I have decided to continue blogging but it will likely be at a slower and more deliberate pace ... I have to keep that life-blog balance in check.
Peace be with you all ...
Peace be with you all ...
I have decided to continue blogging but it will likely be at a slower and more deliberate pace ... I have to keep that life-blog balance in check.
Peace be with you all ...
Looks like we are in for a rough ride.
The eye of this storm looks, officially, like it is going to miss us to the west although slight variations to the right of path (certainly possible) could put the eye close to our home. Still we are in for a mess. We can see the outflow eerily creeping over our house right now. Tropical storm force winds are all but expected with gusts to hurricane strength. Also, there have been numerous comparisons to Hurricane Betsy which left part of New Orleans under water and resulted in strong hurricane force winds in the Baton Rouge area (thats me). Anyway, we are not close to a surge prone area so water isn't a problem. Straight line winds and tornadoes are for us. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.
In news of lesser importance .... Yesterday my alma mater beat Mississippi State 22-14. Its kind of been marred by the storm but I'll take it anyway. YAY!
Federal Court Rejects Parents’ Rights
I want to make it very clear that I understand this concern, however, you relinquish the right of what is being taught to your children when you let them out the door. The courts have been very clear on this. This is THE number one reason why homeschooling is and should be legal in all states. It returns proper order to the natural right of parents to educate their children to where it should be.
First parents should have a clear path of input. Second to that should be initiatives that allow "school choice" (i.e. vouchers) to be used as the parent sees fit. Third should ultimately be the right of parents to educate their children at home.
See my parental rights entry for more details on why the state cannot protect the wishes of each and every parent regarding what should and should not be taught at school.
The minute you stepped into the fray of trying to teach about the faith you opened yourself up for this ...
Archbishop Chaput: On the seperation of sense and state: A clarification for the people of the Church in northern Colorado (pdf)
Cardinal Egan's Statement on Remarks by Speaker Pelosi
Archbishop Wuerl on the Church’s Constant Teaching on Abortion
United States Catholic Bishops respond to House Speaker Pelosi’s misrepresentation of Church teaching against abortion
and Biden, please refrain from receiving communion
Archbishop scolds pro-choice Biden
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver said Mr. Biden should avoid taking Communion as a result of his pro-choice stand on abortion.
Can be found here through Google docs
I can still make edits to it and it will show up. I will look at how it is displayed for people who do not have a Google account. You should be able to save it in any format. I will add direct links to the Word and PDF versions when I figure that out :)
I want to thank OpinionatedCatholic for linking, in a round about way, to this .. A Prophecy FULFILLED. It expounds upon the article I linked in regarding the prophecies fulfilled by Humanae Vitae itself. This list is incredible. Keep in mind it was written in 1962
• “We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization, these changes are already taking place in countries that have officially endorsed contraception for one or two generations.”I find it ironic that the medical impact and the environmental impact are what is alarming people to this today. Face it folks, the Church was onto this decades ago.
Mexico church assailed for maligning miniskirt
Women dressed in miniskirts and low-cut shirts have rallied at the doors of Mexico City's Cathedral during Sunday Mass, carrying signs that read: "Clothed and naked, I am the same."First off: "Clothed and naked, I am the same."
If by this you mean the inherent dignity of women is important - the Church agrees with you.
That said, the rebuke from the priest gives men no such permission to rape women. In fact, it is offensive gobbledygook that is insulting to the basic intelligence of men. It presupposes that men are going to make the grossly illogical intuitive leaps. What is worse is that she undermines her own case by implying that she believes men are already making this intuitive leap and to have the Church say this somehow ratifies it. In the priests example men are only making ONE illogical intuitive leap - "miniskirt = free sex" (although in this day of Sex in the City I question whether its all that big of a leap -- but I'll grant it). In her example, they are making the same illogical leap AND THEN compounding it with the further twisted "I have permission because a priest told her wearing a skirt meant that" leap.
If you are going to suggest men are that dense and dangerously illogical then it only makes even more sense to put more clothing on.
Let me break it down in layman's terms. Its like covering yourself in honey and walking into bear infested woods. Its your right, but don't say you weren't warned. Its not blaming women. Its acknowledging and reacting responsibly towards a weakness of men. You'd sensibly grant that honor to a bear now wouldn't you?
Guess what ... These men are not batting about this idea for their own benefit or to keep women down. They understand the fire you are playing with. They've been there.
