Mother is rebuffed on rice Communion wafer
This is a matter of refusal to even try and understand the theology behind the matter. Several months ago when this was really heavy in the news, I did a brief search on NewAdvent for information about "Why wheat" ...
Here is the gist of what I came up with ...
The following was supposedly said by Ignatius of Antioch - "I am the wheat of Christ, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God." - Compare this to John 6 and the graphic language used to refer to the Eucharist. This similar quote is found in Irenaeus and Ignatius, Eusebius (referring to Irenaeus). Would the early Christians have seen this as analogous to the Eucharist itself?
Now, also consider the following from the first CE article
The valid material of the Eucharistic host is unadulterated wheat reduced to flour, diluted with natural water, and baked with fire.
Compare this to Matt 3:12 and consider it along with what I mentioned above.
Matt 3:12 - "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Also consider baptism and its relation to the natural water used in the process of making the hosts.
The choice of wheat is far deeper than "Cause thats what Jesus used." The whole process is steeped in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. I think there are obvious parallels to our own sanctification that are at play here. In the first example, I see the idea of us being presented like the Eucharist to God and in the second I see the way that the bread is made to be the parallel to how the wheat and chaff will be treated with the unquenching fire.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much depth in the choice of wheat by Our Lord. The easier and correct solution is not to try and change the teachings of Jesus. She should allow her daughter to receive the Precious Blood, even if it doesn't fit her ideal. Despite much popular outcry in her favor, I have a hard time sympathizing with this woman and her plight because it seems more to me that she desires to change a 2000 year teaching rather than opt for a simple and valid solution. I know if I am hungry and someone offers me something I am deathly allergic to and a trans-fat laced medium fries from McDonalds, I would have to opt to receive the fries. It doesn't matter that I think they are not good for people at any age. In the state of intense hunger, they are a gift that maintains life. In that vein, I think it is a tragedy that her own desire to change things overrides the spiritual gift she is denying her daughter.
SourcesThe Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans CHAPTER IV Catholic Encyclopedia on hostsCatholic Encyclopedia on Altar breads Its in the Summa
Sirach 38:1-15 - Doctors, medicines GOOD
1: Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him;
2: for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.
3: The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired.
4: The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.
5: Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?
6: And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
7: By them he heals and takes away pain;
8: the pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
9: My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
10: Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.
11: Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.
12: And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
13: There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
14: for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
15: He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician.
Some early morning reading
DeoOmnisGloria.com: Why Catholicism is Good for SocietyJIMMY AKIN.ORG: New Mary Document (ARCIC)
- I intended to post this a few days ago but never really found a good overview of it. Jimmy takes care of that. As an ex-Episcopalian, I am always interested in what my former church is up to. This is certainly a step in the right direction and I do pray that in my lifetime we will see at least the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Anglican communion return to Rome.
In the section next to "football in groin"
It isn't quite that, but this voice mail had me rolling on the floor for a LONG time
Seriously funny ...
Speaking of the Simpsons, which is where the "football in groin" reference is from, the episode where the Simpsons convert to Catholicism got pretty rave reviews. Read about it on Amy's blog
French Impressionists: Cathedrals
First, I must make it known that I am a huge fan of Impressionist art, particularly of the French variety. That puts me in the company of 90%** of people who fork over money to pour over master works of art in a museum. We pay that money to see Monet, Van Gogh and lesser known artists like Maximillien Luce (a personal favorite).
Tonight I was browsing through a large coffee table book of Impressionist paintings and something caught my eye. There were a few paintings of Cathedrals. Most impressionist artwork tended to be of creation itself. Calude Monet: Rouen Cathedral Maximillien Luce: Notre Dame Cathedral Camille Pissaro: The Roofs of Old Rouen Grey Weather (aka The Cathedral)Paul Signac: Papal Palace at Avignon
One of the most intriguing things about French Impressionism is that it was not overtly religious in nature, yet it had not drifted so far off the overt religious nature of past artwork as to still maintain two things:
1) a focus on beauty (and in essence truth)
2) retaining and revealing greater depth of that beauty in the paintings themselves
There are not significant enough numbers of these paintings to say that there was something to a keen interest by Impressionists as a whole in cathedrals. I would however point out that Impressionists tended to recognize beauty, both that which is obvious and that which would normally escape us if someone hadn't pointed it out. In the examples here you can see that even they saw what the rest of us know. There is something to those cathedrals. Something that draws us heavenward. They are one of the greatest riches of the Church and every effort should be made to preserve them so that future generations, even of those who are not Catholic, can be inspired. Beauty calls us and beauty ordered towards God draws us to God.
