? I’ll probably lose some friends tonight – especially those whom I’ve duped into believing that I am a staunch liberal ;] I may harbor many classically “liberal” views, but this ain’t one of ‘em.Read the rest>>>
First things first – let me clarify my general position on the issue. Abortion is absolutely wrong, all the time, in every circumstance, without exception. Utterly tragic as rape and incest are, they do not justify the murder of an innocent child. Life begins at conception. Conception means fertilization – the merging of sperm and embryo. These foundational points are not arguable for me – I’ve thought them through and I stand firmly on them.
Hollywood! The town that's afraid to make terrorist villains come from the Middle East is now making a movie about the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. How brave.
Because you know, nobody's heard or read anything about this subject so people will really be on the edge of their seats the entire movie to see if the brave newspapermen actually learn that the Church was covering up a sex abuse scandal.
I seriously ask, is Hollywood interested in actually making money anymore or just furthering an agenda?
The producers intend to frame the movie in the vein of All The President's Men. One of the planned film's hooks is that some of the journalists are themselves Catholic and were conflicted as they researched and wrote their stories. This journalism angle seems a fascinating way to approach the topic. And, interestingly, the Boston Globe investigative team was headed by Ben Bradlee, Jr., son of the legendary Washington Post editor who stood behind Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein when their Watergate reporting was assailed by Richard Nixon's White House.I wonder if the reporters will all decide that the celibacy requirement is at fault.
No word yet on whether Bill Maher or Sinead O' Connor have been offered roles.
Meredith Viera is laughably awful and biased journalist. Check this out.
HT Weasel Zippers
And of course Newsbusters.
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I'm not even sure how the child is propelling herself across this floor but it's very cute anyway and she seems to be enjoying herself.
Mad props to John Hawkins at Viral Footage for unearthing this video. How does one even go about finding something like this?
Somebody should tell Duke Puntalangit, a self-described Marian visionary from the Phillipines, that the key to longevity in the false prophet business is vagueness. Specificity is not your friend.
So it is that poor Duke may only have hours left in the prophet trade. You see, Duke may have gotten a little carried away and got real specific. The problem is once you put those dates out there, they have a way of creeping up on you.
So it is that Duke said the following:
Dear Friends,Duke only has hours left for a Middle East war to break out so its not looking good for Duke, good for us yeah, but not so good for Duke.
Greetings in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Most Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Let me clarify the dates I have given in response to several inquiries I received. Let me enumerate them:
 Middle East War will occur between the months of March and April 2010. That’s between March 1 to April 30 this year.
 US nuclear explosion will occur 13 days from the day the Middle East War occurs. Five days before that, a nuclear bomb will be discovered in Washington. This will serve to warn the US.
 World War III will occur 13 weeks after the war in the Middle East starts.
Your humble servant,
Duke says this about himself.
I am Duke Puntalangit (my alias only), a Marian visionary from the Philippines. I am not a Church-approved visionary, though, I have surrendered my case to my local Bishop. Taking his advice, I have ceased to promote the parts of my experiences which His Excellency deemed I should “momentarily cease to propagate”. However, I would like to stress here for the record that His Excellency never condemned the “secrets” which I confided to Him, that includes those parts which His Excellency advised me to “momentarily cease to propagate”. Since then I have tried my best to keep my silence on that subject matter covered under His Excellency’s prohibition.So Duke, when April 30th is over, will you finally listen to your Bishop?
But having observed the current global crisis humanity is facing – political, economic, moral and military, I have come to the conclusion that I must at least warn the faithful of the impending chastisement which was foretold by Our Lady of Fatima. Therefore, I will write about those revelations which Our Blessed Mother granted me and which are related only to the chastisement to come. This I do believing that I have not disobeyed His Excellency, because after all, these revelations are about the chastisements, and not about the other matters revealed to me which concern other matters of our Holy Catholic Faith.
I'm guessing no.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/30/2010 12:43:00 AM
I'm officially asking for a moratorium on the number of writers thinking they're clever by playing with Charlie Crist's name off Jesus Christ.
Let me make this clear. It's not because it's offensive. It's just really really bad writing.