Episcopal priests from Fort Worth may be looking at Catholicism
I am curious if anyone has any inside information here. My understanding is that the vast majority of "conservatives" in the ECUSA are of a more Evangelical stripe than an Anglo-Catholic stripe. Is that not true of Fort Worth?
I just cannot imagine that masses of people who have more in common doctrinally with the Thirty-Nine articles (i.e. strongly Protestant) than with the historically apostolic churches would have any interest in swimming the Tiber. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see this happen mostly because my appreciation for Anglican liturgy runs deep. I would love to see lots of Anglican Use parishes all over the US. As I said after my trip to London regarding Westminster Cathedral (near the Victoria train station):
Most impressive to me is the area containing a list of the popes (since the time of St. Augustine of Canterbury) and the English Catholic patriarchs throughout history. It really tied together my time as an Episcopalian to my reversion back to the Catholic faith. I get English Catholicism so much more than I do American Catholicism. There seems to be a tremendous focus on beauty and on GOOD music. The choirs at Westminster Cathedral were a delight to hear. (source)My wife and I also attended mass at Brompton Oratory on a cold rainy night.
Back to ECUSA conservatives - Even if the bishops are prone to make the move, I am not sure this wouldn't result in a similar schism of the ECUSA conservative laity.
It'll be interesting, that's all I know ....
My 18mo son was a real bear this past Sunday at mass. Still he provided me with a touching moment. When I went up to receive communion he was still babbling while I was walking through the line. When I got to the kneeler in front of the rail all of the sudden he was quiet. I was thinking "aahhhhh what a blessing".
Then all of the sudden I hear him go *puff* -- I tried to stay focused but he kept going *puff* -- finally I realized he was really quiet and not bothering anyone *puff*. After I received *puff* I looked up to notice that I was on the kneeler right in front of one of the altar candles.
My son was trying to blow out the candle from 8 feet away.
My wife and I have been recently discussing the movie Brazil. Its time to watch it again. Especially after my wife went through this:
So the other day at William's lunch break we drove downtown in the van with the kids so I could pay a traffic ticket. The ticket said I could mail it or pay in person at the Governmental Office Building (read: Ministry of Information) on St Louis Street. I was going to mail it, but I called and they said I had missed the two weeks advance date to mail it in.When in doubt mail in your fines rather than pay them in person.
This ought to be fun ...
So are Protestants going to ask us for a list of doctrines that are inflatable?
Make your own bad pun ...
OK, so I am late on this ... So, is anyone else amazed that the Sun is 100 Sun diameters from Earth and the moon is 100 moon diameters from the Earth and if the distances of either were all that much different, solar eclipses as we see them wouldn't look like this:
Instead they might look like this:
Or simply this:
Isn't random chance awesome? ;)
You can see more coverage by clicking the image below ...
HT to Fr. Z over at WDTPRS ... as if the two hits he will get from my blog is going to inflate his numbers by any appreciable amount.
Tonight is my adoration night. I leave the house at 10:30pm and I "watch" for my hour between 11pm and midnight. Four out of five of the last Sundays I have brought at least one of my children to adoration with me. Now its unusual for our children, even with our sleep struggles, to be up at 10:30 on any given night. For some reason we have always had a child awake late on Saturday and my solution to the problem was to go ahead and take the opportunity to bring them to adoration.
This week I had grand plans for adoration. In a few short weeks I have a talk I am supposed to be giving at my parish. I have a vague idea of what I plan to talk about. Tonight was going to be my night to plant my face in the ground and listen to God. God had other plans. At 10:20 my daughter overheard me tell my wife that I had to leave for adoration. She runs eagerly up to me and says "Daddy, I want to go to adoration." This was quickly followed by my two older boys. The first thought that popped into my mind was "great, I will not get my answers tonight". I had 10 minutes to get three children ready -- ages 6, 5, and 4. We piled in the van and I grabbed a CD -- the seasonally inappropriate Christmas chant CD my brother-in-law brought back from Germany.
The trip to the chapel was littered with the usual smattering of arguments that tend to go on between my children. My oldest was distraught that this wasn't just going to be his special time with me. He was indignant at having to share adoration with his siblings -- I understood his pain. My plans were long dashed. I was wondering what I was getting myself into. With one child I have a great deal of control. I can read stories and within a few minutes I know I will have a sleeping child. After all, its kind of late. Three is a new dynamic.