Another one worth finding: Hippolyte Petitjean: Notre Dame
In a later post I might delve into the idea of art without God and where it leads. There is something quite unsettling about art specifically intended to offend. It is bad enough when something is wholly unpleasant to look at, which in itself is an offense sheerly for daring to be anything other than beautiful. Both of those fall into the area of art without God and without the purpose for which God intended art to inspire.
** since most statistics are made up anyway, I thought I would offer up my unscientific observations. It is crowded around the Van Gogh's.
My thoughts on the rainbow sashers
Notes on the rainbow sashers
(my comments in a discussion on the matter) ...
OK, I am lazy ... the context should be obvious ...*smile* ... Credit to RJ for the conversation leading to these notes
weunice: actually I read the same account (Amy Welborn
)... it is appalling. I hear now that some of the rainbow sashers are considering legal action to force the church to dispense the sacraments to them (need to find article citing that threat). Their angle, which I think will not fly in court is that they are being denied the "free practice of THIER religion" ...
weunice: I agree ... I am about convinced that they do not believe Catholicism. They believe it is a man made religion and citing the example of the Episcopalians think it is a matter of time before their methods can enact the same kind of changes in Catholicism. These people will erode Christianity from every angle that they can. Their goal is affirmation of their choices and they know that if religion approves of them, everyone will approve of them. Fortunately we know THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL
(insert comment from Rainbow Sash supporter)
weunice: I pray that happens. This is different than the weak stance taken towards Kerry. Kerry was causing a scandal but he was not being obstinate enough to cause the level of profane exhibitions that occurred with the rainbow sashers. This should not be tolerated and a severe penalty should be applied to the offenders. Implied excommunication is not enough. You and I know they are already ... but the sacredness of the Eucharist is at stake here. A stronger stance MUST be taken.
weunice: I also note that they are complaining that they were denied communion NOT for holding a belief in conflict with the teachings of the Church but for wearing "colored clothing" ... This could
get far worse and I seriously fear that there are some in the government that would be all for a gross misapplication of the 1st ammendment that forces the will of the state on the governance of the Church itself. The decisions that have come down in this country in the past 50 years lead me to believe we are not beyond such a threat ... it CAN happen.
A few early morning reads ...
Pope must shun efforts to change church's path (BugMeNot login)
from 'Not So Quiet' Catholic Corner
- A most excellent read. Beauty within and without
- this is worth reading just for the fantastic photos. Also The Restoration of Saints Peter & Paul Parish, Lewiston, Maine
and Paroisse SS. Pierre et Paul, SS. Peter & Paul ParishOutsourcing mass hysteria: Reports of Western priests farming out surplus prayers to India prove to be tale of unconfirmed proportion
- I had never heard of such. I may worry about jobs in my field getting outsourced but this seemed quite a stretch to me. (Speaking of my field - check this out
Finally, in Jimmy Akin stange phenomenon land, I was reading a forum the other day and the topic of black panthers in Texas and Louisiana
came up. The topic degraded quickly to Bigfoot. Come to find out there is a sighting report
in the woods I used to play in as a child. The strangest thing I ever saw was a few alligators.
Church stifles speech? Worry grows. The sky IS falling
This didn't take long
The number of articles complaining about the outster at America magazine is growing. 1
They all say the same thing.
Anytime someone is rebuked for teaching AGAINST the Church his or her free speech is stifled. No it isn't
. These articles complaining about it prove it
. You can send editorials to the New York Times in order to exercise your free speech. You can join the Episcopal church and hurl insults at the Catholic Church in order to exercise your free speech. There are so many things that are perfectly within the realm of what disgruntled Catholics can
do in order to have their dissent aired -- and even have it accepted by like minded individuals. You are under no requirement of your own will to keep silent about your dissent. That said, the reason some of us are happy about the silencing of dissent is quite simple. The Church has a responsibility to ensure that the faith is handed down to the faithful UNCHANGED.