When I was in the second grade our school principal went in the hospital for something or other and we all had to write him a card so I wrote one where I highlighted the word "pal" in the word "principal" as if we were great old friends even though he couldn't have picked me out of a lineup. I remember thinking it was stupid even then but I was under the gun. We had like ten minutes to write it and it was almost snack time. I did feel a lot better when three other kids came up with the same lame play on words that I did.
But journalists don't have snack time but they're still coming up with this lame play on words with Crist's name in Florda. Come on people, Crist has nothing to do with Christ. It's just a stupid play on words that has nothing to do with anything.
MSNBC's headline for Crist's announcement was "Crist-mas Day." The rest of the story has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, a birth, or even a manger. It's just a dumb headline.
National Review's headline for a piece in The Corner was "Last Temptation of Crist." The writer tries at least a little to bring up the fact that Crist is tempted by power but the headline is the headline just because the names are similar.
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote in his story on Crist: "The crucifixion of Crist by Republican leaders says less about him than it does about the party." I'm a little unsure how Republican leaders are crucifying Crist. He's up for popular vote.
But at least this one is a little popular in the the UK's Independent headline read "How the Tea Party movement crucified Charlie Crist."
Look, if Crist was named Jones we'd be spared all the silliness. So let's all put a moratorium on this silliness. Go have a snack.
Pro-lifers like me love science and technology. Yup. We're like science geeks without the comic books. And we've got girlfriend and wives.
For years, religious people have been called backward and anti-science while pro-lifers actually couldn't wait for scientific and technological breakthroughs so we could all get a better look inside the womb and understand better what it is to be human. I think everyone must remember the first time they saw a 4-d ultrasound. It changes you. It's changed lots of people.
The moment America saw the delicate, beautiful, and strong hand, the human features, the smiles, the thumbsucking of a 20-week-old baby in the womb much of America reconsidered everything we took for granted. When we see five beautiful fingers that only a loving God would take the time to create reach out, it changed everything.
Poll numbers in recent years have taken a decidedly pro-life turn and while part of that is simply that pro-lifers have more children another aspect that shouldn't be dismissed is that the more we see inside the womb the more difficult it is to believe the lies of abortionists who say it's a blob of tissue.
The unspoken message of the ultrasound is clear to all with an open heart: “I'm human—just like you.”
It was the same message of Harriet Beecher Stowe whose novel “Uncle Tom's Cabin” made the horrors of slavery impossible to ignore. It was the message of Rosa Parks who awakened a slumbering country to the evils of racism by the simple act of sitting down. It is the message of the victims and the oppressed throughout our history: “"I'm human—just like you.”
That moment when a woman sees an ultrasound will encourage millions to reconsider where they stand on the issue of when life begins. And that's why pro-aborts are fighting to keep women in the dark as to what/who is growing inside them.
I have great faith that science is on our side simply because truth is on our side. And the recent spate of ultrasound laws, I think, are a great thing. And I think before the country is willing to listen to a pro-lifer saying "don't" they might just listen to pro-lifers saying "look."
In the life of nearly every celebrity there’s a moment after the white hot fame cools and the spotlights are averted when a decision needs to be made. Does the celebrity begin a new life in obscurity or do they break out the white spangled jumpsuits and take the first flight out to Las Vegas to milk the last of their fame for every last embarassing moment of notoriety?
But recent years have shown that while Vegas still remains a tantalizing option, many former celebrities are establishing nice second careers as Catholic bashers. The prerequisites are minimal. You don’t actually need to know anything about the faith. Just dust off some old Pope insults, scream about priestly celibacy and homosexual rights and you’ll be a star again in no time.
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Posted by matthew archbold at 4/29/2010 08:43:00 AM
Pro-aborts are actually accusing pro-lifers of making women cry. Yup. That's the new tactic. The ol' "pro-lifers are a bunch of meany pants" defense.
Fox News reports:
The requirements of Oklahoma's new abortion law are drawing some emotional responses from patients, a clinic director said Wednesday, now that women must have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure can be done.You can understand how hard it must be for abortionists to hear crying in their clinic as they're not used to hearing the screams of their victims (See the Silent Scream).
The law went into effect a day earlier, when the state Senate overrode Gov. Brad Henry's veto of that measure and one that prohibits pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians withhold information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancy.