We pulled into the chapel parking lot. My daughter wanted to be carried which was a no-go because I had to have free hands to carry pillows and type in the security code at the door. When we got in, as parents often do, I suggested a quick visit to the bathroom. Finally we went to the door to enter the room with Jesus. My children all walked in. My boys laid prostrate before the Eucharist along with myself. My daughter was a little unsure of what to do. I tried to get them to settle in, just as I always do, near me and as FAR away from any other person who might be there. One son tugged on the other which resulted in a tackle. I diffused the situation calmly and sat them close to me. Now the poor soul who has the hour before me always stays til 11pm. Tonight his usual 10 minute ritual before leaving was cut to an amazingly swift 30 seconds. That left me, three children and seventy minutes with Jesus.
After a few moments I realized that I forgot to bring a bible in before entering the chapel. My intent was to read the multiplication of the loaves to my children. I wandered out for 15 seconds to grab the bible. When I returned ALL three of my children had wandered UP TO the monstrance. I felt indignant. My instinct was to pull them back to where I had set them but I felt a calm reassurance that I was supposed to leave them there.
Matt 19:13-14 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."God had never so clearly placed a verse in my head. Jesus was calling them here. They stood in wonder. They asked questions. They said "Hi" to Jesus. They did as little children do, demonstrating faith mountains larger than the piddling amount I eek out. They were here to teach me about how to believe in Jesus. Eventually I ushered them to the back. My four year old daughter insisted that I let her sleep with a rosary. My five year old son snuggled in next to me. I asked him "So, do you like being here with Jesus". "Yeah daddy" he replied. "There is no place I would rather be". My six year old snuggled quietly at my feet. Tonight, I fell asleep with my children.
When midnight rolled around the woman who keeps watch after me came in. She has watched on and off this odd progression of weeks. I leave with thoroughly asleep children hanging over my shoulder and toss out a truncated wave as I walk out the door. She has expressed great joy that they want to be there. Trust me, its not my grand parenting skills that has me dragging little children out at odd hours of the night in a questionable part of town to spend time with God. Its all them. Tonight though, I was in a pickle. I had to get three sleeping children into the car. She held the door for the first two. When I went to grab my daughter I told her the beginning of this story -- how my daughter asked and the boys insisted on coming too. The light glistened just so that I could see she was crying. I said good night and put my daughter in the car. All the while home I kept thinking about what it was that made her cry. I knew what it was. She saw the faith of little children. Ones who show up and walk right up to Jesus and say "Hi".
For those looking for information on homeschooling, the following two links give my reasons -- and my perceived negatives of the choice.
A not so short list of reasons why we have chosen to homeschool
Negative aspects of homeschooling
The biggest gripe you will hear from people if you make this choice is what about socialization?. Get some facts though. You will be asked a lot :)
Speaking from experience, our local homeschooling group has 80 families. We even had a yearbook this past year. From all evidences I have seen in practice socialization is alive and well in homeschooling circles.
The American Chesterton Society has an interesting post for those of us who live in Louisiana. Milwaukee Sculptor David Wanner is working on a statue that will stand in Chesterton Square in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The statue was commissioned by Dr. Bob Benson, who is developing Chesterton Square.
Go check it out .... looks like a short road trip will be in order soon.
Speaking of the Syllabus of Errors - I find it interesting that it was even necessary to condemn this:
44. The civil authority may interfere in matters relating to religion, morality and spiritual government: hence, it can pass judgment on the instructions issued for the guidance of consciences, conformably with their mission, by the pastors of the Church. Further, it has the right to make enactments regarding the administration of the divine sacraments, and the dispositions necessary for receiving them. -- Allocutions "In consistoriali," Nov. 1, 1850, and "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862.One of the biggest concerns I have with the creep of scope regarding same-sex marriage is the possibility of the state enacting laws that overstep their traditional bounds and require the Church to marry gays, ordain women or any other manner of forced ecclesiastical dissent under the guise of "individual freedom" or "employment rights".
Time will tell.
This is making the rounds on St. Blogs. I cannot tell you how good this article is ... The Vindication of Humanae Vitae ... its a long read but it is well worth the effort.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh,” the Psalmist promises, specifically in a passage about enjoying vindication over one’s adversaries. If that is so, then the racket on this fortieth anniversary must be prodigious. Four decades later, not only have the document’s signature predictions been ratified in empirical force, but they have been ratified as few predictions ever are: in ways its authors could not possibly have foreseen, including by information that did not exist when the document was written, by scholars and others with no interest whatever in its teaching, and indeed even inadvertently, and in more ways than one, by many proud public adversaries of the Church.Those four items being
The encyclical warned of four resulting trends: a general lowering of moral standards throughout society; a rise in infidelity; a lessening of respect for women by men; and the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments.I don't want to spoil it by copying here all the choice quotes. Go read it ...