What we have here is a failure to understand a certain fundamental aspect of Catholicism from the MSM and unfortunately a fairly high number of Catholics. Catholicism delivers to us the teachings of Jesus Christ, which are the truth. There are certain things that the Church has stated as true for centuries. Councils have not defined them because nobody has questioned them. However, they are not up for debate now and they will not be up for debate 4000 years from now. Ways to find such things are finding statements in official church documents include the following terminology
"as Sacred Scripture unambiguously states"
"Patristic consensus tells us"
"the constant teaching of the Church is"
If the Church keeps coming out OVER and OVER and OVER saying things like
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
You have got to get the hint. When, in the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church has a constant teaching of the Church on doctrine
(2*) changed? (3*) I haven't seen it in my reading, but maybe I am totally missing something. Sure, you can question doctrines, but it is the job
of the teaching authority of the Church to say "you are wrong". I am interested in what Christ taught the apostles. I am not interested in why anyone else thinks He was either wrong or didn't teach it. The Church has documentation firmly in its corner on these issues.
Notes: 1* for some patristic evidence to support the "constant teaching" of the Church stance against abortion see Early Church Fathers - Excerpts Pertaining to Abortion2* Difference Between Doctrine and Dogma and Discipline3* The best example of the claim that the Church has "changed" a doctrine that I have seen is the claim that it backed off the teaching that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church. This is patently false. The church STILL teaches that. In fact, it is dogma. Also, to my understanding Vatican II stated nothing new on this matter other than what had already been taught by the church. The best summary I have seen of the teaching of the church is as follows:
Catholics are required to hold that only members of the Catholic Church will be saved. Catholics are required to hold that a form of membership in the Catholic Church is membership through baptism, whether by water, blood, or desire. Catholics are required to hold that only God's mercy allows salvation and that no human being can know with infallible certainty whether or not God has extended that mercy to any particular human being unless a particular human being has been properly canonized. Catholics may speculate that baptism by blood or desire can be obtained by those who have no explicit knowledge of the Church, and such individuals may include those who have an utterly distorted knowledge of the Church.Another good online resource on this teaching of the Church can be found in the 1927 book by Karl Adam titled The Spirit of Catholicism. Notice this was BEFORE Vatican II
The Problem With LiberalismThe Problem With Conservatism
I quickly glanced these ... I will summarize the main points later and offer my own thoughts. Liberalism vs. Conservatism vs. Christian - Commentary from OliveGlory
Also consider the discussion on this blog entry from Mark Shea ("The Cafeteria is Closed")
where the comments wander off into the question of "Ideology vs. Dogma" and why they are far from the same thing.
23+ ways to identify a faithful parish
23 Ways To Identify a Faithful Parish
24. Has a library stocked with books from Ignatius press and other solid Catholic publishers.
Our church actively participates in continuing education
about the faith with materials in line with the teachings of the Church. Example: showing Fr. Corapi's Catechism of the Catholic Church series every Tuesday night for X number of weeks.
I will think of some others and add them. I will also collect ones I see on DCF (someone posted a thread on this) ... If you have suggestions, add them in the comments
JP2 on fast track to sainthood, Levada as orthodoxy chief and other news
In the category of "everyone needs to know" we have: Pope names San Francisco Archbishop William Levada as orthodoxy chief
- apparently I am supposed to be up in arms about this because he did not excommunicate the entire city of San Francisco and cast it into the sea, then move south with doctrinal guns ablaze in an effort to reduce the cathedral in Los Angeles to a pile of rubble. I will reserve judgment choosing to trust the Pope on this matter. John Paul Put on Fast Track for Sainthood
- apparently some are not exactly thrilled about this ... they sure were silent when the world stopped for over a week to mourn his death.
Nyeh nyeh to ABC who apparently disables right clicking on their web pages. No post for you!!!A few other links ... Traditional Catholic Youth at Juventutem to be Joined by Three Cardinals and Eight Bishops
- I am excited about young people who are intersted in the Tridentine mass. Fire guts 100-year-old church in Pawnee
- We should pray for the members of this church. Losing an old church like this is a great tragedy and often times leads to opportunism on behalf of modern design fans on committees to construct another church that people will be glad to forget in 50 years.
Why on earth am I up? ... Oh yeah, this is funny
Pope is Catholic.
via Bettnet - Musings from Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.
Meanwhile, many American Catholics have told the new pope in no uncertain terms that he'd better snap to it.Excellent parody
"All I know is, something better give," said Mark Venkman, spokesman for Lighten Up, Catholics!, an organization of sort-of Catholic laypeople who have grown disenchanted with the church the more it gets on their case. "If they're not careful, we'll stop going to church.