"It's been difficult for some of the patients," said Linda Meek, executive director of Reproductive Services of Tulsa. "We've had patients leave the ultrasound room in tears because of what they had to hear."
...The new statute requires the person performing the ultrasound to describe the dimensions of the fetus, whether arms, legs and internal organs are visible and whether there is cardiac activity. It also requires the doctor to turn a screen depicting the ultrasound images toward the woman to see them.
Meek said no patient at the clinic had yet canceled an abortion after hearing a description of the fetus. Jennifer Mondino, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights that filed the lawsuit, said that so far no patient at the Tulsa clinic has decided to view the images.
And here's the kicker. I don't believe them anyway. They're lying that the law is having no effect on the women's decision. It's interesting to watch because these abortionists are really walking a fine line here because they have to argue that the information these women is so traumatizing that they're breaking out in tears but then they have to turn around and argue that it also has no effect on the women's decision. It's really a Catch-22 for abortionists.
These abortionists are fighting tooth and nail to have this law overturned because they know when a woman hears the truth or sees the truth they are much more likely not to get an abortion. They don't give a hoot about these women. They care about the cost of the abortion. That's it.
Left for dead. That's the only accurate way to describe the fate of the baby who survived a botched abortion in Italy only to be abandoned until being discovered by a priest the following day.
The UK Telegraph reports:
A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly two days later.Until our culture decides every life is sacred we will continue spiraling into this hedonistic madness.
The 22-week infant later died in intensive care at a hospital in the mother's home town of Rossano in southern Italy.
The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.
However the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabria hospital, and was left by doctors to die.
He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.
He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.
The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neonatal unit at a neighbouring hospital where he died on Monday morning.
The newspaper said that police are investigating it as a homicide as doctors are obligated to try to preserve the life of a child if the child survives the abortion. Can you just for one second ponder the madness of that. Doctors can try every which way to kill the baby but if that same baby comes out of the womb then those same doctors are legally obligated to do everything in their power to save the baby. What inhuman madness reigns in our culture?
You've got to check this out. A high school journalism class created a rap video about saving the whales. You want to know what's wrong with public education look no further than this.
There's so many problems here.
One - A journalism teacher is teaching her students about liberal issue advocacy. Well, that pretty much sums up most of the problems with journalism nowadays.
Two -A journalism teacher is cool with "Free Dem Walez" as passable English? Teachers are supposed to teach proper English (especially in a journalism class), not accept student's way of speaking and spelling.
Three - Listen to this teacher introduce her video by saying "I was always taught that whales and dolphins were safe and happy living in captivity. I don't believe that anymore. Neither do my students." She's indoctrinating her students to accept her beliefs. She has a certain point of view of things and she forces it on the students. And instead of teaching the students...I don't know...something about JOURNALISM she instead uses class time to teach her students about how whales and dolphins are abused.
Four - The fact that the school not only saw nothing wrong with this misuse of taxpayer money but actually contacted the media to highlight this as a shining example of their work tells you everything you need to know why our public education system is failing.
This story is going to confuse the heck out of wacko environmentalists. On the one hand Dignitas, the euthanasia nuts responsible for the death of over a thousand people, are killing people. Yay! That's great for the environment that all those CO2 emitting humans are now emitless.
But now the bad news. They're dumping the remains (urns and all) into a nearby lake. Perhaps even hundreds of them.
I'm not sure if Dignitas is going to need to buy some carbon offsets or if they just have to promise to kill a lot more people. I'll have to ask Ed Begley. (Does he even have a phone?)
The ironic part of all this is that Dignitas' big catchphrase is "Death with Dignity." Getting poured into an urn and dumped in a lake is dignified? Someone should tell Luca Brasi.
The UK Times reports:
The controversial Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas is likely to come under fresh scrutiny after divers discovered dozens of cremation urns on the bed of Lake Zurich.This is great. It reminds me of Al Capone heading to the hoosegow for tax evasion. Now these imbeciles who've killed thousands might go to jail for polluting. Ha! Let's see how much dignity they find in Gen-Pop.
“After 50, we stopped counting,” Roman Ruetz, a police diver, said. “They lay there in a big heap.” On being brought to the surface the urns were found to contain ashes...