Then ask yourself why we still have groups calling for the Church to change her teaching.
---From a different article marking the 40 year anniversary---
When “Humanae Vitae” came out in July 1968 I thought I better read a copy of it. So I went up to my Newman Club chaplain at the University of Minnesota and I asked him where I could find a copy of “Humanae Vitae.” And his comment to me was, “What do you want to read that kind of trash for?”Indeed .... after all, Paul VI was right about its consequences. The cause should be considered.
The Pope's Pilgrims Sway Australia
Then the pilgrims came. The winter weather turned heavenly — one blue day after another. And the crowds of youths weren't quite the kind party-mad "Sinny" is used to. They were happy, patient, peaceable. They sang hymns and waved flags. When protesters threw condoms at them, they shouted, "Jesus loves you, too." When gay activists dressed as monks, nuns and devils shouted "Pope Go Homo, Gay Is Great," pilgrims made peace signs. After a mass on Bondi Beach, some high-spirited worshipers plunged into the surf. "They don't feel the cold, obviously," said local resident Lilian Selby. "I'm freezing."I love it! Thank you youth for witnessing to the cynical.
To return to something I posted the other day: By their FRUITS you will know them. These are fruit. Why would anyone judge us by those who pour the medicine down the sink?
Way to go WYD pilgrims!
because so many of the great writings of the faith are freely available online. I have noticed that I rarely have to resort to typing something in. There is almost always a copy online somewhere ...
Catholic church easy target for bigots
Another non-Catholic points out the obvious ...
Of the priests I've known, not one deserves this casual vilification as pedophiles, or their protectors. And when I check how their church touches even my life, I see one of its hospitals, in which my children were born. I see its churchmen tackling forces that rip up homes and make our streets unsafe. I see its intellectuals preaching values I recognise as essential for the defence of our weak. And I see a faith that exhorts its -- yes, fallible -- believers to goodness, integrity and public service.(a) Bad Catholics: these are not the "fruits" of the Church, e.g. as you judge a medicine by those who take it, not by those who pour it down the sink, so the Church must be judged: "bad Catholics" having rejected the teaching and scorned the means are not the "fruits."
(b) Saints: these are the real fruits of the Church since:
—(i) They have used it most fully.
—(ii) In the widest variety of character, worldly circumstances, temptation. (Make the crowd realize this variety by examples, and also learn up lives of one or two Saints.)
—(iii) Their holiness is not questioned by outsiders. Not one Saint of our Church ever has his character attacked by the bitterest enemies of the Church.
—(iv) From the first to the nineteenth century there has been no age without its army of Saints.
-- Catholic Evidence Training Outlines (Maise, Ward) (source)
So my spidey senses went off reading this earlier ...Pope rides to Rowan's rescue
Let it be known that he [Benedict XVI] does not support the defection of conservative Anglicans to the Roman Catholic ChurchFess up the evidence folks ...
Benedict is encouraging Anglican converts
They want us to believe that Pope Benedict is "shunning defectors" in an attempt to shore up the position of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Not true.Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner. If I had to put my thinking cap on I am guessing the blogger has it right and the paper has it wrong.
My children's obsession with the Titanic continues ...
After watching the James Cameron adaptation of the movie the histoy of the phrase "Women and Children first" became of great interest to me. It just so happens that this phrase developed from another shipping disaster.
HMS Birkenhead sank off the coast of South Africa on 26th February 1852. This incident is widely believed to be the origin of the phrase women and children first. The ship was carrying 480 British troops and about 26 women and children. When the ship foundered the soldiers' commander Colonel Seton told them to 'Stand fast!' and allow the women and children to make use of the few lifeboats. Most of the soldiers and sailors on board were drowned or eaten by sharks, but all the women and children survived.(source)That said, many complaints arose about this practice because of the Titanic disaster. The primary arguments against it are as follows:
It devalues women because it says they are not capable of fending for themselves.
It devalues men because it makes their lives dispensable
In 1931, a memorial by women to the men on the Titanic was unveiled to the public. The inscription is pictured below
Of course, the feminist would see this as a memorial funded by men for men. All of this in the great conspiracy of men against women. What is missed is that men inexplicably DID give of their lives to save women and children on the Titanic.