"Um ... I mean, on Easter and Christmas Eve, too."
... or is it?Personal notes
Anyway ... Today marked the second time this year that we were over 90 degrees. We look like we are having a "cold snap" for the next several days with highs in the mid 80's. Then, I am sure, reality will hit. High 92 Low 72, 3pm thunderstorm, repeat. Add in a hurricane or two .... maybe some flooding ... West Nile. Trust me. I cannot wait until October.
On the positive side, I am getting decent exercise. We are living in an apartment, so we have easy access to a pool. My oldest son is learning to swim so we have been swimming every day for a week and I am totally sore and beat ... this is a good thing.
Finally, my wife and I are strongly considering moving to Ponchatoula -- Tangipahoa Parish
in Louisiana. We are already looking at houses. It is a small town that is located in the middle of everything that we like about Louisiana. Please pray for us during this discernment process. This move we hope to be somewhat permanent.
Shameless plug for EarlyChurchFathers.com
Below is a picture of St. Athanasius. Along with St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius is a doctor of the Church and one of my favorite saints.
I love any guy called the Father of Orthodoxy.
Anyway, both of these saints are prominently featured on WWW.EARLYCHURCHFATHERS.COM
which is the host site that my blog operates on.
I take no shame in plugging the site. I represents a great deal of work from myself and many friends of mine. I collected many of these quotes during my journey back into the Catholic Church and the tireless work of others has added to and brought the site to where it is today. (For kicks, if you want to see what it used to look like click here
Initially, I wanted a simple chart to refute the many nonsense dates I heard about when Catholic teachings were "invented". I think the main page does a very good job at demonstrating this. The remainder of the site simply collects further evidence to support the claim in subsequent years usually leading up to the end of the patristic age. I think it is useful and an exciting look into the historical teachings of the Church. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Ephesians 5 - Husbands love. Wives submit.
St. John Chrysostom - Homily XX on Ephesians
Thou hast seen the measure of obedience, hear also the measure of love. Wouldest thou have thy wife obedient unto thee, as the Church is to Christ? Take then thyself the same provident care for her, as Christ takes for the Church. Yea, even if it shall be needful for thee to give thy life for her, yea, and to be cut into pieces ten thousand times, yea, and to endure and undergo any suffering whatever,-refuse it not.
Though thou shouldest undergo all this, yet wilt thou not, no, not even then, have done anything like Christ. For thou indeed art doing it for one to whom thou art already knit; but He for one who turned her back on Him and hated Him. In the same way then as He laid at His feet her who turned her back on Him, who hated, and spurned, and disdained Him, not by menaces, nor by violence, nor by terror, nor by anything else of the kind, but by his unwearied affection; so also do thou behave thyself toward thy wife.
Yea, though thou see her looking down upon thee, and disdaining, and scorning thee, yet by thy great thoughtfulness for her, by affection, by kindness, thou wilt be able to lay her at thy feet. For there is nothing more powerful to sway than these bonds, and especially for husband and wife. A servant, indeed, one will be able, perhaps, to bind down by fear; nay not even him, for he will soon start away and be gone.
But the partner of one's life, the mother of one's children, the foundation of one's every joy, one ought never to chain down by fear and menaces, but with love and good temper. For what sort of union is that, where the wife trembles at her husband? And what sort of pleasure will the husband himself enjoy, if he dwells with his wife as with a slave, and not as with a free-woman? Yea, though thou shouldest suffer anything on her account, do not upbraid her; for neither did Christ do this. (link)
The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
Mark Shea: The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
- Mark has always managed to sum up good reasons why Marian dogma is important.
It essentially states a few very important things about Marian devotion that Catholics generally fail to put forth when attempting to explain it to our Protestant brethren.
That is a vital key to understanding Marian dogmas: They're always about some vital truth concerning Jesus, the nature of the Church, or the nature of the human person.
Theotokos - Mary Mother of God - affirms the Incarnation.
Mary, Ever Virgin - her consecrated life "a sign to the Church and of the Church"
Mary Immaculate - she is "the icon of both our true origin and our true dignity"
Assumption of Mary - she is "the icon of the divine dignity of our destiny"
This is a most excellent read and at the time I read it put to rest any lingering doubts I had about our Blessed Mother. So going back
to our bold CatholicPosters.com
Catholics turn to condoms in AIDS-ravaged Honduras
- Catholics reject Church teaching on condoms in order to solve a problem using shortsighted worldly solutions. All you need to know is
"It's a minor sin,"
We see others proclaiming abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, fornication, adultery and all other manner of sin "minor". No matter the lofty reason, what we have is a failure to trust God.