One former employee and long-standing Dignitas critic, Soraya Wernli, told The Times 18 months ago that the clinic had dropped at least 300 urns in the lake.
The clinic has assisted in the suicide of about a thousand people, most of them terminally ill, and at least 115 Britons have travelled to the Zurich apartments run by the organisation to end their lives. The clinic is shrouded in secrecy, operating within cantonal law yet exploiting the loopholes in legislation from across Europe. Most secret of all is the disposal of remains: for some families touched by so-called suicide tourism, it is unthinkable to bring back bodies or ashes...
Disposing of large numbers of urns containing human remains requires a commercial licence in Switzerland. Breaches carry a maximum three-year jail sentence or £30,000 fine.
Christianity is the new secondhand smoke. Sure the libs will tell you, you're allowed to smoke but if anyone else sees it, smells it, or inhales it, then it's illegal.
The ever expanding public sphere will similarly say that you can worship Jesus in Church and in the privacy of your own home but not out in public where Jesus may infect others.
The video below tells the story of a woman pursuing her Master's degree in counseling at a taxpayer-supported university who was expelled from a counseling program for refusing to affirm and support homosexual behavior.
The school essentially told her that you can't be a practicing Christian and a counselor at the same time. Check it out.
HT Culture War Notes
OK. I've got a lot of problems as a Dad but I'm definitely a better Dad than this guy.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“Selling my kids on the Craigslist black market. I have two kids, two and one year old.”So who knows if the guy was serious or not. But you can't put something like that up there and then kinda' sorta' put a jokey kinda' thing in there and then say "Oh, it was all a joke because I made a footstool joke."
That’s an excerpt from an actual Craigslist post written by Joshua Stagnitto, 24, a Brockport Rochester, N.Y. man who faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000 for the incident.
In the ad, Stagnitto wrote that his children could be used as slaves or foot stools, but insists that he was joking. ”I thought it would be it would be funny if I put my kids on there because how more ridiculous can you possibly get,” he told CNN.
Apparently someone didn’t get the joke — or didn’t find it humorous. A child abuse hotline received a tip about Stagnitto and contacted the New York State police. He is being charged with “falsely reporting an incident,” which is a misdemeanor.
“It’s definitely not the best decision I could have made,” Stagnitto said.
No matter what this was a really really bad decision. And while I don't know if the dude was serious, something tells me that serious offers might have been considered.
A twelve year old girl saved her friend's life by asking herself the age old question which has inspired so many good works throughout the world: "What Would Spongebob do?"
After watching this I'm still unsure how Spongebob inspired her but I thought it was really cute how she had to make it clear that she doesn't watch Spongebob anymore. I'll let it be known that I've been known to chuckle more than a little at Spongebob, although I find Phineas and Ferb a bit funnier.
HT The BlogProf
Subsidiarity. Learn it. Live it. Love it.
Last year during the run up to the eventual passing of the Obamacare bill, President Obama had to take to the airwaves several times to promote the bill. One significant reason why was the dextrous dubbing of care rationing panels as ‘death panels’ by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
When Palin gave a name to the fear, the poll numbers for the bill really began to crash. President Obama and his supporters were livid. They ran to any network that would put them on air to decry the use of the term and to personally ridicule Palin for saying it. They said over and over and over again, there is no such thing as a Death Panel.
So now the deed is done and guess what? President Obama’s Director of OMB says that the unelected Medicare advisory panel can and will make binding decisions on how much care is too much. A death panel.
Avoiding such monstrous and murderous machinery is why the Church has advocated the principle of subsidiarity as an organizing principle in the affairs of man. Simply stated, subsidiarity “is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.”
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Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank wrote on Sunday about the race between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. He wrote:"The crucifixion of Crist by Republican leaders says less about him than it does about the party."
I love when lib journalists try to talk religion. It's so cute.
So let's just extend Milbank's metaphor here a bit.
If Crist is Christ then the GOP voters who are lining up against him would be...Pilate? The Jews?
Marco Rubio would be Barabbas, the man chosen over Christ, right?And since Crist is in trouble with the GOP voters for embracing the work of Obama wouldn't that make Obama God the Father? Oh, I see. Now this all makes sense why Milbank thought this.