I argue that first and foremost this is a matter of the laws written into our hearts. The counter to the arguments above are certainly obvious for children. They are incapable of fending for themselves in the face of grave danger, freezing waters and sharks. It is often thus that they are left out of the equation when discussing this. It is fair to argue that men are, in general, more capable of handling these extreme circumstances. Only the foolish would not recognize the greater body mass and strength of a typical man over a typical woman. The results of this basic fact was sadly obvious in the sinking of the Estonia ferry in 1994 (source).
Very few of the survivors were women, children or - the elderly. "There is no law that says women and children first," said Roger Kohen, spokesman for the International Maritime Organization, based in London. "That is something from the age of chivalry."But it shouldn't remain something only "from the age of chivalry." Some have argued that there may have been no time for chivalry in 1994. Still it indicates that when no preference is given, women and children are the ones that stand to lose the most.
For men the call to be sacrificial is great. It is a matter of their right purpose. Men are designed by God to uphold the family and to ensure that generations go on. This is clearly indicated both by our own nature and by Sacred Scripture. Women, as the ones designed by God to bear children carry with them the womb, a manner by which all of mankind enters into the world and the way in which our Savior also entered it. It is telling that the memorial erected was done in such a manner as to suggest the crucifixion of Christ. There is a reason for that. St. Paul states in Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.Denying men the right of sacrifice is denying them the right to love, as Christ did the Church, their wives and children. It isn't that women should be denied that right and many women chose the route of sacrifice on that fateful night in 1912. It is simply that their value in the carrying on of the generations is more obvious. Yes its true this is all the more imperative when the dire circumstance of extinction faces us, but by nature we know it to be true and we act accordingly. The women must go on. The children have all their lives ahead of them. Its why men go to war. The future of all generations passes through women, to children. A dwindling number of men has a lesser effect in sheer numbers. Their sacrifice becomes the basis of legends and gives us a good image of right example best exemplified by Christ.
See also Was Chivalry Lost with the Titanic?
Obama Secret Catholic?
The basic attitude of the Dem party leadership is "Christianity is crap and Christians are an enemy to defeat." The basic attitude of the GOP leadership is "Christianity is a useful form of crowd control, and must be exploited so that we can attain money, votes and power." Obama's principal contribution to Dem political thought is, "Hey! Slow down! We might be able to exploit Christians too!"
Or as Mark Shea puts it, "because we do not issue fatwas"
Richard Dawkins Rallies Support for Minnesota Prof
Please take care to write in a good, literate, adult style, in order to increase the contrast between the letters of support and the incoherent, juvenile flaming that will doubtless characterise the letters from the Catholics.For such a serious matter its almost comedy gold that he has to request this. First, they are encouraging theft of something which a clear violation of common decency and the law. From what I have read it is a punishable crime -- even a hate crime (which is an action I would oppose on the grounds of thinking hate crimes ridiculous) ...
Still, if it happens to go that route, who is the Inquisitor? The guy (Catholic League) who complains about it or the state who enforces sensible laws to protect the common good? I find it most compelling that over centuries Catholics and Protestants for the most part have managed to iron out all that killing, burning of churches and whatnot that has marred our histories. Over time the majority have grown a sense of respect for the basic fundamental right to choose religion despite their very strong disagreements with each other. It takes the modern day atheist to pull out the torches, head for the churches, light the fire in indignation all the while crying "see this is what religion causes". I am not sure I understand the means here but hey if they want to demonstrate hypocrisy and undermine their own cause that would be the good that comes of the evil God allows.
Catholics have a responsibility -- by legal means -- to protect the Eucharist. Saints have given their lives up for it. While I think the rhetoric of people can get out of line quickly, this is an important matter. Prayers and forgiveness are in order. "Forgive them father for they know not what they do".
I expect we will be seeing an increase in this type of heinous offense to our faith. IMHO in light of this we should return to receiving on the tongue without exception. Its a sensible and simple solution.
To see how the Catholic League responded:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:UPDATE: Apparently its all just a joke. I guess he didn't REALLY mean he would do it.
Myers, in an interview today, explained that the blog entry is more "satire and protest" than an actual threat to defile the Eucharist. (source)which of course follows his blog which stated
Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers? ... I’ll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare.Those nuanced "brights". Just so much smarter than us religious simpletons.