I think Fr. Corapi says it best. It goes something like this:It only takes one mortal sin for you to spend eternity in hell.
Not "minor" at all ...
A brief history of institutionalized schools in the US
Canada's first 'green' church
Canada's first 'green' church
What on earth is eco-theology? ... no pun intended
Inside, the church will be divided into two main areas: A gathering space
just within the main doors where congregants can hold special events or simply
meet informally with one another before entering the worship space for Mass.
The gathering space will feature a "living wall" draped in foliage over
which a thin layer of water will constantly flow. The living wall is designed
to improve the quality of incoming air and purify the air when a congregation
is using the gathering space, the worship space, or both.
My "worship space" = "progressive nonsense" radar is going off but I will reserve judgment not knowing very much about the church. Read the article and decide for yourself. Over-environmental zeal?
I must admit that this rendition of the church puts me off. (See my diatribe on modern design in the church from a fan of modern design
This reminds me of why the environmentalist movement is such a hot topic with me. I got in a heated debate with a young man who insisted that global warming was caused by humans and that this is a certain fact. I told him that is was not a certain truth because strong circumstantial evidence doesn't equate to facts. One does not necessarily follow from the other and even though I strongly suspect our actions are not good for the earth, I am not going to tell someone it is a 100% verifiable fact that humans cause global warming. It is simply intellectually dishonest.
I want to make it very clear that I am not opposed to proper stewardship of the planet. What I am against is the falsehoods that you see in the secular environmentalist movement designed to cause us to emotionally react as opposed to think about matters related to the environment. I have the same problem with falsehoods used in the pro-life movement even in the cause to defend innocent life againt murder. Lies and theoretical knowledge peddled as truth get you nowhere. Truth is an important standard and one we should all aspire to. Another big problem with the message that environmentalists are trying to get out is that they are going about it in such a way as to create a dividedly partisan issue out of it. They desire so strongly to get the goat of political conservatives that they forget that there are many conservatives who might
be sympathetic to their cause. (See Birkenstocked Burkeans - Confessions of a granola conservative
on National Review Online)
The environmental message is one I am prone to listen to, provided that it is sensible and keeps in mind all that the Church teaches. Sadly these days people want to think that the whole teaching of Catholicism is one of great cognitive dissonance, so they shed some things in favor of others and say that the Church told them so ....
The Catholic Conservation Center
has an excellent collection of resources dealing with the Catholic Church and its historical teachings on the environment. If even has some articles about how the secular version of environmental responsiblity is not always in line with Catholic
teaching about environmental responsiblity.
Some reading ... and a few notes
Latin Mass returns to Sioux Falls Cathedral
via Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
"I'm really glad it's in English now so I can know what's being said. However, any way the church can reach out with an acceptable liturgy to expand people's relationship with God, that's great."
That is sort of how I have seen it for a long time. Why the friction? I am still at a loss ... chalk it up to my relative newbie Catholic status. (See Use of Latin makes some uncomfortable in this recent entry
)Splinter church has 300 members after a year
- "Hausen left the Roman Catholic church because he favors marriage for priests, the ordination of women and debate on birth control. He was excommunicated, and the Pittsburgh diocese said anyone following Hausen also would be excommunicated."On Anglicans reuniting with Rome
via Envoy EncoreHow Godel's theorem negates the belief that all true doctrine must be decideable from Scripture.
via The Dawn Patrol
Oh and the "frighteningly vivid middle-school flashback" 80's song of the week is ... "I Can't Wait" on the albumPoolside by Nu Shooz
And speaking of the 80's what do Mercedes Boy by Pebbles, Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie and Beat It by Michael Jackson have in common? Meedley meedley MEEEEE guitar solos
in heavily pop/electronic tunes. That was a trend in music that I really got a big kick out of but which I am entirely glad fizzled out.
Well the notes will likely come later ...
I got this first thing in the morning when I got to work ...
Normally this is something like "You are entering a secure site" OK, Cancel. Below that would be a message like "Check this box if you want us to remind you when entering a secure site in the future." ...