Let all the elites laugh it up over how crazy and stupid Sarah Palin is until they request some kind of treatment and it gets denied by an advisory panel.
White House Budget Director Peter Orszag explained in scary detail how the Obamacare "advisory" panel restructures who makes healthcare decisions. Well, firstly it's not an "advisory" panel in that its decisions are automatically implemented. Secondly, it's weird how forthcoming libs are now that Obamacare has passed.
HT Weasel Zippers
This is funny.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/26/2010 03:51:00 PM
This is what it has come to. This is what passes for reporting these days.
Here is a story about a new European Stock Index for companies that are socially responsible and operate within the guidelines of Catholic teaching. Ok that's good right? The headline reads "Vatican backs new equities index" and then the lede states "Investors are being invited to put money into a new Catholic equities index that is being backed by the Vatican, at a time when the church is dealing with an increasing number of disaffected congregants in the wake of abuse allegations. "
The story is ostensibly about the index company Stoxx launching a new index. What the heck does that have to do with the abuse scandal? Absolutely nothing, of course, except the suggestion that the "Vatican" is behind the scheme.
But the article, it should come as no surprise, never establishes exactly how the Vatican is supposed to be backing this index. The only reference in the article is that someone in the "Vatican" sits on the advisory committee. Who? At what level? Never you mind.
The suggestion is clear, the VATICAN is trying get your money and they have had a scandal don'tcha know?.
May I once again suggest my helpful axiom that no reporter in the secular media should be allowed to use the word "Vatican" unless they have an actual quote from a senior member of the curia.
This bit of reporting is really shameful. An independent company launching a new stock index is seen as an occasion to beat the Church over the abuse scandal. Shameful.
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Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/26/2010 09:29:00 AM
In preparation for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Great Britain, a group of British diplomats circulated a memo offering suggestions for a to-do list of sorts for the Pope including launching a new line of ‘ Benedict’ condoms, inviting the Pope to open an abortion clinic or bless a gay marriage.
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Fr. Andrew Greeley (yeah, him) thinks he has a solution to the priest shortage. He thinks the real problem is lifelong commitment. A temporary priest-corps is the answer, says he.
I've been doing sociological research on the priesthood for more than 30 years. There are two findings from this research that are beyond question. The first is that priests on the average are the happiest men in the world, happier in their professional and personal lives even than married Protestant clergy. The second is that men are on the average inclined to leave the priesthood (ordinarily) under two conditions: They are unhappy in priestly work, and they want to marry. If they are happy in priestly work and want to marry, on the average they are much less likely to leave.
Note the words on the average in the previous paragraph. My assertions are about the average. There are priests who are miserably unhappy-and unfortunately they set the norm for priestly comments about how low morale is. There are also many priests who love their work but want to marry powerfully enough that they leave the priesthood.
The angry letters that these two paragraphs normally engender are from those who don't read the two paragraphs carefully before they head for the e-mail. Those who don't like these findings are free to do their own research.
I usually follow up these two conclusions with the recommendation that the church experiment with a limited term of service for priests, a kind of priest corps like the Peace Corps (or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education).
Young men would be invited to active service in the priesthood for a period of time-let's say five years-then they would be given an opportunity to re-up, as they say in the military. But an ordained priest is a priest forever, bishops say trippingly on the tongue when they dismiss my suggestion as a stupid idea. Indeed yes, but his permanent identity as a priest does not demand that he serve actively in the priesthood all his life.
His argument may sound reasonable to some. The problem lies here. He treats the priesthood as a job, not as a vocation. To illustrate the problem, allow me to change just a few words around to make a point.
I've been doing sociological research on marriage for more than 30 years. There are two findings from this research that are beyond question. The first is that married men on the average are the happiest men in the world, happier in their professional and personal lives even than unmarried men. The second is that men are on the average inclined to leave the marriage (ordinarily) under two conditions: They are unhappy family responsibilities, and they want to marry someone else. If they are happy in their family responsibilities and want to marry someone else, on the average they are much less likely to leave the marriage.The analogy is not perfect, for sure, but I think it illustrates what Greeley is missing. This is vocation, a lifelong commitment. It is not something you do until you figure out what you want to do.
Note the words on the average in the previous paragraph. My assertions are about the average. There are men who are miserably unhappy-and unfortunately they set the norm for comments about how bad marriage is. There are also many men who love their family responsibilities but want to marry someone else powerfully enough that they leave the their marriage.
The angry letters that these two paragraphs normally engender are from those who don't read the two paragraphs carefully before they head for the e-mail. Those who don't like these findings are free to do their own research.
I usually follow up these two conclusions with the recommendation that the church experiment with a limited term of marriage for men, a kind of piece-corps like the Peace Corps (or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education).
Young men would be invited to active service in marriage for a period of time-let's say five years-then they would be given an opportunity to re-up, as they say in the military. But an married man is married forever, bishops say trippingly on the tongue when they dismiss my suggestion as a stupid idea. Indeed yes, but his permanent identity as a married man does not demand that he serve actively in the marriage all his life.
Fr. Greeley may think that he is being clever, but he is bringing a secular solution to a spiritual problem. Jesus did not say to the rich young man when he asked "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
When Jesus heard this, he didn't say to him, "You still lack one thing. Put everything you have in storage, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me a spell until you figure out what you really want to do."
When a man decides, with the Church, to become a priest he BECOMES a priest the way a married man becomes one flesh with his spouse. Let no man put asunder.
There is no such thing as a priest pro tempore.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/25/2010 11:24:00 PM
This is likely the most callous thing you'll read today.
The 18-year-old who was allegedly high on Oxycontin and Xanax when she drove a passenger van into a Hempstead, Long Island home, fatally striking the home's owner, was hysterical when taken out of the police station yesterday. Kayla Gerdes screamed to reporters, "No, I didn't [purposely aim for her.] Listen, stop -- listen, it was an accident! Please leave me, alone it was a mistake! Stop it was a mistake! No, I was on prescription drugs, it was a mistake! Stop! Leave me alone!" (Video below.) But she reportedly told police investigators, "The thing that made me feel not so bad was she was old," referring to victim Rebecca Twine-Wright, "I mean, 70 years is a long time to live."Tell me the truth. Is it any surprise that this would be said with the culture the way it is today?
Twine-Wright, a 69-year-old retired doctor, had been gardening when a van allegedly driven by Gerdes jumped a curb and barreled into her.
Lemme guess. The press will say this is not enough.
[Independent.co.uk]Pope Benedict XVI is planning to make the first general apology for the abuse of children and minors by Roman Catholic priests when he meets thousands of clergymen from around the world in June at the climax of the International Year for Priests, Vatican sources say.
Vatican officials hope such an unprecedented act of penance by Benedict, together with thousands of clergymen in St Peter's Square, 9-11 June, will do much to lay to rest the scandal and defuse protests that might disrupt his trip to Britain in September. The encounter will form the climax of the special year of events designed in part to encourage vocations to the cloth but which instead has been marred by the mushrooming paedophile scandal.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/25/2010 02:17:00 PM
Last week I had the good fortune to go to Cincinnati to give a talk on architect Edward Schulte, who lived from 1890 to 1975. He started out as a traditional church designer and lived long enough to branch into certain modern tendencies while always insisting on the theological nature of the church building. Even if some of his designs are often a bit modern for some people's taste, he always insisted on using real stone, sculpture, painting and symbolism. He designed nearly 80 churches and chapels, including the cathedrals in La Crosse (WI), Lexington (KY), and Salina (KS), as well as the sumptuous1958 renovation of Cincinnati's St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. A Cincinnati photographer, Robert Flischel, put together this fine short video of some of Schulte's churches in Cincinnati that span nearly 50 years of his work. Enjoy!
This is a really well done video.
Almost makes you wish to be a Republican. Almost.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/24/2010 11:52:00 AM
In what has to be one of the stupidest things said or done by the GOP in...well since the last time Michael Steele opened his mouth in front of a microphone, an Ohio county GOP Committee put out a newsletter encouraging the defeat of a female Democrat congresswoman urging voters to "put her back in the kitchen." Yup. They said it.
As you can imagine charges of sexism have been leveled.
The wacko pro-aborts at Emily's List called it a "sexist swipe."