What this is saying is that "You are agreeing to something but I am not going to tell you what it is" and "Check this box to roll the dice on this unknown question for eternity" ... BWUHAHAHAHA!!!
C.S. Lewis ... and bishop takes stand in ECUSA
December 9th ... The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe .. in theatres
- quite large download. (main Moviephone page)
and in Bizzaro world news ... Episcopal bishop tells dissidents to leave
Keep in mind that "dissident" means those who are opposed to the ordination of Gene Robinson as bishop in the ECUSA.
In the Catholic Church we have a minority of bishops standing firm and making life difficult for members who are in favor of affirmation of their sinful lifestyles.
In the Episcopal church we have a minority of bishops standing firm and making life difficult for members who are NOT in favor of affirmation of a sinful lifestyle.
Welcome to the worldly high virtue
of tolerance. Tolerance, you see, is acceptable ONLY when the primary doctrine is relativism and relativism only applies to those teachings which do not infringe on the "rights" of others to engage in any activity they please as long as "they are not hurting anyone else".
I really am at a loss here though. In a way it seems grossly ironic that a bishop in the Episcopal church would take a strong stand against those who are in favor of doctrines not
in line with what the local church teaches. Woldwide, Anglicans appear to be on the side of the "dissedents".
I think that a division of Episcopalians in this country is now near certain.
The question is, will liberal Catholics see liberal Episcopalians taking a stand and join them or will they hold on to the hope that they can change the Catholic Church the same way? Is an American Catholic - Roman Catholic split boiling under the surface in this country or is the liberal Catholic faction becoming less and less of an influence with the increase in young orthodox priests and the obvious orthodox course charted by the election of Benedict XVI?
CatholicPosters.com - BE BOLD ...
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I have run into this site on occasions and it always gets me how bold some of their shirts are. For example.
and of course ... one of my favorites ... You will simply have to see for yourself
- This is a womens shirt. There is a mens version as well. The picture shows the quotes better on the womens page. I LIKE EM!!!
If you know me well enough to buy me gifts, this is a good place to start.
Blast from the past: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Interesting stat on girl baby names
I was checking out the popular baby names statistics on the Social Security administration website. According to the stats on the website, the name Mary was the most popular girl name from the 1880's to the 1950's. I was surprised to see that Mary was the most popular name for 70 years. The name started to drop in popularity in the 60's and has been falling since. So far this decade it is ranking 50th in popularity. I wonder if this decreasing popularity in the name is due to fewer people honoring the Blessed Mother. Here is the link.My response:
I noticed this when I was looking at baby names and my guess is that you are almost certainly on to something. Even 50 years ago I am willing to venture that Protestants did not have the Mary-phobia that they have today. I think that the detraction of Mary in our mostly Protestant culture is the extreme outcome of attempts to disprove Catholicism on the merits of refuting Marian dogma or the usual straw-men variations like Catholics worship Mary or Mary is fourth person of the Trinity. From what I can tell, some Protestant apologists see Marian teachings as a weak point to work with. If you dislike and argue against real and imagined Marian doctrines long enough, I don't see how you couldn't grow to dislike Mary.
I have been pleased to see articles in recent months by Evangelical and mainline Protestants who are seeking a deeper appreciation for the Blessed Virgin Mary. I think The Passion of the Christ also has many Protestants rethinking their disgust towards His mother and at a minimum having them divide their disgust for Catholic teachings on Mary from Mary herself. As this cleansing of Protestant thought on Mary continues, I have a sneaking suspicion that the name Mary will start creeping back up the charts.
props to posters on DCF for the cartoon and the topicLater thought:
Another, possibly even more likely cause, is the fact that many in more recent generations are thoroughly secularized.** With Baptists complaining about attendees not being baptized and even further secularization of life in these United State, we have dwindling numbers of folks who hold Christianity in high regard, much less the Virgin Mother of God.
**I believe this trend to be changing
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faithmouse: Abortion cartoons with ECF quotes
faithmouse has kindly blogrolled me so I decided to spend a little more time on his site and get his RSS straight on my news feed reader. Boy am I glad I spent the time ... A collection of cartoons and historical writings on the subject of abortion
OK, this is FANTASTIC.
Two topics of great interest to me. The END OF ABORTION
and early church fathers. To muddle up Newman's quotation a little
"To be deep in history is to cease to be pro-abortion"