Think Progress called it plain ol' "Sexist."
The moonbats over at RH Reality Check said they were glad to see this newsletter because "the better able we can root out the sometimes obscured cancers of sexism, misogyny, racism, and other prejudices that are at the heart of so much of the ultra-right's agenda." (Wow, they got a lot out of one little sentence!)
And the outrage is only going to continue and I'm sure the mainstream media will be all over this. Katie Couric might even do a special segment on it and she'll put on her worried face that makes her so cute.
Yet I do have to ask, where was all the outrage when Larry King and Sarah Silverman yukked it up that Sarah Palin should do porn earlier this week? Or when Newsweek put Palin on the cover in bicycle shorts? Or when Kathleen Parker accused Palin of flirting her way to the Presidential ticket? Anyone? Anyone?
Declaration of Bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium
"When I was still just a priest, and for a certain period at the beginning of my episcopate, I sexually abused a minor from my immediate environment. The victim is still marked by what happened. Over the course of these decades I have repeatedly recognised my guilt towards him and his family, and I have asked forgiveness; but this did not pacify him, as it did not pacify me. The media storm of recent weeks has increased the trauma, and the situation is no longer tenable. I profoundly regret what I did and offer my most sincere apologies to the victim, to his family, to all the Catholic community and to society in general. I have presented my resignation as bishop of Bruges to Pope Benedict XVI. It was accepted on Friday and so I retire".Somebody please make it stop.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/23/2010 11:16:00 AM
George Weigel has delicious rebuttal to the imbecilic letter published by theologetic Hans Kung. Rebuttal is actually being too kind. Smack down is more like it.
What can be expected, though, is that you comport yourself with a minimum of integrity and elementary decency in the controversies in which you engage. I understand odium theologicum as well as anyone, but I must, in all candor, tell you that you crossed a line that should not have been crossed in your recent article, when you wrote the following:Do read the whole thing.
There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Ratzinger (1981-2005).
That, sir, is not true. I refuse to believe that you knew this to be false and wrote it anyway, for that would mean you had willfully condemned yourself as a liar. But on the assumption that you did not know this sentence to be a tissue of falsehoods, then you are so manifestly ignorant of how competencies over abuse cases were assigned in the Roman Curia prior to Ratzinger’s seizing control of the process and bringing it under CDF’s competence in 2001, then you have forfeited any claim to be taken seriously on this, or indeed any other matter involving the Roman Curia and the central governance of the Catholic Church.
recognize that authors do not write the sometimes awful subheads that are put on op-ed pieces. Nonetheless, you authored a piece of vitriol—itself utterly unbecoming a priest, an intellectual, or a gentleman—that permitted the editors of the Irish Times to slug your article: “Pope Benedict has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Catholic Church and is directly responsible for engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests, according to this open letter to all Catholic bishops.” That grotesque falsification of the truth perhaps demonstrates where odium theologicum can lead a man. But it is nonetheless shameful.
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 4/23/2010 12:58:00 AM
The latest glut of "news" stories by the media hitting the Catholic Church for abusing children has much more to do with anti-Catholicism than actually protecting children.
Proof? Pretty simple actually.
The media has claimed that it's reluctantly reporting on the sex abuse crisis but is forced to because of the rampant institutionalized system of covering up sex crimes by adults against minors.
But if that's the truth, why then has the media not reported on the numerous videos by Live Action's Lila Rose which has proven time and again that abortion clinics routinely cover up the reporting of the sexual abuse of minors. The abortion clinics, in fact, profit from it.
And it's all on video. Could you imagine if someone had snuck a video camera into a Cardinal's office and the cardinal on video covered up the abuse of a minor? I think it's safe to assume that it would get more airtime than the lunar landing.
But for some reason the institutionalized system of covering up abuse by abortion clinics has been absolutely ignored and even shunned by the media.
The mainstream media doesn't give a hoot about children. It cares about tearing down the Church and it cares about keeping abortion legal.
And whereas the Church has actually responded to the sexual abuse of a small percentage of priests there is no indication that the abortion industry is changing anything. Yet the attacks continue on the Church by the media which reports decades old abuse claims as new news while completely ignoring actual new videos revealing crimes committed by Big Abortion.